Growing the fire within: Report

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.

Chew, K. A. B., Manatowa-Bailey, J., Lukaniec, M., McIvor, O., & Linn, M. (2021). Growing the fire within: Exploring innovative and successful adult language learning methods in Indigenous communities in Canada and the US.