Frequently Asked Questions about WAYK Internships

We’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions we get about WAYK internships and Summer Language Intensive projects. We hope that anyone who’s interested in applying for an internship with WAYK can find the answer to some of their burning questions below. If you have a question that’s not answered, please… Read more »

Call for WAYK 2019 Interns!

This summer, we are once again fortunate to offer WAYK internship opportunities during the 2019 Summer Language Intensive. The internship positions are sponsored by our host community, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, in North Vancouver, BC. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed in the work of language revitalization,… Read more »

WAYK Summer Intensive Schedule: 2019 Update

It can be hard to imagine what a language revitalization summer looks like, but working to keep a language vital is a full-time endeavor. Here’s an updated look at what to expect from the WAYK Summer Intensive schedule in 2019. As with any program centered around language learning, it’s essential that we have daily contact with… Read more »

WAYK Summer Intern Expectations: 2019 Update

What you can expect as a summer participant: You will learn how to use WAYK. One of the main purposes of the WAYK Summer Intensive is to provide comprehensive training in WAYK skills, something that is difficult to demonstrate or even explain in a week-long workshop or a few language lessons. A good way to think about the… Read more »

Announcing WAYK’s 2019 Summer Intensive: North Vancouver, British Columbia!

WAYK is very excited to announce—after months (and years!) of planning with the host community—that our 2019 Summer Intensive will take place in North Vancouver, British Columbia! This will be WAYK’s 9th summer project with a partner community. In 2019, we will continue our partnership with Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Due to the location and history… Read more »

What it’s like to be a WAYK Intern

Interning: do anything and everything #forthelanguage! Explaining what it’s like to be a WAYK intern is no easy task. To be perfectly honest, I really had no idea what I was in for when I boarded the plane that would take me to St. Paul Island, Alaska. Even once I figured out what I was… Read more »

  • WAYK Farsi

    [vimeo = 19412787] In this video Willem and Holia explore doing a language trade, where Willem will learn Farsi, and Holia will improve his English, and also will be trained to rapidly teach and learn language through language hunting. Please keep in mind, that if you find this video confusing, then you probably need to… Read more »

  • 10. “Start at the Beginning/Start Over” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You’ve found a fluent fool, and you want to fluency hunt their ability. So you start at the beginning, and during your hunt, whenever you get lost or confused, you simply start over – at the beginning. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Where to begin? A key element of… Read more »

  • 9. “Full” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You’ve set-up a series of same conversations with a fluent fool, for fluency hunting their language. You know you’re at your best if you’re Warm/Fed/Rested/Safe/Willing, and after playing for a while you begin to feel yourself becoming Full. No one knows you better than yourself. Many people trained in mainstream public schools have had their… Read more »

  • Boston, MA WAYK April 22nd-24th

    Finally, WAYK is planning to host an East Coast workshop, in Boston, MA this April 22nd-24th. Come experience 3 days of high-energy fun and accelerated learning! This is far from the WAYK home base of Portland, so this is a grassroots effort; please help spread the word by encouraging your friends and family to register…. Read more »

  • Squamish Language Revitalization

    About a year ago we partnered with Dustin Rivers, to train him and his community in WAYK and support the revitalization of the Squamish Language. Squamish Nation is located in British Columbia, Canada. A few months ago Dustin began spear-heading weekly WAYK Squamish language classes. Dustin adapted the Zero to Intermediate scale to the Squamish… Read more »

  • 8. “Warm/Fed/Rested/Safe/Willing” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You are considering “setting-up” a game to pull or push language. To do this, you need players and/or “fluent fools”. For the most satisfying game, you ensure potential players are “Warm/Fed/Rested/Safe/Willing”. Humans are animals with bodies, and are therefore subject to biological constraints. It may seem laughably obvious to make the above statement. But for… Read more »

  • WAYK with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and English

    Meet John Graham, a New Zealand player who has never met us in-person, but has learned WAYK through the on-line videos, podcasts, and blogs. Here you can see a short, off-the-cuff video with his japanese friend Mai, as they play in NZSL and English. Note that John has adapted the grammar of NZSL to act… Read more »

  • 7. “Copy-cat” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You’ve found a “fluent fool” in your target skill; you dive right in after “fluency”, by picking a common, accessible, “same conversation”, then “start at the beginning” by “copycatting” everything they do. “Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation” (Mason Cooley). According to research over the past couple decades, humans (along with some other… Read more »

  • 6. “Set-up” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    To maximize the players’ experience of “Obviously!”, we intentionally “Set-up!” as much of the environment as possible, removing variables and distraction, focusing their attention on play.   “I don’t think we got set up, I know we got set up! I mean, really, seriously, where did all those cops come from, huh?” – the Usual… Read more »

  • 5. “Limit” – the Top 20 WAYK techniques

      You’re “setting-up” a “TPR” environment, as close as possible to the real life objects and situation involved in your target skill. Yet starting with the real life, fully complex situation will overwhelm you and your players, so you “Limit” the scope of the environment and play to your current ability. The cost of information… Read more »

  • 4. “Total Physical Response (TPR)” – Top 20 Techniques of WAYK

    You’re looking at your “Set-up!”, working to make play as “Obviously!” as possible. You want the “Fluency” your players acquire to apply to the real world. To do so, you create a “Total Physical Response” amongst players through the actual physical objects and situation involved in using the skill.     If fluency is acquired… Read more »

  • 3. “Fluency” – the Top 20 Techniques of WAYK

    We want to acquire a new competency, a new target skill. To do so we begin sharing and naming “Techniques” that will accelerate our acquisition of the target skill. The first principle for acceleration is to remove every barrier between us and the performance of that skill by “Obviously!” removing all ambiguity, uncertainty, and guessing… Read more »

  • 2. “Obviously!” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

      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]

  • 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 »