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Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development

Language and Literacy Encylopedia Site
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Indigenous Perspectives on Language Teaching and Learning in Saskatchewan

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Indigenous Language Revitalization and Technology from Traditional to Contemporary Domains

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This article exposes how the Hawaiian community is trying to revitalize their different indigenous languages through the use of technology. This community, with the collaboration of several educational organizations, is implementing the use of computers for preserving their languages. Despite of the fact that they are conscious that the use of the computer can be seen as an important tool, it can also be seen as a distractor. However, the Hawaiian community intends to preserve this important heritage documenting different papers on digital media as a tool for language learning for future generations, serving as educational material. This text lets me reflect upon the situation of indigenous communities in our country. Indigenous peoples represent our heritage and cultural diversity, and it is our duty advocate for their rights to maintain their identities regardless of the use of another language.
 
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iDecolonize: Indigenous language-learning mobile apps

iDecolonize: Indigenous language-learning mobile apps | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
Rising Voices, a project of Global Voices Online, republished a version of this post on their site.  Before I travelled to Nunavut, I was obsessed with Inuktitut syllabics, determined to master a l...
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Nantakikentan Textbooks - Anishinaabemodaa: Ojibwe language resources - Research guides at University of Toronto

Nantakikentan Textbooks - Anishinaabemodaa: Ojibwe language resources - Research guides at University of Toronto | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
Textbooks, Dictionaries, Grammar
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More language resources!

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The Gift of Language and Culture Website

The Gift of Language and Culture Website | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
The Gift of Language and Culture Website is an Aboriginal language site developed by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) Curriculum Resource Unit (CRU).
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As with many language learning websites, this one appeals to a variety of learning styles through an array of resources. Interview with Elders in their traditional languages are important for those who prefer language immersion. Yet curriculum and program delivery resources are available for the classroom or those interested in learning at home. I enjoy that this website provides a variety of multimedia tools such as stories, songs, and pictures. These are consistent with traditional ways of knowing and teaching within our communities. The authenticity of this resource is evident as it was developed in partnership between several First Nation communities. Although I find this site to be visually overwhelming, the resources are invaluable!

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Cathy Wheaton

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First Nations Language Speaking Project
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This YouTube channel is filled with sentences and conversations in various indigenous languages. The use of YouTube to teach and learn the language is efficient yet so simple. These video clips make learning words, phrases, and sentences less overwhelming. I enjoy these brief segments of language instruction. 

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Language Assessment and Proficiency Tools

Language assessment and proficiency tools are often the best gauges of language acquisition. There are a variety of tools that language projects can use, suc...
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The assessment of learning outcomes is a new component to the program planning, delivery, and evalution in the work that I do. I have not had the time to watch this video as it was a last minute find but the premise of the video is of great interest to me as assessment of language acquisition is important in measuring the success of programs being offered in a post-secondary institution, particularly when such language programs are not mandatory components in Aboriginal student support services. 

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Wampanoag Tribe Certifies 10 Wôpanâak Language Teachers | Administration for Native Americans | Administration for Children and Families

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This article speaks to the importance not only learning the language, but also to the importance of teaching indigenous language speakers how to teach the language. With the evident success of this program, it would be incredible to see such certification programs for other indigenous languages to ensure the ongoing maintenance and preservation of our endangered languages. As per the article qualified teachers are an integral part of language learning. 

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'Mother Tongue,' a Poem by Dawn Karima Pettigrew for National Poetry Month

'Mother Tongue,' a Poem by Dawn Karima Pettigrew for National Poetry Month | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
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Shared by a peer during class in EDUC5199, this poem really spoke to me about language, identity, and education. I just had to Scoop It!

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An Examination of Western Influences on Indigenous Language Teaching

An Examination of Western Influences on Indigenous Language Teaching | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
A discussion of different approaches
to teaching American Indian and other indigenous languages
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Aboriginal Digital Opportunities: Addressing Aboriginal Learning Needs Through the Use of Learning Technologies

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Digital Tools for Learning & Preserving Indigenous Languages | mediaINDIGENA

Digital Tools for Learning & Preserving Indigenous Languages | mediaINDIGENA | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
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First Peoples' | First Peoples' Cultural Council Homepage

First Peoples' | First Peoples' Cultural Council Homepage | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
First Peoples Cultural Council's Homepage
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Master Apprentice program

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Métis Language and Culture | LearnMichif.com

Métis Language and Culture | LearnMichif.com | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
Discover Metis culture and language at LearnMichif.com. A project by Metis Nation BC.
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This project was developed in conjunction with several authentic sources including Metis youth, Heritage Canada, Elders, and Michif language speakers. The website takes a unique stance in connecting Metis people to culture through stories, history, and language. As such, language instruction is the medium for such knowledge sharing in several sections of the website. This approach is unique yet significant as website users can connect to the culture in a way that is meaningful to them. Finally, the interactive nature of the language learning sections allows for the learning style of users to be considered. This is a great project and holds a special bookmark in my resources as it is driven by Metis youth as they were behind the camera in gathering the material for this project.

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Allan Adam: Dene Language Interpreter and Translator - First Language Speaking Project Inc.

Allan Adam: Dene Language Interpreter and Translator - First Language Speaking Project Inc. | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
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Allan Adam's First Language Speaking Project aims to connect those who want to learn the language with languages learning resources. Through promoting links to MP3 files, existing YouTube videos, and other resources, Allan Adam provides the authentic voice and professional credibility in recommending language learning channels and resources.  His compilation of links is limited but those provided do present a gateway to exploring other interconnected resources.

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Online Cree Dictionary, Cree Language, Cree: Words, Alberta Elders' Dictionary, Maskwacis

Online English to Cree and Cree to English Dictionary. Contains articles from famous Alberta Elders' Cree Dictionary and Cree Words Dictionary. Online Roman Orthography to Cree Syllabic Converter for Plains and Woodland Cree dialects.
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This website is an incredible (and authentic) resource for learning and preserving the Cree language. Aside from the essential dictionary, it also provides audio clips, pictures, and sentence applications for support in language learning. Most importantly, this website features various Cree dialects in words and syllabics. The versatility of this website is incredible for language learning. 

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Knowledge of an Aboriginal Language and School Outcomes

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Many on-reserve schools work to ensure that curriculum and classroom instruction are delivered in the traditional language of the community. Although the limitations of this survey are notable for future research, it cannot be ignored that results revealed that learning Aboriginal languages are positively correlated with school outcomes when the language is learned in school. The limitations raise so many questions about the language teachers (training, fluency, first generation speakers) and the location of the schools (on or off-reserve). 

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About Native Languages | Administration for Native Americans | Administration for Children and Families

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Another great funding resource for language maintenance and preservation!

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::MUSHKEG MEDIA INC::

::MUSHKEG MEDIA INC:: | EDUC5199: Indigenous Languages, Identity, and Education | Scoop.it
Aboriginal production company specializing in films and videos about the Native experience.
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I have been following this series for only a short time now but I completely appreciate the community profiles on language preservation and revitalization. Each episode profiles an indigenous language and explores its history and respective culture. Understanding the roots of any language is important for language learning and this series truly provides an overview of the historical treasure of each unique language. I believe that for indigenous languages, it is about so much more than simply the translation of words. It is about the full picture of the history, culture, traditions, ceremonies, and ways of knowing. An Elder once shared with me that without this knowledge, language fluency can never be achieved.

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