Wanda Reams is currently working for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe developing language curriculum and materials under their ANA Grant. Wanda's curriculum and language materials are available in the Dena'ina Qenaga Digital Archive (Dena'ina Language Lessons, Ch'aduch' Q'u Qiz'un?, Shdesnaqa' Bacha'ina, Ggagga Dghili Jenghiyu).
Excerpts from the lessons are shown below. Each lesson includes an objective, materials needed, vocabulary, references, the lesson plan and corresponding activities. The excerpts have been modified from the original, although the content remains intact.
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The Adult Lessons are a set of introductory lessons inncluding lessons on the sound system with sound chart, greetings, introductions, chi words, body parts, weather, family and numbers. Below is an excerpt of a lesson on introductions:Lesson 1-C- Dena'ina Introduction
Note: At the start of each remaining class have each student introduce themselves in Dena’ina.
|Shi shi da||I am part of a group||PH2003|
|(your name)||(your name)|
|Shi’izhi||That is what I am called.||OM 1.2; PH2003|
|Dena’ina ełan shi da||I am Dena’ina Indian.||OM 1.3; PH2003|
|Kahtnuht’ana ełan shida||I am Kenaitze.||PH2003; JK-t p.62|
|Kahtnu shu gu shqayeh||I am from the Kenai River Village.||OM 1.19/JK-t p.158; PH2003|
Modified from Dena’ina Language Institute Oral Lessons by Pauline Hobson, 2003 funded under a Dept of Education Grant #5356A040011 through Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC)
The children's lessons incorporate more activities and games into the lessons. While basic vocabulary such as greetings and numbers are taught, a large number of the lessons use traditional stories as a basis for the lessons. Below is an excerpt from a lesson using Beluga StoryQunshi Uquch'el'ani Lesson
|Q’u shi cha||We’re done (breaktime)|
|Gadashdinex geshnax gu.||Listen to me talk.|
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