Wiw’xus! Learning Hul’q’umi’num’ through stories

Roberta Charlie

About me
I am from Somena. I work for the Cowichan Tribes as a Hul’q’umi’num’ teacher at the daycare. I was raised in a family with strong beliefs in the culture and tradition and I follow these teachings closely in my life. I completed my MA at SFU.

My project
I have chosen this project to explore new ways of teaching the Hul’q’umi’num’ language to children in a daycare setting. My project focuses on the book Froggy Goes to Bed by Johnathan London, translated into Hul’q’umi’num’ by Ruby Peter. I develop materials to engage our young learners so that they can learn the vocabulary and phrases needed to understand the story. Recognizing that some children are visual learners while others are auditory learners, I anchor the materials around pictures as well as acting out the meanings. I chose this story because it is full of basic vocabulary—actions and objects—familiar to a child’s world. I break the vocabulary into domains and give a step by step format for graduated learning.

Keywords: Hul’q’umi’num’, Coast Salish, Translation, Stories, Early Childhood