A Language is Dying

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  1. Michele which workshop handouts are you referring to? Just curious. Are those from past iFLT conferences? (I have a new format for this summer and yes I will be at iFLT and in Agen, France in July and in SF and Portland in the first part of August.)

    Anyway, PLEASE make as many copies as you want. And I will send via separate email to you all my books as ebooks, which you can then send to them, or if they don’t have computers, cut and paste as you see fit. Easiest is for you to get all their email addresses and just forward the ebooks in PDF form to those 20.

    Thank you for asking. It doesn’t happen very much. Some think it’s a hippy free share it all thing. I don’t. Neither does Robert Harrell. It’s a sore spot right now. You’d be so surprised. Anyway, I’ll shut up now.

    Let’s be clear – anyone in need of my books or the blog has it for free, no questions asked. If anyone on the blog knows someone who wants my books or to be on the blog but can’t afford it, just email me. Please. I should have made that clear here long ago.

    1. Oh Ben…ever since someone co-opted one of my presentations and asked later…and then started selling a translation of a book my kids and I wrote (I’d given permission for class use but didn’t know that would mean selling it “out there”), I am very sensitive to this issue.

      I was referring to the Circling With Balls handout under “Resources” on this site, as well as the first of the Workshop Handouts also under “Resources.”

      This is awesome. I’m so excited to go back to them later today. People are here from schools in three states and Canada. Unfortunately, there was a child’s death two days ago, so my full-day presentation today is not going to happen. I worked last night with an elder (after the workshop) until 10:30, and today whenever he gets up I’ll keep on going. Then we’ll connect with folks after the ceremonies. Tomorrow I have another full day with them.

      I was very excited to find that (after my last year’s presentation) one of the teachers here had taken the curriculum and started making little stories, complete with circling questions, for himself and his teaching group to use. He said that the students reported they felt they learned a whole lot more from the Storytelling classes than from the usual ones, where the teachers go through the curriculum: repeat the words, memorize the stories. Over and over, I keep saying that memorizing chunks of words at once means they seem to be less likely to be retrieved at need. I used to do that to my students! Van Patten’s ideas have made me think that memorizing in chunks means there’s a mental glob somewhere in the brain, rather than anything resembling the representation he posits.

      But they do want to save the language!

      1. I love indigenous languages I hope you’re able to help them preserve their culture. I wish all human communication could be placed on the same table as legitimacy. Why are some esteemed as “valuable” and others forgotten?
        If any of you want to learn Guarani… just let me know.

        1. Craig the need at the national conferences is for lesser spoken languages. We seem to learn so much more in those sessions. Consider doing some teaching of Guarani this summer. We can contact Carol about this right now.

          1. Craig I will email Carol but first send to me a blurp about you and Guarani and then we will pitch it to her and maybe even cobble something together for this summer. I think I can make the sale with her as I did with Wade as you simply being in my workshops as a teacher of Guarani so that it would be a seamless flow into my work at iFLT that week, as part of the work I am doing as an iFLT presenter for Carol. Those like Sean and Diane and Jim Tripp and others who know my War Room settings at those conferences know that we all benefit a hundred fold by being taught less common languages. Jason Bond’s lessons in Gallic come to mind. It’s a win-win because as you teach us Guarani we coach you on CI. Then we teach you our languages and you coach us. Reciprocal and back and forth coaching. We are all where we are. There are no experts. Join me and Wade in TN! And then if we can arrange it bring Guarani to Agen, France the week after that (last week of August). Judy Dubois’ son Daniel will teach us Breton (dig it!) – they still have their language after living a few hundred miles from the French kings to the east of them in Paris for the past 800 years. Now that is a strong language because many of those French kings were kind of assholes.

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