Native Language Instructor Certificate

Program Objective

The objective of the program is to prepare students to be professional classroom instructors of their native languages.

Employment

Native Language Programs operating within the public school system (or, in some jurisdictions, band-operated schools) require both full-time and part-time instructors, as well as persons who can act as substitutes and assistants in the programs. The need for professionally trained instructors is on-going.

Duration

Three courses—Language Structure, Second Language Teaching Methods, and Professionalism and Class Management are taught at Yukon College for one week during each term. The Literacy Course is offered for one week in either term, and the practicum takes place in the student's own classroom throughout both terms. The certificate may be completed in three years.

Course Expectations

Regular attendance is important in order to succeed in this program. Students must be committed to teaching a language and must also enjoy working with children and young adults.

Costs

A student's personal supplies will cost approximately $30-$50 for the entire program.

Transferability

Courses in most areas of the program are transferable to the University of Alaska, and to the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C.

Upon Completion

The study plan leads to a Native Language Instructor Certificate. A Native Language Instructor Certificate is awarded for the completion of 15 courses for a total of 30 credits. All 15 courses are required.

Instructional Format

Classes taught by Centre staff typically include demonstrations, practice sessions, role-playing, group discussions, audio-visual presentations, observation periods, in-class activities, and assignments.

Course Descriptions

LS 141 (10/0)
Language Structure

This course offers applied linguistics for language teachers. It includes basic sounds and sentence patterns of Tlingit and Athapaskan languages, practice in listening and speaking skills required for classroom teaching, and comparison of specific traits in various languages.

LS 142 (10/0)
Language Structure

This course examines additional topics in applied linguistics, including distribution of North American Indian languages, names and groupings of Yukon languages, introduction to tone, and basic linguistic analysis of material taught in elementary and intermediate classrooms.

LS 143 (10/0)
Language Structure

This course provides additional examination and analysis of selected linguistic features of Tlingit and Athapaskan languages. There is particular reference to verb structure and basic syntactic patterns.

LIT 171 (5/10)
Native Language Literacy

This course is an introduction to literacy in the student's native language. It has a review of the basic sounds and structure of the alphabet, and practice in reading and writing simple curriculum material, including lesson plans and simple narratives.

LIT 172 (5/10)
Native Language Literacy

This course provides additional practice in transcribing materials in the student's native language. There is an introduction to procedures for eliciting and recording cultural materials with the assistance of native elders.

LIT 173 (30/0)
Native Language Literacy

This course covers the examination and transcription of more advanced materials: kinship systems, place-names, personal names, and other cultural information.

PRAC 181 (0/65)
Practicum

This practicum entails the completion of one year of classroom experience in a Second Language Program. There is individual instruction and assistance in establishing a professional relationship with the school and community. An evaluation of the application of Second Language Teaching Methods 151 is part of the practicum.

PRAC 182 (0/65)
Practicum

This practicum entails the completion of a second year of classroom experience in a Second Language Program. There is individual instruction and assistance in maintaining a professional relationship with the school and community. An evaluation of the application of the Second Language Teaching Methods 152 is part of the practicum.

PRAC 183 (0/65)
Practicum

This practicum entails the completion of a third year of classroom experience in a Second Language Program. There is individual instruction and assistance in maintaining a professional relationship with the school and the community. An evaluation of applied Second Language Teaching Methods 153 is part of the practicum.

PRO 161 (5/10)
Professionalism and Class Management

This course examines professional issues relating to primary level language instruction such as classroom management, discipline techniques, staff relations, and student record keeping. Field work includes completing day-book records and student attendance and progress records.

PRO 162 (5/10)
Professionalism and Class Management

This course examines professional issues relating to intermediate level language instruction such as classroom management, motivation and discipline at the intermediate level, staff and community relations, and classroom record keeping. Field work includes completing day-book records and student attendance and progress records.

PRO 163 (5/10)
Professionalism and Class Management

This course examines motivation and discipline in the elementary classroom, professional approaches to problem solving in staff and community relations, making use of school and community resources, and analyzing student progress for self-evaluation. Field work includes completing day-book records, long-range plans, and student attendance and progress records.

SLTM 151 (30/0)
Second Language Teaching Methods

This course introduces the basics of second language instruction. Topics include: use of the curriculum guide, short-range lesson planning, basic drill methods, practice in teaching basic vocabulary in simple sentence structures to primary level students, language activities for primary level instruction, oral testing techniques, and materials production.

SLTM 152 (30/0)
Second Language Teaching Methods

This course provides practice in the basics of second language instruction. Topics include: introduction to grade level adaptation of curriculum material, lesson planning for the intermediate level, language activities for intermediate level instruction, oral testing techniques, and materials production.

SLTM 153 (30/0)
Second Language Teaching Methods

This course offers practice in the basics of second language instruction at the primary and intermediate level. Topics include long-range planning and grade-level adaptation of curriculum material, teaching listening skills, introducing dialogue activities, and development of new activities and materials for elementary language instruction.