UAF wins grant for linguistics programs



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(AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks has won a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Alaska Native language programs.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/NuNpfy ) says the money will fund a three-year project to boost computer-assisted language learning programs and graduate education for teachers.

The CALL project, as the effort is known, aims to support Native language programs in rural Alaska by graduating more Alaska Natives with doctoral and master's degrees.

UAF officials say participating students will join groups including a faculty member, Alaska Native doctoral student and master's students to work on improving the teaching of Native languages and students who speak English as a second language.

The program aims to help master's degree students become certified teachers who work in such fields as bilingual programs.

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