Beliefs about Language Learning Survey Name

:
Please mark how you feel about each of the following statements that are
related to language learning.
Strongly
Agree
Agree Neither
Agree
nor
Disagree
Disagree Strongly
Disagree
It is important for Iñupiaq people to learn to speak Iñupiaq.
Knowing how to speak Iñupiaq helps maintain cultural identity.
Knowing how to speak Iñupiaq helps Iñupiat people understand their culture.
Learning to speak Iñupiaq should be reserved for people who are Iñupiaq.
It is important to know how to read and write Iñupiaq.
It is easier for children than adults to learn a foreign language.
It is important to speak Iñupiaq with excellent pronunciation.
People should not say things in Iñupiaq till they know how to say it correctly.
Students should be corrected every time they say something incorrectly.
It is important to practice speaking Iñupiaq in order to learn it well.
The most important part of learning to speak a language is learning vocabulary.
The most important part of learning to speak a language is learning the grammar.
More effort should be put into reviving the Iñupiaq language.
The Iñupiaq language is almost gone and it’s too much effort to try to bring it back.
Only fluent speakers should be allowed to teach Iñupiaq.
I would like to learn Iñupiaq so that I can pass it on to my children.
I would like to learn Iñupiaq so that I can communicate with elders.
People that speak more than one language are more intelligent.
Knowing how to speak Iñupiaq can help someone get a better job.
It is easier to speak Iñupiaq than to understand it.
It is easier to understand Iñupiaq than to speak it.
Some languages are easier to learn than others.
How do you rate the difficulty of Iñupiaq? Very
easy
Easy Medium Difficult
Very
difficult

Rate your current ability in the following areas:
Understanding Iñupiaq None I understand less
than 50 words.
I understand over
100 words and
sometimes know
what fluent speakers
are talking about.
I understand over 500
words and understand a
lot of what fluent
speakers are saying in
Iñupiaq.
I understand over 2000
words and can understand
almost everything that is
said in Iñupiaq .
Speaking Iñupiaq None I know less than
50 words.
I know over 100
words and can use
them in some
conversations.
I know over 500 words
and can use them to
communicate my ideas
and wants.
I know over 2000 words
and can communicate
almost anything in Iñupiaq.
Reading Iñupiaq None I can read and
understand less
than 50 words.
I can read and
understand over 100
words.
I can read and
understand over 500
words.
I can read and understand
over 2000 words.
Writing Iñupiaq None I know how to
write less than
50 words.
I know how to write
over 100 words.
I know how to write over
500 words and can
communicate my ideas
through writing.
I know how to write over
2000 words and can use
them to communicate my
ideas through writing.

How long do you think it would take for a person that is learning Iñupiaq for one hour
a day to get really good at understanding, speaking, reading and writing Iñupiaq?
1
year
2
years
3
years
4
years
5 +
years

Calculate how many hours you have spent in Iñupiaq class over your school years.
Age Birth to 3 years 3 – 4 years old 5 years old 1
st
– 5
th
grade 6
th
– 8
th
grade High school
School
Hours



There are often lots of things done in Iñupiaq class that do not contribute to learning the language. How many of the hours you
spent in Iñupiaq class do you think were seriously engaged in learning the language? Also calculate how many hours you spend
immersed in the language at home.
Age Birth to 3
years
3 – 4 years old 5 years old 1
st
– 5
th
grade 6
th
– 8
th
grade High school Total
School
Hours

Home
Hours

Calculations for hours of learning (based on class times at NSBSD schools):
Grade Level Minutes a
week in class
Hours per year @
100%
attendance
Hours per year @
75%
attendance
Hours per year @
50%
attendance
K3 & K4 (immersion) 450 240 hrs. 180 hrs 120 hrs
Kindergarten
(immersion)
1,650 880 hrs. 660 hrs. 440 hrs.
1
st
– 2
nd
grade
(immersion)
2,100 1,120 840 hrs. 560 hrs.
Ipalook K3 & K4 15 8 hrs. 6 hrs 4 hrs
Ipalook Kindergarten 90 48 hrs. 36 hrs. 24 hrs.
Ipalook 1
st
– 5
th
grade 150 80 hrs. 60 hrs. 40 hrs.

Grade Level Minutes a
week in class
Hours per
semester @ 100%
attendance
Hours per
semester @ 75%
attendance
Hours per
semester @ 50%
attendance
HMS 6
th
– 8
th
grade 250 63 hrs. 47 hrs. 31 hrs.
BHS 9
th
– 12
th
grade 250 63 hrs. 47 hrs. 31 hrs.
Kiita 9
th
– 12
th
grade 340 50 hrs. (quarter) 38 hrs. 25 hrs.

Learning outside of school.
1 hour a day during the school day= 365 hrs. a year.
Additional hours during the summer time due to time camping etc…= ?