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    • testimonial - LDL 311 Lakota/Dakota Syntax II

      LDL 311 Lakota/Dakota Syntax II 

      Course Description: This course will build on the content of 211 to extend the students' knowledge of Lakota syntax. It will introduce them to various types of Lakota phrases, clauses and sentences. There will be a detailed overview of various types of adverbial clauses, relative clauses, conditional clauses and complement clauses. We will also look at noun phrases, topic and comment structures, noun incorporation in verbs. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of Lakota coordinating and subordinating conjunctions as well as an overview of postpositional phrases. All synta

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    • testimonial - LDL 105 Teaching Lakota/Dakota Level V Methods

      LDL 105 Teaching Lakota/Dakota Level V Methods 

      Course description This course is an intensive practical introduction and overview of teaching Speak Lakota! Level 5 Lakota Textbook. This course will emphasize concepts of advance organizers and schema; teaching structures and grammar through contextualized exercises; teaching vocabulary through props, flashcards and Communicative Language Teaching methods; and teaching conversational skills through task-based small-group activities. We will address the specific materials in each unit of the Level 5 textbook. We will also address advanced classroom management techniques for the lang

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    • testimonial - LDL 211 Lakota/Dakota Syntax I

      LDL 211 Lakota/Dakota Syntax I 

      Course description This course offers an introduction to Lakota sentence structure or syntax. In order to be effective instructors, language teachers need to have a good understanding of the various grammatical features of the target language. The ability to build a sentence following the syntactic rules of the target language is one of the fundamental skills needed for advanced language proficiency. Good usage of grammar and syntax in particular is the necessary step towards the ability to express oneself idiomatically, i.e., to express oneself through what native speakers refer to

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    • testimonial - LDL 210 Lakota/Dakota Inflectional Morphology I

      LDL 210 Lakota/Dakota Inflectional Morphology I 

      Course description Understanding of Lakota language structure is essential to teaching the language knowledgably and being effective in the classroom. Proper teaching of Lakota is dependent on a firm foundation in the rules of a language. This course is the primary linguistic introduction to Lakota grammar and particularly its inflectional and derivational morphology (the internal structure of words) and pedagogical approaches to explaining this grammar. The rules associated with Lakota verbal morphology are one of the most characteristic features of the language and are also a signi

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    • testimonial - LDL 421 Intensive Lakota/Dakota for Advanced I

      LDL 421 Intensive Lakota/Dakota for Advanced I 

      Course description This is the first of three courses for students of Lakota as a second language on advanced level. The course will extend the proficiency and fluency which the students achieved in the previous course. Among other things the course will teach various means of expressing 'as if' and 'as' (e.g. with s’e and iyéčhel), there will be activities which will thoroughly reinforce a number of different adverbials, such as the adverbials of location and direction, adverbials of manner and degree. We will also practice using headless relative clauses which are a very characteri

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    • testimonial - LDL ### Online Self-Study Methods

      LDL ### Online Self-Study Methods 

      Course description This course trains new learners of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language in the best self-study practices and will draw on the wealth of reading, writing and listening resources that are available online. Through guided practice of the Lakota Learners’ Forum (www.lakotadictionary.org), the New Lakota Dictionary Pro, the most up-to-date keyboard layouts, and other resources, students will gain important self-study skills that can supplement classes and face-to- face interaction with fluent speakers. Course objectives The student will: Know how to navi

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    • testimonial - LDL 250 Indigenous Language I

      LDL 250 Indigenous Language I 

      Course description This course is an introductory survey of indigenous language loss and revitalization. The course surveys North American languages, the history of language loss, and the contemporary movements underway to revitalize these languages. The course will focus on “best practices” currently in use - including those among the Maori, Hawaiian, and others- with special attention placed on topics like immersion, language –nests, the use of media, and teacher education. Students will research and present on a specific language and/or topics as well. Course objectives

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    • testimonial - LDL 343 Field Methods and Transcription II

      LDL 343 Field Methods and Transcription II 

      Course description Students will be introduced to field methods used in documenting endangered languages, particularly to the ways of recording texts in an audio format and transcribing them into a written format. The course will offer some theoretical background in corpus linguistics (such as designing and annotating a text corpus) but its main focus will be on practical steps and skills required for transcribing audio texts. Course objectives The aim of the course is to introduce students to effective field-work strategies on documenting the language. Emphasis will be pl

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    • testimonial - LDL 308 Lakota/Dakota Grammar III

      LDL 308 Lakota/Dakota Grammar III 

        Course description This course will build on 208 to extend the students' knowledge of Lakota grammar in use. The course is designed to teach grammar rules in context and with the aim of communicating in the language, rather than for knowing grammar for its own end. Therefore, all grammar rules will be introduced within the context of everyday communicative situations or traditional narratives. Students will practice conjugating verbs of all types, learn more about various types of clauses, determinants, partitives, adverbials, attributive verbs, active verbs, verbs with vario

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    • testimonial - LDL 251 Lakota Song and Dance

      LDL 251 Lakota Song and Dance 

        Course description This course will provide an introduction to the music and dance of the Lakota/Dakota. The course will include the traditional repertory, cultural context of musical and dance performance, musical styles and song types, dance styles, and study of dance regalia. Some comparative materials from other Native American tribes will be included. The course will teach Lakota Culture through Lakota Song and Dance using recordings of Lakota Songs recorded between about 1956 and 1966, by my father Ben Black Bear, Sr., and others. The course will use those songs as a

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