Courses

The UBC Faculty of Arts is offering all BA courses online this fall, for the health and safety of us all, and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies looks forward to hosting courses virtually in fall term. For registration, please build your schedule as you normally would, as you can expect fall courses to combine both synchronous (live, real-time instruction) and asynchronous activities. Each instructor will be customizing their course with a mix of online meetings during scheduled hours, and other activities, projects, and discussions during your own time. If you have questions, please reach out to the instructor and/or cis.program@ubc.ca. 

FNEL is an undergraduate program, but offers small sections for graduate student enrolment. This year, FNEL 381, 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 17th, 2020 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.

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:


These FNEL courses are currently being offered during the 2020-2021 Winter session:

FNEL 180 001 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.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: Buchanan D313
Teacher: Mark Turin

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mark Turin: mark.turin@ubc.ca

FNEL 282 001 Structures of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization 

Development of skills in the community-engaged documentation, transcription and analysis of grammatical structures in languages for the purpose of reclamation, focusing on the diversity within Indigenous languages found in the region now called British Columbia. Applied techniques in documentation, workflow and multi-media digital annotation, guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals.

Term 2: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: BUCH B141
Teacher: Daisy Rosenblum

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Daisy Rosenblum: daisy.rosenblum@ubc.ca

 

FNEL 381 001 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.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Buchanan B219
Teacher: Daisy Rosenblum

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Daisy Rosenblum: daisy.rosenblum@ubc.ca

 

FNEL 382 001 Lexicography for Endangered Languages

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ -speaking Musqueam people, this course models the conceptual workflow of a typical community-based lexicography project for an endangered and Indigenous language. The aim of the class is for students to become familiar with the various platforms available for community-based lexicography and explore how different dictionary projects have approached complex issues around word selection, variation, representation, publication, ownership and collaboration, whether online or in print.

Starting with a general introduction to the field of lexicography, the course structure takes students into specific instruction in, and a technical discussion of, the process of selecting and organizing components in a dictionary. Students will learn about data management, formatting, and storage, and explore and review a number of online and offline dictionaries as a way to engage with the process of dictionary production, management and dissemination.

Dictionary projects for Indigenous and endangered languages are increasingly ‘born digital’, collapsing the traditional distinction and time-lag between offline lexicographical data collection and the eventual dissemination or publishing of a dictionary. Web browser-based dictionaries increasingly include both public-facing access points and a back-end, server-based administrator login through which lexical data are imported, updated and managed.

FNEL 382 provides students with an overview of the various steps involved in taking a community- based lexicographical project from word collection to a finished dictionary.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite:None
Time: Monday, 9:00 - 12:00
Location: Buchanan D216
Teacher: Mark Turin

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mark Turin: mark.turin@ubc.ca 

FNEL 481 001 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.

Term 2: 3 credits
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Co-reqs: All of FNEL 281, FNEL 282. (Corequisites can be taken either alongside or prior to FNEL 481.)
Time: Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Buchanan D306
Teacher: Candace Galla

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

This FNEL course is being offered in the 2020 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 25-29, Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

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.