Revitalization of Indigenous Languages: Designing and Facilitating Immersion Programs
Jioanna Carjuzaa (Montana State University, USA)
William G. Ruff (Montana State University, USA)
The Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education (CBME) at Montana State University along with several partners, hosted the "Immersion Programs Conference: Revitalizing Endangered Indigenous Languages," July 25th-27th, 2016 in Bozeman, Montana. This professional development conference was designed to help Indigenous language and culture teachers develop and/or expand their immersion language programs and build urgently needed capacity for Indigenous language preservation by bringing together leading scholars with expertise in using immersion models to revitalize Indigenous languages to dialogue with each other.
The Immersion Programs Conference and this special issue were made possible through a Spencer Foundation Grant which was awarded to Drs. Jioanna Carjuzaa and William G. Ruff. Conference sponsors included the MSU Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education Advisory Board members, educators at the Montana tribal colleges, Mike Jetty, Indian Education Specialist, and others from the Indian Education Division of the Office of Public Instruction. A special thanks to the invited experts/scholars, and the language/culture instructors who were in attendance at the conference. Thank you also to Burt Medicine Bull, Cheyenne Language Professor at Chief Dull Knife College for sharing his experiences and Jonathan Ruff, our graduate research assistant.
Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education at Montana State University