Mohawk Language (Kanien’kéha)

Learn Mohawk Language (Kanien’kéha). This is the University of Waterloo's first Indigenous language course. The course is offered through Culture and Language Studies, in collaboration with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre at St. Paul’s University College and is intended for University of Waterloo students in any Faculty or discipline with minimal to no knowledge of Kanien’kéha. We offer two courses, ARTS 190: Introduction to Mohawk Language I and ARTS 290: Introduction to Mohawk Language II
 

ARTS 190 Course Description

This course focuses on the Grand River dialect of Kanien’kéha. Emphasizing oral skills, the course is intended for students with minimal to no knowledge of or language ability in Kanien’kéha. As Kanien’kéha is a verb-based, polysynthetic language, this course will also focus on verb construction, verb-morphology patterns and syntax structures.
 

ARTS 290 Course Description

This course will continue to concentrate on developing speaking proficiency at the novice level (according to the ACTFL – American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages proficiency scale). There will be a strong emphasis on speaking in-class and as Kanien’kéha is a verb-based, polysynthetic language, this course will also focus on verb construction, verb-mor-phology patterns and syntax structures.