May 17, 2019

Community Development


Participate as a team member in the 11-week Summer Language Intensive with a focus on individual lesson development as well as development of the Novice-level language curriculum. Every intern is expected to lead activities over the course of the summer to create a well-balanced, effective, and cross-trained team. Over the course of the summer, each team member will be equipped with the skills to produce language materials, teach lessons, and train others in language delivery methods. The intention is to create new speakers, curriculum, and teachers with the ultimate goal of increasing capacity for and access to language in the community.


  1. Engage with and support the work of the Summer Language Intensive team and the completion of the project goals over individual/personal goals.
  2. Actively participate in all daily and weekly team meetings.
  3. Take part in the leadership skills development throughout the summer by rotating through all daily jobs including: Leader, Scribe, Scheduler, Photographer, Technique of the Day, Newbie Catcher, and Invisible Magician.
  4. Lead and support language lessons using WAYK Techniques for summer program participants on a daily basis; for Staff/Community Class on a biweekly basis; for a Community Language Night on a weekly basis.
  5. Participate in all aspects of the lesson development process (i.e., the “swim lanes”) including scribing, testing, editing, teaching, spellchecking, proofreading, and typing.
  6. Participate in the curriculum design process (i.e., expanding and refining the Novice-level “Fluency Freeway”) including lesson tracking (keeping the Fluency Freeway up to date), “milestone” identification and deconstructions, and lesson arrangement.
  7. Participate in “language hunting sessions” with the objective of lesson development; depending on the fluency level of each intern, they may at different times fulfill both roles in a language hunting session: the person “hunting” and the person “being hunted.”
  8. Assist with language documentation efforts to create, organize, and archive materials: keeping personal “hunting books” current and providing a copy of hunting notes at the culmination of the project; creating, gathering, and organizing audio recordings; developing clear, legible, well-tested lessons.
  9. Maintain a neat, orderly, and clean environment in all activity and program areas; participate in daily set up and clean up tasks.
  10. Perform other duties that may assist the Language Program.


  • Familiarity with Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language-learning methodology
  • Previous attendance at Tsleil-Waututh Nation community language classes is an asset
  • Experience with language immersion is an asset
  • Previous post-secondary study of a Coast Salish language (preferably hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ or Sḵwx̱wú7mesh)


  • Demonstrates flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation when working with both large and small groups; is a supportive and productive member of the team.
  • Is able to take direction and work independently and efficiently when not engaged with a group; makes productive use of time
  • Understands the emotional aspect of language work; is careful with criticisms and not dismissive of other team members
  • Anticipates and responds to the needs of the team and works quickly to resolve potential issues (i.e. Techniques “Angel on Your Shoulder” and “Invisible Magic”).
  • Demonstrates an eagerness for new language and leadership experiences, even with minimal preparation; boldly volunteers to try new roles on the team.
  • Demonstrates punctuality, reliability in attendance, and flexibility to accommodate changing schedules
  • As a representative of the Language Department and the Nation, acts thoughtfully as a role model and mentor to both peers and community youth. Mentors youth hires during the Summer Language Intensive.
  • Shows a strong desire to continuously improve both learning and teaching skills.
  • Shows a commitment to participate in feedback activities, providing and accepting feedback from both supervisors and teammates to improve the group experience.
  • Must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.


  • Knowledge of Tsleil-Waututh Nation culture and territory an asset.


  1. a) Physical Demands
  • Significant desk work with long periods of manual dexterity activities (writing lessons by hand, keyboard operations, filing).
  • Intermittent physical activity including standing, walking, sitting, and lifting.
  1. b) Mental Focus
  • Ability to remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive.
  • Ability to adapt to changes and respond quickly to reassigned priorities.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills; ability to start a task and focus until it’s completed.
  • Refrains from debate, distraction, or discussion that hinders the forward momentum of the project.
  1. c) Environmental Conditions
  • Dynamic environment with multiple demands, changing priorities, rotating locations, and frequent interruptions.
  • Engagement with staff, community members, youth/students, and external contacts.
  • Indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Noise level varies from quiet to loud.
  • Occasional meetings outside normal office hours.


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