Lakota Language I
Lakota Language I Course Syllabus
2016/2017
Hot Springs High School
 
“Remember that growing up bilingually, or knowing two or more languages, is an advantage in life.  Children who are bilingual often have better grades, they are more adaptable to different social environments, and they easily solve complex social situations.  Moreover, knowing two languages enables people to see the world with the eyes of two cultures.”
--Lakota Language Consortium
 
Purpose
To expose students in the Hot Springs High School to the basics of Lakota Language, allowing children the opportunity to begin speaking a beautiful language that has prospered on this landscape for thousands of years.
 
Course Goals
 
  1. Learn the basic Lakota alphabet and correct pronunciation of sounds.
  2. Become proficient in the use of a Lakota/English dictionary.
  3. Develop an extensive Lakota vocabulary.
  4. Understand Lakota Language revitalization achievement and student involvement.
  5. Students will have fun while speaking the language and develop pride in their heritage.
  6. Write in basic Lakota sentence structure, using classroom vocabulary.
  7. Provide students an environment to develop confidence using their language in order to dissuade stigmatization of the language by others.
  8. Perform short conversations using common phrases and vocabulary.
 
Expectations:
 
  1. Listen—When Lakota is being spoken, either by the teacher or another student.  Paying close attention to other people speaking will make it easier when your turn arrives.
  2. Speak—Don’t be afraid to speak when your time arrives.  If you are too scared to speak, this class will be a waste of your time and you will not receive a passing grade.  We are all learning and must try to speak in order to get better at it.
  3. Participate—We may role play, play games, or be involved in group activities to learn.  You must participate to receive a passing grade.
 
Classroom Behavior:
 
  1. It is NEVER acceptable to laugh at another student that is speaking.  Eventually everyone will speak, so remember to exhibit the respect that you wish to receive. 
  2. Do not laugh at yourself out loud if you are struggling to speak.  This simply demeans the language.
  3. We do not criticize students if they make a mistake by quickly saying, Instead, we can politely and gently correct one another.
  4. We have been told that this language is sacred, however, we should also not be afraid to utilize it.  Instead, a sacred language deserves to be spoken, so that it may continue with our young people.
  5. Please do not try to “talk dirty” or ask how to say inappropriate words.  There is no place for this type of conduct within a male/female mixed class.  Part of the kinship structure within the language involves behaving appropriately in many social situations.  This is something that will be fostered in this class.
  6. All other matters of discipline will follow the High School Hand Book.
 
Helpful Advice:
 
  1. Have fun.  Learning a language is hard work, but try to have fun with it and don’t take yourself too seriously.
  2. Practicing a little every day is better than allowing days or weeks to pass without working on your Lakota language skills.  It is similar to lifting weights in that consistency is one of the biggest contributing factors of success.
  3. Ask for help when you need it.  The teacher and other students will try their best to help you.
  4. Take pride in learning Lakota.  By learning, you are helping to preserve this rich language and culture into the future.
 
Supplies:
 
  1. Notebook, folder, pen/pencil, ear buds/headset if you have your own.
 
Ipods or Phones:
 
  1. These devices will not be allowed in class without the expressed permission of the teacher.  They in no way assist us in learning language during class time. 
 
Grading and Assignments:
Each semester will consist of 1 Test, 12 Quizzes, and 12 assignments.  All of these assessments will follow the Hot Springs High School grading scale.  Tests will be a mixture of both written and verbal skills, quizzes will assess short conversation skills, and assignments will consist mostly of written work and reading.
 
I look forward to working with each of you during this year and hope you enjoy this class!


 
 Lakota Language II Course Syllabus
2016/2017
Hot Springs High School
 
“Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children.”
 
--Sitting Bull, Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta
 
Central to the Lakota Culture is its language.  For this reason, many believe that continuing to learn and pass on this way of speaking and viewing the world is essential to ensure the well-being of future generations of Native children as well as the broader community.
 
 
Purpose
To expose students in the Hot Springs High School to the basics of Lakota Language, allowing children the opportunity to begin speaking a beautiful language that has prospered on this landscape for thousands of years.
 
Course Goals

 
  1. Review correct pronunciation of sounds and alphabet.
  2. Continue to become familiar with the use of a Lakota/English dictionary.
  3. Build upon Lakota Language I vocabulary.
  4. Understand Lakota Language revitalization achievement and student involvement.
  5. Students will learn about Lakota Culture through various projects.
  6. Write in basic Lakota sentence structure, using classroom vocabulary.
  7. Provide students an environment to develop confidence using their language in order to dissuade stigmatization of the language by others.
  8. Perform short conversations using common phrases and vocabulary.
Expectations:
 
  1. Listen—When Lakota is being spoken, either by the teacher or another student.  Paying close attention to other people speaking will make it easier when your turn arrives.
  2. Speak—Don’t be afraid to speak when your time arrives.  If you are too scared to speak, this class will be a waste of your time and you will not receive a passing grade.  We are all learning and must try to speak in order to get better at it.
  3. Participate—We may role play, play games, or be involved in group activities to learn.  You must participate to receive a passing grade.
 
If you fulfill these three expectations, I have no doubt that you will learn a portion of the Lakota Language, have fun, and earn a passing grade.
 
Classroom Behavior:

 
  1. It is NEVER acceptable to laugh at another student that is speaking.  Eventually everyone will speak, so remember to exhibit the respect that you wish to receive. 
  2. Do not laugh at yourself out loud if you are struggling to speak.  This simply demeans the language.
  3. We do not criticize students if they make a mistake.  Instead, we can politely and gently correct one another in a manner.
  4. We have been told that this language is sacred, however, we should also not be afraid to utilize it.  Instead, a sacred language deserves to be spoken, so that it may continue with our young people.
  5. Please do not try to “talk dirty” or ask how to say inappropriate words.  There is no place for this type of conduct within a male/female mixed class.  Part of the kinship structure within the language involves behaving appropriately in many social situations.  This is something that will be fostered in this class.
  6. All other matters of discipline will follow the High School Hand Book.
Helpful Hints:
 
  1. Have fun.  Learning Lakota is hard work, so make it fun when you practice.
  2. Practicing a little every day is better than allowing days or weeks to pass without working on your Lakota language skills.  It is similar to lifting weights in that consistency is one of the biggest contributing factors of success.
  3. Ask for help when you need it.  The teacher and other students will try their best to help you.
  4. Take pride in learning Lakota.  By learning, you are helping to preserve this rich language and culture into the future.
 
Supplies:

 
  1. Notebook, folder, pen/pencil, ear buds/headset if you have your own.
 
Ipods or Cell Phones:

 
  1. These devices will not be tolerated in class without the expressed permission of the teacher.  They in no way assist us in learning language within the classroom and therefore will be confiscated if seen being used during class time. 
 
Grading and Assignments:
Each semester will consist of 1 Test, 12 Quizzes, and 12 assignments.  All of these assessments will follow the Hot Springs High School grading scale.  Tests will be a mixture of both written and verbal skills, quizzes will assess short conversation skills, and assignments will consist mostly of written work and reading.
 
I look forward to working with each of you during this year and hope you enjoy this class!