A linguistic understanding of Mandan is essential to teaching the language knowledgably and being effective in the classroom. Proper teaching of Mandan is dependent on a firm foundation in the sound system and rules of a language. This course is the primary linguistic introduction to the Mandan phonetic system– its sounds and writing system. The week-long course will be devoted to an overview of the Mandan phonetic system and will focus on training consistency in writing the language. Special emphasis will be on developing a basic, technical linguistic understanding of Mandan phonology, the issues and difficulties associated with English speakers learning these sounds, and developing a professional approach on teaching these concepts. The use of the specialized Mandan font and keyboard software will also be covered.
To introduce teachers in the effective use of Mandan phonology, so that they are adept at preparing lesson plans and teaching classes using Mandan sounds.
“Speak Mandan! – Level 2 Mandan Textbook”, MHA Language Project, MHA Dept. of Education, 2016.