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Language-Learning Tips

Spend up to 30 minutes studying and learning your language, and spend another 30 minutes learning about and practicing different language-learning methods or strategies – that you can research online – and teach others.

Set goals, starting with small achievable goals, like responding to common greetings and questions in your language, or learning conversation around a specific event, like sharing a meal, which could involve saying a prayer, asking for and passing food items, and identifying dishes and utensils.

Learn the literal meaning, if available, of certain phrases, as this often provides understanding and insight and helps you remember a word.

Cultivate and work with others. Language is a social tool and learning with others gives us real-life practice, builds our collective memory, and often gives us extra strength and resolve to keep going.

January 2016 Where Are Your Keys Workshops

Evan Gardner and Susannah Ciotti returned to Fairbanks for a month-long series of Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) workshops, hosted by Doyon Foundation in January. The WAYK system is a comprehensive method for revitalizing endangered languages and skills. Read more

Workshop Takes Unique Approach to Language Learning

Making a cup of tea or preparing salmon salad may not sound like it belongs in a language-learning workshop – but that is exactly what participants did in the spring 2015 Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) workshop. Read more.

Learners-Speakers Gather for Fall Language Trainings

A series of Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language trainings were held within the Doyon, Limited region this fall, drawing nearly 50 language learners-teachers. Read more.


Language Training Evaluation Report

Last fall, Doyon Foundation hosted a training on the Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language learning system. WAYK founder, Evan Gardner, facilitated the training, which took place in Fairbanks. The intent behind this system of learning is to train people on how to quickly become fluent speakers of indigenous languages. Thirty people attended the training, coming from different Athabascan villages throughout the Doyon region. In an effort to find out how successful the training was, and to learn how we could improve future trainings, we completed a post-training evaluation. The full report is now available here. A special thank you to Elias Saylor, our summer intern, who completed the report with support from Evaluation Research Associates.


2014 Signs of the Land Camp

The 2014 Signs of the Land: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change Camp Academy took place July 28 – 31 at Howard Luke Galee’ya Camp in Fairbanks, Alaska. Read more on our blog.


Foundation Hosts Language Revitalization Audio Conferences

As part of its language revitalization program, Doyon Foundation hosted two informational audio conferences for the Doyon region. The first took place December 10 and 17, and the second was held January 16. Click here for full minutes from the December 17 meeting, and click here for full minutes from the January 16 meeting. Read more in our news archive.


Where Are Your Keys Language Training

We hosted the Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language training in early November 2013. Approximately 30 people participated in the four-day training in Fairbanks, and six of the nine Native languages in the Doyon region were represented.

Training group picture

Read more on our blog, and check back often for details on upcoming training opportunities.

Envisioning our people actively learning, using and teaching the language is the enduring intent of Doyon’s initiative to revitalize our languages.

For Training Information

Contact our office at 907-459-2048 or haytona@doyon.com .