October 6, 2013

Article: Immersed in the Umatilla Language

From http://www.eastoregonian.com/news/local_news/immersed-in-the-umatilla/article_1c6f9dd0-2b1e-11e3-98da-001a4bcf887a.html

Immersed in the Umatilla
October 1, 2013

Four hours every weekday morning, 10 toddlers at Tamalúut Immersion School dive into the Umatilla language.

Tamalúut means just that — to immerse in water. Some of the three- to five-year olds cling to the edge, talking back to the language teachers in English, while a few jump into Umatilla and chat away with peers.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation school is designed around accelerated language acquisition, said Tamalúut teacher Modesta Minthorn-Wolahts, who wrote the grant to begin the program last year. A similar program began in Hawaii, and was later adopted for Native American languages in Montana and Wyoming.

Read the full article at http://www.opb.org/news/article/immersed-in-the-umatilla

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