Courses

The UBC Faculty of Arts expects BA courses to be in person this fall. If you have questions, please reach out to the instructor and/or cis.program@ubc.ca.

FNEL courses can satisfy:

  • Faculty of Arts Language Requirement
  • Faculty of Science Arts Requirement
  • Transfer credit to other institutions
  • UBC language entrance requirement
  • BC high school language credits

Our courses are of particular interest to students in:

FNEL is an undergraduate program, but offers small sections for graduate student enrolment. This year, FNEL 380, 382, and 481 will have graduate sections. If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking any of our courses, please email cis.program@ubc.ca with the following information before July 15th, 2021 to be registered in the appropriate section.:

  • Reason you are interested in taking this course
  • How this course relates to your graduate research
  • Courses or work experience with Indigenous content
  • Your student number

Please note that this graduate course requires instructor approval and that by sending an email does not mean you are automatically registered. We will be in touch with you after your request has been reviewed – please email cis.program@ubc.ca with any questions.

Please click here to access the Approved Course List.


Please click here to access the Approved Course List.

These FNEL courses are currently being offered during the 2021-2022 Winter session:

FNEL 180 Introduction to Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
In this course, students will learn 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.
Prerequisite: none
Instructor: Turin, Mark
Term 2

FNEL 281 Sounds of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
In this course, students will develop skills in the perception and transcription of speech sounds in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Indigenous 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.
Prerequisite: none
Instructor: TBA
Term 1

FNEL 282 Structures of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
In this course, students will develop skills in the documentation, transcription and analysis of grammatical structures in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Indigenous 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.
Prerequisite: none
Instructor: TBA
Term 2

FNEL 380 Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
This course examines 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.
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Perley, Bernard
Term 1

FNEL 382 Lexicography for Endangered Languages
In this course, students will learn 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.
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Turin, Mark
Term 2

FNEL 481 Heritage Resources in Endangered First Nations Language Revitalization
This course 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.
Instructor: TBA
Term 1

Please click here to access the Approved Course List.

This FNEL course is being offered in the 2021 Summer session:

FNEL 480A 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.

Summer Term: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: May 10-21, Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 12:00pm

Teacher: Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Candace Galla: candace.galla@ubc.ca

Please note that all Musqueam Language Courses are cancelled for the 2020 winter session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to return in 2021! Information below is for reference only.

hay ce:p q̓ə tə xʷməθkʷəy̓əm xʷəlməxʷ.

Thank you to the Musqueam people for sharing their traditional language and oral traditions, and for welcoming UBC students onto their territory and into their community.

FNEL 101 001 Introduction to a Salish Language I hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam language)

An introduction to hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ /Musqueam language, the Coast Salish language traditionally spoken in and around Vancouver. Emphasis on accurate pronunciation and listening skills, conversational ability, basic literacy skills, an understanding of basic grammatical structures, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Musqueam Community Centre, 6735 Salish Drive
To view a map, click here.

FNEL 102 001 Introduction to a Salish Language II: hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam language)

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.

Term 2: 3 credits
Prerequisite: FNEL 101
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Musqueam Community Centre, 6735 Salish Drive
To view a map, click here.

FNEL 201 001 Intermediate Salish Language I: hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam language)

An intermediate level study of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the traditional language of the Musqueam people. 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.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite: FNEL 102
Time: Monday & Wednesday, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Musqueam Community Centre, 6735 Salish Drive
To view a map, click here.

FNEL 202 001 Intermediate Salish Language II: hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam language)

Continued intermediate level study of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the traditional language of the Musqueam people.

Term 2: 3 credits
Prerequisite: FNEL 201
Time: Monday & Wednesday, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Musqueam Community Centre, 6735 Salish Drive
To view a map, click here.