Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY "LANGUAGE MEDIUM SCHOOL"?
This is a group dedicated to advocacy and support of Native American language medium schools. This means that we are involved with schools that do not just teach Native American languages, but use Native American languages as the medium for instruction in all classes. Some of these schools focus on children who speak the Native American language as a first priority (students who already speak the language at home), followed by those who have an ancestral connection to the language and wish to re-aquire it through the school as a step towards re-establishing the language in the home and community. A "language medium school" is not necessarily an "immersion" school - as the term "immersion" is legally recognized as a school that focuses on teaching non-native speakers a new language. While language medium schools are certainly immersive, they do not only cater to students who did not grow up speaking their Native American language.