Program Overview

The Oneida - Language Immersion, Culture and Teaching program is an Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Accelerated) offered fully online. This program includes immersive language learning that prepares students for a variety of language-related careers including teacher of Onyota’a:ka as a second language, translator, language consultant, language specialist or storyteller.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
75 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
Fully Online
2024 September
Fully Online
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
Fully Online
2024 September
Fully Online

Your Learning Experience

The program’s unique structure supports the building of language skills and enables the immersive and cultural integration qualities of the curriculum.  Students come to the program with pre-existing Onyota’a:ka language skills and will enhance their vocabulary as they progress through the program modules. Students will learn good teaching practices such as classroom management, lesson planning and education theory, which will provide a pathway to further studies in teaching. The program is intensive by its very nature and requires a strong commitment from students to attend to each lesson and take advantage of practice opportunities.


Fanshawe College honours the Jay Treaty by offering domestic tuition rates to Native American students from the United States. Please contact for more information about how to apply.


Note: This program is also offered online for students that are not located in the Oneida Nation of the Thames Community

Program Origins

Fanshawe College is proud to partner with the Oneida community in southwestern Ontario to launch this language revitalization program. It is important to note that an earlier version of this program, the Twatati Program, was designed by and delivered in the Oneida community. While this new partnership with Fanshawe represents an expansion of the original program, Fanshawe would like to honour the wishes and needs of the community by focusing on the creation of new language speakers for the community. The launch of this partnership program comes at a very dire time, a time when precious few fluent speakers remain. This program aims to reverse decline of Oneida language.


It is for these reasons that Fanshawe, in partnership with the Oneida community, strongly encourages applications from students from the Oneida community, for the essential “call” of the program is simply this: Come learn your language before it is gone.

Career Information

Students may find employment in school boards, communities, government agencies, educational facilities and more.

Program Coordinator:

 Nancy George


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant.


Completion of a pre-admission assessment regarding the Onyota'a-ka language. Please see the recommended preparation below for more details.

Students who do not have a high school diploma may wish to consider taking the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) grade 12 Equivalency Certificate.

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

This program is highly intensive and it is recommended students be prepared to work hard on their language knowledge and skills.

As this is not an introductory language program - pre-existing skills in the Onyota'a-ka language are highly recommended for incoming students.

Students who are successful in this program can participate in basic conversations speaking the Onyota'a-ka language prior to beginning the program. Interested individuals can successfully complete a self-assessed speaking test of 40 words.

Download a self-assessed speaking test of the Onyota'a-ka language

Speak with program staff

Interested applicants can speak to program staff and have their questions answered to help determine if this program is suited for them.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Students will be advised of the processes to follow to acquire the following requirements prior to field placement.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement


Year 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
LANG-1001Oneida Language 18
In this introductory module, students will begin learning pronominals and pronouns, along with patterns and exceptions to prefixes with verb and non stems in Onyota'a:ka. Basic syntax, particles and other introductory language concepts will be introduced in the context of Oneida culture and worldview.
LANG-1002Oneida Language 28
Building on the learning from module one, students in the second module will learn to incorporate verbs and particles into short sentences, address relations, and recite numbers and more in the context of Oneida culture and worldview.
LANG-1003Oneida Language 38
Building on the learning from prior modules, students will begin to incorporate past tense, discuss people and animals, as well as clans and nations, in the context of Oneida culture and worldview.
LANG-1004Oneida Language 48
Building on the learning from prior modules, students will express themselves in the context of time, location, past, present and future tense, and include prefixes as they continue learning about Oneida culture, worldview and values.
LANG-1005Oneida Language 58
Building on the learning from prior modules, students will learn to incorporate physical, emotional and mental states, environmental descriptions, weight, and nouns, and will build on their knowledge of prefixes including patterns, exceptions and irregularities. Students will be engaging in conversations using Onyota'a:ka language (without using any English).
LANG-3001Oneida Language 68
Building on the learning from prior modules, students will incorporate active verbs in a variety of forms into short sentences; they will incorporate words that describe daily activities in short sentences, and will begin conjugating a variety of verbs. Students will verbally interpret and share references to culture, worldview, ceremony and values.
INDG-1015Principles of the Great Law3
Living in harmony with Creation is a goal that all people should seek throughout their lives. This concept is taught from the onset of life and is an important aspect of Indigenous culture. In this course, students will learn life practices, exploring responsibilities of self, family, clan, nation and confederacy. Learning experiences will take place within the contemporary learning setting as well as in the natural environment. Students will learn the original People of Turtle Island's way of learning and how it relates to all four components of their self: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
INDG-1006Digital Media & Indigenous Storytelling3
This course introduces students to the impact and significance of contemporary digital media culture. Students will reflect on how digital media influences and shapes people's attitudes towards a variety of topics, such as current events, cultural preservation, and entertainment. Attention will be given to how contemporary Indigenous communities use digital media to support their cultural communities. Students will explore common forms of digital media and create a culminating, team-based multimedia presentation on a cultural issue relevant to them.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.