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How to keep your language alive : a commonsense approach to one-on-one language learning / Leanne Hinton with Matt Vera, Nancy Steele and the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.

Hinton, Leanne. (Author). Vera, Matt, 1959- (Added Author). Steele, Nancy. (Added Author).


Do you want to learn the language of your ancestors? Do you want to help save an endangered language? Do you know someone who speaks another language and could help you learn it? If the answer to any or all of these questions is "yes," this book can help. Amidst an epidemic of worldwide language loss, author Leanne Hinton and a group of dedicated language activists have created a master-apprentice program, a one-on-one approach to ensure that new speakers will take the place of those who are fluent in the world's languages. The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program originated among the indigenous tribes of California, but this is a manual for students of all languages, from Yurok to Yiddish, Washoe to Welsh. Here is a simple, structured series of exercises and activities designed to help you take advantage of the language-learning skills shared by all humans, along with advice to students and their mentors about how to succeed.--From publisher description.

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  • ISBN: 1890771422
  • ISBN: 9781890771423
  • Physical Description: xvii, 123 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday Books, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
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Some myths about language learning -- Overview of the philosophy and method -- What you can expect to learn -- The typical session -- A sample sequence for beginners -- Going ahead with your learning -- Developing vocabulary -- The framework of language: learning grammar -- Intermediate and advanced language learning -- Learning stories -- More on the written word -- Problems and plateaus in language learning -- Appendix A: how to develop a program in your community -- Appendix B: applying master-apprentice principles to the classroom -- Appendix C: Drawings.
Subject: Languages, Modern > Study and teaching.
17.28 ethnolinguistics.
18.91 American Indian languages.
Languages, Modern > Study and teaching.

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