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Microteaching | AILDI - American Indian Language Development Institute


Microteaching - An AILDI Hallmark


Microteaching is an opportunity for students to create a 20-minute interactive lesson in an Indigenous language using immersion methods learned at AILDI. The lesson should convey cultural knowledge and enable the learner to use the language. At the end of the summer, students teach their lessons to a small group of classmates. 



What can I teach?

Successful microteaching lessons have a clear focus and provide meaningful context for language learning. In the past, students have shared traditional stories and had their audience act out selected parts. They have taught us how to set the table for a meal or to say the names of animals that live in their region. 


I have never created a lesson or worked with students. How can I do this?

Microteaching is a safe, supportive, and fun environment for language teaching. Throughout the summer, there will be practice sessions for you to get feedback and guidance from your peers and instructors. The best advice is to start early! First time AILDI students have the option to do their microteaching in pairs. Returning AILDI students are expected to do their microteaching solo.


I don’t speak my language. How can I teach it?  

Beginning language learners have the option of working with another student who is more comfortable speaking their language. Keep in mind, however, that you do not need to be fluent to teach language. Some of the most successful microteaching lessons have relied on just a few words and phrases. You can prepare for microteaching by using your dictionaries, grammars, vocabulary lists, recordings, and other language resources.


How can I develop a microteaching lesson on top of all my other AILDI assignments?

Microteaching is required and will be a part of your course grades. Often students are able to incorporate content from their courses into their microteaching lesson. This way microteaching is not a separate project, but one that builds on the work you’ve already done.