Indigenous Studies (INST) 111

Introductory Cree I

INST 111 course cover

Delivery Mode: Grouped study (check locations)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: INST 111 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 111.

Centre: Nukskahtowin

INST 111 is not available for challenge.

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INST 111 is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the Cree language. The course introduces students to the Plains Cree (Y dialect) grammar and vocabulary, and provides the opportunity to practise speaking Cree and working in the language laboratory.


Each week vocabulary, grammar, and context for various topics are introduced and practised.

  • Week 1: Overview of course, Native language family groups, language spoken in Alberta, oral tradition and protocols, standard Roman orthography, Cree sounds and syllabics
  • Week 2: Introduction to verbs and tense, diminutive plurals, locatives and prepositions, Cree sound system, non-gender terminology, animate and inanimate
  • Week 3: Common expressions, personal pronouns, nouns, Cree word structure
  • Week 4: Cree word order, continuation of nouns and pronouns
  • Week 5: Review
  • Week 6: Traditions, cultural knowledge, Cree sayings, commands, verb agreement
  • Week 7: Agreement of adjectives with nouns, and geography discussion
  • Week 8: Question marker “ci,” interrogative “e” conjunct, oral presentations
  • Week 9: Comparatives and superlatives, body parts, location markers and dwelling markers
  • Week 10: Cree numerical system and money
  • Week 11: Socio-linguistic definition, Cree dialects, kinship terminology, calendar
  • Week 12: Feast protocols, traditional Cree teachings and storytelling, review
  • Week 13: Class project due, final examination, course evaluation


To receive credit for INST 111, you must attend the class and laboratory regularly. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignments/ Quizzes 20%
Oral Presentation 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
Class Project 10%
Participation/ Language Lab 10%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Bellegarde, Jean. 1988. Cree Language of the Plains Cree, 5th ed. Regina: Saskatchewan Indian Federated College/University of Regina.

Other materials

The course materials include language laboratory tapes for each unit. A Plains Cree glossary is recommended.

Current Grouped Study Locations

Current as of: October-26-2017 10:51

Sorry "inst111" is not offered by Grouped Study at present.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.