Project to create online Indigenous language courses

 

The NRC funded 4 Indigenous community teams to create online courses for their languages. These communities worked with 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.

Collaborators

Objectives

  • Creation of new online language learning tools for Indigenous languages by Indigenous community teams

Deliverables

New online language courses for learners of Indigenous languages:

Activities

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.

Legal information

  • 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".

Contact us

Kayleigh Jeannette, Project Coordinator
7000 Languages
Email: kjeannette@7000.org

Heather Souther,
Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization Circle
Email: p2wilrc@gmail.com

Sara Child
Hase' Language Revitalization Society
Email: sanyakola2018@gmail.com

Roland Kuhn, Project Leader
Indigenous Languages Technology Project
Telephone: 613-993-0821
Email: Roland.Kuhn@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
LinkedIn: Roland Kuhn

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