Kawaiisu Language Classes
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Master Apprentice Language Learning Program:
The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a native-led
non-profit, began offering this program in 1993. They offer training
in immersion-style language learning to a fluent speaker of an endangered California language, usually an elder, paired with a younger tribal member. Since its beginning, the program has helped develop new speakers of over 25 California languages. Apprentices can go on to become trainers or even master speakers themselves and often teach in tribal language and public schools programs. Kawaiisu Language & Cultural Center Board Chairman Luther Girado participates in this program and is currently working with his third apprentice. California Indians can apply at any time from the Advocates web site - www.aicls.org. The Advocates Board evaluates applications and accepts teams as their funding levels allow. You are welcom to begin your own master apprentice program based on the Advocates model. You may contact them or the Kawaiisu Language & Cultural Center for an orientation workshop.