Lessons & Resources

Lessons & Resources

Tlingit Language Proficiency Scope and Sequence

The Tlingit Language Proficiency Scope & Sequence was developed by Tlingit language birth speakers, teachers, learners, and school administrators. Designed as a guide for teaching and learning the Tlingit language, it addresses four levels of language proficiency: Beginning Speaker, Beginning-Mid Speaker, Beginning Conversational Speaker, and Good Conversational Speaker. The levels are not grade levels; a person of any age may be a Beginning Speaker.

Beginning Tlingit Workbook

The goal of creating this workbook is to transition towards image-based language learning to encourage word-image association instead of Tlingit-word to English-word association. Additions have been made, and some optional grammatical explanations have been added through a number of different sections, but the basic philosophy remains the same: learn nouns that start off with sounds familiar to English speakers and begin introducing nouns with more challenging sounds. Phrases are introduced through substitution drills, where students can learn something basic and then make it more dynamic by adding other elements they are learning.

Apps

Download SHI’s Tlingit language apps on your mobile device. Apps include Learning Tlingit, which includes hundreds of entries, and Tlingit Language Games, which teaches words for ocean animals, household items and birds.

  • Tlingit:
    1. Learning Tlingit App

      This app helps to build skills in the Tlingit language. It contains hundreds of entries in more than 20 different categories, all with accompanying audio for vocabulary and phrases.

    2. Tlingit Language Games App

      This app teaches Tlingit words through the interactive games listed below.

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Podcast

Roots & Stems is an Indigenous language podcast that explores ways to support and join language revitalization efforts. Each episode features interviews with those in the field sharing their experiences in language learning and community. Artwork for the podcast was created by Tlingit artist Alison Bremner for Celebration 2018. Music is by Huk Tgini’its’ga Xsgiik Gavin Hudson of Metlakatla, Alaska.

Video and Audio Resources

Online resources include the Voices of Our Ancestors YouTube series in Lingít, X̱aad Kíl and Sm'algya̱x, and audio resources covering a wide range of topics, including verbs, tools, colors, places, and cooking phrases.

  1. YouTube playlist: Voices of Our Ancestors language learning series. Watch as Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language teachers say phrases in Lingít (Tlingit), X̱aad Kíl (Haida), and Sm’algya̱x (Tsimshian). In this video series, Lance X̱’uneiTwitchell, Benjamin Young, and Gavin Hudson share terms that are useful to Native language learners.
  2. Lingít, X̱aad Kíl, and Sm’algya̱x vocabulary: These audio and video resources cover a variety of topics, including verbs, tools, colors, numbers, places, carved objects, and cooking phrases. The episodes are offered in audio (.mp3) or video (.mp4) formats.
  3. Language summit: Our first-ever language summit, Voices of Our Ancestors, was held in Juneau in November. The entire three-day event was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube, with or without English translation.
  4. Salmon Boy: Hear and watch the ancient story of Shanyaak'utlaax̱, Salmon Boy, told in Tlingit by storyteller Ishmael Hope of the Kiks.ádi clan with illustrations by Michaela Goade, also of the Kiks.ádi clan.
  5. Clan Names (Eagle) (Audio by John Marks and June Pegues)
  6. Clan Names (Raven) (Audio by John Marks and June Pegues)
  7. Let's Learn Language: Tlingit language use in everyday speech shown through the use of puppets. Ten lessons produced in 1969 by the Juneau Indian Studies Program. The speakers were Johnny Marks, a longtime contributor to SHI's programs, and Eva Marks. Digitized through a partnership between Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Alaska State Library.

Types of Fish: Unit 16

These units are designed to instill language into long term memory. The Process use meaningful language content from the environment, academic programs, stories, and themes to enlarge the students' language bases. The Process takes the students through developmental steps that reflect the natural acquisition of language in the home and community.

Types of Insects: Unit 15

These units are designed to instill language into long term memory. The Process use meaningful language content from the environment, academic programs, stories, and themes to enlarge the students' language bases. The Process takes the students through developmental steps that reflect the natural acquisition of language in the home and community.

Types of Plants: Unit 14

These units are designed to instill language into long term memory. The Process use meaningful language content from the environment, academic programs, stories, and themes to enlarge the students' language bases. The Process takes the students through developmental steps that reflect the natural acquisition of language in the home and community.

The Land: Unit 13

These units are designed to instill language into long term memory. The Process use meaningful language content from the environment, academic programs, stories, and themes to enlarge the students' language bases. The Process takes the students through developmental steps that reflect the natural acquisition of language in the home and community.

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