Growing the Fire Within: Adult Language Learning
Indigenous communities and organizations are working to reclaim and revitalize their languages. Indigenous adult language learners, who did not grow up speaking their ancestral tongues, are critical to these efforts. These adults may run language revitalization programs, teach the language in school- and community-settings, and use the language at home with their children. While few would dispute the necessity of supporting Indigenous adult language learners, it is not always clear how best to do this. Additional language learning (ALL) models for Indigenous adults vary widely in terms of approach and results across Indigenous communities in Canada and the US.
As a postdoctoral fellow with NEȾOLṈEW̱, I worked with Jacob Manatowa-Bailey, Megan Lukaniec, Onowa McIvor, and Mary Linn to organize a gathering of leading scholars and practitioners. Our collective vision for supporting and strengthening Indigenous adult ALL is shared through a short film and report below.
Growing the Fire Within Short Film
Growing the Fire Within Report
For more information about adult Indigenous language methods and programs represented at the gathering, visit:
- Accelerated Second Language Acquisition (ASLA)
- Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
- Cherokee Master-Apprentice Program
- Kahnawà:ke Education Centre
- Kwi Awt Stelmexw
- Myaamia Center
- Root-Word Method & Onkwawen:na Kentyohkwa
- Salish Fluency Transfer System and Curriculum
- W̱SÁNEĆ School Board
- Where are Your Keys?