Language Nests as an Emergent Global Phenomenon: Diverse Approaches to Program Development and Delivery

Natalie A. Chambers


Language nests are early language learning programs where young children, from infancy to five years of age, are fully immersed in an Indigenous language.  This article presents a literature review of Indigenous language nests that are focused on the renewal of endangered languages from different communities across the world.  These programs are intended for young children who have been raised not speaking their Indigenous language as their first or mother tongue language.  To demonstrate the diversity of approaches to language nest development and delivery, this review includes well- and lesser-known programs.  By contributing to Indigenous global networks of sharing, this article is intended to provide the encouragement and information that is greatly needed during the early years of language nest development and delivery.



Language nest; Indigenous education; indigenous language immersion; early years; language renewal

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ISSN 2369-2189