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Mentor-Apprentice Program

NEW! Mentor-Apprentice Training Workshop
November 11 - 12, 2015
Marriott Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond B.C.

The Mentor-Apprentice method is one of the most effective ways of building fluent language speakers without expensive resources, certified language teachers, or funding. This 2-day workshop is similar to the comprehensive training given to teams in the very popular FPCC Mentor-Apprentice Program, but is intended to support language speakers and learners who wish to carry out Mentor-Apprentice style language immersion on their own.

To facilitate your participation in the hands-on practice sessions, we encourage you to attend as a Mentor-Apprentice team of a fluent speaker and a language learner.

Registration: $275 per person
Registration includes hot breakfast, lunch and refreshments each day, resource package for each participant, and complimentary WiFi and parking.
Deadline to Register: October 16, 2015
Click here for the workshop poster and registration package.

The Mentor-Apprentice Program supports one-on-one teams of a language mentor and apprentice to complete 300 hours of language immersion work together over a one-year period.

The program is not currently accepting applications. We will be sending out a call for the 2016/17 year in the spring of 2016. Check this website, sign up for funding updates here, or sign up to our Facebook and/or Twitter accounts for further updates.

Click here to watch the recording of the Mentor-Apprentice Program Grant Writing Webinar that was held on March 3, 2015.

Program Information:

The goal of the Mentor-Apprentice Program is to facilitate the development of fluent speakers of B.C. First Nations languages where fluent speakers are partnered with committed learners in an immersion environment in the home and on the land.

This is a one-on-one language immersion program. A "mentor" (a fluent speaker of a language) is paired with an "apprentice" (learner). The mentor and apprentice spend 300 hours per year together doing everyday activities using the language at all times. In this program, learners become more fluent, which is especially valuable for languages where only a couple of fluent speakers are left.

The Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) was first developed in California specifically for Native American languages, but the program can be used to learn any language. It was developed on the basis of a suggestion by Julian Lang, a Karuk speaker, and initially created by Leanne Hinton, Nancy Richardson, Mary Bates Abbott and others (Hinton 2001). For more information on the program in California, see the website for the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival: www.aicls.org

FPCC started a B.C. Mentor-Apprentice Program in 2008 with 12 teams from 11 different B.C. languages. The goal for each team was to complete 900 hours of immersion in their language (3 years of 300 hours per year). These 12 teams showed great success and all of the apprentices became more fluent in their languages. A new group of 10 teams started in November 2010.

Note: The Master-Apprentice Program has been re-named the Mentor-Apprentice Program. While this method of language learning is still known internationally as 'Master-Apprentice', the term 'Mentor' more closely reflects the mentorship role of the fluent speaker in the First Peoples' Cultural Council's Mentor-Apprentice Program. The name change does not indicate any changes to the program itself.

MAP Report Forms and Documents:
  • Forms and Documents Contents [PDF] [Word]
  • A - Outline of Forms and Documents [PDF] [Word]
  • B - Mentor-Apprentice Team Agreement [PDF] [Word]
  • C - Apprentice Fluency Self Assessment Form [PDF] [Word]
  • D - Mentor-Apprentice Work Plan Form [PDF] [Word]
  • E - *50-Hour Report and Expense Summary [PDF] [Word]
  • F - Administrator Responsibilities [PDF] [Word]
  • G - **Panel Evaluation Form [PDF] [Word]
  • H - Mentor-Apprentice Program Reflections (Final Report) [PDF] [Word]

* Note: This is the form that MAP teams are required to submit after every 50 hours of immersion work.
**Note: This is the form that MAP teams are required to submit after each panel evaluation (every 100 hours of immersion work).

For more information, please contact Aliana Parker: aliana@fpcc.ca

Click here to access information about FPCC funding opportunities.

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