Courses for 2012

CILLDI is offering a total of seventeen 3-credit courses during its 2012 Summer School, including seven brand new courses. Courses are being offered by the Faculty of Native Studies (NS), the Department of Linguistics (LING and INT D), 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.

 

 Special Session, June 4-22, 2012


Indigenous Language and Cultural Renewal, The Maori Model  New Course for 2012!
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 we will visit educational sites where achievements and challenges are met by the Maori in their goal toward “Maori enjoying education success as Maori,” and we will see first hand how their experience compares with Canadian efforts in language & cultural maintenance, preservation and revitalization.

 

Block I Courses, July 9-18, 2012


Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners  New Course for 2012!
NS 103   
An immersive introduction to the Cree language for beginning students. No prior knowledge of Cree is assumed.

Blackfoot Immersion for Adult Beginners  New Course for 2012!
NS 103   
An immersive introduction to the Blackfoot language for beginning students. No prior knowledge of Blackfoot is assumed.

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. Note: 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.

Piikishkweetak eñ Michif: Introduction to Michif  New Course for 2012!
LING 311
This course provides an introduction to the Michif language and its varieties as spoken in western Canada. The course addresses both linguistic and aspects of the language, as well as methods and tools that can be applied for the purposes of language revitalization. The linguistic component describes the history, development, and current status of the language. Other topics include a description of the sound system and basic structure of the language. Students will also gain practical experience in current models of language revitalization, with an emphasis on the Master-Apprentice language learning model.

Techniques for Endangered Language Documentation (CLC)
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.

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.

Teaching Indigenous Languages Through Cultural Arts  New Course for 2012!
EDEL 496/595
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.

 

Block II Courses, July 18-27, 2012


Phonetics of Indigenous Languages  (CLC)
LING 211
Recognizing, transcribing, and producing speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); problems in phonetic analysis, elementary acoustic phonetics, techniques for describing the sound system of Canadian Indigenous languages. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in LING 205.
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.

Building A Community Dictionary Cover-to-Cover
LING 311

Provides Canadian Indigenous language speakers with the technical skills needed to collect and create a community dictionary. Various dictionary formats will be discussed including digital, online, and paper formats including sound, images, and video as parts of the dictionary. Students will receive hands-on training in creating dictionaries.

Community Language Archiving  New Course for 2012!
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.

Language Policy and Planning for Indigenous Language Communities (CLC)
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 material for Indigenous language classrooms and will improve their ability to use the language for communicative purposes. Grounded on research on effective language pedagogy and second language acquisition, this course will focus on holistic approaches to teaching language. Prerequisite: EDEL 395 or other introductory language arts methods course or consent of the instructor.

Using Literacy and Drama in Indigenous Language Education  New Course for 2012!
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.