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Indigenous Languages Courses

INLG 130 - Practical Phonetics for Indigenous Languages (3)

Practical training in the description of sounds used in language. Prerequisite: Students in the Indigenous Studies program should complete INLG 133 before INLG 130. Students with credit for FNLG 130 or LING 130 may not take this course for further credit.

INLG 133 - Introduction to Indigenous Language I (3)

Introduces the structure of an Indigenous 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 Indigenous language. Students who have credit for FNLG 231 may not take this course for further credit for the same designated language.

INLG 134 - Introduction to INLG II (3)

A continuation of the introductory course in an Indigenous 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 Indigenous language. Prerequisite: INLG (or FNLG) 133. Students who have completed FNLG 134 or FNLG 232 or LING 232 may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

INLG 158 - Indigenous Language Immersion I (3)

Intensive language instruction in an Indigenous 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. Students with credit for FNLG 158 may not take this course for further credit.

INLG 200 - Introduction to Grammar in an Indigenous Language (3)

A practical overview of the grammar of an Indigenous 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 an Indigenous language. Students with credit for FNLG 200 may not take this course for further credit.

INLG 233 - Description and Analysis of an Indigenous Language I (3)

An intermediate course in the structure of an Indigenous 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: INLG (or FNLG) 134. Students who have completed FNLG 331 for a designated language may not complete this course for further credit for the same designated language.

INLG 234 - Description and Analysis of an Indigenous Language II (3)

A continuation of the intermediate course in an Indigenous 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 Indigenous language. Prerequisite: INLG (or FNLG) 233. Students with credit for FNLG 332 may not take this course for further credit for the same designated language.

INLG 258 - Indigenous Language Immersion II (3)

Intensive language instruction in an Indigenous 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 Indigenous Languages Program (inlp@sfu.ca) 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. Students with credit for FNLG 258 may not take this course for further credit.

INLG 300 - Advanced Grammar of an Indigenous Language (3)

Students will gain increasing familiarity with, and practical competence in the use of complex and advanced grammatical patterns of an Indigenous language in order to facilitate accurate communication in that language, in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency offered in the same language as INLG (or FNLG) 300, including INLG (or FNLG) 200 or LING 220; or with permission of instructor. Students who have taken INLG (or FNLG) 335 or LING 335 or INLG (or FNLG) 435 or LING 435 with the same topic as INLG 300 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNLG 300 may not take this course for further credit.

INLG 333 - Indigenous Language Intermediate Level Proficiency I (3)

Aimed at building conversational and narrative fluency and proficiency in a particular Indigenous language. Taught through a “stay in the language” approach through authentic practice of traditional skills and knowledge, as well as everyday communication in both written and oral form. Students may retake this course with focus on a different Indigenous language. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency; or with permission of instructor. Students with credit for FNLG 333 may not take this course for further credit.

INLG 334 - Indigenous Language Intermediate Level Proficiency II (3)

Continuation of Indigenous language proficiency intermediate level I builds further conversational and narrative fluency and proficiency in a designated Indigenous language. Taught through a “stay in the language” approach involving practice of traditional culture-based and everyday skills in a language. Students may retake this course with focus on a different Indigenous language. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency including INLG (or FNLG) 333 (or as corequisite); or permission of instructor. Students with credit for FNLG 334 may not take this course for further credit for the same designated language.

INLG 335 - Topics in Indigenous Language I (3)

Content varies as required by Indigenous language communities or learners. Usually focuses on intermediate to advanced level topics on structural aspects of a particular Indigenous language, emphasizing language learning and teaching. Prerequisite: INLG (or FNLG) 130, INLG (or FNLG) 133, INLG (or FNLG) 233 or permission of instructor. Recommended: LING 360.

INLG 358 - Indigenous Language Immersion III (3)

Intensive immersion "on the land" or in a classroom setting led by elder or fluent speaker in an Indigenous language at an intermediate level. Exposes learners to a variety of authentic situations where the language is used and spoken in everyday tasks. May be taken again when offered in another Indigenous language set of courses. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency including INLG (or FNLG) 258; or permission of instructor.

INLG 433 - Indigenous Language Mentoring I (3)

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

INLG 434 - Indigenous Language Mentoring II (3)

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

INLG 435 - Topics in Indigenous Language II (3)

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

INLG 458 - Indigenous Language Immersion IV (3)

Continuation of intensive immersion "on the land" led by elder or fluent speaker in an Indigenous language at a high intermediate to early advanced level. Exposes learners to a variety of authentic situations where the language is used and spoken in everyday tasks. May be taken again when offered in another Indigenous language. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency including INLG (or FNLG) 358; or permission of instructor.