Case Study: An Evaluation of Information and Communication Technology Use in Upriver Halq’eméylem Language Programs

Date
2016-06
Authors
Bourget, Nicolle
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University of Hawaii Press
Abstract
Indigenous communities are using information and communications technology (ICT) to document languages and to support language maintenance and revitalization activities. Both critical funding and effort goes into the development, deployment, and maintenance of ICT; however, the effectiveness of ICT is not always clearly understood. This case study examines how ICT has been incorporated into Upriver Halq’eméylem language programs. Participants indicated that ICT is being used successfully as a supplementary tool in coordination with specific learning strategies and activities such as story-telling, games, and looking up a word or concept. However, they indicated that ICT is not being used outside of those specific learning activities. The study indicates that ICT can be a valuable tool in the effort to revitalize a language; however, the type of ICT and how it is integrated into the program and community need to be carefully planned out. A list of key findings is provided.
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language revitalization, information and communications technology, Stó:lō, Upriver Halq’eméylem, FirstVoices, technology
Citation
Bourget, Nicolle. 2016. Case Study: An Evaluation of Information and Communication Technology Use in Upriver Halq’eméylem Language Programs. Language Documentation & Conservation 10. 165-187.
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