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KWA-096 Introduction to Kwak'wala

3 credits


Students will learn basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking. The units cover a wide variety of themes including greetings, social interaction, household activities, community, environment, wildlife, food harvesting and preparation and cultural activities. Combined, these encompass our way of life, as Kwakwaka'wakw, and give insight on how our language is essential to who we are. This will also provide students with a basic understanding of several learner strategies and methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition including Total Physical Response the Dr. Greymorning method, and comprehensible language acquisition methods.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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KWA-097 Introduction to Kwak'wala II

3 credits


Students will learn basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking. The units cover a wide variety of themes, including greetings, social interaction, household activities, community, environment, wildlife, place names, food harvesting and preparation and cultural activities. Combined, these encompass the way of life of the Kwakwaka'wakw and give insight to how Kwak'wala is essential to who the Kwakwaka'wakw are and how Kwak'wala ties Kwakwaka'wakw to land, sea and place. This will also provide students with a basic understanding of several learner strategies and methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition including Total Physical Response, the Dr. Greymorning method, and comprehensible language acquisiton methods.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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KWA-098 Kwak`wala Intro to U`Mista Orthography

45 hrs lecture, 3 credits


The course will focus on introducing students to the U'mista orthography. Students will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and editing ability using the orthography to study content relating to contemporary and traditional worldview and activities of daily living. This course is intended to provide students with the ability to read and write Kwak'wala and foster their ability to access written and online resources to support their language acquisition outside of class. The units cover an introduction to the U'mista orthography, history of the development of the orthography, advantages of establishing an orthography, the 46 sounds of Kwak'wala, pronunciation, introduction to transcription, and grammatical structure. During the course, students will participate in online dialogues and be introduced to electronic resources that are advantageous for self-practice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of KWA 096 or KWA 097

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