Syilx Language House: How and Why We Are Delivering 2,000 Decolonizing Hours in Nsyilxcn

  title={Syilx Language House: How and Why We Are Delivering 2,000 Decolonizing Hours in Nsyilxcn},
  author={Sʔ{\'i}mlaʔx w Michele K. Johnson},
  journal={The Canadian Modern Language Review / La revue canadienne des langues vivantes},
  pages={509 - 537}
  • S. Johnson
  • Published 27 October 2017
  • Psychology
  • The Canadian Modern Language Review / La revue canadienne des langues vivantes
Abstract:The Syilx Language House has completed two years of a four-year, 2,000-hour program to create new adult Nsyilxcn speakers, based on Syilx communities' specific priorities. Our critically endangered status requires radically decolonizing teaching techniques. Nsyilxcn (Okanagan) teachers are learners, trained to deliver sequenced curriculum in full immersion using cutting-edge teaching techniques. Teachers employ strategies that prioritize effective immersion, frequent assessment, and a… 

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