By Regional Educational Laboratory Program
This mini-documentary explores the context of language acquisition and development among Native American students in New Mexico. Interviews with researchers and educators highlight the importance of schools’ supporting Native American students in two crucial areas: (1) native language acquisition, development, and preservation and (2) English language acquisition and development. Researchers note that heritage language acquisition and development can help Native American students advance their English language skills.
Viewers will learn about promising research-based strategies that educators, administrators, and community and tribal leaders can use to support Native American students’ language acquisition. Additional themes explore culturally responsive practices and tribal leader and community engagement.
Source: Walking in Both Worlds: Native American Students and Language Acquisition. December 14, 2020. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/videos/walking-in-both-worlds.aspx