BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Nle?kepmx Language Fluency Certificate Program


Department: UNIVERSITY TRANSFER 
Program Delivery Location: Merritt & Community
Credential: University Transfer 
Format: Full-Time 
Start Dates: September

Nle?kepmx Language Fluency Certificate Program

The Nleʔkepmx Language Fluency Certificate & Diploma programs are foundational and innovative programs with a focus on Nleʔkepmx content in the language fluency curriculum. Admission is open to all learners within the respective Nleʔkepmx communities, particularly those wishing to enhance their knowledge, understanding and conversational ability of Indigenous languages. The program is designed to be delivered year-long through the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.



The Nleʔkepmx Language Fluency Certificate & Diploma is approved by the local language authorities in their respective communities. Successful completion of the program will allow graduates to work with community members and First Nations Organizations.



An Nleʔkepmx Language Fluency Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time study with the option of continuing on to the second year diploma. The NLFC requires 33 credits as prescribed below. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.


Admission Requirements



  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status;

  • English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 or ENGL 060 or equivalent; and

  • A letter of intent detailing reasons why one is interested in program.


NVIT is committed to ensuring education is accessible to all people. Students who do not meet program requirements should contact the Department Coordinator or an NVIT Academic Planner regarding upgrading opportunities.

Certificate Completion Plan
An Nłeʔkepmx Language Fluency Certificate (NLFC) is awarded upon the successful completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time study with the option of continuing on to the second year diploma. The NLFC requires 33 credits as prescribed below. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.
  • INLG-180 - Dynamics of Indigenous Language Shift
  • INLG-181 - Issues, Principles and Practices in Language Revitalization
  • NLEK-110 - Nle'kepmxcin I
  • NLEK-111 - Nle'kepmxcin II
  • NLEK-112 - Nle?kepmx Language Introduction to Writing
  • NLEK-120 - Nle?kepmx Language in Everyday Social Language
  • NLEK-121 - Nle?kepmx Language Everyday Action And Interaction
  • NLEK-122 - Nle?kepmx Language Vocabulary in Place and Socio-Spatial Context I
  • NLEK-130 - Nle?kepmx Language Entry Tools: Introduction to Full Immersion
  • NLEK-131 - Nle?kepmx Language Special Topics - Immersion
  • NLEK-132 - Nle?kepmx Language Interpersonal Interactions Through Immersion Learning
  • Course Listing for this program

    INLG-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Dynamics of Indigenous Language Shift
    This course will introduces the human dynamics, political, and social factors associated with Indigenous language shift and language loss, including the profound psychological, intellectual and spiritual effect on individuals, families, communities and culture. Language revitalization may be explored as a source of healing and empowerment. More Details on this course
    INLG-181 - Credits: 3.000
    Issues, Principles and Practices in Language Revitalization
    This course will introduce the contemporary issues, principles and practices in the revival, maintenance and revitalization of Indigenous languages in Canada and around the world. Participants identify community assets supporting individual, family and community language revitalization. Students explore factors influencing language maintenance, loss revival and their social and political contexts. More Details on this course
    NLEK-110 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle'kepmxcin I
    Students will be introduced to Nle'kepmxcin primarily through listening and speaking. Emphasis will be placed on the development of listening, pronunciation, and conversational skills. Understanding grammatical structures and the sounds associated with Nle'kepmxcin will also be considered essential. Integral to this course will be an introduction to basic language protocols and oral traditions. No prior knowledge of the language is expected for this entry level course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12 or permission of instructor.
    NLEK-111 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle'kepmxcin II
    This course is an extension of the preceding Nle'kepmxcin language courses. Students will continue their exploration of Nle'kepmxcin primarily through listening and speaking. Students will build upon their development of listening and pronunciation skills and conversational ability. In their pursuit of a greater understanding of Nle'kepmxcin, students will continue to study grammatical structures, sounds associated with Nle'kepmxcin, basic language protocols, and oral traditions. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: NLEK 110 / or permission of the instructor.
    NLEK-112 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language Introduction to Writing
    This course will introduce the Nle?kepmx language orthography and develop the ability for reading, writing and in the context of continued pronunciation. Students will apply foundational writing based on previous knowledge and pronunciation skills to improve learning in Nle?kepmx language. More Details on this course
    NLEK-120 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language in Everyday Social Language
    This course will introduce students to Nle?kepmx Language proficiency in adult learners. The student will actively participate in an oral Nle?kepmx language class. Instruction method provides new vocabulary words and phrases essential in everyday social use. Greetings, introductions, basic questions, responses and other necessary word concept to function in everyday situations. Instructors are experienced in utilizing associative/cognitive (immersion) second language learning method combined with some aspects of total physical response as an instructional methodology. More Details on this course
    NLEK-121 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language Everyday Action And Interaction
    This course develops Nle?kepmx language proficiency in adult learners. Students will actively participate in class action-based activities. Students will develop skills in interacting in oral Nle?kepmx language using basic foundational phrases for interactive contexts. All instruction and activities take place in the Nle?kepmx language. Total Physical Response (TPR) method will be used to imbed action contexts. More Details on this course
    NLEK-122 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language Vocabulary in Place and Socio-Spatial Context I
    This course provides students with foundational immersion learning tools following the three principles of (a) leaving English behind, (b) relating to everything and every action in Nle?kepmx language and (c) re-learning the world in Nle?kepmx language. Fluent Nle?kepmx language speakers engage students in activities focused on increasing the interactive use of Nle?kepmx language in selected topics including (a) workplace action and description sentences and phrases, (b) school or place of learning action and description sentences and phrases, (c) gatherings (formal, feast, ceremonies, and meetings). (d) action and description sentences and phrases and (e) elders home visits, action and description sentences and phrases will be given. More Details on this course
    NLEK-130 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language Entry Tools: Introduction to Full Immersion
    This course is an introductory-level to a full immersion course. It provides students Nle?kepmx language immersion-learning tools following the principles of leaving English behind, and conveying every object and process in Nle?kepmx language. Students will be relearning the world in Nle?kepmx language. The course provides immersion learners with essential Nle?kepmx language phrases to assist them with words, phrases that allows them to interact and ask for repetition or slowing down or demonstrating. Students will learn the use of basic phrases as well as the process of participating in an immersion setting. More Details on this course
    NLEK-131 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language Special Topics - Immersion
    This course uses a special topics approach to expose and immerse students in the Nle?kepmx language. Students will enhance their basic knowledge and ability to speak the Nle?kepmx language within a topical context. Students will gain sufficient knowledge to understand, listen and speak sufficient vocabulary related to each special topic. Special topics may include one or more of the following: medicine protocols, roots, berries, feasts, and hunting/fishing protocols, depending on the time of year the course is conducted. More Details on this course
    NLEK-132 - Credits: 3.000
    Nle?kepmx Language Interpersonal Interactions Through Immersion Learning
    This course is a total immersion course. It utilizes supervised fluent speakers to engage students in an interpersonal foundational conversation in Nle?kepmx language. The goal is to assist development of oral use in soci-spatial contexts. To assist development of phrasing fluency using personal and emphatic first, second and third person pronouns in selected real-world settings. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2020 (January - April)


  • NLEK-111-01
  • Fall 2020 (September - December)


  • NLEK-110-01
  • NLEK-112-01
  • Spring 2021 (January - April)


  • NLEK-111-01
  • NLEK-120-01
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