Indigenous Community Health


Demonstrate your understanding of the plight of Indigenous languages
oDiscuss the Importance of Indigenous Language Revitalization
oDiscuss the steps to Indigenous language revitalization
oDefine the types of Indigenous Language Revitalization approaches
Demonstrate your understanding of Indigenous Health and Wellness as expressed through Language Revitalization

Language assessment and planning: Find out whatthe linguistic situation is in the community. How manyspeakers are there? What are their ages? What other resourcesare available on the language? What are the attitudesof speakers and non-speakers toward language revitalization?What are realistic goals for languagerevitalization in community?

Step 2.
If the language has no speakers: Use availablematerials to reconstruct the language and develop languagepedagogy.
oStep 3.
If the language has only elderly speakers: Document the language of the elderly speakers. (This may also take place at the same time as other steps.)
Step 4.
Develop a second-language learning program foradults. These professional-age and parent-age adultsecond-language learners will be important leaders inlater steps.
Step 5.
Redevelop or enhance cultural practices support and encourage use of the endangered language at home and in public by first- and second-language speakers.
Step 6.
Develop intensive second-language programs forchildren, preferably with a component in the schools.When possible, use the endangered language as the languageof instruction.

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