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Release Date: January 04, 2006
by Tony Choate

Two courses to help teachers prepare to teach Chickasaw as a second language will be offered at East Central University during the spring, 2007 semester.

The Chickasaw Language Revitalization and Speech Emergence courses will focus on second language learning methods and Chickasaw language.

Certified teachers and those who teach or would like to teach the Chickasaw language in a formal environment are encouraged to enroll. Taken together, the courses provide six hours of college credit.

Classes will be conducted each Saturday beginning Jan. 20 from noon to 5:50 p.m.

Current ECU students may enroll online on the university Website.

Enrollment for others will begin 11 a.m. Jan. 20 in room 233 of Horace Mann.

Professors from several universities and local teachers will provide instruction.

Instructors include Dr. William Pulte, a Muskogean linguistics specialist from Southern Methodist University, Dr. Veronica Pasternak of the University of North Texas and Adrianna Rodriguez, director of the alternative teacher certification program at Richland College in Dallas.

Chickasaw language revitalization specialist Pat Cox and others will offer instruction in Chickasaw language.

While applicable ECU tuition and fees apply, scholarships are available.

For more information contact Sue Linder-Linsley, Director, Chickasaw Cultural Center,, (580)436-7260.