UW-Green Bay to offer Menominee language course for students, community

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access will offer an introductory course in the Menominee language beginning Thursday, Sept. 6.

Open to UW-Green Bay students and the larger community, this first-time course can be taken for three undergraduate credits or as a noncredit option. It will meet from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 6 through Dec. 13 in Room 440 of Wood Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Taught by Menominee Nation Elders Muqsahkwat, also known as Ron Corn, Jr., and Napos, also known as David Turney, Sr., the Menominee language course will use indigenous educational methods together with western methods of language instruction. Students will be introduced to basic Menominee language speaking and reading skills through the use of storytelling and interaction with tribal Elders and First Language speakers. The course draws on oral traditional listening, observation and speaking skills, teaching basic Menominee language designed for use in day-to-day settings.

The Menominee language course will utilize “Total Physical Response” (TPR) as one of its primary teaching methods. TPR pairs language learning with body movement and physical interaction in the classroom. This method has been shown to maximize language acquisition in a short period of time, making learning both engaging and fun.

Course fees are $295 for the noncredit option ($100 due upon registration) and $956.04 for the three undergraduate credit option. Registration is available online at www.uwgb.edu/outreach/menominee/. For registration questions, call (920) 465-2775 or email felmera@uwgb.edu or christem@uwgb.edu.

More information about Outreach and Adult Access, including additional course offerings, is available at www.uwgb.edu/outreach/.


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