5 Group Immersion Activities

Before I arrived at the St. Paul Unangam Tunuu Summer Language Intensive, I wondered what we would do on a typical day. I knew that there would be no teacher standing at the front of the room, no textbooks. How would we fill our time from nine to five? I discovered here a variety of… Read more »

Relaxing in Immersion

Picture this: I grab a beautiful blue egg shell, a white feather, and two model birds, and join my group at a table in the back room for immersion time. Without any discussion or planning, we five young women blow up an imaginary immersion bubble to bid farewell to English – from here on out,… Read more »

Master Teachers and Techniques

Have you ever watched a master teacher at work? As a student teacher walking into a master teacher’s classroom for the first time, it is easy to have the misconception that the students are magically doing what they are supposed to be doing. The truth is that the teacher is using techniques to seamlessly facilitate… Read more »

TQ: Full Sentences

2017 WAYK intern Mary Leighton explains Technique: Full Sentences, a simple trick for getting more language out of your immersion sessions.

Guest Post: Meet Unangam Tunuu Intern Timothy

My name is Timothy A. Zaochney and I’m from Atka, Alaska. I’ve been doing the Niiĝuĝim Tunuu language program for three years. I’m joining the team this summer in Anchorage as an APICDA intern. I got involved in the language program when Evan came down to Atka for the first time in 2013. I’m interested… Read more »

Guest Post: Meet Unangam Tunuu Intern Junior

Hi, my name is Junior Golodoff. I’m from Atka, Alaska. This here is my third year with the Summer Language Intensive. I’m joining the team as an APICDA intern. What got me involved with the language is my friends because without them I probably wouldn’t be here. What got me interested in the language was that… Read more »

Guest Post: Meet Unangam Tunuu Intern Nikkita

My first introduction with Unangam Tunuu came during the fall of 2015, when I heard of classes at the Aleutian Pribilof Island’s Association building here in Anchorage. The need for understanding the words and the sounds was something that I was excited about. The classes at that time worked with my schedule, so I continued… Read more »

Guest Post: Meet Ungangm Tunuu Intern Bobbi

Hello, my name is Bobbi Dushkin. I got involved with the language project 2 years ago when Crystal came up to me at a Christmas party and asked if I would like to learn the Aleut language. So I went to Atka in 2016 and that was my first summer in the language project. Summer… Read more »

Guest Post: Meet Unangam Tunuu Intern Kira

Hi, my name is Kira, and I live in Wasilla, AK, but I’m from St. Paul Island. Language has always been a part of my life since I was young; I got into the WAYK program three years ago with my mom and my brother. Since I got started, I have learned to teach beginners… Read more »

Guest Post: Meet Unangam Tunuu Intern Nate

Hello, my name is Nathaniel. I am from Atka, Alaska. For those who don’t know where Atka is located, Atka is a very remote island westward on the Aleutian chain. I’m 16 years old and I currently live in Anchorage, Alaska. This fall I will be starting my senior year of high school. I have… Read more »

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      Once we agree to share accelerators that work through tq “Technique!”, it leads us to tq “Obviously!”: the mother of all other techniques. Every technique in the WAYK system exists to serve this primary principle. Success drives learning – failure undermines it. Many people in our culture are very familiar with negative feelings around… Read more »

  • 1. “Technique!” – Top 20 WAYK Techniques

      “Technique!” is the fundamental structural element of the WAYK system. With it players can name and share the techniques that will accelerate learning and teaching, incorporated as “rules of the game”.     The line between students and teachers is the biggest obstacle in education. The teacher is the boss. The students are the… Read more »

  • January Spotlight: Top 20 Accelerated Learning Techniques

    When explaining WAYK, we like to say, “There are a million specific ways to accelerate learning. We know 200.” This month we’ll be blogging 20 accelerated learning techniques, one at a time. These techniques are also known as “the rules of the game”, that we share back and forth, and through which we hunt language… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 40: Irish Night Blues

    19 minutes and 25 seconds. [direct download] After several months meeting, the Irish Language night has been facing a series of issues due to an unideal location and a temporary spell of absence of our fluent speaker. TQ: Road Map Looking for material to add to the road map without the input of the fluent… Read more »

  • The Wide World of WAYK

    Here we go again – yet another introductory video to the world of WAYK. If you struggle explaining WAYK to your friends, try this video out. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/17222407]

  • Advanced WAYK Play at December’s Seattle Workshop

    As some of you know, we are having an open WAYK workshop in Redmond, WA (near Seattle) December 3-5, 2010. We’d like to underscore how much of an opportunity this is for experienced players. We’re now entering a phase where we have enough experienced language hunters that in this workshop we can set a special… Read more »

  • Seattle Area WAYK Workshop, December 3-5, 2010

    The good folks at SolutionsIQ are partnering with us to bring you our first public workshop in a while. Please check out the event details at the December workshop event page.

  • Focus on the Game

    It’s easy to forget to just “play the game”, when using WAYK for the first time. The temptation to “remember” and “learn” is always lurking, ready to pounce on an unwary player. “But don’t we play WAYK so we can learn a language?” Most new players are surprised when we answer, “No! Don’t learn anything…. Read more »

  • Learning a Language vs. Creating a Language Community

        There are a lot of people doing good work in language education; and you can find many talented language learners and polyglots. There are countless resources to learn a language out there, whether immersion programs, classes, software, CD sets, podcasts, online language mentoring forums, and on and on. We respect and value all these… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 39: Irish Gaelic Night

    24 minutes and 33 seconds. [direct download here] This is the first podcast concerning our weekly WAYK Irish Language Night, with fluent speaker and Marylhurst University instructor Bob Burke. WAYK players have come together to “hunt” Bob’s Irish language, and build a roadmap to fluency in Irish. For whatever reason, in the USA we call… Read more »

  • Put Yourself on the Map

    If you don’t know yet, as a WAYK player you have a couple resources for connecting up with the community of  language play out there. We have a WAYK google group, with a few months of discussion by experienced players and WAYK staff. Recently, Dave, one of our distant WAYK players, set up a google… Read more »

  • The Race to “Getting to the Party”

    So, owing to our recent work with helping revitalize Ecclesastical Latin at Wyoming Catholic College, Evan and I finally decided to put  pen to paper and make a written USC road-map from zero to “Getting to the Party”. It’s been an “oral document” (as anthropologists like to say) up till now. We’ve noticed that even… Read more »

  • The Playful World of “Conlangs”

    WAYK has found play in some unusual corners of the linguistic internet. For a language game that was developed to maintain an unbroken lineage of conversational life, it’s especially odd that players would find it useful for languages that have never been spoken before. These languages are called “conlangs”, short for “constructed languages”. In this… Read more »

  • Language Hunting in Latin

    [vimeo http://vimeo.com/15491950] In this video you’ll see footage of the September 2010 Latin WAYK Weekend Workshop at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, WY. Towards the end of the weekend at a typical WAYK workshop, the steadily improving language hunters participate in the “Tea with Grandma” scenario, where attendees hunt language from fluent elders with no… Read more »

  • WAYK Latin – Ubi sunt claves tuae?

    Well, Evan Gardner and I (Willem Larsen) both just returned from Lander, WY, where we’ve been helping the good people of Wyoming Catholic College revitalize Latin. Lander has several noteworthy aspects to it – it’s a lovely town to have a steak dinner in, and it’s also the location of the NOLS headquarters (National Outdoor… Read more »

  • Iliodor Philemonof on Traditional Unangax Art and Regalia

    [vimeo 14780588] In this video Iliodor Philemonof, elder speaker of Unangam Tunuu (Aleut), provides the language for some traditional items and art of the Unangax people. This video was filmed during the 2010 “Where Are Your Keys?” Unangax Language Camp at the NW Indian College, on the Lummi Reservation, in Bellingham, WA.

  • VIDEO: “Tea with Grandma” at the 2010 #WAYK Unangax Language Camp

    [vimeo 14757931] We feel strongly that we’re doing work no one else is doing – work that teaches communities a particular kind of real-world, practical, all-ages, all-weather skills at learning and teaching language in any environment. “Tea with Grandma” is a prime example of this – at every workshop we do, we run this scenario… Read more »

  • “the Walk” in Unangam Tunuu with Iliodor Philemonof

    [vimeo 14724207] This is a video of “the Walk” Unangam Tunuu curriculum, generated by and for the campers at the 2010 WAYK Unangax Language Camp. Note that there are no translations or subtitling, as this is meant as a refresher for attendees.

  • VIDEO: Unangam Tunuu Universal Speed Curriculum

    [vimeo 14723748] This video contains the Unangam Tunuu Universal Speed Curriculum, and is a refresher for attendees of the 2010 Unangax Language Camp at the NW Indian College. It contains no subtitles or translations, and is meant to serve as a guide for improving players’ accent and pronunciation. If you’d like to see Unangam Tunuu… Read more »

  • The New, Easy WAYK Video Tutorial

    [vimeo 14722295] I really think we out-did ourselves this time – Evan and I finally may have brainstormed a format in which you can easily learn the core WAYK game via internet video. This video covers all the techniques needed to play a two to four person game. For larger groups, check out our supporting… Read more »