Development of Ancestral Language literature

There is an obvious need for AL literature as material for school study, for adult literacy, and early childhood language support, as well as to promote and make the language visible in the wider community. New AL literature can involve:

  • new children’s literature
  • recording oral history and traditional stories
  • Supporting authorship and literacy
  • translations of texts from English or another language
  • writer’s workshops

If you want to write in your ancestral language, set up an AL Action Team to arrange a writer’s workshop (talk to your ALF about doing this), or if you have an idea, work directly with your ALF and apply to the PLC for assistance to publish and print your work.

Ancestral Language Pathways

It will be important for the future of your language that as many people as possible become strong and knowledgeable speakers who are able to write your ancestral language and teach it, to adults or to children.

An aim for the future of your language might be to have many ancestral language experts teaching in the school, working in the preschool, running the language and culture centre, the library, tourism enterprises, writing AL teaching materials and literature.

To achieve this you will need training of many kinds. People who want to become AL teachers in the school will need to study education, language teaching or maybe linguistics. There is lots of training in language revival methods that can be undertaken within the community, or workshops you can go to.

  • DRIL workshops
  • Master Apprentice training
  • Teaching degrees
  • Linguistics degrees
  • What else?

There are many possibilities you can discuss with your ALF.

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