BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma Program


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

Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma 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.



The Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma Program. In addition to the successful completion of the Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Certificate, students are required to take the courses as prescribed below and complete a total of 66 credits to complete the diploma. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.
Diploma Completion Plan
The Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Diploma Program. In addition to the successful completion of the Nsyilxcen Language Fluency Certificate, students are required to take the courses as prescribed below and complete a total of 66 credits to complete the diploma. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.
  • INLG-160 - Ways of Knowing: Nsyilxcn Social Foundations (Formerly INST 145)
  • INLG-260 - Ways of Knowing: The Syilx Land Culture (Formerly INST 245)
  • NSYL-211 - Nsyilxcen Translation/Transliteration (Formerly INST 120)
  • NSYL-220 - Nsyilxcen Vocabulary in Place and Socio- Spatial Context II (formerly NSYL 257
  • NSYL-221 - Nsyilxcen Structure and Syntax
  • NSYL-230 - Nsyilxcen Connections: Context Through Immersion Learning
  • NSYL-231 - Nsyilxcen Place and Time: Context Through Immersion Learning (Formerly NSYL 154)
  • NSYL-330 - Nsyilxcen Immersion: Pod/Cohort Learning Through Multiple Mentors
  • NSYL-350 - Nsyilxcen Immersion: Introduction to Mentored Special Topics
  • Course Listing for this program

    INLG-160 - Credits: 3.000
    Ways of Knowing: Nsyilxcn Social Foundations (Formerly INST 145)
    This course is an introduction to Okanagan Social Foundation. It gives a fundamental overview of the concepts and worldview contained in key Okanagan language words and stories (captikwl). Students are introduced to the roles and responsibilities of individuals as Syilx within their society in relation to the land, to community and to family in the key areas of the use and protection of land and resources, the protection and service to community: the strength of family and roles within family and how each relates education, economics, political and spiritual practice. More Details on this course
    INLG-260 - Credits: 3.000
    Ways of Knowing: The Syilx Land Culture (Formerly INST 245)
    This course will introduce students to the study of pre-contact Okanagan culture. Traditional knowledge, systems and practices are examined in relation to roles and responsibilities, worldview, philosophy and spirituality. More Details on this course
    NSYL-211 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Translation/Transliteration (Formerly INST 120)
    This course provides foundation in theory and practice for transcribing and translating Nsyilxcen oral text. Students will transcribe and translate texts and/or tapes using the International Phonetic Alphabet. As a part of this course, students will develop touch-keyboarding skills using the Nsyilxcen font. There will be a basic introduction to linguistic processes such as phonology, phonetics, morphology and syntax. There will also be practice in transcribing and reading texts. More Details on this course
    NSYL-220 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Vocabulary in Place and Socio- Spatial Context II (formerly NSYL 257
    This course provides students with increased active 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 Nsyilxcen speakers engage students in activities focused on increasing the interactive use of Nsyilxcen in selected topics including (a) a story gathering convened by students, (b) a special feast with elders with elders convened by students, (c) a visit to a sacred sited convened by students and (d) a visit to a traditional gathering selected by students. More Details on this course
    NSYL-221 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Structure and Syntax
    This course will expose the student to the basics structure and syntax of Nsyilxcen. Topics include an overview of the Salishan languages with regard to patterns and rules of various components of language. This course will also cover the introductory linguistic components of phonetics, phonology and morphology as it relates to Nsyilxcen. Including descriptive components of sentence building. More Details on this course
    NSYL-230 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Connections: Context Through Immersion Learning
    This course will focus on developing listening and speaking for using Nsyilxcen in situational contexts. Students will apply previous knowledge and communication skills to improve or increase vocabulary to connect ideas to everyday situational contexts in Nsyilxcen. Practical application to situations within schools/classroom, community gatherings and formal situations. More Details on this course
    NSYL-231 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Place and Time: Context Through Immersion Learning (Formerly NSYL 154)
    This course is a full immersion course. It utilizes supervised fluent speakers to engage student in full-immersion activities in Nsyilxcen use. This course will develop proficiency and fluency in contextualizing the speaker and the receiver and third persons in real world situations. The course will increase vocabulary use of simple explanatory statements, responses to questions, use of spatial indicators and appropriate pronoun designations and time differentiation related to present, past and future contexts. More Details on this course
    NSYL-330 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Immersion: Pod/Cohort Learning Through Multiple Mentors
    This course builds on the apprentice Nsyilxcen Immersion where students will expand beyond the elements of the language learning tools (literacy) and communication (phrases for use). Students will be a part of the Mentor pod process which is unique in that students will be with a cohort of advanced immersion leaners moving from one fluent Elder Mentor to another (rather than having one Elder per one speaker). Students will have immersion topics with each of the fluent Elder Mentors. More Details on this course
    NSYL-350 - Credits: 3.000
    Nsyilxcen Immersion: Introduction to Mentored Special Topics
    This course is an introductory apprenticeship course. The course provides students immersion learning following a master apprentice model. Fluent Nsyilxcen speakers engage students in total immersion sessions focused on increasing the use of Nsyilxcen by pairing students with community or family Mentor Fluent or Elder speakers. To develop an instructor guided Mentored learning plan including selecting a Mentor Fluent or Elder speaker to commit to homework with. Developing a day-by-day Mentor/learner setting and topics plan for seven selected sessions approved by Instructor and Mentor Fluent or Elder speaker (to be carried out by the student and monitored, observed and evaluated by the Instructor). More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Fall 2020 (September - December)


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