Archive for the ‘master apprentice learning’ Category

Help Wanted: Language Project Coordinator

7 April 2011

Located in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley in California, the Nüümü Yadoha Language Program at the Owens Valley Career Development Center is seeking a language project director. The pay range is USD 45-63K and the application submission deadline is April 29. A bachelor’s degree in education or documented experience in second language acquisition is required as is a valid driver’s license. See further details and apply at Language Project Coordinator. The Nüümü Yadoha Language Program is described in “Remembering a Lost Language” on the Valley Voice Newspaper website. Serving five counties in Central California, the program provides language classes in: Kawaiisu (xaw), Kitanamuk (Kitanemuk?), Lakota (lkt), Owens Valley Paiute/Western Mono (mnr), Pakanapul, Wukchumni (Yokutsan (yok)?), Yaqui (yaq) and Yawelmani. In addition to classes for children and families, the program aims to produce more teachers through Master-Apprentice Programs (2008 presentation) and Teacher Training programs.

This job was found at Language Project Coordinator on the Social Service job site.

First Nations Language Proficiency Certificate Program

21 March 2011

In Canada, Simon Fraser University, an institution with a First Nations Studies Program, has partnered with the First Nations Programs and Partnerships Unit of the Yukon Department of Education to create a certificate program focused on local languages.

Located in northwest Canada and formerly known as “Yukon Territory”, Yukon is home to eight First Nations languages (YFNPPU). Most have more than one dialect and all are endangered. They are:

In the program, students take linguistics courses geared toward local languages and work toward fluency in a First Nation language through the master apprentice approach. Completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of course work. The brochure says this program would be beneficial to language instructors, administrators, language specialists and those who wish to enhance their language skills, among others.

Workshops by CILO – US

28 February 2011

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided a grant last year to bring together four language revitalization organizations in the US, forming the CILO partnership. (The grant is apparently through the Tides Center.) CILO stands for Consortium of Indigenous Language Organizations.

The four organizations are:

  1. AICLS – Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
  2. AILDI – American Indian Language Development Institute
  3. ONLA – Oklahoma Native Language Association
  4. ILI – Indigenous Language Institute

The mission of CILO is to provide training for those involved in language revitalization. Their primary project is Language Immersion for Native Children (LINC) to focus in particular on language transmission to children up through age eight. Their diverse range of workshops are fee-based and open to all interested, including teachers, parents and other advocates.

CILO has created a catalog listing their workshops, and are open to expanding their offerings and locations. Currently planned workshops include:

  • A three-day workshop for planning/starting an immersion program. Covers such situations as home immersion, day care center learning and Head Start education
  • A two-day workshop on setting up a Master-Apprentice Programs (2008 presentation)
  • A three-day workshop for parents, grandparents and other community people working with preschool and Head Start children
  • A three-day workshop on computer and multimedia technology, including computing (typing in NA languages) and creating audio books
  • A one-day seminar for administrators

A wide range of exciting options for training the trainers!

British Columbian Language Funding

25 June 2007

Last week, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation of British Columbia announced funding in the amount of $1.2 million to support language and culture in the westernmost province of Canada.

According to the press release, $500,000 or just over 40% of that funding will come from the New Relationship Trust (NRT), a non-profit organization supporting First Nation communities in areas such as education language and economic development. The remaining amount will come from the province itself, the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC (AHABC), and the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council (FPHLCC).

In addition to supporting community language/culture authorities, the funding will assist with language/culture camps, master-apprentice programs, and pre-school immersion programs.

The FPHLCC has put together a useful online Language Toolkit to assist people wanting to learn an endangered language, type in it, or put together a revitalization program. It also includes further links to funding sources, stories for children, and documents such as sample consent forms useful for language research programs.