What is a language revitalization plan and why develop one?

A language revitalization plan guides the work of language revitalization in a community over several years. It provides a strategic road map for how a community will achieve a united vision for its language.

A language plan describes:

  • A community’s language goals
  • Steps to achieve each goal
  • Ways to monitor and evaluate the plan
  • Accountability for the plan

How is a language revitalization plan different from a language project?

A language project is a single activity, such as forming a language nest or developing a curriculum. Activities have a start date, an end date and a near-term goal.

A language plan includes a broad range of projects that are needed to revitalize a language. A language plan maps out multiple years of language work. It is designed to achieve a long-term vision.

Why develop a language revitalization plan?

There are many benefits to developing a language revitalization plan:

  • Identifying what’s already happening to support language revitalization in the community and what still needs to be done
  • Ensuring language projects build on each other to achieve language revitalization
  • Validating the importance of the community’s language and revitalization
  • Bringing community members together to identify a shared vision and goals
  • Generating support from leadership
  • Demonstrating capacity and attracting resources and funding
  • Monitoring progress towards language revitalization goals