Native Language Instructor Diploma

To be awarded the Native Language Instructor Diploma, a student must:

  • complete the Native Language Instructor Certificate;
  • complete 3 credits in English language;
  • complete 12 credits in Advanced SLTM, LIT, and PRAC;
  • complete Independent Project 241 and Computers in Curriculum 291 and 292.

Duration

While the diploma may in theory be completed in one year of intensive work at the Centre, most students will require at least two years of combined teaching and study to complete this program.

Advanced SLTM 251 and 252 are taught for one week in both terms. Advanced LIT 271 and 272 may be held in either term 1 or term 2. Advanced PRAC 282.1 and 282.2 take place in the student's school classroom throughout the school terms. COMM 190 is listed in the Arts and Science Division of this calendar and are offered in accordance with the schedule of that division. The electives chosen in consultation with YNLC staff may include special project work in the field of curriculum or material development.

Course Descriptions

IP 241
Individual Project

This course provides an opportunity for the advanced instructor to enhance his/her knowledge by developing cultural and linguistic materials for use in the classroom. Possible projects include compiling listening exercise booklets, compiling booklets and tapes of Native Language Lessons, and documenting oral history and traditional narratives.

SLTM 251 (45/0)
Advanced Second Language Methods

This course focuses on extending the student's knowledge of second language teaching methods. Building on knowledge and practice gained during certificate training course, SLTM 251 will consider such topics as adaptation of curriculum material for high school and adult level instruction, and producing original materials for second language instruction at any level.

SLTM 252 (45/0)
Advanced Second Language Methods

A continuation of SLTM 251, this course offers students further practice in advanced second language instruction. Areas of study include adaptation of curriculum material for high school and adult level instruction, and development of an original activity for second language instruction at any level.

LIT 271 (45/0)
Advanced Literacy

This course examines the transcription of material for advanced level instruction. Topics include dialogues and story sequences, vocabulary and structures relating to selected cultural topics, and an introduction to Athapaskan and Tlingit grammatical forms.

LIT 272 (45/0)
Advanced Literacy

Transcription of further material for advanced level instruction is offered in this course. Areas of study include dialogues, stories, and plays, vocabulary relating to selected cultural topics, and advanced Athapaskan and Tlingit grammatical forms.

PRAC 281 (25/50)
Advanced Practicum

This practicum entails the completion of an additional term of classroom experience in a Second Language Program. It offers an introduction to field testing new methods and materials. An evaluation of the application of advanced second language teaching methods 251.

PRAC 282 (25/50)
Advanced Practicum

This practicum entails the completion of an additional term of classroom experience in a Second Language Program. It serves to field test original instructional activity. Presentation of resulting methods and materials to other Native Language instructors is required, along with an evaluation of the application of advanced second language teaching methods 252.

CC 291
Computers In Curriculum

Teachers become comfortable with the Macintosh, and learn the special skills necessary to produce basic curriculum materials for use in the Native Language classroom.

CC 292
Computers In Curriculum

Teachers become more confident computer users, learn to produce more advanced curriculum materials, and begin to manage special Native Language teaching software.