ERIC Number: ED451025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Strengthening Indigenous Languages.
Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
These guidelines offer suggestions for strengthening Alaska's indigenous languages. The guidelines aim to provide assistance to the local language advisory committees created under Senate Bill 103, that are responsible for making recommendations about the future of the heritage language in their community. The underlying theme is that heritage languages must be used in daily activities in the home and community so that they are transmitted and acquired naturally. Schools serve a supportive role by providing appropriate language immersion programs that strengthen the language used in the community. Throughout this document, Elders are recognized as the primary source of language expertise and cultural knowledge. Guidelines are presented for Native elders, parents, aspiring language learners, Native communities and organizations, educators, schools, education agencies, linguists working with Native communities, and media producers. In addition, general recommendations are offered to federal and state agencies, school districts, tribal colleges, Native organizations, and linguists to support the effective implementation of the guidelines. (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Languages, Community Role, Cultural Maintenance, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Language Acquisition, Language Maintenance, Native Language Instruction, Older Adults, Parent Role, School Role, Teacher Role
Alaska Native Knowledge Network. Full text at Web site: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/standards/Language.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska