Aboriginal Language Specialist

What is the Aboriginal Language Specialist program?

Aboriginal Language Specialist (ALS) is a two-year diploma program with a September intake. It’s designed to train students in Aboriginal language instruction, Aboriginal language planning, interpret- ing and translation.

ALS has two streams:

  1. Algonquian fluent students train in language instruction translating and interpreting
  2. Non-fluent students train in Aboriginal language planning

What can you expect to learn?

This program trains fluent Algonquian speakers (Cree, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Michif) in translating and interpreting in a variety of settings and offers students who have an interest or familiarity with an Algonquian language an opportunity to further their skills. ALS focuses on legal and medical areas, which require both Algonquian and English interpretive skills.

Fluent students learn interpreting by developing skills in both Algonquian and English languages via three methods: classroom instruction, lab instruction, and courtroom or medical practicum.

Students who complete the program will acquire:

  • Proficiency in reading and writing in English and Algonquian languages
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in Western syllabics and proficiency in Eastern syllabics
  • Internet research skills
  • Multimedia and desktop publishing skills
  • Work experience in a variety of settings

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