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July 16, 2012 10:20 AM Subscribe
Where Are Your Keys?
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(WAYK) is a language-learning game that starts with identifying a few simple objects and builds into a conversation dealing with abstract concepts — in the space of an hour or two, with minimal supplies.Here's an 80-minute video
with WAYK creator Evan Gardner, going over the rules and playing the game in English and American Sign Language.
WAYK doesn't require any setup beyond a teacher, a willing student and a few household objects. Because of this, many indigenous communities — who want to teach and learn their languages but are often strapped for cash — have adopted WAYK techniques to teach their endangered languages to young people.
This brief documentary
highlights a joint effort by WAYK and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
in Oregon to revitalize the Numu (Paiute) language with WAYK-style games.
shows WAYK games at work at the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
conference last October.
You can find podcast episodes and updates from recent and upcoming WAYK events (mostly on the US West coast) at the WAYK blog