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dc.contributor.authorSikorski, Hishinlai' Kathy R.
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-23T20:50:49Z
dc.date.available2022-03-23T20:50:49Z
dc.date.issued2008-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/12843
dc.descriptionThesis (M.Ed.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008en_US
dc.description.abstract"Indigenous languages have been traditionally learned by doing activities on the land, with the family or around a village. Sometimes, because this is not feasible, Indigenous languages can be learned in a classroom. This is a qualitative research on the author's own Indigenous language classroom with the theoretical foundations of second language acquisition and group formation processes. Data collected were videotapes, audiotapes, student journals, and an exit interview, which were triangulated and verified by an interrater. Results were that the instructor had to possess a philosophy of second language teaching and learning; set high expectations, and create a positive classroom culture. Learners had to be extremely motivated; participate, and pull their own weight. The overall recommendations are that (a) learners need to learn their ancestral language as a second language, (b) Native language teachers need training on theories of second language acquisition, (c) Native language teachers need to have a strong philosophy of second language learning and teaching, and (d) learners need to have a mindset that they will learn to speak their ancestral languages by practicing. These recommendations have worked in the researcher's classroom, and can be extended to any second language teaching or learning arena"--Leaf iiien_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectGwich'in languageen_US
dc.subjectClassroom environmenten_US
dc.subjectSecond language acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectStudy and teachingen_US
dc.titleClassroom culture and indigenous classroomsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemeden_US
dc.identifier.departmentSchool of Education Graduate Programen_US
dc.contributor.chairSiekmann, Sabine
dc.contributor.chairMarlow, Patrick
dc.contributor.committeeLeonard, Beth
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