The promotion and embedding of quality First Nations language programs in First Nations schools is foundational to the work of FNSA.
First Nations schools are collaboratively advancing curriculum development efforts through the identification of essential learning outcomes (ELO’s), which will ultimately be complemented by the joint identification and use of common formative assessments and related instructional strategies. Significant progress has been made in developing kindergarten and grade one ELOs for First Nations Languages, including a website that all First Nation schools can access and curriculum guides for the project.
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Language Program Supports
- FNSA has developed curriculum materials to support the first two years of language learning, and a teaching guide to accompany the essential language learning outcomes identified
- Networking and collaboration among language teachers is supported through the FNSA language essentials website. School leaders can access the website http://fnle-sten.com by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Resource Directory for language programming is available Curriculum and Resources for First Nations Language Programs in BC First Nations Schools
FNSA and First Nations Languages
- In 2009, FNSA completed research to examine language programming in First Nation schools and identified an ongoing need for support of language teachers and the development of a coherent language curriculum.
- In 2011, a focus group of First Nation schools language teachers worked to identify essential learning outcomes for First Nations languages in First Nation schools. The approach was consistent with the principles embedding in Professional Learning Communities in that the concept was to focus on student learning and a system for assessing learning.
- A workshop was held in 2013 during which 52 First Nation schools were presented with recently developed materials and provided input to further development of the curriculum.