I have been actively involved in Indigenous language revitalization for over 15 years. My language of special focus is (Southern) Michif but I love ALL the languages we Michif, our kin and relations speak.
Right now there are two important goals for Michif--one is community-based documentation of natural Michif conversation and stories and the other is the creation of new speakers. This campaign focuses on the later.
With our fluent Elders remaining time with us being short, we need to learn best and promising practices in second language acquisition now. The best people to learn from are Indigenous and ally instructors/coaches/mentors who have developed successful methods and techniques rooted in evidence-based research and that have been tested through years of personal experience.
I want to attend a five-day "comprehensible input" training with Wade Blevins, a Cherokee language instructor and Indigenous CI trailblazer and with Tina Hargaden, an inspired and inspiring CI professional development specialist and super teacher and their associates. Below is the course information that will allow me to hit the ground running and start passing on my learnings to others
BICS: Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills, for students with Novice to Intermediate Low proficiency.
These five-day trainings include:
Half-day demonstrations of instructional strategies (with Wade Blevins)
Half-day nuts and bolts on instruction, management, and assessment, and partner coaching so participants can practice their skills (with Tina Hargaden)
Special Note: Tina so believes in the cause that she has waived my tuition costs! Thank-you, Tina
Please help me on my way to helping others on theirs!