Courses for 2013

CILLDI is offering a total of twenty 3-credit courses during its 2013 Summer School. Topics include endangered language documentation and revitalization, language and literacy learning, second language teaching and curriculum development and language policy and planning. Courses are being offered by the Faculty of Native Studies (NS), the Department of Linguistics (LING and INT D),  the Department of Anthropology (ANTH), and the Department of Elementary Education (EDEL). Courses marked with CLC are required for the Community Linguist Certificate, but are open to any interested CILLDI student who has the proper prerequisites.

Block One

Block Two

Special Session, June 4–21, 2013 - Cancelled due to low enrollment

Indigenous Language and Cultural Renewal, The Maori Model 

EDEL 496 / EDEL 595

Join this New Zealand Tour to explore the multi-faceted aspects of Maori language and culture. Maori language education reflects two distinct types of Maori language in education: Maori language classes and Maori-medium education, both in an array of social and educational settings. Despite their world-wide reputation for success in revitalizing the Maori language, the Maori people face challenges, many similar to Aboriginal language activists in Canada. In this course students will visit educational sites where achievements and challenges are met by the Maori in their goal toward “Maori enjoying education success as Maori,” and will see firsthand how their experience compares with Canadian efforts in language & cultural maintenance, preservation and revitalization.

Block I Courses, July 8-17, 2013

Introduction to Linguistic Analysis for Indigenous Language Revitalization (CLC)

Ling 111

Central concepts of linguistics: linguistic categories and structure (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) with special attention to Canadian Indigenous languages. Not to be taken by students with credit in LING 101.

 

Morphosyntax of Indigenous Languages (CLC)

LING 212

Morphological structure and meaning in Canadian Indigenous languages including how best to represent lexical meaning and form in a dictionary, how new words might be coined and how these languages with their complex morphology and verb systems might be taught to adult learners. Prerequisite: LING 101 or LING 111.

 

Online Tools for Language Revitalization

LING 311

This course provides an introduction to the use of new technologies to aid in language revitalization in both home communities and urban settings.  Topics will include computer-based learning tools, online language courses, and the innovative use of social media sites.  Students will examine how these new technologies are being used in indigenous language communities around the world, and will design a language technology plan appropriate for their own community. Prerequisite: LING 101 or LING 11 or consent of the instructor.

 

Techniques for Endangered Language Documentation (CLC): cancelled due to low enrollment

INT D 318

Provides Canadian Indigenous language speakers with the technical skills needed to digitally archive their languages in a database or on the web with text, sound, images and video. These digital resources can be incorporated into interactive multimedia resources for access by community-based learners and second-language teachers. Prerequisite: LING 101 or LING 111.

 

Introduction to Language and Literacy Development

EDEL 306

This course provides students with the background in language and literacy development needed to work with Indigenous children from diverse language and literacy backgrounds. The focus is on planning for language teaching and supporting Indigenous languages in the classroom.

 

Assessment in Indigenous Language Classrooms

EDEL 463 / EDEL 595

This course will examine the acquisition of Indigenous languages in bilingual, immersion and core language classrooms.  A range of theoretical perspectives will be examined in the field of child language acquisition and techniques for assessing Indigenous language learning.

 

Using Literacy and Drama in Indigenous Languages Education: cancelled due to low enrollment

EDEL 496 / EDEL 595

Explores the potential of drama as a means of developing Aboriginal languages and literacies. Students will participate in various forms of drama and experiment with different strategies in the planning of learning experiences. Prerequisite: An introductory language arts methods course or consent of instructor.

 

Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners: cancelled due to low enrollment

NS 103

This course provides a grounding in the proper pronunciation and core vocabulary of Plains Cree.  Students will also gain familiarity and practice with the basic linguistic structures of the language, with a focus on conversational use. No prior knowledge of Cree is assumed.

 

Michif Immersion for Adult Beginners: cancelled due to low enrollment

NS 103

This course provides a grounding in the proper pronunciation and core vocabulary of Michif.  Students will also gain familiarity and practice with the basic linguistic structures of the language, with a focus on conversational use. Students will engage in various models of language teaching and learning, including one-on-one mentoring with a fluent elder.  No prior knowledge of Michif is assumed.

 

Block II Courses, July 17-26, 2013

Landscape, Meaning and Culture: The Social Meaning of Place: cancelled due to low enrollment

ANTH 485

This course explores how and why particular places are invested with social meaning by different cultural and linguistic groups.  Students will analyze place-naming practices in their own and other Indigenous languages, and examine the ways in which people talk about place in both  conversation and narrative.  Students will also investigate various perspectives on map-making, and the ways in which Indigenous cultural and worldview can be incorporated into community mapping projects.

 

Phonetics of Indigenous Languages (CLC)

LING 211

Recognizing, transcribing and producing speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet; problems in phonetic analysis, elementary acoustic phonetics, techniques for describing the sound system of Canadian Indigenous languages. Prerequisite: LING 101 or LING 111.

 

Sentence and Discourse Patterns of Indigenous Languages (CLC)

LING 213

Types of sentence and discourse patterns in Canadian Indigenous languages; attention to real language use across different genres (e.g. traditional stories, conversation, personal narratives, oratory and ceremony) so that students can go on to collect and transcribe samples of language in context rather than word list or sentences in isolation. Prerequisite: LING 101 or LING 111, and LING 212.

 

Community Language Archiving: cancelled due to low enrollment

LING 311

Provides speakers and other community members with an understanding of best practices in designing, creating and maintaining a language archive within their own community. Includes issues around digitization of older resources (print and audio/video), controlling access to sensitive materials and developing a user-friendly interface to the archive. Models of indigenous language archives from around the world will examined. LING 101 or LING 111 or consent of the instructor.

 

Language Policy and Planning for Indigenous Language Communities (CLC): cancelled due to low enrollment

INT D 311

Language use and attitudes about language within the socio-cultural context of Canadian Indigenous communities; addresses issues surrounding the health and survivability of Indigenous languages in different types of family, community and school contexts; special attention given to Indigenous language advocacy at the family, band and international levels. Training in effective grant-writing techniques included. Prerequisite: LING 101 or LING 111.

 

Second Language Acquisition: Teaching Indigenous Languages in an Immersion Context

EDEL 461 / EDEL 595

The course addresses current principles underlying second language teaching and learning in an immersion context. Foundations in oral language learning, methods and strategies will be discussed in relation to children and adults learning an Indigenous language as a second language. Prerequisite: EDEL 395 or other introductory language arts methods course or consent of the instructor.

 

Developing Classroom Materials and Curriculum for Indigenous Languages

EDEL 462 / EDEL 595

Provides teachers with practical tools and hands-on experience in developing a wide range of materials for indigenous language classrooms and will improve their ability to use the language for communicative purposes. Grounded in research on effective pedagogy and second language acquisition, this course will focus on holistic approaches to language teaching. Prerequisite: EDEL 306 or the consent of the instructor.

 

Teaching Indigenous Languages Through Cultural Arts: cancelled due to low enrollment

EDEL 496 / EDEL 595

Students will be exposed to Indigenous art and craft forms that can be incorporated into the language-learning environment. A strong emphasis will be placed on practical classroom application of the art forms, and on strategies to sustain, preserve and protect Indigenous ways of knowing inherent in Indigenous languages and traditional practices. Elders with expertise in Indigenous cultural arts and fluent in their language will serve as resources in the class.

 

The Structure of Cree Through Immersion: cancelled due to low enrollment

NS 104

Students will be introduced to a wider range of vocabulary and to more complex grammatical patterns in Plains Cree, while continuing to develop their conversational skills in the language. Prerequisite: NS 103 or consent of the instructor.

 

The Structure of Michif Through Immersion: cancelled due to low enrollment

NS 104

Students will be introduced to a wider range of vocabulary and to more complex grammatical patterns in Michif, while continuing to develop their conversational skills in the language. Prerequisite: NS 103 or consent of the instructor.

 

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