Oneida - Language Immersion, Culture and Teaching

The Oneida - Language Immersion, Culture and Teaching program is an Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Accelerated) offered in in-community at the Oneida settlement, southwest of London, Ontario. 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.

Overview

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.

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 Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 March
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 March
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
ONI1

Program Coordinator:

 Nancy George

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Duration
75 weeks

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
OR
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

 

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

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$12,142.26
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$54,429.60
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.

 

Courses

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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