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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6489 - Penticton Indian Band

LNA Status
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BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
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Opportunities and Challenges
To increase the number of hours per day that Language Acquisition classes are offered at each grade level at the Outma Sqilxw Cutlural School. In previous yeas, the average has been at one hour per day, and two hours per day at the Preschool and Kindergarten grades. Through our new Immersion initiative we will increase hours of instruction up to grade 1 to 2 hours per day and beginning in 2019 up to the grade 4 level. The longer term Immersion plan is to increase each grade elvel from K-Grade 8 to 3 hours per day.
The number of fluent speakers who are still willing and able to work in a school setting as Language Instructors and/or mentors for semi-fluent speakers working in the Language Acquisition program continues to be our main challenge. At the Outma Sqilxw Cultural School we currently have five language teachers on staff as well as a Program Lead who coordinates program and curriculum development. Providing the In-Service Training and professional development for current Language teachers to meet the Immersion level of instruction also represents a hurdle. A five year planning and development phase to meet our three hours per day Immersion target will provide the time requirement to plan and develop adaquately