At Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa we use the “root word method” to teach how the language works rather than have students memorize lists of words. We create Mohawk-language speakers who learn to think in the language and express themselves. Although we are not a teacher-training institution, many of our immersion grads have gone on to teach the language at our school, other schools and universities, as well as to their own children at home. Our online program aims to adapt the immersion program material for an online setting by incorporating audio and video components for students who can’t take the immersion program.
Our main funder for this course is the Six Nations Language Commission.
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions:
When does the next available course start?
How long is the course?
The Intro course is a 9 week course.
What is the time commitment?
It’s up to you. The more time you put in, the better.
Completing the intro course makes you eligible to take our Unit 1 course, which is followed by separate courses for Units 2 – 12*. These courses follow the same curriculum as our first year immersion course.
Where our immersion course takes one full school year of full-time study to complete, our online program moves at a much slower pace, given that online students study only part-time. Learning Kanyen’kéha is a long process, whether online or in immersion.
*The unit 5-12 courses are currently in development.
How is the Intro course structured?
There are 4 lessons in the Intro course, each ending with a quiz. You need to complete all quizzes in order to be eligible to move on to Unit 1.
There is no set time where you need to be online, ie there is no “live” component in the Intro course. There may be some (voluntary) live components to the Unit courses, funding and staff permitting.
What materials do I need? What skills do I need?
At bare minimum, you need a smart phone or tablet, but having a computer is preferred. Using a computer AND a mobile device is what most students find the most enjoyable. For any of our courses, you need access to the internet daily, but you can study on your own time. You need to have good computer and internet literacy, such as knowing how to get an app, knowing how to navigate a website, and knowing how to consult help menus for technical support should you need it.
I’m not from Six Nations, can I still sign up?
What is the cost?
All of our courses cost $40 CAD each. We receive payments via PayPal and Email Money transfers (online banking) only. No cheques or cash.
How do I sign up?
The next Intro to Kanyen’kéha course will be offered in September of 2022. Please check back in August 2022 for an update on how to register.