The NRC is funding select Indigenous community teams who are creating online courses for their languages. These communities are working with the NRC and 7000 Languages, a non-profit, non-Indigenous organization based in the United States that creates courses for languages around the world, to develop new online courses for their Indigenous languages.
7000 Languages began as a charitable initiative within a commercial company, Transparent Language. It is now an independent non-profit organization that connects language communities with the technology to teach, learn, and revitalize their languages. Their most popular program is the Course Creation Program, which uses software donated by Transparent Language to create free language-learning courses.
- Creation of new online language learning tools for Indigenous languages by Indigenous community teams
- New online languages courses available on the 7000 Languages website for learners of Indigenous languages
7000 Languages depends on speakers of the language to create content, such as vocabulary lists and audio recordings, to develop a course. Creating a course takes 50 to 100 hours of work, or about 6 to 12 months if worked on by volunteers. Work usually begins with a curriculum template, which communities can edit to fit their language and culture.
- Communities retain ownership of all the content they create, including text and recordings.
- Each community can create unlimited free user accounts for the finished course. 7000 Languages also publishes courses, where anyone can access them for free.
- Courses are included in the education and library subscriptions distributed by Transparent Language. This means that students and library patrons will see these languages included under Transparent Language's list of "languages of the world".
Alexa Little, Executive Director
Roland Kuhn, Project Leader
Indigenous Languages Technology Project