The purpose of the graduate programs in Halq’eméylem is to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the revival, acquisition, and use of this endangered language. Graduates will learn advanced research techniques for language restoration and acquisition, and develop skills and strategies for reviving the use of the language in society, including increased knowledge of the Stó:lō worldview.
The program will connect current Halq’eméylem teachers with prospective teachers, language revivalists, Stó:lō communities, local agencies, and schools. Through immersion opportunities, students will find ways to incorporate, promote, and sustain the Halq’eméylem language in their everyday lives as well in the classroom with each other, in the Stó:lō communities, and with Stó:lō people.
The graduate certificate will prepare students who want to:
Improve their fluency and proficiency in the Halq’eméylem language.
Contribute to the language revitalization.
Transmit knowledge and culture through the Halq’eméylem language.
Increase opportunities to share the Halq’eméylem language.
This certificate is intended for students who wish to complete it at the same time as they pursue another program, but students may be admitted directly if they choose. Students must ensure they meet course and program prerequisites.
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 in the last two years of the undergraduate degree.
Exceptional admission/competency-based admission will be available in cases where students do not meet stated admission requirements. Applicants will have to demonstrate their ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest, as evidenced by:
A portfolio containing evidence of a minimum of five years learning achieved in the field of Halq’eméylem language teaching, learning, or revitalization, with samples of:
Language resources or products, such as video and audio material, artwork, translation work, etc.
Language programs, curriculum, community events, interviews, stories, written work, reports, etc.
Work with linguists, educators, anthropologists, and/or ethnobotanists.
A complete CV/résumé demonstrating interest and experience in language teaching, learning, and revitalization.
Letters of reference attesting to both academic and professional achievements in the field, and to the likelihood that the student will be successful in graduate-level studies.
Additional documents required for a complete application:
Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
This program is delivered on a part-time basis. The graduate certificate requires 12 credits and can be completed in four semesters. Graduates may exit at the certificate level or continue on to the graduate diploma.
Courses will be delivered on the Chilliwack campus.
To maintain status as a program student and to continue in the program, students must maintain a minimum program grade point average of 3.00.
UFV Graduate Studies policy requires that at least 75% of program courses be taken at UFV.
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV graduate certificate must be approved by the Senate. Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.