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Department of Linguistics | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2020

First Nations Language Proficiency

Diploma

DFNLP Diploma (Short)

The Diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency consists of 30 upper division units to achieve at least an intermediate oral proficiency and minimum 2.0 GPA.

DFNLP Diploma (Full)

This program is for students who wish to acquire high intermediate to advanced oral proficiency in a particular First Nations language, to revitalize their languages in their communities by contributing to restore intergenerational transmission through institutional and family-oriented use of the language, to teach this language in schools or to adult learners, and to develop resources for First Nations Language learners at all levels.

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

The prerequisite for this Diploma is normally prior completion of the SFU 27-unit undergraduate certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency (CFNLP). Students who have completed a Certificate equivalent to the SFU CFNLP at other postsecondary institutions, or who undergo a Prior Learning Assessment and demonstrate skills in the language equivalent to at least low intermediate language proficiency according to ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or similar benchmarks, may also be admitted into the DFNLP. Advanced placement in the DFNLP may be obtained through course challenge, provided the applicant undergoes assessment equivalent to what is required of regular students (including a Language Proficiency Assessment, where required). Subject to a Letter of Permission from SFU, and subject to not having used transfer credit towards a credential at another university, students may apply to use up to 9 units of transfer credit from other institutions.* Credit may be applied to a specific language and is achieved by examination from an instructor in that language with the approval of the Program.

Advising for this diploma is provided by the Department of Linguistics through the First Nations Languages Program (FNLP). Students should plan their program in consultation with the First Nations Languages Program Advisor or an Associate Director (fnlp@sfu.ca). Each cohort must also consult with their respective language cohort's FNLP Associate Director (fnlp@sfu.ca) on course electives planning.

*Courses that students may be able to transfer could include LING 360, LING 408 and LING 430, all of which have similar courses at UBC and UVIC.

Program Requirements

The DFNLP consists of 30 units*. At least 15 units must be earned by completing core upper level courses in the First Nations language itself.

Students complete the following

FNLG 300 - Advanced Grammar of a First Nations Language (3)

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

FNLG 333 - First Nations Language Intermediate Level Proficiency I (3)

Aimed at building conversational and narrative fluency and proficiency in a particular First Nations 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 First Nations language. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency; or with permission of instructor.

FNLG 334 - First Nations Language Intermediate Level Proficiency II (3)

Continuation of First Nations language proficiency intermediate level I builds further conversational and narrative fluency and proficiency in a designated First Nations 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 First Nations language. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency including FNLG 333 (or as corequisite); or permission of instructor.

FNLG 358 - First Nations Language Immersion III (3)

Intensive immersion "on the land" or in a classroom setting led by elder or fluent speaker in a First Nations 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 First Nations language set of courses. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency (CFNLP) including FNLG 258; or permission of instructor.

FNLG 458 - First Nations Language Immersion IV (3)

Continuation of intensive immersion "on the land" led by elder or fluent speaker in a First Nations 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 First Nations language. Prerequisite: Completion of Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency (CFNLP) including FNLG 358; or permission of instructor.

In addition, students must complete at least 15 units selected from the following courses**

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)

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)

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: LING 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. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: LING 220, FNLG 332 (or LING 332) or permission of instructor. Recommended: LING 360, 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 360 - Introduction to Applied Linguistics (3) ***

Theoretical and practical aspects of second language learning. Prerequisite: LING 282W.

LING 408 - Field Linguistics (3) ***

The investigation and description of an unfamiliar language. Prerequisite: LING 221 or 321; and 222 or 322.

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)

Detailed examination of the structure of a selected language. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and 222.

LING 432 - Language Structures II (3)

Detailed examination of the structure of a selected language. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and 222.

* must be the same First Nations language

** The first six focus on a single language, and the remaining courses may focus on a different Indigenous language (LING 408) or on more than one languages (LING 360 and LING 430).

*** If the course is primarily focused on a First Nations language.

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated on all courses applied to the diploma that are completed at Simon Fraser University.

Notes

  • Units applied to this diploma may also be applied to major or minor programs of a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs, but may not be applied to other Simon Fraser University certificates or diplomas.
  • Some of the courses have prerequisites not included in the diploma requirements. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites of all courses in their programs. Prerequisite information can be found in the University calendar in the course descriptions section.
  • Students intending to pursue this diploma should consult with the program advisor.
  • Any student admitted to a diploma program who subsequently transfers to a degree program must complete the university WQB degree requirements.