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Native Language Instructors Programs (NLIP) Information

The purpose of the Native Language Instructors' Program is to increase the number of Native Language teachers through summer programs which will prepare them to instruct in Native As A Second Language. Native Language teachers who have an understanding of the structure of the Native language, pedagogical principles, methods and techniques for teaching Native language will promote and maintain the teaching of Native languages. Course requirements are met through a combination of courses and student teaching.


NATIVE LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION HAS TWO COMPONENTS:

1. Native Language Instructors' Diploma Program with Specialization in Native As A Second Language (NASL)
A four summer program; training in teaching Native as a second language; to prepare teachers to teach students whose first language is English.

2. Native Language Teacher's Certification (NLTC)
A three summer program; training in teaching Native as a second language to students whose first language is English. A Certificate of Qualification (restricted) in NLTC is issued by the Ontario College of Teachers upon successful completion of this program. This program is offered in cooperation with and funded by the Department of Indian Affairs and the Ministry of Education.


QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE NATIVE
LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS' DIPLOMA

In order to qualify for the Native Language Instructors' Diploma a student will be required to complete successfully all four half-courses in each of the following:
(a) Algonquian linguistic structure which will provide the student with a basis of understanding the underlying structure of his/her own language and for developing an appreciation of and pride in that language;
(b) Methodology which will provide the student with training in the basic methods and techniques for teaching NASL and/or Native Language Arts and Literacy; and
(c) Pedagogy which will introduce the student to practical pedagogical principles that will help him/her to work within the context of the school, with administrators, teachers and students, and community and a sixty hour student teaching component which is completed during the school year.


QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE NATIVE LANGUAGE
TEACHER'S CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

In order to qualify for the Certificate of Qualification (restricted), a student will be required to complete successfully all three half-courses in each of the following:
(a) Algonquian linguistic structure which will provide the student with a basis of understanding the underlying structure of his/her own language and for developing an appreciation of and pride in that language;
(b) Methodology which will provide the student with training in the basic methods and techniques for teaching NASL and/or Native Language Arts and literacy; and
(c) Pedagogy which will introduce the student to practical pedagogical principles that will help him/her to work within the context of the school, with administrators, teachers, students, and community;
(d) Practicum which will provide the student with a combination of observation and teaching experiences;

Note:
A candidate for admission to each of the second and third sessions of the program must complete successfully a minimum of twenty contact days of practical experience in a teaching environment in order to fulfill the requirement of at least one year of successful teaching experience for entry to each of these courses.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students will be admitted to the program provided that they meet both of the following:
(a) Native language requirement of the course to which the candidate wishes to be admitted. i.e. for both NASL/NLTC - fluently speak a native language
(b) Lakehead University Admission Requirements, Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs (See Mature Student and Extraordinary Admissions).

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Summers 1 and 2 of the program constitute the "junior" level, while summers 3 and 4 are considered the "senior" level.

1. A student may not proceed to the senior level of any subject until both junior level courses in that subject are successfully completed.

2. A student may not proceed to the senior level of the program until all junior level courses are passed.

3. A student who has failed 3 or more half courses is ineligible to continue in the program until: there has been a meeting of the coordinator, sponsor and student to determine the advisability of continuing, AND the student has successfully completed all failed courses.


RELATED LANGUAGE COURSES OF INTEREST TO DIPLOMA/NLTC GRADUATES

Courses open to students who wish to do further work in guided independent study in a specialized area of Native Language education:

Native Language 2711 - Introduction to Native American Linguistics
Native Language 2713 - Algonquian Linguistics
Native Language 3251 - Translation
Native Language 3511 - Literature: The Oral Tradition
Native Language 3531 - Composition
Native Language 3551 - Literature
Native Language 3711 - Native American Applied Linguistics
Native Language 3751 - Linguistics
Native Language 3811 - Special Topic I
Native Language 3813 - Special Topic II

Note:
For course descriptions see Languages, Native Language Courses. Courses are open to graduates of both Native Language programs and to all students who wish to extend their knowledge and do research in an Algonquian language.



For full program descriptions see:

EDUCATION PROGRAMS (Department of Aboriginal Education):