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First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)

 
Supporting Nishinabemwin Teaching Proficiency (Nishinabemwin Language Teachers)
 
 
Facilitator: Mary Ann Naokwegijig-Corbiere
 
July 20-22, Sudbury
 
 
Brief Description:
This summer institute will provide teachers of Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) with an understanding of the grammatical framework of this language that will enable them to utilize language resources that exist to teach the language from a communicative perspective.
 
Detailed Description:
Increasingly, teachers who have not had the opportunity to learn their Native language beyond a rudimentary level are placed in the position of trying to teach the language. The reasons for that lack of opportunity are systemic. Students who have entered B.Eb. programs in the past two decades come from the generation that did not acquire their Native language at home. If their native language was taught in the elementary and/or high schools they attended, the time allotted has been insufficient for them to attain the level of proficiency required of a language teacher. While there are a few Native language teacher training programs such as those at Nipissing University and Lakehead University, the programs cannot accommodate a Native-language-as-a-second-language curriculum component of a depth and scope necessary to approach full proficiency. Native language courses included in Native/Indigenous Studies programs likewise can impart only rudimentary knowledge because typically, they are only offered at the introductory level; low enrolment in higher intermediate and advanced courses lead to the latter levels not being offered. If a given Native language is to survive, it is vital that teachers in this position be equipped with a foundation that will allow them to continue to enhance their Native language proficiency. This institute is vital in order to begin addressing that gap.
 
This summer institute will provide teachers of Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) with an understanding of the grammatical framework of this language that will enable them to utilize language resources that exist to teach the language from a communicative perspective.  Participants will be provided with workbooks to use during the institute and as they practice further on their own independently.
 
Over the course of three days, participants will learn how to:
  • Utilize the Nishnaabemwin gender system in expressing thoughts and feelings, and to relay information;
  • Put verbs used in such remarks into the appropriate form depending on the actor (3rd person, 2nd person, plural and singular) and whether or not a sentence has an object;
  • Incorporate other kinds of information (e.g. adverbs, plural nouns) into remarks expressing thoughts and feelings, and relaying information
  • Form two major types of questions: those that seek a yes/no response and those that ask what, when, where, how and why, and answer them using sentence patterns.
 
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