Courses & Institute
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EDUC 440: Aboriginal Education in Canada
- The course is intended to provide teacher candidates with opportunities to explore how a school program may need to be modified in order to respectfully and meaningfully integrate Aboriginal/Indigenous history, content, and worldviews. We will examine the role of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing in Aboriginal/Indigenous societies with the goal of providing educators with ways to make use of this knowledge in their planning for the classroom, school and community. Our overall goal is to assist those becoming professional educators to make a contribution to transforming Aboriginal education in order to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal/Indigenous learners and enhance the learning opportunities for all students.
- Issues related to Aboriginal/Indigenous education are rooted in social and political contexts. Some of the topics addressed in this course will have relevance to Aboriginal/Indigenous families and communities. As educators we need to develop knowledge of these relevant contexts to support Aboriginal/Indigenous and non-Aboriginal learners. The course is also intended to provide teacher candidates with opportunities to prepare themselves not only for the classroom, but to develop respectful relationships between Aboriginal families and communities and the schools and communities in which they might work. This course reflects the Faculty of Education’s commitment to preparing teachers who are knowledgeable, skilful, flexible, and compassionate in their professional practice and who are guided by a sense of social and ethical responsibility in relation to the communities in which they work.
LLED 489A: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
- LLED 489A explores basic theories of linguistics and their application to classroom practice. As an introduction to the linguistic foundations of first and second language teaching, the course will assist teachers in making linguistically informed decisions about teaching. The course is not a comprehensive survey of Linguistics, but restricts its topics to those generally agreed to have relevance to language teaching and learning. Serves as one of several alternative prerequisites to LLED 478A. Students are directed also to LLED 489B (3 credits), which deals with topics in second language learning in relation to society and education in more detail.
- Utilizing technology allows for the preservation of Indigenous languages, materials to be developed and disseminated, expands the domains in which the language is used, and provides relevance, significance and purpose. Students will learn and be exposed to various types of low-, mid- and high- technology initiatives that have been used to document, revitalize, promote and maintain their language. The course is designed to offer “hands-on” experience that will contribute to a project-based outcome. Open to all who want to understand and experience how technology can support teaching, learning and revitalization of Indigenous languages. Course material and content can be applied to learners of any language. Basic computer skills are required.
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LLED 565: Indigenous Language and Cultural Education: Global Perspectives
- This seminar will provide an opportunity for students from multiple sites to engage in the comparative study of issues associated with education of Indigenous peoples and communities on an international scale with an emphasis on the role of language and culture. Students will participate in a hybrid course with students and faculty in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaiʻi, and New Zealand via polycom (an audio-video conferencing system) on a weekly basis.
- This course surveys Indigenous languages of North America and the communities that speak them, focusing on a representative sample for closer study. The role of language in maintaining cultural identity is examined and prospects for the future of Indigenous languages are assessed.
LLED 565: Living Our Indigenous Languages Through Performative Arts
- Indigenous peoples throughout their lifetime often reside in many geographical areas that are not their traditional homeland or territory, due to many reasons. However, in such a globalized world, the application of multimedia technology provides for immediate access and connection to linguistic and cultural knowledge. This class demonstrates how song and dance are used to perpetuate one's language and culture, based on my experience with learning and teaching hula (Hawaiian dance) in Hawaiʻi, Oregon, Arizona, and now in Vancouver, BC. Hula is a constant reminder of the many facets of language and culture that are deeply embedded in the mele (song), steps and motions that are often overlooked and under utilized as a form of education. Students will engage in multiple microteaching lessons, which are short mini-lesson that exposes students to an immersive Hawaiian language environment, while learning Hawaiian history, culture, language, hula and mele. This wealth of knowledge is captured in a short span of time, which can be transferable to other Indigenous languages.
- This course broadly examines the ways Indigenous communities have sustained and reenergized their language, literacy, and literary practices in a time where local efforts are effected by global pressures. First hand experiences and strategies will be shared by the instructor and guest speakers to address some of the successes and challenges that Indigenous language communities are faced with when engaging in language revitalization efforts.