Teaching our way of life through our language
Yup'ik immersion language education
The Applied Linguistics program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is partnering with the Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon School Districts to create materials for Yup’ik medium schools, provide training for teachers and aides, implement lesson plans and evaluate their impact on students learning outcomes, and to develop capacity for local leadership and control in language programming. Any materials created through this collaboration will be shared as widely as possible in the Yup’ik speaking region in Southwest Alaska. Materials will be hosted and distributed through the schools districts as well as through the Yupiit Piciryarait Museum and Cultural Center in Bethel run by the Association of Village Presidents (AVCP is a regional non-profit Native association serving fifty-six Federally Recognized Tribes in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta).