WHITE EARTH TRIBAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SYLLABUS

 

OJIB 220 Ojibwemowin IV (3 cr.)                       Prerequisite: OJIB 210

Instructor:        Brian McInnes                                  Office Hours:   MTW (1:00pm–2:00pm)

Phone/ E-mail: (218) 726-7772                                Class time:         MTW (4:30pm-5:30pm)

                                    bmcinnes@d.umn.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course continues the advanced study of Ojibwemowin presented in OJIB 210.  The

focus will be upon analysis of sentence, conversation patterns, short stories and the delivery of oral presentations in Ojibwemowin.

 

RATIONALE

This course will enable the student to demonstrate a complex level of Ojibwemowin, so important to strengthening and revitalizing Anishinaabe culture.  Students will be able to share their fluency in the language with elders and other community members.

 

WETCC LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completing the general education requirements at WETCC, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate and relate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  2. Explain the place of Ojibwe culture in a global society.
  3. Recognize and develop their gifts, talents, interests, needs, and goals.
  4. Exercise critical and creative thinking across the curriculum and in everyday life.
  5. Apply the knowledge and learning skills needed for living a productive and fulfilling life.
  6. Demonstrate civic and social responsibility by being involved in and supporting the community and culture, and meeting the needs of self, family, and community.

 

COURSE GOALS/OBJECTIVES

The student will demonstrate an advanced level of fluency in Ojibwemowin, and be readily able to:

A.                  Introduce herself/himself in Ojibwemowin.

B.                   Engage in advanced level conversations in Ojibwemowin.

C.                   Demonstrate, through speaking and writing, an advanced level of Ojibwemowin verb forms such as VII, VAI, VTI, and VTA.

D.                  Read and write advanced level paragraphs.

 

MATERIALS OF INSTRUCTION

q        A Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe.  John D. Nichols and Earl Nyholm, Minnesota Historical Society Press.

q        LetÕs Speak Ojibwe.  Rick Gresczyk and Margaret Sayers, Eagle Works.

q        Talking GookomÕs Language.  Patricia Ningewance, Mazinaate Press.

q        Various hand-outs, provided by the instructor

q        Hand-held tape recorder and two cassettes

REQUIREMENTS (RUBRICS)

To do well in this course, you will need to participate in each class session.  Learning a language requires constant practice.  You will work in small group settings in the classroom, to gain an immersion experience as much as possible.  Visit fluent speakers as often as possible to practice the language.   We will work in immersion camps as often as possible.

 

ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

Formative assessment will take place through your participation and practice of the language in the classroom.  Be prepared to engage in Ojibwe conversation as soon as possible, according to the instructorÕs direction.  Summative assessment occurs through weekly assignment completion and language presentations and tests.

 

Grade considerations:  300 total points

 

q        Weekly assignments and language presentations                           100 points

q        Fifth week written test                                                                                           50 points

q        Ninth week written test                                                                                         50 points

q        Final exam                                                                                                                     100 points

 

Access:  Individuals who have any disability which might affect their ability to perform in this course are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the semester.  We will make all possible adaptations of methods, materials, or testing.  For other information, see the college catalog and student handbook.

 

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

This course involves instructor presentation and modeling of the language, small group student activity, and listening to available Ojibwe language tapes and other media.  We will invite fluent speakers whenever possible to assist us.  Tests and in-class activities allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of Ojibwe language.  Activities may be in an immersion setting away from the conventional classroom.

 

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

Participation is obviously a major part of language learning, and participation depends on attendance.  You must notify the instructor at least two days in advance if you intend to be absent.  If your absence is unplanned, you must update yourself on any missed work and assignments; ask another student or the instructor about how you can make yourself current in the course.  You will need to be on time, and attend all segments of a class session to be considered present.  Plan to make appointments outside the class time so that you can benefit from the course instruction and participation.

 

CLASS PROCEDURES

Students will maintain copies of their presentations, quizzes, and tests.  The instructor will keep copies of these until the end of the semester, at which time s/he will discard them.  Please see the instructor if you have any questions or comments about the course.

 

 

COURSE CONTENT

This course will cover but not be limited to the following topics:

 

CULTURAL CONTENT

The entire course deals with the culture of the Anishinaabeg.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Students are expected to maintain academic honesty.  Honesty is one of our Anishinaabe values.  Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.  Instructors will report acts of academic dishonesty to the Academic Dean, who will consult with the Academic Affairs Committee to determine disciplinary action in accordance with stated policy.  A student has the right to appeal any disciplinary action in accordance with the student appeal policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Schedule

Date

Topic

Reading

Assignment

WEEK 1

 

Sept.5

Course Introduction

 

 

Sept.6

Language Review/ Speech

Speech Sheet/

TGL Introduction

 

WEEK 2

 

Sept.11

Sounds, Names, Phrases

TGL 1-1, 1-4,

TGL Worksheet

Sept.12

Dialogues

TGL 1-5

TGL Worksheet

Sept.13

Conjugating Verbs

TGL 1-6, 1-7, 1-8, 1-9

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 3

Sept. 17-21

Sept.18

Playing Cards (Language)

TGL 2-0, 2-1, 2-2.

Home Seminar

Sept.19

Playing Card Tournament

TGL 2-0, 2-1, 2-2

TGL Worksheet

Sept.20

Weather

TGL 3-0, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 4

Sept. 24-28

Sept.25

Weather

TGL Ch 3 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

Sept.26

In the Classroom – Transitive Verbs

TGL 4.0, 

TGL Worksheet

Sept.27

In the Classroom

TGL 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 5

Oct. 1-5

Oct.2

In the Classroom

TGL 4-5, 4-6, Ch4 Dialogues

REVIEW

Oct.3

Transitive Verbs II

TGL

REVIEW

Oct.4

WRITTEN TEST

WEEK 6

Oct. 8-12

Oct.9

Friends

TGL 5-0, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3

Oral Speech

TGL Worksheet

Speech Assignment 1

Oct.10

Friends

TGL 5-4, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7, 5-8 

Oral Speech

TGL Worksheet

Speech Assignment 2

Ch. 5 Dialogues

Oct.11

At Home with Family

TGL 6-1

Oral Speech

TGL Worksheet

Speech Assignment 3

WEEK 7

Oct. 15-19

Oct.16

At Home with Family

TGL 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6, 6-7, 6-8

Oral Speech

TGL Worksheet

Speech Practice

Ch. 6 Dialogues

Oct.17

At Home with Family (Dialogue Practice).

Visiting Gookom

TGL Ch.6 Dialogues

 

TGL 7-0

TGL Worksheet

Speech Practice

 

Oct.18

Visiting Gookom

 

TGL 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4

TGL Worksheet

Speech Practice

Ch. 7 Dialogues

WEEK 8

Oct. 22-26

Oct.23

On the Phone

TGL 8-0, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3

TGL Worksheet

Speech Practice

Oct.24

On the Phone

TGL 8-4. 8-5, 8-6

Ch 8 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

Speech Practice

Oct.25

Moving Day

TGL 9.0, 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4

TGL Worksheet

Speech Practice

SPRING BREAK

Oct. 29 -Nov2

 

 

 

WEEK 9

Nov. 5-9

Nov.6

Moving Day

TGL 9.5

Ch 9. Dialogue and Dialogue Writing

Speech Practice
REVIEW

Nov.7

Speech Presentations

 

REVIEW

Nov.8

WRITTEN TEST

WEEK 10

Nov. 12-16

Nov.13

Washing Clothes

TGL 10-0, 10-1, 10-2, 10-3

TGL Worksheet

Nov.14

Washing Clothes

TGL 10-4, 10-5

Ch. 10 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

Nov.15

Shopping

TGL 11-0, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 11

Nov. 19-23

Nov.20

Shopping

TGL 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7

Ch 11 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

Nov.21

Doing Housework

TGL 12-0, 12-1, 12-2, 12-3

TGL Worksheet

Nov.22

Doing Housework

TGL 12-4, 12-5

Ch 12 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 12

Nov. 26-30

Nov.27

At the Hospital

TGL 13-0, 13-1, 13-2, 13-3

TGL Worksheet

Nov.28

At the Hospital

TGL 13-4, 13-5, 13-6,

Ch 13 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

Nov.29

At the Restaurant

TGL 14-0, 14-1, 14-2, 14-3

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 13

Dec 3-7

Dec.4

At the Restaurant

Ch 14 Dialogues

TGL Worksheet

Dec.5

Houseguests

TGL 15-0, 15-1, 15-2

TGL Worksheet

Dec.6

Houseguests

TGL 15-3, 15-4,

Ch 15 Dialogues 

TGL Worksheet

WEEK 14

Dec. 10-14

Dec.11

At the Clinic

TGL 16-0, 16-1, 16-2, 16-3, 16-4, 16-5

TGL Worksheet

Dec.12

Visiting Family

TGL 12-0, 12-1, 12-2, 12-3

Ch. 12 Dialogue

Review

Dec.13

REVIEW

 

Review

WEEK 15

Dec. 17.

Dec.17

FINAL EXAM