This semester, students of LIN458 (Revitalizing Languages) taught by postdoc Nick Welch have created teaching materials to contribute to revitalization efforts for Tłı̨chǫ Yatıì, a Dene language of the Northwest Territories, in consultation with Tammy Steinwand and Lucy Lafferty of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency and the Tłı̨chǫ Government.
Judy Chau, Shay Hucklebridge, Chris Valdivia, Luke West, and Shelby Zhang designed an interactive learning DVD, with an animated story told by a CGI narrator, and an associated computer game in which the player must answer questions in Tłı̨chǫ Yatıì in order to reach goals.
Magali Boizot-Roche, Nastassia Guarda, Brian Lang, Kirsten McCann, and Angie Rajani designed a themed lesson set, “Flying through the Seasons” [Sı̨ı̨ gogee k’ets’et’ah], which includes an illustrated storybook, the script of a classroom play, a worksheet set and a DVD.
Erin Braithwaite, Dylan Fotiadis, Paul Horbatiuk, Jonathan Mastrogiacomo, and Ravi Wood created a website hosting lessons, activities and essays on Tłı̨chǫ language and culture; this site will also serve as the host for the materials created by the other groups.
Eunji Choi, Nadine Cormier, Vanessa Cortese, Julia Grasso and Jeongyoon Mok created an interactive DVD with stories, slide shows, and listening-comprehension activities to teach seasonal vocabulary, animals and kinship terms.
All of these materials will be given to the Teaching and Learning Centre of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories, in the hope that they will be useful.