When it comes to learning and preserving the Cree language, U of Manitoba Cree instructor and her single student are making the most of their time together.
The instructor, who wishes to remain anonymous, sees the opportunity to pass on the Cree language as invaluable. “It’s a privilege to be able to pass on the language to one student and to know it will be kept alive,” she says. “Being able to do so is incredibly rewarding.”
The student, a senior who recently moved to Manitoba from Saskatchewan, is dedicated to mastering the language. She has been attending the class for the past year and is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the language.
“It’s so important to me to understand and be able to use the Cree language,” she says. “I can’t express how grateful I am to have a teacher to help me learn.”
The student’s enthusiasm and eagerness to learn is clearly evident in the classroom. She is constantly asking questions and actively engages in the lesson. The instructor is more than happy to provide her with the answers she seeks and is pleased to be able to pass on her knowledge and experience.
The instructor believes the student will be able to go a long way with the language. “I think she has great potential and I’m confident she will be able to fluently converse in Cree in no time,” she says.
The student is equally confident in her ability to learn the language. “I’m determined to learn and I can’t wait to have conversations in Cree,” she says.
The instructor and student’s dedication to learning and preserving the Cree language makes their class worthwhile and provides them with a unique opportunity. Despite the fact that there is only one student in the class, the instructor is passionate about passing on the language and keeping it alive. The student’s love of the language ensures that she will be able to learn the language and help keep it alive.