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Language Learning Assessment Resources

NEȾOLṈEW̱ Language Learning Assessment Tool
This tool was developed from a SSHRC-funded partnership project with the University of Victoria for adults learning Indigenous languages. The tool can be downloaded in both print and web versions. [Print] [Web]

Kids Online Resources

Online Apps

These apps can be adapted to support First Nations language learning at multiple levels and can be used at school or in the home.

My PlayHome
My PlayHome is an interactive doll house that allows children to explore and use everything in the home. Create characters that can eat, sleep, shower, brush their teeth, and more. With this app, learners can practice language associated with the home and daily routines.

Apple Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/my-playhome/id439628153?mt=8
Android Devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playhome&hl=en

My PlayHome School
My PlayHome School is an extension of the My PlayHome app. This app allows children to expand their learning by exploring the school as they play various roles. With this app, learners can practice the language associated with school and the classroom.

Apple Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/my-playhome-school/id922188121?mt=8
Android Devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playhome.school&hl=en

My PlayHome Stores
My PlayHome Stores is an extension of the My PlayHome app. This interactive app allows children to explore four different stores where they can play, build their own ice cream cone, go grocery shopping, and more. With this app, learners can practice the language associated with various day-to-day tasks outside of the home and school.

Android Devices:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playhome.stores&hl=en
Apple Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/my-playhome-stores/id683942610?mt=8

My Story
Create your own stories with the My Story app. This is a great app for both home and school use. You can make voice recordings so that the story can be told using your language. You can also create your own text for the story, so if your language has a keyboard app you can practice reading and writing in the language. Your stories can be imported and exported for easy sharing with others.  

Apple Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-story-book-maker-for-kids/id449232368?mt=8

Bitsboard

The Bitsboard app makes learning fun through the use of games and flashcards. There are certain games that cannot be modified and rely on the use of English, but there are selected games that can be customized to support language learning. For example, the flashcard game can be customized to only show images without the language, and there is also the option to record audio. With 25+ games to play with, this app can be a useful tool for language learning and practice.

Apple Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/bitsboard-education-games/id516842210?mt=8

Sock Puppets
Create your own Sock Puppets that speak in your language! This fun app allows you to create videos of conversations between puppets using various characters, scenery and backgrounds. When you are finished creating your videos, you can upload them to Facebook and YouTube to share with others.

Apple Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/sock-puppets/id394504903?mt=8

Kids Books

Language and Health Resources

Intersections: Indigenous Language, Health and Wellness.
Shoukia van Beek, 2016.
This research report and annotated bibliography examines the connections between Indigenous language, health and well-being. It represents a compilation and summary of the existing research on this topic from North America. Compiled by Shoukia van Beek, for the FNIS UBC Research Practicum in 2016.

Aboriginal Language, Identity Formation and Health
Heather James, 2017
This research report and annotated bibliography examines the relationship between Indigenous health, language and identity formation. Themes that validate the important connection between these elements are identified, and recommendations for future research are provided by the researcher. Compiled by Heather James, for the FNIS UBC Research Practicum in 2017. 

An Exploration of the Effects of Mentor-Apprentice Programs on Mentors' and Apprentices' Wellbeing
Jenni, Anisman, McIvor & Jacobs (2017)
The NEȾOLṈEW̱ "one mind, one people" research project explores the experiences of adults learning their Indigenous languages using the Mentor-Apprentice method. These experiences are linked to the important relationship between Indigenous language revitalization and health and well-being.

Language Revitalization and Planning Books & Resources

Compiled by Claire Turner and Sarah Kell, 2005.

Book Links

Book Listing

Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance edited by David Bradley and Maya Bradley, 2002.
ISBN: 0700714561

Language Acquisition Made Practical
E. Thomas Brewster and Elizabeth S. Brewster, 1976.
ISBN: 0-916636-00-3

Promoting Native Writing Systems in Canada
edited by Barbara Burnaby. 1985.
ISBN: 0774402911

Maintenance and Loss of Minority Languages
edited by Willem Fase, Koen Jaspaert, Sjaak Kroon, 1992.
ISBN: 1-55619-348-3

Reversing Language Shift
Joshua A. Fishman, 1991.
ISBN: 1-85359-121-1

Can Threatened Languages Be Saved? Reversing Language Shift Revisited: a 21st Century Perspective
edited by Joshua A. Fishman, 2001.
ISBN: 1-85359-492-X

Language and Literacy Teaching for Indigenous Education
Norbert Francis and Jon Reyhner, 2002.
ISBN: 1-85359-601-9

Endangered Languages: Language Loss and Community Response
edited by Lenore A. Grenoble and Lindsay J. Whaley, 1998.
UVic McPherson Library: Call Number: P40.5 L33 E63
ISBN: 0521597129

Halte à la Mort des Langues
Claude Hagège, 2000.
ISBN: 2738108970

The Green Book of Language Revitalization in Practice
edited by Leanne Hinton and Ken Hale, 2001.
ISBN: 0-12-349354-4

How to Keep Your Language Alive: A Guide to One-on-One Language Learning
Leanne Hinton with Matt Vera and Nancy Steele, 2002.
ISBN: 1-890771-42-2

Indigenous Literacies in the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom up
edited by Nancy H. Hornberger, 1997.
ISBN: 3-11-015217-7

Language Death and Language Maintenance
edited by Mark Janse and Sijmen Tol, 2003.
ISBN: 1-58811-382-5

On Biocultural Diversity: Linking Language, Knowledge, and the Environment
edited by Luisa Maffi, 2001.
ISBN: 1-56098-930-0

Indigenous Community-based Education
Stephen May, 1999.
ISBN: 1-85359-450-4

Vanishing Voices: the Extinction of the World's Languages
Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine, 2000.
ISBN: 0-19-513624-1
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Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
ISBN: 1-85649-623-6

Language of Inequality
edited by Nessa Wolfson and Joan Manes, 1985.
ISBN: 3-11-009946-2

Language Revitalization Links

Language Planning Resources

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