March 17, 2012

Northwest Indian Language Institute


Northwest Indian Language Institute
Summer Institute 2012
“Reclaiming Daily Conversations”

Summer Institute: July 9 - 20, 2012
Teaching Practicum: July 23 - 27, 2012

“Reclaiming Daily Conversations” is the theme for the 2012 Summer Institute. Our thought behind this theme is to teach participants strategies on how to reclaim daily conversations from English. For example, instead of greeting someone in English with “Hi,” one could say, “He'ba'lo',” which is a Wiyot greeting. You could then ask after a person’s family by saying “ʔəsxid s(ə) adsyayayəʔ” in Lushootseed or tell someone that it’s cold, “dret khul alta” in Chinuk Wawa. This may seem a small thing, but when we begin to use our ancestral languages in daily life, it becomes easier to make room in other areas of our lives for our languages.

This year we are excited to bring a third week of Teaching Practicum. During the third week we’ll offer intense applied teaching practices, peer reviews, teaching demonstrations, strategies for teaching conversation, and ways to motivate adult language learners. We hope you’ll take advantage of the third week!

Daily core classes include: linguistics classes (beginning, intermediate, and Sahaptin); language classes (Chinuk Wawa, Lushootseed, Sahaptin, Tolowa Dee-ni'); teaching methods; and materials development. Please note, classes are subject to change, so please keep updated by visiting the Summer Institute website.

The Scholarship Application is available online and the deadline is Saturday, March 31, 2012.

For updated information, Scholarship and Registration forms, please visit the Summer Institute 2012 site here:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in July!
NILI Faculty and Staff

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