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This document is a practical tool meant to be used by local communities who are interested in maintaining the use of their traditional language. The text is written in a manner that is meant to be accessible to the general public. It first guides community members through a discussion that builds self-awareness about the current strength of their language. It then helps them to see the realistic options available to them based on that evaluation. Finally, it helps them plan what they would like to do about the future of their own language. Training in the use of the Guide is highly recommended before attempting to apply it at the community level, as is some knowledge about the theory behind it, the 'Sustainable Use Model'. For information regarding future training events in different countries where you can learn both the SUM and the Guide, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also use this same email to give us feedback so that we may improve this tool for the sake of the language communities around the world. Many people and local communities have contributed to its development, and we are very thankful.
Download: A Guide for Planning the Future of Our Language PDF - English
Download: A Guide for Planning the Future of Our Language PDF - Français
Download: A Guide for Planning the Future of Our Language PDF - Português
Download: A Guide for Planning the Future of Our Language PDF - Español
Download Extra 1: Facilitator Reference Materials
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