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ERIC Number: EJ764927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
New Voices Ancient Words: Language Immersion Produces Fluent Speakers, Stronger Personal and Cultural Identities
Pease, Janine
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v15 n3 p14-18 Spr 2004
Across Indian Country, people can hear voices speaking ancient words, in a Cochiti extended family in New Mexico, a Navajo community school on the Arizona desert, a Native Hawaiian kindergarten, a Salish/Kootenai summertime ceremony, on the North Dakota plains, and in a Blackfeet math classroom in Montana. Unlike other language instruction methods, language immersion follows the learning path an infant takes on the way to fluency in a primary language. As students study their Native language and culture, they develop stronger identities and knowledge of their individual roles in their culture and family. The language carries with it the knowledge of relationships, and the language learners acquire a sense of these connections.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Montana; New Mexico; North Dakota