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Indigenous Languages Conferences, Workshops, and Symposia for 2012
January 25th, 2012 - Posted by Natasha Varner

From regional language workshops to international conferences, 2012 will offer a variety of gatherings for Native language learners, teachers, activists, and practitioners. We’ve compiled here a list of some of those conferences, workshops, and symposia for the coming year. Be sure to check out the Falmouth Institute’s round-up of 2012 language revitalization events and Northern Arizona University’s Teaching Indigenous Languages website for additional information on upcoming language conferences and symposia.

Where Your Keys? Workshop
San Xavier District, Tohono O’odham Nation
February 10-11
The two day, hands-on workshop will introduce the key concepts and techniques of Where Are Your Keys? (WAYK), enabling participants to quickly learn any language by talking with a fluent speaker without the help of textbooks, dictionaries, or translations.  The WAYK method is not intended to replace any existing language learning method but rather is an additional tool that can be used and modified to enhance any current language learning curriculum. The workshop will be entirely experiential, not theoretical.

Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of North America
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 23-24
In this 8th annual meeting, special interest is being placed on language documentation and description, computational approaches to documentation and revitalization, community outcomes of language documentation, and lessons learned from language documentation.

Native American Language Revitalization Summit

Native American Language Revitalization Summit
Falmouth Institute
Phoenix, Arizona
March 28-29
At Falmouth Institute’s fourth annual Language Revitalization Summit participants will hear from experts on the forefront of language revitalization efforts and return home armed with practical knowledge that can help make reclaiming their tribe’s language an achievable goal. The summit will also feature an idea-generating facilitated group discussion with summit attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss  insights on best practices and shared challenges with other educators, policy-makers, and community leaders doing hands-on language revitalization work in their communities.

The 8th Giving the Gift of Language
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana
April 19-21
This year’s workshop speakers will highlight youth voices of success. Presenters will speak about their experiences as second language learners in the hopes that their sharing will help participants learn how they can utilize these successes in their own efforts to keep their languages vigorous and healthy.

19th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops, British Columbia
May 17-19
This symposium will bring together presenters engaged in the complete spectrum of Indigenous language revitalization including traditional teaching and learning, research, language preservation innovations, to “effective practices” workshops, from formal to informal presentations and/or performances. An important sub-theme of the symposium is the importance of an understanding of how to garner new knowledge that will guide teachers, researchers, and other professionals.

Language Revitalization in the 21st Century: Going Global, Staying Local Conference
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, New York
May 31 – June 1
The CUNY Graduate Center and the International Centre for Language Revitalization of the Auckland University of Technology will hold a two-day symposium on language revitalization. A central goal of this symposium is to share successful language revitalization strategies from around the world and to understand how revitalization can strengthen local cultural identity and at the same time connect speakers to one another across the globe.

American Indian Language Development Institute
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
June 7-29
The theme for the 2012 summer session is “Language Authenticity for the Next Generation.” The summer institute promotes and cultivates an atmosphere of sharing among the participants by structuring classes to have both a teaching and learning component. Through lectures, readings, assignments and other hands-on activities, courses are designed for students to apply their skills and knowledge to their schools and communities.

Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Program
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
June 9-27
CILLDI hosts an annual summer school held at the University of Alberta whose goal is to train First Peoples speakers and educators in endangered language documentation, linguistics, language acquisition, second language teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and language-related research and policy-making.

Northwest Indian Language Institute
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
July 9-27
The theme for the 2012 summer institute is “Reclaiming Daily Conversations” with a focus on teaching participants strategies on how to reclaim daily conversations from English. The third week of the institute will include intense applied teaching practices, peer reviews, teaching demonstrations, strategies for teaching conversation, and ways to motivate adult language learners.

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