Archive for the ‘WAYK?’ Category

Education – few resources, too many children

7 May 2013

Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido and Christopher Bernido had the problem of trying to run a school with too many students and not enough resources.

Their solution: Have the students compile their own “textbooks” from generic worksheets they use to record what they learn about topics. As shown in “An Innovative Program in the Philippines” on Asian Insight (primarily in Japanese), the teacher provides the topic and the main points and allows the students to explore themselves.

Hosted at the Central Visayan Institute Foundation on Bohol island in the Philippines, their Dynamic Learning Program has turned out top scholars who go on to attend university in Manila.

Read more in the articles “Poverty not an excuse for lag in science, math” and “Essentials versus Peripherals: Our Experience in Basic Education.”

Perhaps there is a way this can be combined with Where Are Your Keys? for higher language learning efficiency.

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:


Where Are Your Keys? – 2

29 July 2012

One of the most exciting posts on this blog was about a year ago, titled “Where Are Your Keys?” WAYK is a fast immersion learning technique invented by Evan Gardner and co-developed by Willem Larsen.

Checking in on them, I see there are two weekly WAYK events: one for Chinuk Wawa or Chinook Jargon (chn) and the other for Maidu (nmu).

Evan Gardner explains how “What’s that?” is always a great way to start a conversation:

Here’s a group session of WAYK using Western Abenaki (abe):

In this video, Dustin Rivers teaches Squamish (squ):

Earlier this month, there was also a three-day WAYK session on Latin (lat) (to prepare “for the explosion of Latin’s return as the world’s lingua franca).