LING 360 – Teaching Language

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Instructor: Marlene Tommy and Sally Hart
Contact:; or   cell/text: 250 246-3039
Office hours: 3:00 to 3:30 pm Monday to Thursday or by appointment

Simon Fraser University 
Summer 2023  Ling 360 Introduction to Applied Linguistics: Hul’q’umi’num’ 

Hul’q’umi’num’ language experts:  Delores Louie, Marlene Tommy, Sally Hart, and various Elders and visitors
Location: Woodbank School. 1984 Woodbank rd. Cedar/Nanaimo V9X 1H4
Schedule: July 10, 11, 12, 13, and July 17, 18, 19, 20. Monday through Thursday

Hours: 9:30 am to 3:00pm

Course Outline 

Theoretical and practical aspects of second language teaching and materials development. Through readings, discussions and hands-on tasks, participants will develop critical skills in making their own strategic choices about approaches and methodologies for teaching Hul’q’umi’num’. Topics will include an overview of innovative methods and the development of materials that enrich the language learning environment. 

Upon completing LING 360, students will attain the following learning outcomes: 

  • To become familiar with different approaches to teaching language
  • To adapt various approaches, methods and techniques to produce lessons for Hul’q’umi’num’ which will promote fluency in the language and understanding of Hul’q’umi’num’ culture
  • To be aware teaching practices and materials development in Hul’q’umi’num’ language programs. 

Course materials

Various videos and readings to be announced.


a) A portfolio of lesson ideas using a variety of teaching strategies suitable for Hul’q’umi’num’ 
b) Final project: produce and present a Hul’q’umi’num’ language lesson. 


  • Attendance and participation 25%
  • Portfolio 30%
  • Journal 15%
  • Final project presentation of language lesson 30% 

INLP 360 Daily Class notes:

INLP 360 Daily Class notes: 


Monday, July 10


Opening prayer, song


 Marlene and Sally – brief introductions

Student intros – 4 brief statements: name and from where, H. language level, what brought the individual here, what does s(he) wish to achieve by the end of the two weeks.

Marlene – description of her past and present work and hopes for INLP 360 students re experiencing immersion teaching methods

Sally – past work and challenges faced by teachers re the Ministry’s mandate and the incorporation of Indigenous culture and language in BC classrooms. Hopes for these students in this course.

Greetings, manners, and simple dialogues:  teachers model, students practice

Pronoun practice:  singular and plural forms

Chant patterns and practice:  Students to create and infill the template

From Marlene for students’ review:

Please explore the following sites for vocabulary, dialogue and activity ideas.

Marlene and Sally’s office hours: 3:00 pm to 3:30, Mondays to Thursdays, or by appointment.

Tuesday, July 11

Topics: STEM connections – science and math, Quw’utsun Syuw’entst, 

chant/song work

Wednesday, July 12

Thursday, July 13

Week 2

Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

Guest Presenter, Janette Bruce: co-producer of ‘iiyus siiye’yu – Happy Friends CD’s and Resource package.

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20, our last day together

Lesson Plan mini-presentations (10 minutes each) Students will describe a lesson plan from their portfolio and demonstrate how it works. Students should be prepared to provide a file or hond-outs of their lesson plan to share with each of their classmates.

Final Projects and Due Dates

Draft of Lesson Plan to Marlene and Sally by Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 am. Mini-presentations (10 minutes) July 19th

Portfolio binder and journal due no later than Friday, July 21, 4 pm


  1. Students may turn these in to Marlene and Sally in person at Woodbank by Thursday, July 20th  or –
  2. Deliver on Friday the 21st to SALLY HART at Shhwulmuhwqun


cell: 250-246-3039 home: 250-715-3039

Please include your contact information, including cell phone, email and home address so your final projects can be returned to you. They are a work in progress that you will be able to add to as you continue your language journey.


A. Preparing for Portfolio Binder and  Final Project.

You will likely be needing some or all of the following items.

  1. Binder with large rings for your portfolio contents
  2. access to hole punch
  3. Paper (hole punched)
  4. Dividers
  5. Report sleeves, clear plastic with three holes
  6. Envelopes, a few large and small
  7. Tape, glue stick
  8. Small or medium zip lock bags for small game pieces that easily can go astray if not contained
  9. Coloured markers or other art supplies
  10. Journal notebook (or a section in your binder for your journal entries.)

You may want to put any rough notes into your binder to help with your journal entries, as they are evidence of your thoughts along the way. 

You are responsible for checking your email for updates as Marlene and I post urls to access reading/video resources, templates, and worksheets.  Please print out these materials or obtain copies in order to grow your portfolio. 


1) Please sign the attendance book upon your arrival and note the time.  Attendance is a part of your mark for the course.

2) If you leave the class early or arrive late, please indicate those times as well. This simple communication tool also ensures everyone is accounted for in an emergency.

3) Upon arrival, please turn OFF your cell phone and leave it in your bag or car until the break. Turn it off again when you return to class.

4) You are responsible for any time or materials missed, so please arrange for an “info partner” to fill you in or collect handouts for you.

5) The ticket out the door at 3 pm is a clean classroom. Our contract with our Woodbank Partners states we are responsible for cleanup. Please take ALL drink containers or other trash away with you or ensure that it is deposited in the appropriate container.  Teachers are often the last to leave. Please take care of us and respect the fact that we are not the janitors. Hay ch q’u to each and every one of you for your daily attention to this.

Places of articulation Interactive chart

About the sounds

The (‘) apostrophe indicates a glottalized sound or a glottal stop.  In Hul’q’umi’num’, it is referred to as an ‘unuhw, which is the Hul’q’umi’num’ word for “stop”.

A glottal stop is made by forcing air from the windpipe up through the back of the throat to the place of articulation where the air is stopped and then is suddenly released. (for example: p’uq’, kw’et’un’)

In any language, the place of articulation is the physical location where the parts of the mouth or throat come together to make to make a specific sound (for example: lips, teeth, tongue, alveolar ridge, back of palat, or glottis at the very back of the throat).

 When you see an ‘unuhw at the end of a word ending in a vowel, you will hear an aspiration, a  little release of air like a little sigh. (‘uy’, nuts’a’, yuxwule’)

Articles and videos

1) Teaching Indigenous Languages edited by Jon Rheyner