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Upcoming ILI 2016 Events

Language Immersion Methodology Workshop For Schools &Homes

March 14-16, 2016

Embassy Suites Hotel

Albuquerque, NM

This 3-day workshop will teach different methodologies for language immersion acquisition for all ages. Methodologies will include: Natural Approach (NA), Learner-Driven Approach, Total Physical Response (TPR), strategies for staying in the language. Click here for registration form which will contain more information. For hotel reservation contact Embassy Suites at 505-245-7100 and provide "CILO March Workshop" group code. Make reservations before the February 7, 2016 deadline.


Developing Culturally Relevant Language Teaching Guides, Activities and Assessments Workshop

March 28-30, 2016

Buffalo Thunder Resort

Santa Fe, NM

This 3-day workshop will teach how to develop language teaching guides (curriculum) founded on one's cultural values and worldview that will work in tandem with school standards. Participants will develop language activities (lesson plans) and learn how to track learners' progress and comprehension (assessment) that informs learners and mentors how the language course is going. Click here for registration form which will contain more information. For hotel reservation contact Buffalo Thunder Resort at 505-455-5555 or 1-877-848-6337 and provide "ILI" group code. Make reservations before the March 7, 2016 deadline.


Right now in the planning stages are: April 18-20, 2016 Family and Community Engagement Workshop in Santa Fe, NM; May 23-25, 2016 Immersion Methodology Workshop in Mystic Lake, MN; June 27-29, 2016 Curriculum, Lesson Planning and Assessment Workshop in Albuquerque, NM.
Please check with us regularly as other 2016 events will be announced soon or you can click on the icon to the right and join our e-mail list to receive those announcements by e-mail.
Remember that ILI can be contracted to provide these and many other workshops in your community. If interested or for more information contact ILI at (505) 820-0311 or by e-mail:

Our Mission

The Indigenous Language Institute provides vital language related services to Native communities so that their individual identities, traditional wisdom and values are passed on to future generations in their original languages.

Guiding Philosophy

ILI’s guiding philosophy is to “help create speakers” of endangered indigenous languages while we still have speakers left.

This work is URGENT. Collectively we must work diligently with haste within a ten-year window, careful not to duplicate efforts, to turn the tide of language decline so that indigenous languages become a vibrant component of everyday life in Indian communities.

What We Do

ILI Researches, Teaches and Shares information and tools to empower Native communities to make their languages SEEN and HEARD everywhere and by everyone.

ILI’s tools and training help people create their own Native language materials to develop textbooks, teaching aids, films, digital stories, as well as flyers, brochures, posters, toys, and signage.

Languagegeek© customized keyboard layouts and fonts enable any indigenous language to live on computers and the internet. Sending e-mails, building web-pages, and desktop publishing are all available for all indigenous languages.

ILI works with all tribes and nations to complement and enhance their existing language programs.








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Indigenous Language Institute
Street Address: 1501 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM • 87505 • USA
Phone: 505/820–0311 • Fax: 888/507–6658
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