Summer Courses

TPRS Language Teaching Summer Institute //July 2018

The 14th Annual Chief Atahm School Language Teaching Summer Institute is designed to bring together new and experienced First Nations Language Teachers. The summer courses are an opportunity to share our collective dreams of Language Revitalization by exploring theory and practice. The 2018 sessions will feature a 5-day TPR-Storytelling Course and a 5-day TPR-S and Advanced Language Teaching Techniques course. Both of these courses are accredited through Thompson Rivers University and through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. Both courses are transferable to major institutions in BC with a 25$ admin fee.

The cost for each participant for each of the five day TPRS Summer Institute courses is $800.00. This cost includes all instruction, handouts, and light lunches (soup & sandwich). There are limited spaces available for low cost billeting. There are motels, rv and camp sites, and other accommodations in the area.

TPR-Storytelling Course: 

Mon July 9th to Fri July 13, 2018

TRU Course #: EDLL 3900: Methods for Teaching Aboriginal Languages

NVIT Course #: EDUC 260: Innovative Teaching & Practices

This story-based teaching method employs Classic TPR, an action-based methodology that quickly develops a core communicative vocabulary, and progresses on to speaking using stories. 

Chief Atahm School has developed an intensive training program to help aboriginal language teachers build successful language programs through utilizing action-based, innovative teaching strategies. 

  • First Nations Language Essentials Level 1
  • Lectures
  • Modeling
  • Activities
  • Multimedia
  • TPR-S

Advanced TPRS Technique:

Mon July 16th to Fri July 20th, 2018


TRU Course #: EDLL 3920 - Practices for Aboriginal Language Teaching

NVIT Course #: EDUC 280: Methods in 2nd Lang Acquisition

In this five day course, we will expand on the TPR Storytelling methodology and introduce learning to converse and read in the language. The focus will be on developing speaking skills and how literacy can support communication. This intensive course will provide many practical and theoretical experiences, including

  • Lesson Planning
  • Creating yearly overviews
  • Technology and Curriculum Development
  • First Nations Language Essentials Level Two