Where Are Your Keys, February 2012
The Where Are Your Keys? workshop held on February 10 & 11 was a great event! The workshop was led by Evan Gardner who developed the WAYK game. Joining him were WAYK team members Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga), April Charlo (Salish), Paul Cason and Marlon DancingEagle Bone-Cason (Maidu). Approximately forty people "experienced" the WAYK method. Without lectures, textbooks, or theory, participants at the workshop came away with a first lesson that they can use to engage fluent speakers in their community. The experience was fun, inspiring, different, non-threatening and immediately applicable. Participants were able to begin to use the Apache, O'odham and Navajo language in small learning groups or "buckets". Using hand gestures that represented terms such as " slow down", "speak more clearly", "start from the beginning" (to name only a few), proved to eliminate time and speed up the process of engaging in language learning. There were never any mistakes or errors only many "how fascinating!" moments. For a more in-depth explanation of the technique visit the WAYK website at http://www.whereareyourkeys.org/. AILDI is planning on bringing the WAYK team back at some point in the future.Don't miss the next workshop!
Summer Session Workshops
June 4-6 - Language Immersion A-Z
Sponsored by the Consortium of Indigenous Language Organizations (CILO). This workshop was held before the AILDI summer session. Sessions were held at the Desert Diamond Casino Hotel in Tucson. More information available at: www.ilinative.org/cilo.
June 14 -15 - Workshop on Culturally Responsive Language Assessment
In this two day workshop students learned how to develop and implement a new, innovative evaluation program that includes the tribal culture and community and re-defines the role of the evaluator. The evaluation program is ideal for tribal language programs that are often required to conduct an assessment to measure the effectiveness of language maintenance and revitalization. Instructor:Lizette Peter, Ph.D.
Schedule: Thursday, June 14, 9:00am - 4:00 pm; Friday, June 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: College of Education,Room 257, University of Arizona, Tucson.
June 18-22 - Indigenous Knowledge
This workshop was held in conjunction with the Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET). Participants learned how to integrate Indigenous knowledge into science and language learning curriculum.
Instructor, Greg Cajete Ph.D., (Tewa)
Schedule: Monday through Friday, June 18-22, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: College of Optical Sciences Room 307, University of Arizona, Tucson
The workshops were held concurrently with the AILDI summer session.