Guest Post: Nate’s Summer Language Intensive Experience

Aang! Amilaayam Tunuu ilan Nathaniel asax̂takuq. Unangam Tunuu ilan Tanĝaaĝix̂ asax̂takuq. I am from Anchorage, Alaska but I live in Atka, Alaska. I go to Yakov E. Netsvetov School. I have always wanted to talk with my elders in Unangax̂. I was told about the Atka Summer Intensive by my Godmother, Crystal Dushkin. She has… Read more »

Guest Post: Timothy’s Summer Language Intensive Experience

My name is Timothy and I am 15 years old. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and I was raised in Atka. I go to Yakov Netsvetov School and I am in 10th grade. When I heard about the 2016 Summer Intensive, I was interested in joining because I hear elders in our village speak… Read more »

Guest Post: Junior’s Summer Language Intensive Experience

Aang! My name is Junior and I’m from Atka, Alaska. I go to school at Yakov E. Netsvetov School. The reason why I was interested in this Summer Language Intensive is because my language (Niiĝuĝim Tunuu) is dying and I want to keep it going. The activities I liked from this summer were the icebreakers… Read more »

WAYK Summer Schedule (Updated!)

It can be hard to imagine what a language revitalization summer looks like, but working to strengthen a language is a full-time endeavor. Here’s an updated look at what to expect from the WAYK Summer Intensive Schedule in 2017. As with any program centered around language learning, it’s essential that we have daily contact with… Read more »

Call for WAYK 2017 Interns!

This summer, we are very lucky to again be able to offer at least three WAYK internship opportunities. These positions are sponsored by our host community (St. Paul Island) in partnership with ACSPI, APIA, and a number of other regional organizations. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be… Read more »

WAYK Summer Intern Expectations: 2017 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 a comprehensive training in WAYK skills, something that is difficult to demonstrate or even explain in a week-long workshop or a few language lessons. WAYK interns will learn all… Read more »

Announcing WAYK’s 2017 Summer Intensive: St. Paul Island, Alaska!

After months of preliminary planning with our host community and organizations, WAYK is excited to announce the details of our 2017 Summer Intensive. This summer, the WAYK team will be returning to St. Paul Island, Alaska! In 2017, we’ll continue to work with Unangam Tunuu (also known as Aleut), an Eskimo-Aleut language with a small… Read more »

The Danger of Putting Endangered Languages on a “Shelf”

What does it mean to revitalize a language? What does it mean to secure its existence for the next generation of speakers? What does this look like and why is it important? As a Native person who is deeply concerned about the future of my heritage language, Tewa, these are the types of questions I… Read more »

There Is No Why

David Edwards has worked with WAYK at several summer revitalization programs. He works as a software engineer in New York City and spends most of his time pulling language from unsuspecting passersby. Last year, I spent a few months working in Washington D.C. with a coworker who spoke fluent French. I spoke no French at… Read more »

Technique: Spare the Fairies

Learning another language is tough—new sounds that our mouths are not used to pronouncing, unfamiliar words, and grammar structures that just don’t feel normal. It is completely natural to want an explanation or a translation for all the new concepts and patterns in our first language. Just tell me what it means! If the word… Read more »

Latest
  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 43: Y’all Are Lappin’ Me

    35 minutes and 41 seconds. [direct download] Recorded July 28th, 2011 In this episode, the overarching theme is getting everyone to manage their Full levels and really examine why we are here.  We’ve reached a point in the program where the facilitation techniques and methods of WAYK are being handed off to the students and… Read more »

  • The Kalispel/Flathead Trip Report

    Here’s an account of our recent trip to the Flathead Reservation by our very own April Charlo.  Also, expect more podcasts and blog posts to come soon, we’ve been very busy these past few weeks and are just now starting to get caught up on the nitty gritty. This is my first blog post and… Read more »

  • New website up!

    Last week, WAYK intern David Edwards finished redesigning the new “Where Are Your Keys?” website and there are some great new features he’s set-up. Under About the Game, you can find a bite sized explanation of this system starting with What is WAYK? Then, read a more detailed overview of the game in The Big Picture, which will help guide… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 42: Faeries Will Die. This is War.

    62 minutes and 37 seconds. [direct download] Recorded July 25th, 2011 Our discussion over dinner involves accents, talk of facilitation issues and how important it is to have a strong healthy community in order for a language to survive.  We question which comes first; the language hunter, or the language teacher.  This question goes hand… Read more »

  • WAYK Podcast, Episode 41: Welcome to the Institute of Play

    (April Charlo, Evan Gardner, and David Edwards with Warm Springs High School student John Katchia enjoying the meadow in the background) 71 minutes and 56 seconds. [direct download] Recorded July 22nd, 2011 In this episode, we introduce the “Where Are Your Keys?” Summer Institute of Play at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation,… Read more »

  • 2011 Summer Institute of Play!

    Welcome to the Where Are Your Keys? 2011 Summer Institute of Play! This summer the WAYK interns and I have been living and breathing “Where Are Your Keys”.  We have been facilitating an 8 week Numu (Northern Paiute) language teacher training on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. Working in partnership with the Warm Springs… Read more »

  • “Feed Your Mind” – Top Techniques of WAYK

    In any fluency hunting environment, whether leading a game, or setting-up for a one on one with a fluent fool, you can acknowledge the human need for nutrition and comfort by feeding your mind. “Have you eaten?” – a traditional Mayan greeting, traditional Chinese greeting. Feeding Your Mind [formerly “do food“] is a hallowed human activity, a… Read more »

  • French Language Hunting Camp in Quebec, August 21-27

    Join us at WAYK French Camp, in Quebec, for seven days of high-energy fun, music, campfires, good food, and accelerated French language learning on the farm with the “Where Are Your Keys?” learning game design system. For this event, we will be hosted on Claude Duhamel’s farm-land in Ulverton, Quebec, having conversations with local French… Read more »

  • Our Interns: Becoming Language Hunters, Revitalizing Languages

    We’re now filling intern positions at WAYK; we rely on these volunteer interns to help us carry WAYK games deeper into the community, and develop the WAYK system further. Thanks to all our interns: David Edwards (a student at Stanford, helping with our Numu/Paiute language program this summer), Sky Hopinka (Hochunk and a student at… Read more »

  • Building a Video Curriculum for an Endangered Language

    [vimeo=21673263] How do you apply WAYK techniques to building a video curriculum? As you know, WAYK is a design system for accelerating and improving the learning in any environment. So then how do you apply techniques obviously!, set-up, limit, and so on, to video? Video presents certain challenges – the biggest is the loss of… Read more »

  • The Fluency Hunter’s Eye

    Experiencing accelerated learning can be magnificent, meaningful, emotionally moving, exhilarating. And yet, the techniques and principles of accelerated learning are simple and concrete. Recently, I watched a video of speaker/author Stephen Covey talking about the power of what he called the “Indian talking stick”. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUxi-Zc45tA&w=480&h=390] By definition, self-sufficient indigenous communities have mastered creating and… Read more »

  • News from Boston WAYK, April 22-24th

    Willem (me) ran the workshop, and I wanted to try a new experiment. As my skill increases as a language hunter, I find that I need to keep upping the scale and challenge of my experimentation to “stay in the zone”: neither overwhelmed (sorry, charlie!), nor bored (heaven forfend such a thing!). This is an… Read more »

  • News from the April WAYK workshop in Redmond, WA

    Thanks so much to SolutionsIQ for hosting us at their training center – a great space and a very supportive partnership. We had a diverse crowd at our April 1-3 workshop in the Seattle area. Some attendees came with fluency, wanting to learn more how to teach – Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Lushootseed, Latin. Others… Read more »

  • Invite WAYK for a Talk or Demo in Boston, April 17th-21st

    From April 14th-24th, I (Willem Larsen) will be presenting WAYK at various venues in Boston, MA. For the first few days, I’ll be at Agile Games 2011, April 14th-16th. From the 17th-21st I’m available to do talks and demos on “Where Are Your Keys?” and the Fluency Hunting Model of accelerated learning. If you’d like… Read more »

  • WAYK Book of “Fundamental Play Techniques”

    For all of you dying to get a written version of the WAYK techniques, we’ve self-published about 15 copies of a 60 page booklet. This book covers about half of the techniques we consider vital and fundamental to play, 24 in all, giving more in depth background. The technique entries are almost the same as… Read more »

  • Language Hunting and Responsible Travel

    From Lonely Planet’s website (maker of guidebooks, phrasebooks, and other media): ‘Responsible travel’ means assessing our impact on the environment and local cultures and economies – and acting to make that impact as positive as possible. We’re including more information in our guidebooks and on this website on how you can personally travel more responsibly…. Read more »

  • WAYK at “Life is Good” Homeschooling Conference, May 26-29

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txdBOES235k&w=480&h=390] WAYK staff Evan Gardner, Willem Larsen, and others, will be playing four days of WAYK at the Life (“Learning in Freedom Everyday”) Unschooling/Homeschooling conference in the Portland area. http://lifeisgoodconference.com Registration is only $60 for adults and $40 for children over 3, for 4 days. WAYK will staff an exhibitor booth with a game… Read more »

  • 24. “Riddle-me-this” – the Top WAYK Techniques

    When fluency hunting, you are never concerned with translations or explanations, because you are always looking to acquire an intuitive, whole-body understanding of the language or skill through riddle-me-this. Meaning is a complete, whole-body experience, not an intellectual one. Discovery, revelation, insight, the “Eureka!” moments of our lives are most richly felt, and most deeply… Read more »

  • 23. “Lunatic Fringe” – the Top WAYK Techniques

    During fluency hunting, you remain aware of everyone around you – young children playing, passers-by, and peers watching the hunt. You know that all these people are lunatic fringe, fully part of play, though they might not realize it, and you take care to hunt as obviously! as you can so they can follow along…. Read more »

  • 22. “Travels with Charlie”/”Sorry, Charlie” – the Top WAYK techniques

    When fluency hunting, you use limit to move through ascending levels of complex performance, leaving a Travels with Charlie roadmap behind you, and calling sorry, charlie on yourself or others anytime bite-sized pieces come up out of order. One quick look at the Big Picture can make all the details fall into place. We call… Read more »