Cherokee All About Immersion

mathias | September 26, 2011

Sequoyah Schools of the Cherokee Nation extended full immersion classes to 6th graders and provided iPads and iPods to 7th and 8th graders as part of Sequoyah’s Technology Education Program (STEP). They’re using new technology in dynamic ways, consulting dictionary and vocabulary apps, taking reading comprehension quizzes, and creating video presentations. Reportedly, children are using [...]

Youngsters Learn Some Hul’qumi’num, Choctaw

mathias | June 8, 2011

This year, Beecher Bay (a.k.a. Scia’new) First Nation great grandmother Lee Charles started teaching Hul’qumi’num (a Coast Salish language) to 4th and 5th graders at Hans Helgesen Elementary School in British Columbia to non-Native and Native students alike (including her granddaughter, Danielle Charles-Horne). Charles was first asked to teach by Principal Julia Sahota. Though non-Native, [...]

A Breath of Life for Natchez, Osage, and Otoe

mathias | June 6, 2011

Natchez, a Muskogean language of Louisiana, has been sleeping since the last two fluent speakers, Watt Sam and Nancy Raven, died in the 1930s. Today, only 6 of 10,000 enrolled Natchez can speak it, now located in Oklahoma. Fortunately, Breath of Life, a joint project of the University of Texas, Arlington and the University of [...]

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