niʕíp kʷu səcxiʔtmíst, cəm qłnuntm ... cuntəm tə Sʕamtíc̓aʔ. Syilx Language House Year 2
All 15 students completed Nsyilxcn 2 with two days of student oral presentations and a three-hour written exam. Way to go students! Limləmt Sʕamtíc̓aʔ for visiting and teaching us new words and phrases about beading and sharing our milestone. We are ready to start Captíkʷł 2 next week. Next week's story: tkaʔkaʔłis sncʔiw̓s naʔł iʔ qlspilx st̓aʔk̓míx.
We accomplished a major milestone in our 2,000 hour journey ... The 40th lesson (!) of Nsyilxcn 2, the THIRD Paul Creek (Salish School of Spokane) textbook. Next week, oral and written exams. Our reward will be Captíkʷł 2, the FOURTH textbook, 15 traditional stories in full paragraphs, audio and onscreen app. Our Elder, Sʕamtíc̓aʔ Sarah Peterson says, "niʕ̓íp kʷu səcxitmíʔst, cəm qəłnuntm." (we are putting in constant effort in order to succeed). Our 5.5 hour daily lesson plan structure is pictured below. After 400 hours we are ready for more Elder immersion. Sʕamtíc̓aʔ comes next week to cheer us on. limləmt Sʕamtíc̓aʔ!
Congratulations Kahtehrón:ni. It is a privilege to know activist graduates who are creating new speakers in their communities. She works with a Kahnawake adult language program that has created 142 adult speakers since it started, including herself, and her UVic research aims to increase the proficiency of advanced learners. This is a groundbreaking area we will benefit from as we slowly but surely approach advanced ourselves.
Her Masters Thesis can be downloaded here:
Beautiful new video produced for the Salish School of Spokane. Sʕamtíc̓aʔ Sarah Peterson says, "iʔ k̓ʷiƛ̓t iʔ taʔtʔík x̌minksəlx iʔ nqilxʷcn. (Young people want Salish language). taʔlí ilxʷtms. (They are hungry for it.)" Our Language House is proud to follow the SSS model and curriculum and hold our hands up in the air to their trailblazing leadership. They have 75 students in full-time language immersion and 12 immersion teachers teaching and learning to become fluent through teaching! limlmt Sʕamtíc̓aʔ naʔł ʕAn̓n for unwavering guidance and the hard work of activism.
Dr. Kʷupáyaʔqn Swaʕ̓ kic iʔ k̓l nqilxʷcníłxʷ ʕapnáʔ sx̌əlx̌ʕalt uł kʷu knxłtiłn miʔ scmaʔmayaʔm Nsyilxcn 2 Smiʔmáy 37. taʔlí kʷu ksknxtíłnaʔx uł x̌ast iʔ kscq̓y̓s. We had a visitor Dr. John Lyon who is going to be assisting us with recording Elders to be shared freely with community. We are so grateful to share this work and to be able to study Nsyilxcn so we can learn from the Elders. We studied Nsyilxcn 2 Lesson 37. ʕac̓nt Qʷayqʷʕayáx̌n iʔ lasmists "niʕ̓íp kʷu cnqilxʷcm." ixíʔ!
Our first day back, commencing our second year of classes. A living dream. It bears mentioning that at the beginning of last year we had twelve students. One full year later we have fifteen. kʷu cx̌əsəstiʔst ... We feel lucky to have this opportunity and will continue to vision for 2020 when we can expand. We learned lesson 31 from Nsyilxcn 2 and shared stories, captíkʷł, and review activities today. pəpiw̓pw̓t iʔ spʔustət our hearts are light.
For an inside view of what it is like inside our Language House, this film shares six minutes of lessons, oral presentations, student captíkʷł storytelling exercises, and humour, all in Nsyilxcn. The footage was filmed during the first half of our first year. We have since then completed nearly 400 hours and will complete 450 more in 2016-17, starting in September. We aim to complete 2,000 hours in four years and emerge mid-intermediate speakers. limləmt to students, family, community, supporters and funders, PIB, OIB, WFN, OKIB, SFU, FPCC, ALI and Mitacs. limləmt C̓r̓is Jordan Coble for video editing. limləmt Salish School of Spokane for excellent curriculum and teaching models. x̌ast iʔ ksck̓ʷul̓tət.
Ten-minute film of Elders storytelling evening Feb. 23, 2016 with Andrew McGinnis, Victor Antoine, Theresa Ann Terbasket, Sarah Peterson and Tony Qualtier. It is a privilege to work with these Elders and an honour that they share their stories with us. E2T Media did a beautiful job with the audio and video editing. way̓ limləmt!
Our teachers are heading down to the Salish School of Spokane this weekend and looking forward to teacher and activist training from the masters. If you have a few minutes and want to remember why we work so hard to revitalize our languages, watch this film by SSOS. It says it so clearly, it isn't just about language, it̓s about confidence and healing, and knowing who you are. x̌ast iʔ ksck̓ʷul̓tət.
limləmt for visiting our news & blog with learning and activities in the Language House.