Native as a Second Language for Non-Fluent Speakers

Introduction

We offer a range of introductory courses for students who are not fluent in an Algonquian language, but wish to learn one.  Our Native as a Second Language courses provide you with an introduction to Ontario’s two main dialect variants, which include:

By completing a combination of courses, you will learn the following aspects of an Algonquian language:

  • Knowledge about the language’s phonetics and grammar
  • Conversation and writing skills
  • Introductory skills in syllabic writing

Program Information

To complete the Native as a Second Language for Non-fluent Speakers program, you must complete a series of undergraduate courses.  By completing the decided courses, you will have a theoretical and practical understanding of a Native language and its use.  The following section outlines the courses that you must complete to earn your Native as a Second Language qualifications:

Ojibwe as a Second Language

Severn Ojibwe is the primary dialect spoken in much of Ontario north of the Berens River. We offer the following Severn Ojibwe courses:

  • Introduction to Severn Ojibwe Part 1(OJIB 1013)
  • Introduction to Severn Ojibwe Part 2 (OJIB 1015)
  • Intermediate Ojibwe (OJIB 2001)
  • Advanced Ojibwe (OJIB 3001)

Western Ojibwe refers to the dialects spoken from Sault Ste. Marie, along the north shore of Lake Superior.  We offer the following Western Ojibwe Courses:

  • Introduction to Western Ojibwe Part 1(OJIB 1014)
  • Introduction to Western Ojibwe Part 2 (OJIB 1015)
Cree as a Second Language

We offer the following Cree courses based on student enrollment: 

  • Introduction to Cree Part 1 (CREE 1010)
  • Introduction to Cree Part 2 (CREE 1012)

For more information about our Native as a Second Language for Non-Fluent Speakers program, please see our Native Language Calendar entry.

How to Apply

There is no formal application for the Native as a Second Language for Non-fluent speakers program.  For information about registering for a course, please see our Student Resources page or our Registering for Courses page.