AILDI is synonymous with its intense, unique, summer residential program. The AILDI experience offers courses related to language teaching, maintenance, documentation and revitalization.Participants enroll in credit bearing courses taught by a variety of reputable and experienced Indigenous language activists and Indigenous education instructors.
The summer institute promotes and cultivates an atmosphere of sharing among the participants by structuring classes to have both a teaching and learning component. Through lectures, readings, assignments and other hands-on activities, courses are designed for students to apply their skills and knowledge to their schools and community.
Participants are also able to immediately apply language learning methodologies and materials to each other by creating an immersion lesson. Engaging, fun, experiential and supportive, students often cite the immersion lesson as one of the highlights of coming to AILDI.