Doyon Foundation will host two free language-learning workshops in Fairbanks in January. The workshops are based on the Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) technique, which is one of the most rapid and effective tools for learning language. View the flyer or RSVP to attend.

Workshops, which will be held at the Doyon Industrial Facility in the Doyon, Limited meeting room at 701 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, include:

  • January 2, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Gwich’in language but open to all. RSVP by December 28.
  • January 16, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Lower Tanana language but open to all. RSVP by January 11.

Based on the belief that “By learning, you will teach. By teaching you will learn,” WAYK is appropriate for anyone interested in learning or teaching their Native language, whether a first-time learner or a fluent speaker.

In addition to the one-day workshops, daily sessions will be available after each refresher. In these daily sessions, instructors will give in-depth, hands-on assistance to learners and speakers covering WAYK techniques. It is not required to attend the refresher to attend the daily sessions. See the daily session schedule on the RSVP form.

The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken. The workshops are offered as part of the Foundation’s language revitalization program, which is working to ensure that current and future generations of Athabascan people have the opportunity to hear, to learn, and to speak the languages of their ancestors.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshops, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact stickmans@doyon.com or 907.459.2048. To learn more about the Where Are Your Keys language learning and teaching method, visit www.whereareyourkeys.org.