Kʷak̓ʷala & Lik̓ʷala Bilingual K-5
The Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala bilingual program is a district program housed in Ripple Rock Elementary aimed to develop Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala bilingual speakers. The classroom teachers and language and culture teachers work together to create an environment where students can learn, play and grow in Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala. Enrollment is dependent upon space and staffing considerations.
The program is open to all children and there is no selection criteria for registering.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child receive the same quality of education in the early Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala program?
Yes. The programs follow the Ministry of Education curriculum.
Will my child adapt to a class where limited English is spoken?
Yes. Children adapt very easily. Those who are very confident begin using the language right away. Others need more of an initiation period. As their confidence builds, they begin to interact more in Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala.
Will my child keep up in their English language development?
Yes. Language mechanisms are taught in both English and Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala. Supporting the two languages can strengthen the first language and vice-versa.
How can I help my child at home?
At the elementary level, parents and guardians can encourage their children by demonstrating an active interest in their language learning and where possible create connections with other Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala language speakers. Parents should continue to read with their child in English. As children progress through the years, it is wonderful to celebrate their learning and take an active role in their day-to-day lessons.
What if I have more questions about the Kʷak̓ʷala and Lik̓ʷala program?
Parents and guardians are welcome to contact Ripple Rock Elementary to talk to the principal and classroom teachers or the district principal of Indigenous Education. They are happy to answer any further questions you might have.