Summer Session June 7 - July 8, 2021

Summer Session to be offered on-line

UPDATE In order to prevent the spread of the corona virus and to ensure the health and safety of our students and instructors, AILDI has made the decision to offer the summer session courses on-line.

The dates for summer session have been scheduled for June 7 - July 8, 2021.

The theme for AILDI 2021 is Traditional Innovations: Indigenous Language and Culture On-line.

Summer 2021 Course Listings:
Due to the courses being on-line, students can register for one course. You are still welcome to take two courses if you wish.


LING 427/527: Linguistics for Native American Communities (3 units)

Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 2:45 pm

Adrienne Tsikewa

Introduction to Linguistics for Native American Communities

Course Description: 

This course examines how the field of linguistics (in particular American linguistics) is built upon the study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas. It will also consider the role linguistics has in community efforts of language revitalization. We will focus on students’ respective languages for study.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the major structural subfields of linguistics: phonetics, morphology, and syntax
  • Foster an awareness of language reclamation efforts
  • Articulate some of the social, political and economic factors that affect different Indigenous languages in North America today, and factors that have affected them in the past.
  • Identify linguistic structures in several Indigenous languages, representing widely divergent language families


LING 497B/597B: Multimedia for Language Work (3 units)

Monday through Friday, 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Mosiah Bluecloud

Workshop in Language Documentation


LING 424/524: Evaluating Technology (3 units)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 10:45 am

Amy Fountain

Methods & Ethics in Linguistic Research

Course Description: 

We have been becoming more immersed in technology due to the pandemic – whether we choose to or not.  But there are many different technologies available, the options are always changing, and the applications and platforms sometimes seem to be more of a burden than a help.  Sometimes we’re assigned or required to use an application or system, but given little or no support in learning how best to use it.  In this course we’ll take some time explore the technology landscape, and provide opportunities to investigate, practice and play with technologies that participants would like to try, or need to become familiar with.  We’ll investigate different kinds of technology to better understand both the advantages and the limitations of using them with, for, and in language.  We’ll learn how to evaluate technology for teaching and learning in different contexts, including how to know about privacy traps, hidden costs, and accessibility dilemmas.  Participants will develop a technology guide for their own particular situation, and will share their experiences and learn from peers.

Course Objectives:

  • Become comfortable exploring different technologies for using, teaching and learning language
  • Articulate some of the factors that make technologies more or less appropriate in your environments and roles
  • Identify technologies that might be problematic based on expense, resource requirements, privacy or confidentiality of data, and durability of resources
  • Increase comfort level with using some set of technologies you choose, that you think might be useful for your own language teaching and learning
  • Provide practice time, space and support for participants to use technologies in language

TLS 402/502: Virtual Immersion: Learning and Teaching (3 units)

Sheilah E. Nicholas & James McKenzie

Monday through Friday, 3:00 - 4:45 pm

Linguistics for Teachers

Course Description: 

Hearing, listening to, speaking, and learning to speak our ancestral languages is healing and engages us in the process of (re)membering ourselves to our ancestors, places, and ways of knowing, being and doing.  The current Pandemic forefronts this need for tribal peoples.  We embrace the calling and responsibility to envision, enact, and expand support for oral traditions in virtual spaces. 

Course Objectives:

  • Engage in Ideological clarification about the various roles of language teaching and learning initiatives in language development and community language revitalization.
  • Explore opportunities for language teaching that will meet a variety of community language needs, goals, and situations broadly, yet remains immersion focused.
  • Learn about, practice and build personal and collective resources of techniques for teaching language remotely to maximize acquisition in synchronous (in class or “live”) learning spaces and supported by asynchronous (out of class, independent use, and practice) tools.
  • Create a dynamic and holistic virtual immersion language teaching/learning experience for the language learner that highlights the 'innovative' ability of Indigenous oral traditions.
  • Share and lead learners through a virtual immersion language experience.


TLS 428/528: Indigenous Language & Culture in Education (3 units)

Christina Newhall

Monday through Friday, 5:00 - 6:45 pm


Curriculum & Instruction in Bilingual & Second Language Settings