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Curriculum

Over the years, NILI’s faculty has developed collectively and individually curricular materials for Indigenous language learning. NILI is experienced in developing curriculum for young learners – ages 3 and 4 years through adult first and second language learners. We assist tribes in developing curriculum to be taught in tribal and public preschools – colleges and universities.  We write language curriculum for 2nd language learning classrooms and curriculum for immersion settings. And we write curriculum that we teach at NILI’s Summer Institute.

For the past 10 years, NILI has for the most part written culture and place-based curriculum, yet tribal needs dictate whether we write curriculum centered on place, culture, history, or something else. Curriculum is written collaboratively with tribal partners. We enjoy creating units that are comprehensive; that include oral and literary arts, math, science, history, social studies, art, and physical education; that link place with identity; community with the individual; Elder knowledge with youth; and connect language and culture learning with health and wholeness.

Curriculum meets state standards and is informed by tribal principles. Activities are hands-on and inclusive of all learning styles. Writing place-based curriculum requires a team of community members to guide its development. Our mutual goal is to create lessons that will promote learning, foster curiosity and develop the connection to community. And they must be written and taught in ways that compel learners to want to learn more.

We want to share what has been created at NILI. You will find on the following pages units with lessons. Please feel free to contact us with questions and for more information on curriculum. We have included the contact information for the language program director with each project in order for you to contact them directly.

Please click on the “Title” links for curriculum samples.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us.

Title Language Type of Curriculum
Canoe Curriculum Chinuk Wawa Culture-based
Place-based
Meets Oregon Standards
Developing Place and Culture-based Curriculum Example Chinuk Wawa Culture-based
Place-based
Full curriculum meets Oregon Standards
*More to come!