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AILDI - Summer Session | AILDI - American Indian Language Development Institute

AILDI - Summer Session

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. For a list of past instructors click here.

 

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 through micro-teaching. Considered to be a hallmark of the AILDI experience, micro teaching gives students the opportunity to conduct mini language immersion lessons as part of the culmination of their classes. Engaging, fun, experiential and supportive, students often cite micro teaching as one of the highlights of coming to AILDI.