All Programs – Hul’q’umi’num’ language courses

Through Simon Fraser University First Nations Language Program and the Department of Linguistics, we offer a variety of language courses at different levels. Our courses will help you to gain become more fluent and to learn skills in language analysis and teaching.

ta’ulthun sqwal | Hul’q’umi’num’ Language Academy (2018)

— A full-time eight-month Simon Fraser University program
aimed at furthering your fluency in Hul’q’umi’num’

When: April – December 2018
Location: Duncan, BC (and other locations TBA)

The program will consist of 400 hours of together time— speaking and using Hul’q’umi’num’—plus guided study of web materials and group & individual projects.

The goal is fluency and literacy in Hul’q’umi’num’ and participants will also learn technical and other skills needed for becoming a language/culture instructor, language researcher, and materials developer.

Participants will earn 30 units (=one year) of university credit, leading to an SFU Certificate in First Nations language proficiency. Upon completion, students can continue on with BA at SFU, or credits can transfer into BA or BEd programs at various universities.

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For HLA (2018) Phonetics Class:

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For information about the courses:

To express your interest in joining this program, please contact:  

Donna Gerdts

Simon Fraser University Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency

Courses lead to a Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency from Simon Fraser University. So far sixteen students have graduated from the certificate program.


Claudia Sylvester receives her certificate from Marianne Ignace, Director of the FNLC, and Tom Perry, Chair of Linguistics.

For more information about the certificate:

Masters in Linguistics of a First Nations Language (Hul’q’umi’num’) (2018)

Program starts in March 2018.

Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of Hul’q’umi’num’ (2017)

UPDATE: We are very pleased to report that 16 students successfully completed this program. They are now progressing to the MA program.

The nine-month graduate certificate program, offering training in linguistics for language researchers, educators, and material developers, started in April 2017 and completed in December 2017.

Previous Courses

Previous Course:  FNLG 130 Hul’q’umi’num’ Practical Phonetics

If you are a student in the course, or if you would like to see what we are studying, please visit the FNLG 130 class page.

Thank you to Vancouver Island University for hosting this course.

Previous Course:  FNLG 200 Hul’q’umi’num’ Grammar

If you would like to see what we studied in this course, please visit the FNLG 200 class page.

Thank you to School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith for hosting this course.

Previous Course: FNLG 158 Language Adult Immersion (Hul’q’umi’num’)

Simon Fraser University

September 16 to October 8, 2017: Saturday afternoons 12 noon to 5 pm and Sunday mornings 9 am to 1 pm.

Held at Kulleet Bay, Stz’uminus First Nations.


Learning the Language Immersion Style


Our language courses make use of immersion methods to help make language learning fun.

Hul’q’umi’num’ needs language teachers

Ruby Peter speaking about Hul’q’umi’num’ education