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Welcome to the Northwest Indian Language Institute

The Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) provides Native language teachers and community members with training in language teaching, materials and curriculum development, benchmarks creation, and linguistics. With tribal partners, NILI supports and strengthens language preservation efforts by establishing collaborative, on-going projects which meet the specific needs and desires of each language community.

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NILI Announcements

NILI Online!

Training for Teachers of Native American languages


    Lifelong Language Learning courses ongoing now

Beginning Fall 2014, NILI will pilot a series of one unit, teacher education courses that will be delivered over the internet. These distance education courses will be offered through UO’s Academic Extension office. Undergraduate and graduate credit is offered for each course.

Participants in the first course will build skills for lifelong language learning (LLL). The main goal of the course is to fortify participants with strategies for lifelong language learning and to help equip them with tools to make that process easier.


NILI Welcomes 5 GTFs: For Fall 2014, NILI welcomes 4 Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs) to our family, who will be working on various projects. These are: Marnie Atkins, Zalmai Zahir, Holly Lakey, Jaeci Hall, and Regan Anderson.