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Ojibwe 1 (OJIB 1000)

Total Credits: 5
Lecture Credits: 5

Description: This course is an introduction to the Ojibwe language, a spoken language of Minnesota and the north central region of North America. You will learn basic communication skills that will prepare you for further study and application. The vocabulary centers on everyday themes and seasonal life. You will learn language in the context of culture and real-life situations.

Topical Outline:
1. Listening: Students listen to simple dialogues about self, family, and daily life. They listen to classroom instruction and participate in small and large group exchanges
2. Speaking: Students discuss themselves and their own lives as well as other basic cultural and contemporary issues. They mainly produce memorized phrases and give short answers to simple questions
3. Reading: Students analyze the content of basic written materials such as cultural information in stories (dibaajimowinan) and legends (aadizookaanan)
4. Writing: Students write short compositions, journal entries, notes, messages, and short descriptions using simple sentences
5. Lexical-Grammatical Topics: the four verb types, the positive and negative forms in the present, past and future tenses in the A, B, and C forms, the conditional and future inventive sentences, mii and other sentence introducers, preverbs, initial consonants and initial vowel changes and informational questions
6. Culture: Students acquire cultural information for the purpose of understanding and appreciating the products, practices, and perspectives of the traditional Ojibwe culture. Topics may include: Ojibwe dialects in writing systems, naming practices, clothing, housing, family, art, food and history

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write short compositions on familiar topics, and read and discuss level appropriate, authentic materials
2. Participate in paired and group activities to practice self-expression on personal, cultural, and current topics within limits of linguistic ability
3. Communicate in the target language demonstrating awareness of protocol, using short and simple sentences
4. Understand the spoken language according to the students’ level of proficiency
5. Gain an increased understanding of history, political science, art, and music of the target culture through the target language by comparing and contrasting cultural behaviors in everyday situations
6. Use the language beyond the school setting for lifelong learning and for participating in the global community

MnTC: Goal 8