What is the Doyon Languages Online project?
Doyon Languages Online is an online language-learning platform for Doyon region languages. We are currently working on creating lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages. The project is intended to revitalize the languages of the Doyon region, which are all severely to critically endangered, and are not being passed on to younger generations quickly enough to ensure their survival.
How is it being funded?
The first five language courses are funded by a three-year, $900,000 Administration for Native Americans grant. These courses will cover Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa.
The next four language courses are funded by a three-year, $977,423 U.S. Department of Education – Alaska Native Educational Program Grant. These courses will cover Denak’i, Dihthâad Xt’een lin aanděeg’, Née’aaneegn’, and Deg Xinag.
Is it going to be free?
Yes, access to the lessons will be free and available to all interested learners.
How will a user access Doyon Languages Online?
Users will access the platform through a link on the Doyon Foundation website.
When will this be available?
The first five language courses will be published before the end of 2018. An additional four language courses will follow in the coming three years.
Will my language be online?
The first five courses will be introductory lessons in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa, Benhti Kenaga’, Holikachuk, Hän, and Denaakk’e. These will be available by the end of 2018. See a map of the Doyon region languages on the Foundation website.
Demo lessons for these courses are available on the Doyon Languages Online webpage.
Who is developing these courses?
Doyon Foundation is working with language community members, curriculum experts, and our software partner to develop these courses.
How are the communities being involved?
Doyon Foundation supports members of the language communities to become “content creators” – these are people who generate learning content and author lessons. For each language course, we try to have a team of at least two content creators. Materials are then reviewed for accuracy by speakers from the community, as well as by linguists or professional educators who ensure the lessons stay true to the Doyon Languages Online curriculum.
Who should I contact with comments or questions?
Please direct all questions to either Nathaniel Feemster, the Doyon Languages Online project manager, at 907.459.2107 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization director, at 907.459.2162 or email@example.com.