45 hrs lecture, 2 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.
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