The Nest was a safe and supportive way to learn for beginner and intermediate speakers alike. Learners with beginner to intermediate speaking proficiencies tried to stay in nuučaan̓uł conversation with fluent Elders and fellow students for full five-hour sessions. Learners were able to come in and listen and speak from whatever their level of speech and understanding. The program maximized time by allowing learners to model speech at their own levels for the benefit of fellow learners and children.
Perhaps most importantly, it allowed parents to start using more language at home with children. Toddlers in the program are able to understand, and they are beginning to speak. Though comprehension precedes speech in toddlers, we have begun to hear them saying nuučaan̓uł words or short phrases. We are happy to see them following directions in nuučaan̓uł from their parents and answering questions in ways that demonstrate understanding.
The constant efforts of the Elders and learners are apparent in the language we have all acquired this year. Here is a table that measures the language acquisition results achieved by the adult second-language learners after seven months in the Language Nest.
As the 2014/15 Language Nest season comes to an end, we wish to thank our supporters. Thank you to the Hesquiaht First Nations Fisheries Department for donating 42 sockeye salmon. Thank you to Gail Peterson-Gus and Tseshaht First Nation for donating the physical space for our Language Nest. Thank you so much to all the Elders for making this a reality. Thank you to all our Central and Barkley language learners.
Thanks to passionate volunteers and a small grant from First Peoples Cultural Council, we were able to host our fluent speakers comfortably. Hesquiaht Language Program will apply for this grant to host the Nest again, beginning in September, 2015.
If you would like to join this free program, please contact us through the contact form on www.hesquiahtlanguage.org.
Proposed Schedule for 2015/16
All immersion sessions: 9AM to 2PM (5 hours) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
8,9,10 and 22,23,24
5,6,7 and 19,20,21
2,3,4 and 16,17,18 and 30
1,2 and 14,15,16
4,5,6 and 18,19,20
1,2,3 and 15,16,17 and 29
1,2 and 14,15,16 and 28,29,30
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