Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

Service Learning

Comanche Nation College

The Comanche language has 20 or fewer fluent speakers remaining. The language is classified as a Northern Uto-Aztecan language, in the Central Numic branch, ISO 639-3[com]. Work for this trip to Comanche Nation College (CNC) in Lawton included support for the Administration for Native Americans grant, part of the Language Maintenance and Planning' initiative, which funded in part, efforts to design distance delivery of Comanche language instruction using Rosetta Stone-like modules. Students helped develop PowerPoint computer module shells, and used targeted vocabulary and grammatical skills to produce a comprehensive diagnostic exam and a comprehensive final exam (in English, to be translated into Comanche by CNC Assistant Professor Todd McDaniels). During Summer 2011, a UT Arlington alumnus who participated on this trip was able to serve as an ANA-funded intern at CNC.

Itinerary

Monday, March 15

9:15 am UT Arlington group to meet at Hampton Inn
10-11:15 am Overview of the Comanche Language Program at CNC, the ANA grant project, logistics of setting up this project, etc.
11:30-12:30 pm Assessment of student strengths / division of labor for the rest of the trip
12:30 pm -1:30 pm Lunch
1:45 – 5:30 Work (back at CNC)
6 pm Dinner

Tuesday, March 16

9:30-12:00 pm Work at CNC
12-1 pm Lunch Break
1:00-2:30 pm Work at CNC
2:30 pm Visit to Wichita Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center Mount Scott, followed by dinner near the Refuge.
6:30 pm Dinner at Meers Store & Restaurant

Wednesday, March 17

9:30-12:00 Work at CNC
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch break
1:30-5:00 pm Work at CNC
6 pm Dinner and return to Arlington, TX
10 pm Arrive in Arlington

Photos from Trip