SECWEPEMCTSÍN PROGRAM

The certificate is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the equivalent of a one year, full-time or part-time study, with an option of continuing on to the second year diploma.

The diploma is earned with the completion of all courses listed under the Indigenous Language Certificate Completion plan and the Indigenous Language Diploma Completion.

This one-year advanced (ADILT) diploma program is available to graduates of the Indigenous Language Diploma Program and will prepare students to teach Indigenous languages in any BC school setting. Graduates will be eligible to receive the Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) from the BC College of Teachers.

Certificate in Secwepemc Language Proficiency

The Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency consists of 27 units. At least 12 must be earned by completing courses in the First Nations language itself. All courses are taught in the Secwepemc language (Eastern dialect). 

FNLG 130 (3 units)Practical Phonetics for a First Nations Language

Practical training in the description of sounds used in language. 

FNLG 133 (3 units)Introduction to First Nations Language I

Introduces the structure of a First Nations language, including phonetics, vocabulary, word formation, and grammatical constructions. 

FNLG 134 (3 units) Introduction to First Nations Language II

A continuation of the introductory course in a First Nations language, including phonetics, vocabulary, word formation, and grammatical constructions. 

FNLG 158 (3 units)First Nations Language Immersion I 

Intensive language instruction in a First Nations language at a beginner level. 

FNLG 200 (3 units)Introduction to Grammar in a First Nations Langauge

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. 

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

An intermediate course in the structure of a First Nations language, including writing systems, texts, general linguistic properties, and language family. 

FNLG 234 (3 units)Description and Analysis of a First Nations Language II


A continuation of the intermediate course in a First Nations language, including writing systems, texts, general linguistic properties, and language family.

FNLG 258 (3 units)First Nations Language Immersion II


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.

FNLG 335 A & B (6 units)Topics in First Nations Language 


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.

Secwepemc Language Proficiency Diploma

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 Diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency consists of 30 upper division units.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

FNLG 358 (3 Units)First Nations Language Immersion III

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. 

FNLG 433 (3 Units)First Nations Language Mentoring I 

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.

FNLG 434 (3 Units)First Nations Language Mentoring II 

Offers additional advanced vocabulary and/or grammatical skills in the First Nations language through individualized practice with fluent speakers (usually elders) of that language.

LING 430 (3 Units)Aboriginal Languages of the Americas

Structural and genetic characteristics of aboriginal languages of the Americas. Detailed examination of one language or language family.

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

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.

FNLG 458 (3 units)First Nations Language Immersion IV 

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.

Advanced Diploma

Details about the Advanced Diploma coming soon...

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