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Now available for sale online. How Do I Say...? Learner Driven Language Learner Method Workbooks. This is a study guide for motivated learners to become conversational in their heritage language by working with a speaker and by choosing what expressions to learn. Used by schools, families and communities. Click Here to order. For more information contact us at ili@ilinative.org.

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UPCOMING ILI 2017 EVENTS

 
PRACTICING IMMERSION: HOW DO WE DO IT? WORKSHOP
June 26-28, 2017
This three-day workshop will teach different methodologies for language immersion acquisition for all ages with a focus on developing speaking skills (oral Proficiency). Methodologies will include: Natural Approach (NA), Learner-Driven Approach, Total Physical Response (TPR), Strategies for "staying in the language." The hotel for this workshop is Mystic Lake Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Click here for the registration form and for more information. Registration and hotel deadline is June 2, 2017.
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HOW ARE WE DOING AS INSTRUCTOR AND LEARNER?: ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP
July 10-12, 2017
Assessment and evaluation is a topic of interest and concern for our Native Language programs and teachers. Tracking progress of our language learners is important because it informs instructors and mentors whether the method and efforts are producing results. Using assessment tools for foreign or English language learning is useful to a certain point, but it does not fit the deeper goals of heritage language learning. We will ask key questions, explore what and why we want our language to be vibrant, and discover ways to measure tangible and intangible progress of language acquisition. We will discuss how to implement culturally-relevant assessments in tandem with school standards. The hotel for this workshop is Hilton Buffalo Thunder in Santa Fe, NM. Click here for the registration form and for more information. Registration and hotel deadline is June 19, 2017.
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DIGITAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
August 21-24, 2017 or November 6-9, 2017
Create a Native Language Digital Story by Putting Yourself in the Director's Chair and Creating Your Own Production
Digital Storytelling is a modern way to express the ancient art of storytelling by weaving together your Native Language, images, Music and voice narration. This four-day training workshop at our office in Santa Fe, NM trains participants to produce a short 3-5 minute digital story in the Native Language using a computer. Ideally, a team of two can participate: one who is tech savvy and one, an elder, who knows the language but is not familiar with technology. Click here for the registration form.

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MORE UPCOMING 2017 EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Click here for Save the Dates Flyer. We are currently working on the following events in 2017 (dates subject to change). As we finalize these events, we will announce in our e-newsletter and registration forms will be available in 2017. So please check with us regularly or you can click on the icon to the right and join our e-mail list to receive those announcements by e-mail.

 

1) July 31 - August 2, 2017 in Prior Lake, MN- Engaging Our Families and Community for Our Language Learners. Click here for more information;
2) September 11-13, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM - Practicing Immersion: How do we do it? Click here for more information;
3) October 23-25, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM - 8th Annual ILI Symposium - topic TBD; and
4) October 26-27, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM - Total Immersion Plus Workshop.
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CONTRACT ILI TO PROVIDE THESE WORKSHOPS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

You can contract ILI to provide workshops in your community on many topics: Immersion Methodology; Curriculum Development, Lesson Planning and Assessment; Family and Community Engagement, Digital Storytelling, and many other topics. If you have a topic you are interested in or if you need more information contact ILI at (505) 820-0311 or by e-mail: ili@ilinative.org.

Our Mission

The Indigenous Language Institute provides vital language related services to Native communities so that their individual identities, traditional wisdom and values are passed on to future generations in their original languages.

Guiding Philosophy

ILI’s guiding philosophy is to “help create speakers” of endangered indigenous languages while we still have speakers left.

This work is URGENT. Collectively we must work diligently with haste within a ten-year window, careful not to duplicate efforts, to turn the tide of language decline so that indigenous languages become a vibrant component of everyday life in Indian communities.

What We Do

ILI Researches, Teaches and Shares information and tools to empower Native communities to make their languages SEEN and HEARD everywhere and by everyone.

ILI’s tools and training help people create their own Native language materials to develop textbooks, teaching aids, films, digital stories, as well as flyers, brochures, posters, toys, and signage.

Languagegeek© customized keyboard layouts and fonts enable any indigenous language to live on computers and the internet. Sending e-mails, building web-pages, and desktop publishing are all available for all indigenous languages.

ILI works with all tribes and nations to complement and enhance their existing language programs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Indigenous Language Institute
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