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NILI Summer Institute 2014

June 23-July 3, 2014

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 NEW!  NILI Saturday morning class

“Situational fluency and immersion workshop” with Stan Rodriguez:

This hands-on workshop will focus on using immersion and situational
fluency to increase language use outside of the classroom in engaging
and fun ways. Stan is entertaining as a workshop leader. He teaches at
Kumeyaay Community College & is on the board of the Advocates for
Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS).

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At NILI Summer Institute we:

  • Learn how to teach whole language (moving from words to sentences)
  • Have guided teaching opportunities
  • Create needed language materials for your community
  • Learn more about the structure, vocabulary and pronunciation of your language
  • Experience language learning from a student point of view
  • Become more familiar with a variety of teaching practices and methods
  • Speak in your language with your team members and classmates

See below for more detailed information on classes.

Teaching Methods:

Teaching Methods for Native Languages
Instructors: Pyuwa Bommelyn & Keli Yerian

This class is an introduction to language teaching strategies from some of the most common past and present language teaching methods. Most of these strategies were developed for teaching non-indigenous languages, but we will focus on how they are being used or could be used in indigenous communities, with a focus on oral skills. The participants will see some brief videos and demonstrations of the strategies, and discuss how they feel about the strategies and what is useful or less useful about them for indigenous language teaching and learning. They will also identify possible problems with some strategies and discuss how to avoid them.

Applied Teaching Methods:

Applied Teaching Methods for Pre-K-5
Instructors: Ruby Tuttle & Judith Fernandes

Participants will explore different ways of teaching songs, stories and place/culture-based curriculum. We will discuss assessment, immersion teaching, curriculum planning and lesson writing. Daily activities will include: a fun teaching activity, demo-teaching by the instructors of a teaching point, a hands-on activity for the participants that reinforces what was presented in the demo-teaching, and time for participant sharing and teaching.

Applied Teaching Methods for Middle School Youth through Adult
Instructors: Joana Jansen & Racquel Yamada

This class is designed for Native language teachers who work in a classroom context, teaching middle school through adult learners. We will begin with a discussion of the classroom teaching context, and what teaching in this context entails. From there, we will move to classroom planning with a focus on lesson planning, as it is a key to situating each lesson within daily and long term goals for your students. The second segment of the course addresses classroom activities. During the second week of class, we’ll dis cuss assessment of students as well as daily assessment and reflection of your classroom practices. Since successful language revitalization happens beyond the walls of the classroom, our final day will be spent discussing ways that you can extend use of language to homes and communities.

Applied Teaching Methods for Teaching and Learning at Home
Instructors: Zalmai Zahir & Carson Viles

The goal of this course is to teach how to achieve language use in the home.  We are aware that state-of-the-art teaching methods are very effective for language, and provide a wonderful enriching experience for both learner and teacher.  In terms of language revitalization, though, it is essential that language be used in the home.  This course will explore guidelines to getting language spoken in the home.

Linguistics:

Introduction to Linguistics
Instructor: Janne Underriner

This class will help you discover more about the patterns and structure of your language. It will also help you with learning your language whether you are a language learner or language teacher. We will start by looking at the sound systems of your languages and how sounds have a pattern. We will practice pronunciation daily. We will look at how words are structured; this will lead us into discussing parts of speech in your language (and in English). We will talk some about meaning and also touch on issues of translation. Finally, we will look at how words are ordered, or not, to make sentences.

Intermediate Linguistics
Instructor: Joana Jansen

This course is intended for students who have taken the introductory linguistics class at NILI or have a similar background in linguistics. The emphasis will be on using scholarly materials (grammars, dictionaries, texts) prepared by linguists to help you understand your language and how to teach it. The class will be useful to anyone who is learning a language and trying to improve their skills and knowledge. The practice we will get in analyzing the words of a language and understanding how a grammar works will also be useful to anyone trying to write curriculum or materials for a language class.

Introduction to Ichishkíin Linguistics
Instructor: Greggory Sutterlict

This class is designed for people working with the Ichishkíin language, with a focus on how knowing more about the patterns and structure of your language will help you as a language learner or language teacher.  Using materials from your language class, we first look at the sound systems of Ichishkíin, and how to pronounce particular sounds.  We will then look at words and how words are formed, and finally how words are put together to make sentences.

Materials Development:

Materials production in the 21st century classroom usually includes the use of computers, yet computers and programs are changing at an ever increasing pace. The goal of the NILI Materials Development course is thus not to teach participants to specifically use any one program or tool, but rather to improve their ability to problem solve and to increase their creativity using a computer. This year, we will have two project driven materials courses to choose from: creating a website, or developing an interactive eBook. Both courses will integrate a variety of 21st century multimedia authoring skills useful for language teachers, such as video capture, image manipulation, design layout and content creation, as we create a common project.

Language Courses:

Chinuk Wawa
Instructor:

Choctaw
Instructor:

Ichishkíin
Instructor: 

Lushootseed
Instructor: Zalmai Zahir

Northern Pauite
Instructor:

Tolowa Dee-ni’
Instructor: Pyuwa Bommelyn

Language Activism Seminar:

Community language conferences and gatherings
Instructor: Michelle Jacobs, Marnie Atkins

In this class, we will apply our skills as language learners, teachers, and activists. Students will consider what a successful grassroots indigenous language conference or gathering would look like in one’s home community. Guest speakers will talk about their experiences hosting language events. At the end of the course, students will apply this knowledge within the language work that they do in their home communities by creating a plan to collaborate and organize a community language conference or gathering.

Youth Program: 

Background: In a pilot project, language students at Nixyaawii and Willamina High Schools have been working throughout the year with NILI and their Native language teachers. They have been developing language materials with technology applications for their own use and for immersion preschoolers in their communities. Instruction from NILI and Robert Elliott has been taking place through online technology, and on-site visits. These youth now have the opportunity to attend NILI’s 2014 Summer Institute, June 23-July 3rd, at the University of Oregon, through the generosity of Wildhorse Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund and Sociological Initiatives Foundation.

Youth Language Leadership Class

High school students will study language, linguistics and teaching methods, and will design and create activities to support preschool learners. Guest speakers (UO faculty and Native students) will present information and experiences introducing participants to college life and creating a bridge to higher education. Students will be mentored in project brainstorming, planning, linguistic guidance, pedagogy, evaluation, tool support, and product delivery. A special weekend workshop focuses on using language throughout the community. Youth will gain skills in language learning, take on leadership roles in language preservation and teaching while demonstrating a commitment to the Tribe’s values and traditions, become more technologically literate and learn to manage their own projects, while contributing to language revitalization within their communities.

Weekend Workshop:

Title: Games Workshop
Instructor: Stan Rodriguez

This hands-on workshop will focus on using immersion and situational fluency to increase language use outside of the classroom in engaging and fun ways. Stan is entertaining as a workshop leader. He teaches at Kumeyaay Community College & is on the board of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS).

Cost for workshop: $100 per participant. 

The fee includes Friday dinner, morning coffee, and snacks.

Note: For NILI Summer Institute participants, workshop attendance is included in Institute tuition, and attendance at the workshop is required.

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NILI Summer Institute Costs for 2014

  • Tuition: $1,800
  • On Campus Housing (optional):
    • Single room: $726 (check in 6/22 – check out 7/3)
    • Double (shared) room: $594 (check in 6/22 – check out 7/3)

Limited scholarships were made available available. Scholarship information is below.

If you have questions or need further information, please email us.

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Scholarship

Scholarship support generously provided by the UO Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, the UO Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education, the John and Robin Jaqua Fund of the The Oregon Community Foundation, the Taylor Fithian Family Fund,  and Dr. Virginia Beavert. All scholarships for 2014 have been awarded.

Scholarships are now closed for 2014.

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NILI Summer Institute 2013
Learning by Doing

June 17-28, 2013

This year’s focus on Learning by Doing will explore how you can take a culturally significant activity – gathering roots, carving, weaving, skinning an animal – or everyday activity – making a peanut butter sandwich or cleaning the house – and use it to teach your language.

Week 3 Teaching Practicum

June 28-July 2, 2013

For those participants wishing additional time to work on learning by doing lessons and units and to practice teaching them, the Summer Institute is offering an extended week of structured teaching practice.  During this time participants will use the lesson plans and materials they have created to teach fellow participants on a daily basis.  As a group, language teachers will provide support and feedback to each other about their teaching. Time will be available to make any additional materials needed for teaching.

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Forms for the Summer Institute can be found by following the link on the black menu bar at the top of this page or by following the link below.

Summer Institute Forms *Registration Deadline May 31 2013*

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At NILI Summer Institute we:

  • Learn how to teach whole language (moving from words to sentences)
  • Have guided teaching opportunities
  • Create needed language materials for your community
  • Learn more about the structure, vocabulary and pronunciation of your language
  • Experience language learning from a student point of view
  • Become more familiar with a variety of teaching practices and methods
  • Speak in your language with your team members and classmates

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Class Offerings

Linguistics Classes

Participants will choose from three linguistics classes: Introduction to Linguistics; Intermediate Linguistics; and Introduction to Ichishkíin Linguistics. In these classes you will learn more about the patterns and the structure of your language. The Introduction to Linguistics course will introduce you to pronunciation and grammar of your language. The Intermediate Linguistics course will prepare you to use grammars and dictionaries in learning and teaching your language. The Introduction to Ichishkíin Linguistics is designed for people working with the Ichishkíin language and its dialects.

Language Classes

Language classes are offered at Summer Institute depending on enrollment; five students must sign up for a language to be offered. For 2013 we anticipate offering the following: Chinuk Wawa; Choctaw; Ichishkíin; Lushootseed; Nez Perce; and Tolowa Dee-ni’.

Survey of Teaching Methods

This class will offer an overview of recent language teaching methods and apply them to language revitalization environments. We will present various language teaching strategies followed by discussions led by individuals teaching and learning Indigenous languages. The discussion will examine how these methods have been adapted to home and language classroom use.

Teaching Focus Class

As a starting point, we will take a sample process, in this case making cordage (string or twine) and demonstrate how we can use the process to develop language and language lessons. You will go home with sample language teaching material and you will learn and take home the skills to be able to create your own language teaching units based on whatever processes you would like to teach.

Materials Development

The goal of the materials class is to aid in the process of teaching and learning language by doing. We will be focused on creating materials that will foster the ability to teach language while making or doing something.  Students will create an original, activity based teaching tool.  This may be a static combination of illustrations and written words, a digital tool that combines pictures and audio, a simple video, or an interactive video instrument.

During the first week, participants will be introduced to various software and internet applications for creating materials. Participants will spend the second week building individual projects with instructor support.

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NILI Summer Institute Week 3

Teaching Practicum

For those participants wishing additional time to work on learning by doing lessons and units and to practice teaching them, the Summer Institute is offering an extended week of structured teaching practice.  During this time participants will use the lesson plans and materials they have created to teach fellow participants on a daily basis.  As a group, language teachers will provide support and feedback to each other about their teaching. Time will be available to make any additional materials needed for teaching.

Important Note:

The Practicum is limited to 12 people.  Please register as soon as possible to ensure a place in this class.  Also, please bring a laptop with you for this week.  We have a limited number of laptops that can be borrowed on a first-come-first-served basis.  Thank you.

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NILI Saturday morning class (June 22, 9-12:30) led by Zalmai Zahir:

This class will focus on how to achieve language use, and not just language learning.  It will define the terms ‘language revitalization’ and ‘language nest’, and explain four-steps to achieve a successful language nest.  It will specifically focus on how to do this in the home.  The steps that will be covered are:

1.     Motivation and its role in language learning and using.

2.     Teaching methods and how they can enhance our learning experience. This includes teaching domains that lead to immediate language use.

3.     Reclaiming domains for an eventual language nest.

4.     Establishing language nests in our homes.

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If you have questions or need further information, please email us.