Archive for the ‘classes’ Category

In defense of mandatory Zulu classes

18 May 2013

isiZulu, or Zulu (zul), is the most widely spoken native language in South Africa and is spoken by about half of the population.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has announced it will make Zulu classes mandatory for incoming students, a move that has drawn criticism.

As Pierre De Vos explains in “KZN University: A storm in a (Zulu) teacup,” this policy is not unconstitutional and should not be compared to linguistic policies in the era of apartheid.

University of Arizona June Courses: Taking Language Home

6 May 2013

Between 3 and 28 June, the American Indian Language Development Institute at the University of Arizona is offering seven courses aimed at helping people document, learn and maintain languages.

The offerings are:

    1. Where Are Your Keys by Evan Gardner,
    2. Community Language Archiving by Shannon Bishoff,
    3. Creating Linguistic Products for Native American Languages by Colleen Fitzgerald,
    4. Teaching Indigenous Language Through Traditional Ecological Knowledge by Teresa Newberry,
    5. Topics in Native American Linguistics by Luis Barragan,
    6. Language Immersion and Acquisition in the Home and the Community by Jennie DeGroat, and
    7. Revitalizing Spiritual Traditions by Phil Cash Cash.

Promotional video by Evan Gardner:

Promotional video by Phil Cash Cash:

 

Irish classes start this week in London

1 May 2013

The London Irish Centre is offering three courses that start over the next week or so, a beginner’s course, an improver’s course and a comfortable speaker’s course. The courses are eight weeks long and cost 80 pounds.

See “Summer Irish Language Classes” for more details.