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New Indigenous language app targets ’21st century’ learners – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 201926 Views

Jan 11, 2019

It’s a truly modern teaching tool, and the creators of a new app developed in northwestern Ontario hope it will help to carry Indigenous languages into the future.

KOBE Learn is an app designed to help young users learn common words and phrases in Ojibway, Cree and Oji-Cree, the traditional languages of the northern communities served by the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education.

“The focus was on the 21st century learner,” said Sarah Johnson, the native language lead with the board, “many of our children are focusing now on technology.”

The app was developed by the board with the help of language teachers, elders and community members, she said, who worked together to decide on the phrases and the corresponding syllabics, and to make recordings of the words being spoken aloud.

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