The First Nations Languages Institute is designed to introduce language educators to effective practices for language learning and language teaching in their classrooms. The three sessions will introduce Second Language Acquisition (SLA) methodologies, Mentor-Apprenticeship and technological tools and resources. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.


  • Update July 19, 2019: Registration is nearly full. When it fills, please join the event waitlist and we will notify you if space becomes available.
  • $110 per session
  • Credit card:  Credit card is accepted online during registration or phone in credit card payment to CivicInfo at 250-383-4898.
  • Cheques: Payable to First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo Mail to: CivicInfo BC, #203 – 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8.
  • Participant name must be included with the cheque.
  • Registration fees must be received by August 2, 2019 or your registration will be cancelled.

Aug. 19, 2019         Technological Tools for Language Learning & Teaching  Presenter: SX̱EDŦELISIYE Renee Sampson

Renee Sampson is a SENĆOŦEN Kindergarten immersion teacher at LE,NONET SCUL,ÁUTW, the SENĆOŦEN Survival School. She effectively incorporates technology in her classroom to help support students’ language learning.

  • Explore three different levels of technology – low-tech, mid-tech and high-tech.
  • Use tools to enhance language instruction, language learning and student/parent engagement.
  • Use technology, social media and the internet to promote the use of your language.

Aug. 20, 2019         Comprehensible Input (CI) Methodologies & TPRS Presenter: Adriana Ramirez

Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) is a method for teaching second languages. The goal is learning the language and not learning about the language. This is acquired through a comprehensible method that uses storytelling and reading, to promote the development of fluent oral and written expression. The stories do more than entertain, they cause the students’ brain to come alive since they are a sense making device.

Aug. 21, 2019         Mentor-Apprenticeship in B.C. First Nations Schools Presenter: chuutsqa Layla Rorick

The goal of the Mentor-Apprentice Program is to support the development of fluent speakers of BC First Nations languages where fluent speakers are partnered with committed learners in an immersion environment in the home and on the land. This is a one-on-one language immersion program. A “mentor” (a fluent speaker of a language) is paired with an “apprentice” (learner). The mentor and apprentice spend 300 hours per year together doing everyday activities using the language at all times. In this program, learners become more fluent, which is especially valuable for languages where only a couple of fluent speakers are left. FNESC is working towards having more Mentor-Apprentice teams in our First Nations schools so that we can build capacity for language learning and teaching. This includes teachers, elders and possibly educational assistants.

Eligibility to Attend

  • First Nations school, public school and independent school educators are eligible to attend
  • Max. 30 people per session
  • Registration Deadline:  August 2, 2019 or when capacity is reached


  • Session 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Breakfast (8:30 am) and lunch provided

Venue and Accommodation

Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Book by July 29, 2019

Quote FNESC Languages Institute for the negotiated rate of $256+tx.

Reservations: 1-877-323-8888

Book online

Travel Reimbursement

Travel/hotel reimbursement will not be reimbursed for this event.

Event Contacts

Jacqueline Jim

Charleen Gulbrandsen

Toll-free in BC: 1-877-422-3672