BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Certificate Program


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

Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Certificate Program

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


The Indigenous 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 Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of 33 credits as prescribed below. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students have the option to enroll in the diploma for further study.


Admission Requirements



  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status;

  • English Studies 12 or English First peoples 12 or English 12 or English 060; and

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

Certificate Completion Plan
An Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of 33 credits as prescribed below. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students have the option to enroll in the diploma for further study.
  • INLG-180 - Dynamics of Indigenous Language Shift
  • INLG-181 - Issues, Principles and Practices in Language Revitalization
  • NSYL-110 - Nsyilxcen Language: Pronunciation - Learning the Sounds
  • NSYL-111 - Nsyilxcen Pronunciation - Root Syllables
  • NSYL-112 - Introduction to Writing Nsyilxcen
  • NSYL-120 - Nsyilxcen Everyday Social Language
  • NSYL-121 - Nsyilxcen Everyday Action and Interaction
  • NSYL-122 - Nsyilxcen Vocabulary in Place and Socio-Spatial Context I
  • NSYL-130 - Nsyilxcen Entry Tools: Introduction to Full Immersion (Formerly NSYL 152)
  • NSYL-131 - Special Topics - Nsyilxcen Immersion (Formerly NSYL 151 & INST 192)
  • NSYL-132 - Nsyilxcen Interpersonal Interactions through Immersion Learning (Formerly NSYL 153)
  • 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
    NSYL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Language: Pronunciation - Learning the Sounds
    Nsyilxcen language proficiency in adult learners prepares them for learning and hearing Nsyilxcen sounds. The student will actively participate in an Okanagan introduction to Nsyilxcen. Instruction method develops proper pronunciation skills in the forty-seven separate sounds of Nsyilxcen, develops recognition and differentiation of separate sounds in speech. This method provides the learner with foundational communication skills as a beginner learner. 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.
    NSYL-111 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Pronunciation - Root Syllables
    This course will provide students with an understanding of the polysynthetic syllable structures as they apply to the Nsyilxcen language for pronunciation in constructing words. These structures are crucial for the student's the way Nsyilxcen root syllables are essential to construct meaning and their part in word construction and word meaning. Root structures are foundational for understanding root morphemes. Instruction and activities will include English and the Nsyilxcen language. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: NSYL 110 / (Previously INST 111) or permission of instructor.
    NSYL-112 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Writing Nsyilxcen
    This course will introduce the Nsyilxcen 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 Nsyilxcen. More Details on this course
    NSYL-120 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Everyday Social Language
    This course will introduce students to Nsyilxcen Language proficiency in adult learners. The student will actively participate in an oral Nysilxcen 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
    NSYL-121 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Everyday Action and Interaction
    This course develops Nsyilxcen language proficiency in adult learners. Students will actively participate in class action-based activities. Students will develop skills in interacting in oral Nsyilxcen using basic foundational phrases for interactive contexts. All instruction and activities take place in the Nsyilxcen language. Total Physical Response (TPR) method will be used to imbed action contexts. More Details on this course
    NSYL-122 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen 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 Nsyilxcen and (c) re-learning the world in Nsyilxcen. Fluent Nsyilxcn speakers engage students in activities focused on increasing the interactive use of Nsyilxcen 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
    NSYL-130 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Entry Tools: Introduction to Full Immersion (Formerly NSYL 152)
    This course is an introductory-level to a full immersion course. It provides students Nysilxcen immersion-learning tools following the principles of leaving English behind, and conveying every object and process in Nsyilxcen. Students will be relearning the world in Nsyilxcen. The course provides immersion learners with essential Nsyilxcen 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
    NSYL-131 - Credits: 3.000
    Special Topics - Nsyilxcen Immersion (Formerly NSYL 151 & INST 192)
    This course uses a special topics approach to expose and immerse students in the Nsyilxcen language. Students will enhance their basic knowledge and ability to speak the Nsyilxcen 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
    NSYL-132 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Interpersonal Interactions through Immersion Learning (Formerly NSYL 153)
    This course is a total immersion course. It utilizes supervised fluent speakers to engage students in an interpersonal foundational conversation in Nsyilxcen. 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
     

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