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Building the nests : indigenous language revitalization in Canada through early childhood immersion programs

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dc.contributor.author McIvor, Onowa. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-10T06:02:27Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-10T06:02:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-04-10T06:02:27Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/686
dc.description.abstract Indigenous languages in Canada are critically at risk of extinction. Many Indigenous communities are working hard to save their languages through various methods. One method proven to be largely successful in other parts of the world is early childhood heritage language immersion programming, which is commonly known as a 'language nest' program. However, this method is sparsely employed in B.C. and Canada as a method of language retention and revitalization. Using qualitative research methodologies involving observations and interviews this study included key community members in two Indigenous communities which have developed 'language nest' programs. The goal of the observations and interviews was to identity factors contributing to successes and challenges in initiating and maintaining 'language nest' programs. The findings of the study indicate that the 'language nest' model is adaptable to the First Nations context in Canada. The findings combined with a literature review yielded practical recommendations for other communities and possibilities for future action. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America -- Canada -- Languages -- Study and teaching en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Immersion method (Language teaching) en_US
dc.title Building the nests : indigenous language revitalization in Canada through early childhood immersion programs en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Ball, Jessica en_US
dc.degree.department School of Child and Youth Care en_US


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