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FNEL: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

FNEL 101 (3-12) d Introduction to a Salish Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures and listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 102 (3-12) d Introduction to a Salish Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 101 in the same language.
FNEL 111 (3-12) d Introduction to an Algonquian Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures and listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 112 (3-12) d Introduction to an Algonquian Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 111 in the same language.
FNEL 121 (3-12) d Introduction to a Dene (Athapaskan) Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures and listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. Not offered every year.
FNEL 122 (3-12) d Introduction to a Dene (Athapaskan) Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 121 in the same language.
FNEL 131 (3-12) d Introduction to a Tsimshianic Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures, listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. Not offered every year.
FNEL 132 (3-12) d Introduction to a Tsimshianic Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 131 in the same language.
FNEL 141 (3-12) d Introduction to a Wakashan Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures, listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 142 (3-12) d Introduction to a Wakashan Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 141 in the same language.
FNEL 151 (3) Introduction to the Haida Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures, listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of this language is assumed. Not offered every year.
FNEL 152 (3) Introduction to the Haida Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 151.
FNEL 161 (3) Introduction to the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures, listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of this language is assumed. Not offered every year.
FNEL 162 (3) Introduction to the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 161.
FNEL 180 (3) Introduction to Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
Foundational concepts in the critical study of cultural, historical, social, and political factors that impact language loss, retention, and revival. Introducing strategies and practical methodologies for collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based documentation and revitalization projects for First Nations and Indigenous languages. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 191 (3-12) d Introduction to an Indigenous Language I
Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures, listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of this language is assumed. Not offered every year.
FNEL 192 (3-12) d Introduction to an Indigenous Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of FNEL 191 in the same language.
FNEL 201 (3-12) d Intermediate Salish Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL102 in the same language.
FNEL 202 (3-12) d Intermediate Salish Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 201 in the same language.
FNEL 211 (3-12) d Intermediate Algonquian Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL112 in the same language.
FNEL 212 (3-12) d Intermediate Algonquian Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 211.
FNEL 221 (3-12) d Intermediate Dene (Athapaskan) Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 122 in the same language.
FNEL 222 (3-12) d Intermediate Dene (Athapaskan) Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 221 in the same language.
FNEL 231 (3-12) d Intermediate Tsimshianic Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 132 in the same language.
FNEL 232 (3-12) d Intermediate Tsimshianic Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 231 in the same language.
FNEL 241 (3-12) d Intermediate Wakashan Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 142 in the same language.
FNEL 242 (3-12) d Intermediate Wakashan Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 241 in the same language.
FNEL 251 (3) Intermediate Haida Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 152.
FNEL 252 (3) Intermediate Haida Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 251.
FNEL 261 (3) Intermediate Ktunaxa (Kootenay) Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 162.
FNEL 262 (3) Intermediate Ktunaxa Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 261.
FNEL 281 (3) Sounds of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
Development of skills in the perception and transcription of speech sounds in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Aboriginal languages. Capacity-building techniques for digital recording, editing, analysis, and archiving; guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 282 (3) Structures of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
Development of skills in the documentation, transcription and analysis of grammatical structures in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Aboriginal languages. Applied techniques in documentation, workflow and multi-media digital annotation, guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 291 (3-12) d Intermediate Indigenous Language I
Emphasis on increasing fluency in conversational ability, enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, extending literacy and grammatical understanding, and further study of oral traditions in their cultural context. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 192 in the same language.
FNEL 292 (3-12) d Intermediate Indigenous Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year.
Prerequisite: FNEL 291 in the same language.
FNEL 301 (3-12) d Advanced Salish Language I
Emphasis on advanced comprehension and production skills. Extended focus on skills in oral traditions, transcription, literacy, and on deepening the understanding of grammatical structures and dialectal variation. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 202 in the same language.
FNEL 302 (3-12) d Advanced Salish Language II
Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use. Not offered every year. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: FNEL 301 in the same language.
FNEL 380 (3) Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
Digital tools for endangered language documentation, conservation, and revitalization. Overview of best practices, introduction to community engagement and capacity-building, protocols and ethics, project design, cultural context, orthographies, use of audio, video and still photography, data management, archiving and web publishing. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 381 (3) Biocultural Diversity: Language, Community, and Environment
Critical exploration of the links between linguistic, biological and cultural diversity; including connections with linguistic relativity, linguistic identity, language and place; and strategies for collective, interdisciplinary action to promote and support the protection of languages, cultures, and the environment.
FNEL 382 (3) Lexicography for Endangered Languages
Foundational concepts in the discipline of compiling, editing, managing and hosting dictionaries, also known as lexicography. Special focus on the technical and ethical considerations for community-based lexicography projects for endangered and BC First Nations languages.
FNEL 389 (3) Collaborative Heritage Research in First Nations Languages: Practicum & Workshop
Hands-on experience planning and producing a Breath of Life Language Reclamation Workshop for endangered BC First Nations languages, during which community-based researchers access and interpret relevant heritage resources at UBC and other local institutions for the revitalization of their languages.
Corequisite: All of FNEL 281, FNEL 282. Corequisites can be taken either alongside or prior to FNEL 389.
FNEL 448 (3-12) c Directed Research in First Nations Languages
Supervised by a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Agreement of Supervisor and approval of Chair of FNEL program.
FNEL 480 (3-12) d Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
Critical study of the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic factors impacting on language loss, retention, and revival. Research on and application of methodologies for collaborative, trans-disciplinary, community-based documentation and revitalization of BC's Indigenous linguistic heritage. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FNEL 481 (3) Heritage Resources in Endangered First Nations Language Revitalization
Examines the complementary and intersecting roles of libraries, archives, and museums in collections acquisition, development, curation, preservation, and access traditions pertaining to First Nations languages, to explore how each can contribute to endangered language and cultural heritage sustainability. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Corequisite: All of FNEL 281, FNEL 282. Corequisites can be taken either alongside or prior to FNEL 481.
FNEL 482 (3) Applied Research in Endangered Language Reclamation
Application of research skills and methodologies in the design and implementation of a research project relevant to endangered language conservation and/or revitalization. Project co-constructed in collaboration with a First Nations community, guided by community-based ethical protocols. FNEL 481 recommended. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Corequisite: All of FNEL 281, FNEL 282, FNEL 389. Corequisites can be taken either alongside or prior to FNEL 482.
FNEL 483 (3) Indigenous Languages of BC: Diversity and Vitality
Genetic affiliation, areal contact, typological diversity, and initiatives to sustain the vitality and diversity of BC First Nations Languages.
FNEL 489 (3/12) d Topics in First Nations and Endangered Languages
Selected topics will vary. Multiple versions of this course may be taken, under consultation with the FNEL program advisor, for up to a maximum of 12 credits. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

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