This practical tool is meant to be used by local communities who are interested in maintaining the use of their traditional language. The text is written in a manner that is meant to be accessible to the general public.
It first guides community members through a discussion that builds self-awareness about the current strength of their language. It then helps them to see the realistic options available to them based on that evaluation. Finally, it helps them plan what they would like to do about the future of their own language.
Training in the use of the Guide is highly recommended before attempting to apply it at the community level, as is some knowledge about the theory behind it, the ‘Sustainable Use Model’.