Students have been given their stories that they will be presenting on February 10th! This week stories 13. ʔarsíkʷ naʔł ml̓qnups (Turtle and Eagle), and 14. sk̓awílx naʔł c̓q̓c̓q̓am (Watersnake and Thunder). With only 2 more stories next week, the stories are getting more difficult but our students are rockstars.
We are very fortunate to have 2 amazing volunteers from the University of British Columbia join us and assist us in some of our projects. From helping us edit audio, organizing lessons, and working on uploading our materials to the internet, they are very much appreciated! way̓ límləmt!
This week students are working on stories 11. stm̓tímaʔ naʔł spapʕálaʔ (Grandmother and Monster), and 12. k̓ʷík̓ʷxʷnaʔ naʔł kiʔláw̓naʔ 2 (Mouse and Grizzly pt.2). Only four more stories and the students will do their oral and written presentations in completion of Captikʷł 1.
Their presentations are on February 10th. Students will begin their oral presentations from 9am til 10:30. Then from 10:30-noon, there will be a community feedback session. We hope many of our community members from our surrounding communities will have the opportunity to come and see how the students have progressed and continue to strive for excellence in learning the language. Lunch will be provided. Guests are welcome to stay the afternoon while students finish their oral presentations.
Co-teachers continue to teach and transcribe. They are working on raising their fluency levels by teaching and transcribing records. By teaching it helps them to really focus on annunciation and clarity. But also allows them time to further improve their understanding of the grammar. By listening to the recordings over and over again, this improves their listening skills and gives them space to listen for grammatical structures that may get lost by only hearing a speaker once. It’s a really neat tool, and we are excited to see them work just as hard as the students in improving their language learning experience.
CBC Daybreak radio interviewed Sʔímlaʔxʷ and students January 21. Listen to the podcast below. Scroll down to "Saving a First Nation Language". Sʔímlaʔxʷ talks about the origin of the Syilx Language House and you can hear the class singing the Alphabet song and praying in the Language. Our hands go up in the air to Penticton Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Westbank First Nation, Okanagan Nation Alliance, and Okanagan Indian Band. kʷu sqʷaʔqʷaʔal!
From snow, rain and ice to sunshine and blue skies our students and teachers have made it to class safely. This week students are powering through stories 9, and 10. Which are 9. sn̓k̓lip naʔł x̌ʷʕaylxʷ uł iʔ‿ʔaʔúsaʔ (Coyote, Fox and the Eggs). 10. sn̓k̓lip naʔł sƛ̓aʔcínm (Coyote and Deer).
Welcome back! Geared up for this week we did a full day of review to warm everyone up from their Winter Holidays and moved into our first story of the year, number 8. sn̓k̓lip naʔł qʷisp. Coyote and Buffalo. We have 15 students who have committed themselves to coming to class 2 full days a week to learn language for 4 years. We applaud them for making the commitment, and will continue to support them in the completion of this program. Hands up to our amazing students and co-teachers!
Our co-teachers have been busy as well getting organized for the new year and new projects. They will be working on their transcribing skills in aims to finish another book to go out to community. Working with elders weekly and collecting recordings for the book. Captikʷł 1 is halfway complete, and our student presentations are set for Wednesday, February 10th, 2016. An event that is open to all.