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Full Title: NSF-Supported Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation

Location: Honolulu, HI, USA
Start Date: 26-Feb-2015 - 01-Mar-2015
Contact: Jim Yoshioka
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Meeting Description: The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation will feature NSF-Supported Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation. Each session will contain four talks and will be focused on a theme relating to the notion of pedagogy for endangered language teaching.

Endangered language teaching in the language community is often informed by only the most generic of language pedagogies, and language teachers are often frustrated by the lack of methodologies that go beyond short conversation, basic vocabulary, and constructions that can be taught by methods like Total Physical Response (e.g., Asher 1969). Compounding the problem, these same trained teachers may not have enough linguistic knowledge of the subject language to develop robust teaching materials and programs, while linguists with command of linguistic structure may not have the teaching training required to properly educate students or inform language teachers.

In the past we have followed the “Ken Hale” model of training endangered language speakers in linguistics. We have created reference grammars and pedagogical grammars, and most documentation projects include some component for creating teaching materials. What is still lacking from the discipline is a systematic discussion of how to transform documentary materials like annotated corpora and reference grammars into an effective pedagogical workflow for endangered languages (e.g., reference grammar to pedagogical grammar to teaching materials to pedagogical methods to assessment of teaching programs). There is a disconnect between linguistic theory and pedagogical theory, and we aim to bridge this gap during these Special Sessions.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Documentation
LL Issue: 25.2159

This is a session of the following meeting:
4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation

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