Summer Intensive Expectations: 2020 Update

Here you will find the 2020 Summer Intensive expectations for WAYK team members who will be joining the project at Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, BC. We want to be clear and transparent with applicants about what WAYK expects from them and what they can expect in return. What you can expect as a summer… Read more »

WAYK Summer Intensive Schedule: 2020 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 2020. As with any program centered around language learning, it’s essential that we have daily contact… Read more »

WAYK Summer Team Frequently Asked Questions: 2020 Update

We’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions we get about WAYK Summer Language Intensive projects and the internship/volunteer positions we offer. We hope that anyone who’s interested in applying to join a summer project with WAYK can find the answer to some of their burning questions below. If you have… Read more »

Call for WAYK 2020 Summer Team!

This summer, we are once again fortunate to offer summer positions on the WAYK team during the 2020 Summer Language Intensive. These positions are sponsored by our host community, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, located in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed in… Read more »

Announcing WAYK’s 2020 Summer Intensive: North Vancouver, British Columbia!

WAYK is very excited to announce—after months (and years!) of planning with the host community—that our 2020 Summer Intensive will once again take place in North Vancouver, British Columbia! This will be WAYK’s 10th summer project with a partner community. In 2020, we will continue our partnership with Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Due to the location… 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 »

  • 13. “Same Conversation” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You’re fluency hunting a fluent fool,  and choose the most common activity in that skill to start at the beginning with the simplest level of performance, that first bite-sized piece. For the context you find it in, and driven by a few of your favorite things, you create a set-up and build a same conversation… Read more »

  • 12. “How Fascinating!” – the Top 20 Techniques of WAYK

    You’re fluency hunting, and to maintain game flow and momentum, you call “How Fascinating!” every time you or another player gets stuck or struggles. You also call “How Fascinating!” to celebrate learning milestones as they whiz by. “Out beyond right doing, and wrong doing, there is a field – I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi… Read more »

  • WAYK ASL with RaVen Sequoia, Deaf ASL educator

    [vimeo=19727433] In this video, you’ll see Willem mentoring RaVen in WAYK game play over Skype videoconferencing, in exchange for mentoring in ASL. Willem and RaVen are probably signing too fast for beginners to learn – but for ASL educators this video provides a good example of how to apply the game to American Sign Language…. Read more »

  • 11. “Signing” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You’re fluency hunting with fellow players. In order to rapidly communicate team strategies in the form of techniques, you are all signing. You’re hunting a target language from your fluent fool, so you boost obviously! by using signing as a bridge language to carrying and remembering the spoken language. Gesture is likely the oldest and… Read more »

  • Fluency Fiddling with Michael Ismerio

    [vimeo = 19478895] In this video Willem Larsen sits down with Michael Ismerio, old time music fiddler and workshop leader, to discuss his recent workshop that they both boosted with an array of carefully chosen WAYK techniques. WAYK is a design system for generating and improving accelerated learning environments, not just a language fluency game!… 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 »