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The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program Down Under: Experience and Adaptation in an Australian Context

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Item Summary Olawsky, Knut 2013-04-13T09:44:01Z 2013-04-13T09:44:01Z 2013-04-12
dc.description.abstract The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program (MALLP or MAP; cf. Hinton 2001) has found worldwide attention in recent years and has been attested as a valuable instru- ment in language revitalisation far beyond the borders of North America. In 2009, a pilot project based on this model started for the Miriwoong language in North-western Australia, and has since developed into a successful and expanding strategy which could ultimately lead to a wider application on a nationwide scale. This article describes the various adaptive measures used to reflect the specific needs of the local language community and suggests that similar techniques will be useful for application in other communities. An adaptation of the MAP model in Australia may consider factors such as gender, kinship and other aspects of traditional cultural protocol, as well as some other deviations from the original model. An addition to the program which has proven useful for Miriwoong is the introduction of assessment strategies. These do not only assist in reflecting strengths and weaknesses in participants but can be essential as a tool for reporting requirements. Based on the positive outcomes of the MAP approach for the Miriwoong community, including the adjustments made, the model is recommended for application on a larger scale for other parts of Australia and perhaps beyond.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 23
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
dc.subject Master Apprentice, language nest, language revitalization
dc.title The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program Down Under: Experience and Adaptation in an Australian Context
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 7
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