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 [...]

Language Teaching Gets Very Unique in 2011

mathias | March 17, 2011

Language teachers all over the globe are starting to get more creative with their curricula. One noteworthy example of this is the book Mangajin’s Basic Japanese Through Comics, which has students translating speech bubbles in order to get their beloved manga fix. While underrepresented, there has likewise been a surge of creativity in Native language [...]

Luiseño Language Learning Game in Development

mathias | March 14, 2011

Thornton Media Inc. is yet again making a video game for another Native language, to premiere on the Nintendo DS (which is much more affordable than a computer), after the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians – of whom about 4/200 speak their Uto-Aztecan language of California – contributed $50,000 to California State San Marcos Californian [...]

Native Language Virtual Reality Soon to Be a Reality

mathias | March 14, 2011

In 2006, a few Cherokee words could be heard in the game Prey, where users played a young Cherokee mechanic named Tommy who lived on an Oklahoma reservation with his wise elder grandfather Enisi. However, the game was mostly in English (being marketed to all audiences) and far from historically accurate (for instance, claiming the [...]

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