Gawęnahwishe' Onǫda'gega' is an adult immersion language program. This is our first year as a language program and we are getting ready to start our second year.
Like other successful language programs in our community, we are striving to create an immersion environment for our students. We do our utmost to speak only Onondaga in our classroom and encourage our students to refrain from using English.
In addition to planning lessons and units where we can acquire grammar, expand our Onondaga vocabulary and listen to recordings, we also hold language gatherings with first language speakers in our community.
These gatherings have become one of our favourite activities of the program. Though we are a new program and our learners have only been learning for a few months, they are able to pick up and understand the language that the first language speakers are sharing. This has been very encouraging for all of us.
Another one of our favourite activities has been outreach.