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


Indigenous Languages Documentation and Revitalization Seminar

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This seminar was part of the 41st Annual Symposium on the American Indian held at Northeastern State University, April 9-13, 2013.

Immersion for Native Languages

Description: This workshop will focus on immersion approaches to teaching Native languages. This approach is used in different ways, whether it is the Master-Apprentice approach of pairing a fluent speaker with an adult learner or an immersion nursery school for infants and toddlers or an school using immersion methods for K-12 education. The goal of the workshop is threefold: 1) to present overview of immersion approaches based on different ages of learners; 2) to learn about teaching methods and resources for immersion teaching; and 3) to observe and participate in an immersion set taught by a skilled teacher, allowing participants to see best practices in immersion teaching in practice.

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Author Name. 2013. "Presentation title." Presentation at the Seminar on Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization. Northeastern State University. Tahlequah, OK. April 11/12, 2013.

Workshop schedule (printable file)

All sessions in the Morgan Room, located in NSU's University Center on the Third Floor Thursday, April 11, evening session, 6 pm – 8 pm

Mary Linn, University of Oklahoma: "Acting Global, Talking Local"
Colleen M. Fitzgerald, The University of Texas at Arlington: "Immersion Programs in Oklahoma and Beyond"
Joshua D. Hinson, Chickasaw Nation: "Anompa Ithána’ - Ithána’chi’ (Chickasaw Master-Apprentice Program)"

Friday, April 12, Morning session 8 am – 12 pm; and Afternoon session 1 pm - 4 pm

Morning session: Colleen Fitzgerald, University of Texas at Arlington: "Introductions"
Tracy Hirata-Edds, University of Kansas: "The Basics of Language Immersion"
Ryan Mackey, Cherokee Nation: "Language Immersion Techniques in Practice: Midwifed TPR for Adult Learners"
Tracy Hirata-Edds: Debriefing and discussion of immersion techniques and more
Brad Montgomery-Anderson, Northeastern State University, Moderator: Panel on Perspectives on Immersion from Tribal Language Programs
Afternoon session: Hands-on development of props and an immersion language set for your language

Resources handout packet

Friday afternoon keynote by Dr. Pam Munro of the University of California, Los Angeles on "Documenting Native Languages: What Should We Put in the Dictionary?"