Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Using Gesture to Teach Seneca in a Language Nest School

File Size Format  
borgia.pdf 627.22 kB Adobe PDF View/Open

Item Summary

Title:Using Gesture to Teach Seneca in a Language Nest School
Authors:Borgia, Melissa Elayne
Keywords:Language Nest School
Language Education
Endangered Languages
Date Issued:Mar 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Borgia, Melissa Elayne. 2014. Using Gesture to Teach Seneca in a Language Nest School. Language Documentation & Conservation. 8:92-99
Abstract:Seneca elder Sandy Dowdy and her granddaughter Autumn Crouse direct a language nest school for children aged two to five years in a small longhouse-shaped building, Ganöhsesge:kha:’ Hë:nödeyë:sta’:, or the Faithkeepers School, on the Seneca Allegany Territory in upstate New York. They practice immersion teaching and use forms of gesturing to teach the children both conversational and spiritual functions of Seneca, capitalizing on the belief that the use of gesturing is an effective tool for teaching children, especially those in the toddler range. Gesturing is useful because language and gesture are positively linked, signing links concepts to verbal learning, gesture helps aid memory, and incorporating gesture while learning a language encourages active learning. Gesturing also helps children learn complex concepts, which is ideal for teaching Seneca since the children are learning the Ganö:nyök, literally, ‘let it be used for expressing thanks’ and otherwise known as the Thanksgiving Address, a daily recitation that expresses thankfulness for all of creation.
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Appears in Collections: Volume 08 : Language Documentation & Conservation

Please email if you need this content in ADA-compliant format.

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons