Day 2

Applying the Methodology
to Spoken Language

Deepening Fluency

We return for day 2 to examine fluency as our ultimate goal of language revitalization. What is fluency, and how do we achieve it? The day begins as we dive directly into more fun and games. This brings us closer to the core of “Where Are Your Keys?” and a jumping off point for more language-learning.

Pairing, Groups, and Games

“You can learn more from a man in an hour of play then a year of conversation” said Plato. We bring you further by leading workshops of paired participants and testing techniques you’ve learned, then establish group learning to hone each skill of effective language learning and teaching. It’s fun, exhilirating, and we all get there together!


‘Language’ Hunting in the Field

The afternoon is full of more rotating paired sessions where conference attendees implement their ‘language hunting’ skills with speakers of other languages. This helps develop and use the recently learned abilities while establishing core “Where Are Your Keys?” techniques like “Set-up”, “Obviously!”, “Limit”, and “Sorry, Charlie”. At this time participants emerge as fantastic language-learners who are able to pull a given language out of a fluent speaker.

Expanding What Works

As things begin to wind up we reflect on goals achieved for group participants. All methods, techniques, and ideas learned over the course of the two-days are brought together and implemented together, finding and addressing the last learning challenges in creating a conference-wide team of grassroots language revitalizers and “language hunters”.

Closing and Next Steps

In our final hour together, participants will be given a chance to implement a vision as a community of language-learners. Where can we most effectively and efficiently help save dying languages? The future must be charted by those who care so deeply and passionately about their languages. To bring everything to a close, the group creates a vision for themselves, their community, and fellow partipants, for how we can help each other realize our dreams of language revitalization.

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