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Department of Linguistics Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2017

First Nations Language Proficiency

Certificate

This program is for students who wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills in a particular First Nations language, to teach this language in schools, or to enhance their language for cultural reasons or professional objectives.

The certificate can be completed on a full or part time basis.

Advanced placement through course challenge to a maximum of nine units is possible for fluent speakers. Credit may be applied to a specific language and is achieved by examination from an instructor in that language with the approval of the department.

Advising for this certificate is provided at the Department of First Nations Studies. Students should plan their program in consultation with the First Nations Studies Advisor (first_nations@sfu.ca).

Program Requirements

The certificate consists of 27 units. At least 12 must be earned by completing courses in the First Nations language itself.

Students complete or achieve equivalent credit for the following.

FNLG 130 - Practical Phonetics for First Nations Languages (3)

Practical training in the description of sounds used in language. Prerequisite: Students in the First Nations Studies program should complete FNLG 231 (or LING 231) before FNLG 130. Students with credit for LING 130 may not complete this course for further credit.

FNLG 133 - Introduction to First Nations Language I (3) 1

Introduces the structure of a First Nations language, including phonetics, vocabulary, word formation, and grammatical constructions. Based on a designated language and usually chosen from the Northwest coast area. Students may retake this course for credit with focus on a different FN language. Students who have credit for FNLG 231 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
A900 Khelsilem Rivers
TBD
E100 Darlene Willier
We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
FNLG 134 - Introduction to FNLG II (3) 1

A continuation of the introductory course in a First Nations language, including phonetics, vocabulary, word formation, and grammatical constructions. Based on a designated language and will usually be chosen from the Northwest Coast area. Students may take this course for credit with focus on a different FN language. Prerequisite: FNLG 133. Students who have completed LING 232 or FNLG 232 may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

FNLG 200 - Introduction to Grammar in a First Nations Language (3)

A practical overview of the grammar of a First Nations language based on linguistic principles for those desiring basic knowledge of language structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis. This course is particularly suited for students interested in learning and teaching a First Nations language.

FNLG 233 - Description and Analysis of a First Nations Language I (3) 1

An intermediate course in the structure of a First Nations language, including writing systems, texts, general linguistic properties, and language family. Based on a designated language and usually chosen from the Northwest Coast area. Prerequisite: FNLG 134. Students who have completed LING 331 or FNLG 331 for a designated language may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

FNLG 234 - Description Analysis FNLG II (3) 1

A continuation of the intermediate course in a First Nations language, including writing systems, texts, general linguistic properties, and language family. Based on a designated language and usually chosen from the Northwest Coast area. Students may retake this course with focus on a different FN language. Prerequisite: FNLG 233. Students with credit for FNLG 332 may not take this course for further credit.

In addition, students must complete at least nine units selected from the following courses.

FNLG 158 - First Nations Language Immersion I (3)

Intensive language instruction in a First Nations language at a beginner level. The course will be based on a designated language to be named each time it is taught. Students who have completed LANG 132, 158 or 224 for a designated language may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

FNLG 258 - First Nations Language Immersion II (3)

Intensive language instruction in a First Nations language at an intermediate level. The course will be based on a designated language to be named each time it is taught. Please inquire at the Department of Linguistics for information on placement. Students who have completed LANG 248 for a designated language may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

FNLG 335 - Topics in First Nations Language I (3)

Content varies as required by First Nations language communities or learners. Usually focuses on intermediate to advanced level topics on structural aspects of a particular First Nations language, emphasizing language learning and teaching. Prerequisite: FNLG 130 (or LING 130), FNLG 231 (or LING 231), FNLG 332 (or LING 332) or permission of instructor. Recommended: LING 360.

FNLG 433 - First Nations Language Mentoring I (3) 1

Intended for advanced learners of a particular First Nations language. Offers advanced vocabulary and/or grammatical skills through individualized practice with fluent speakers (usually elders) of that language. Enrolment requires prior approval of the Department of Linguistics and the local First Nations community. Students will be evaluated on the basis of the individualized goals and objects set at the beginning of the course. Prerequisite: FNLG 332 (or LING 332) or permission of course supervisor. Students who have completed LING 433 for a designated language may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

FNLG 434 - First Nations Language Mentoring II (3) 1

Offers additional advanced vocabulary and/or grammatical skills in the First Nations language through individualized practice with fluent speakers (usually elders) of that language. Prerequisite: FNLG 433 (or LING 433) or permission of course supervisor. Recommended: FNLG 431 and 432. Students who have completed LING 434 for a designated language may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

FNLG 435 - Topics in First Nations Language II (3)

Content varies as required by First Nations language communities or learners. Usually focuses on advanced level topics on structural aspects of a particular First Nations language, emphasizing language learning and teaching. Prerequisite: LING 220, FNLG 332 (or LING 332) or permission of instructor. Recommended: LING 360, FNLG 431 and 432. Students who have completed LING 435 for a designated topic may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated topic.

LING 160 - Language, Culture and Society (3)

An introduction to language in its social and cultural dimensions. Students who have taken LING 260 prior to Fall 2008 may not take LING 160 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ivelina Koleva Tchizmarova
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
LING 360 - Introduction to Applied Linguistics (3)

Theoretical and practical aspects of second language learning. Prerequisite: LING 220 and any lower division W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cliff Burgess
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
SWH 10061, Burnaby
LING 430 - Aboriginal Languages of the Americas (3)

Structural and genetic characteristics of aboriginal languages of the Americas, with special emphasis on languages of the Northwest. Detailed examination of one language or language family. Prerequisite: 12 upper division linguistics units. Recommended: LING 323.

LING 431 - Language Structures I (3) 1

Detailed examination of the structure of a selected language. Prerequisite: LING 221 and 222.

LING 432 - Language Structures II (3) 1

Detailed examination of the structure of a selected language. Prerequisite: LING 221 and 222.

1 maybe used if the subject matter is the same First Nations language.