Frequently Asked Questions

What dialect is taught? 

The 'dialect' that is taught during the beginner courses is centered around the Manitoulin dialects - also known as Eastern Ojibwe or Nishnaabemwin. 

Do you offer immersion courses? 

Our online courses are not offered as immersion as of yet. Students who complete all course work may be offered a spot at an immersion camp in the summer. Students who can prove the equivalency of knowledge may be invited as well through an application process. 

What if I cannot make the monthly Zoom meetings? 

Zoom meetings will be recorded and put onto the learning management system for you to view at your leisure. Email your questions ahead of time and they will be answer during the next Zoom meeting. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the material in discussions on the learning management system. 

What if I'm taking a self-directed course and I have a question/I'm stuck? 

If you have chosen the self-directed model and you have a question about the material, you can use the discuss material sections to have your question answered. These are checked monthly. 

Is there any special equipment needed for these courses?

There is no special equipment needed - you do need access to the internet. The learning management system and Zoom are available on both desktop and mobile devices. 

You may choose to use headphones for best results as there is a lot of video content. 

A familiarity with using Zoom, Quizlet and Google is recommended. Students will receive tutorials on these applications. 

Is there supportive audio to make sure students are pronouncing and speaking the language correctly? 

Flashcards with audio are provided for word lists and explanations of content are done in video. 

Are the courses going to be similar in timing as to what a student might see in a college/university schedule? 

Yes. Content will be released weekly except for Winter break and March break. 

Those in the self-directed course may defer the start of the next course.  

Does it matter where I live?

It doesn't matter where you live. You just need access to the internet. 

Do you use the double vowel system or syllabics? 

Yes. Courses are presented using the International Anishinaabemowin Alphabet  - also known as double vowel system. 

Who teaches these courses? 

These courses are taught by a second language learner of 10+ years and has worked for the Wikwemikong Heritage Organization, the Toronto District School Board, York Region District School Board, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and Eshki-nishnaabemjig and has also been an invited keynote speaker of Anishinaabemowin-Teg. 

Any teacher invited to teach will either be a successful 2nd language learner or a fluent speaker. 

I am not Anishinaabe / I am a settler, Can I still register for these courses?

Yes - you may still register. If you are worried about taking up space - please indicate that on your registration and you will be contacted at a time when capacity becomes an issue. 

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