ERIC Number: EJ1075346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Ya??tmín Cqw?lqwilt Nixw, Ul Nixw, Ul Nixw, "I Need to Speak More, and More, and More": Okanagan-Colville (Interior Salish) Indigenous Second-Language Learners Share Our Filmed Narratives
Johnson, Michele K.
Language Documentation & Conservation, v8 p136-167 2014
way', iskwíst, "my name is", S?ímla?xw, and I am from Penticton BC, Canada. kn sqilxw. I am a Syilx (Okanagan, Interior Salish) adult language learner. My cohort and I are midway in our language transformation to become proficient speakers. Our names are Prasát, S?ímla?xw, C'?r?tups, X?wnámx?wnam, Sta?qwálqs, and our Elder, S?amtíc'a?. We created an adult immersion house, deep in Syilx territory, and lived and studied together for five months. We combined intensive curricular study, cutting-edge second-language acquisition techniques, filmed assessments, and immersion with our Elder. We emerged transformed--we are n'l?qwcin, "clear speakers", speaking at an intermediate level. There has been very little written about assessment of Indigenous language teaching methods or Indigenous language speaking ability, and much less written about filmed learning and assessment. Three films were created in our language, nqilxwcn, and placed on YouTube. The films give primacy to our personal narratives, document and share our transformation, speaking abilities, grassroots language activism and learning methods. This paper describes the films, my cohort's transformation, assesses our speaking ability, describes Paul Creek Language Association curriculum, and represents a contribution to Indigenous language teaching methods, assessment and nqilxwcn revitalization.
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Canada Natives, Indigenous Knowledge, Teaching Methods, Films, Personal Narratives, Immersion Programs, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Social Networks, Culturally Relevant Education, Learning Processes, Grammar, Sentences, Speech Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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