WAYK Summer Intensive Schedule: 2018 Update

It can be hard to imagine what a language revitalization summer looks like, but working to keep a language alive is a full-time endeavor. Here’s an updated look at what to expect from the WAYK Summer Intensive schedule in 2018. As with any program centered around language learning, it’s essential that we have daily contact with… Read more »

WAYK Summer Intern Expectations: 2018 Update

What you can expect as an intern: 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. Communities that invite WAYK for a Summer Intensive… Read more »

Call for WAYK 2018 Interns!

This summer, we are once again fortunate to offer internship opportunities during the 2018 WAYK Summer Intensive. The internship positions are sponsored by our host community (APIA), in partnership with TAC, TAF, and a number of other regional organizations. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed… Read more »

Announcing WAYK’s 2018 Summer Intensive: Anchorage, Alaska!

WAYK is very excited to announce—after months (and years!) of planning with our host community—that our 2018 Summer Intensive will take place in Anchorage, Alaska! In 2018, we will continue our work with Unangam Tunuu, an Eskimo-Aleut language with a small number of speakers in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Unangam Tunuu has been the… Read more »

A Day in the Life of a WAYK Team Member

I don’t know if it’s possible to share an “average” day, but here is a sample day as a WAYK Team Member, based on Thursday June 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Alaska. 8:15 AM Breakfast. The eight of us – Evan, Susanna, and the six visiting team members – eat our meals together at the WAYK house,… Read more »

Techniques and Metalinguistic Comments

Early on in teaching TQs (Techniques), Evan pointed out that an ASL (American Sign Language) sign can be used in at least two ways in WAYK. For example, the sign translatable as ‘again’ can be used as in the sentence ‘then the shark nibbled me on the finger again’. Or it can be used as… Read more »

Circle of Questions and Silly Conversations

At the beginning of the summer language intensive, Susanna and Evan introduced us to the Circle of Questions, a concept used in TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling; read more in Fluency Through TPR Storytelling). I find it an incredibly useful tool for learning and teaching. Below is a description of the concept with… Read more »

Fairy Killing or Linguistics Terminology?

As part of the Summer Language Intensive we took part in an excellent training in archiving practices (see Rachel Sprouse and Talia London’s blogs for more info). During this training, the local team decided on how to label the items in their archive; in other words, what “metadata” to attach to the items. My attention… Read more »

Mind Meadows

“Mind meadows” are an adaptation of Technique: Meadow brought to us by Justin Slocum-Bailey of Indwelling Language.  “Imagine you’re on an island,” our leader starts. The room fills with smiles and muffled laughs; being smack dab in the middle of the Bering Sea, it’s not hard to imagine such a far-fetched situation. “You’re on an… Read more »

Relationship Dynamics in Language Learning

I have been thinking about the relationship between a language learner and an “informant”, who may be a native speaker, a fluent speaker, or just someone more proficient than the learner. Here on St. Paul Island, local language team members have been improving their fluency by “language hunting” with some of the elders who either… Read more »

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  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 14: The 3rd Debrief of Squamish Language Night

    48 minutes 47 seconds. [direct download here] If you regularly listen to our podcasts, you know by now how highly we value debriefs, and the tremendous insight and improvement that emerges from them. In this episode, Willem debriefs Dustin’s Squamish Language Night game, for the first time in a few weeks. 1. Technique “the Lotus“… Read more »

  • How Does WAYK Teach Reading and Writing?

    Yesterday, Kirstyn and Thomas, two of our Chinuk WAYK game leaders had an email conversation. I include it below to illustrate the comprehensive, simple genius of the WAYK game for revitalizing language. We encourage people to start just with speaking, and putting off any reading or writing till later, because of the easy magic that… Read more »

  • Revitalizing Language With Young Children

    [vodpod id=Video.3385353&w=425&h=350&fv=] What does it take to involve young children in the community-wide game of WAYK language revitalization? Well, it can be as simple as allowing them to watch the game out of the corner of their eye, while doing their own thing, and intermittently joining in. If you can commit to holding a regular… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 13: The Art of Debriefs, the Power of Language Hunting

    1 hr, 7 minutes, 6 seconds. [direct download here] [Note: This podcast isn’t designed to teach Chinuk Wawa. It is a demonstration of how to apply the WAYK method to an endangered language. By listening to it, you will improve your understanding of WAYK techniques, but you won’t receive any instruction in Chinuk specifically.] In… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 12: Dustin Rivers’ 2nd Squamish Language Night

    [direct download here] Evan Gardner and Willem Larsen interview Dustin Rivers, a Squamish Nation WAYK instructor, in the ongoing progress of establishing a community WAYK Squamish language night, and other issues in applying WAYK to revitalizing language in his community. 1. Technique “Set-up“ Dustin describes his “set-up“; attendees, game flow, “the Walk“, use of technique… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 11: Choosing Your Signed Bridge Language

    [direct download] As prompted by Stefan, a WAYK player from Germany, Evan Gardner and Willem Larsen discuss choosing the ideal signed language for using as a bridge language, in relation to your target spoken language. 1. Technique: “Bridge Language“ Stefan asks: which is more effective, using the WAYK ASL/Pidgin Signed English (PSE), or a local… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 10: Gamestorm and Fiercely Holding Space

    [direct download here] In this episode, Evan and Willem speak about Willem’s session of “Where Are Your Keys?” he ran for story-gamers at ‘Gamestorm 12‘ in Portland, OR. WAYK is a highly designed game environment for community-driven language revitalization. This conversation about Willem’s game gets highly technical and into some of the minutiae that we… Read more »

  • Training “Language Hunters” in San Francisco – Less than 2 weeks to go

    Here’s another reminder concerning our San Francisco workshop coming up in just under two weeks. We still have spots available! We as yet have no other public workshops on the schedule for the rest of this year. Last time we did a workshop in San Francisco (actually in Pleasanton, a nearby suburb) we had a… Read more »

  • Dustin brings Justin to “Want/Have/Give/Take” in Squamish

    [vodpod id=Video.3312342&w=425&h=350&fv=] This video marks the end of the second session, where Dustin Rivers (Squamish Nation WAYK instructor) brings Justin Robinson (Chinook Nation WAYK instructor) all the way to the goal conversation, “Do you want my black car? I give you my black car.” Every game they play sets a new speed record for learning… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 9: Chinuk Wawa Night 3

    [direct download here] [Note: This podcast isn’t designed to teach Chinuk Wawa. It is a demonstration of how to apply the WAYK method to an endangered language. By listening to it, you will improve your understanding of WAYK techniques, but you won’t receive any instruction in Chinuk specifically.] In this episode we debrief our most… Read more »

  • Dustin leads Justin’s second WAYK Squamish session

    [vodpod id=Video.3312271&w=425&h=350&fv=] This marks the beginning of Justin Robinson’s (a Chinook Nation WAYK instructor, who runs WAYK games with us in Chinuk Wawa) second session of WAYK Squamish, as led by Dustin Rivers (Squamish Nation). Dustin begins session two by “starting at the beginning” with “what’s that?“.

  • Estonian Universal Speed Curriculum

    Now we’re talking! WAYK community member Priit emailed us from his home country of Estonia recently, announcing he’s finished an Estonian Universal Speed Curriculum. This brings us to four USC, one in Estonian, one in Chinuk Wawa, one in Squamish Language, and the one Billy James Ulibarri and Walter Duran made in Spanish. Honestly folks:… Read more »

  • WAYK Squamish #6: “Craig’s List: Mine/Yours”

    [vodpod id=Video.3289634&w=425&h=350&fv=] Squamish Nation WAYK instructor Dustin, now begins adding more and more complex language structure into the game, taking Justin (Chinook Nation WAYK instructor) all the way to “Is that my snake? No, that is not your snake, that is my snake”, using all the techniques he can to continue to stretch Justin’s fluent… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 8: “the Language Hunter”

    WAYK Podcast, Episode 8: “Hunting the Hunter”. 57 minutes and 35 seconds. [direct download here] In this episode, Evan and I debrief a session of WAYK Squamish language, where Dustin Rivers, a Squamish nation WAYK instructor led Justin Robinson, a Chinook Nation WAYK instructor (Chinuk Wawa). 1. Technique “Hunt the Hunter“ Dustin takes Justin farther,… Read more »

  • Experience WAYK in San Francisco, April 12th, 13th

    Looks like a game of WAYK to me! I’m sending out a reminder concerning our San Francisco workshop coming up in just a few weeks. We still have spots available! Last time we did a workshop in San Francisco (actually in Pleasanton, a nearby suburb) we had a fantastic time being hosted by Elisabeth Hendrickson’s… Read more »

  • WAYK Squamish #5: “Craig’s List”, “No, not, don’t”

    [vodpod id=Video.3289465&w=425&h=350&fv=] In this video Squamish nation WAYK instructor Dustin continues leading Chinook Nation WAYK instructor Justin in a game of Squamish language WAYK. Dustin has now begun to add to the complexity of the language structure, by moving to using negation with “No, not, don’t”, as in “No, that is not a snake, that… Read more »

  • WAYK Squamish #4: “Is that your…?”, “Start at the Beginning”, “Contract Sign”

    [vodpod id=Video.3288955&w=425&h=350&fv=] In this video Squamish nation WAYK instructor Dustin continues leading Chinook Nation WAYK instructor Justin in a game of Squamish language WAYK. Dustin has now begun to add to the complexity of the language structure, by moving to the question “Is that your [object]…? Is that my [object]?”, using techniques “Contract Sign” and… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 7: Technique “Money Talks”

    WAYK Episode 7: Technique “Money Talks”. 58 minutes and 28 seconds. [direct download here] It’s tempting to dismiss the more mundane reasons for using, learning, and teaching language, but at the heart of language acquisition, you’ll find the hunger to grow up, to get the necessities of life, and start a family. [UPDATE: Here’s a… Read more »

  • WAYK Instructor Vetting: Use of the WAYK Name/Logo

    When can you use the WAYK name and logo? What do we think about you accepting money for running games of WAYK? We encourage everyone to organize free community games and play WAYK as often as possible, using the WAYK logo and name. We encourage you to organize these kinds of events in a “feast-style”,… Read more »

  • WAYK Squamish, Video #3: “Slow/Fast”, “Craig’s List: Positives”

    [vodpod id=Video.3285762&w=425&h=350&fv=] In this video Squamish nation WAYK instructor Dustin continues leading Chinook Nation WAYK instructor Justin in a game of Squamish language WAYK. To accelerate the acquisition of fluency, before making their conversation more complex, Dustin begins throwing more “techniques”, what we consider “the rules of the game”; in this case, techniques “Slow/Fast” and… Read more »