Inuktut Second Language: Foundations

For those with little or no background in Inuktut, Pirurvik offers a series of courses to bring students from the beginner to intermediate level. Pirurvik creates an all-Inuktut immersion environment right from the very first class.


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ISL Level 1 (Pigiarvik)

 

Length of Course: 30 hours
Delivery format: 6 week (standard) or 2 week (intensive)
Prerequisites: None

Pigiarvik introduces students to Inuktut pronunciation and grammar while enabling them to build basic skills including:
introductions; asking and answering simple questions; using the singular, dual and plural properly; and beginner level language for various situations in the home and workplace.


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ISL Level 2 (Allurvik)

 

Length of Course: 30 hours
Delivery format: 6 week (standard) or 2 week (intensive)  
Prerequisites: Pigiarvik

Allurvik means “the next step.” This course builds more complex language skills including:
• talking about events in the past and future,
• telling time,
• possession and the location of objects.

Students are introduced to the syllabic writing system, but will focus on working on regular writing assignments in qaliujaaqpait (roman orthography).

 


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ISL Level 3 (Allurvik II)

 

 

Length of Course: 30 hours
Delivery format: 6 week (standard) or 2 week (intensive)  
Prerequisites: Allurvik

Allurvik II completes the introduction to the fundamentals of Inuktut grammar. Participants gain confidence in reading and writing in qaniujaaqpait. They are also able to use the language with more complexity to talk about such topics as travel plans, daily routines and their likes and dislikes.


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ISL Levels 4 and 5
(Pijaqqissivik)

 

Length of Course: 30 hours
Delivery format: 6 week (standard) or 2 week (intensive)  
Prerequisites: Allurvik II

At the intermediate Pijaqqissivik level, we build on the foundation from earlier courses. Through intensive drilling and practice, students become more comfortable with speaking correctly and naturally on a range of topics grounded in Inuit culture.