The Indigenous Language Institute conducts research and development:
- Best practices in language learning and teaching
- Templates for language materials
- Language issues
- Attitude shifts about languages and their place in the world
- Surrounding the learner with the language
- Motivation to use languages in everyday life
ILI research gleans from evidence-based research, observations of diverse approaches and models, and direct input from Native communities that we work with. We analyze the information to develop templates for language materials and products that will help language teachers and learners. The templates are tested to Teach and Share with the indigenous communities.
The ILI teaches what we gleaned through research.
- Language Materials Development Center at ILI in Santa Fe, New Mexico houses a state-of-the-art technology lab and audio studio for training community language practitioners (Contact Rachael for appointment)
- Technology Workshops
- Create Native Language Print Materials Workshop
- Create Native Language Digital Storytelling Workshop
- Consultation Services for program implementation, evaluation, teacher training (Contact Chris to request this service)
- Seminars on focus topics
The ILI shares with indigenous communities and the public critical information:
- ILI Publications
- Directory of Language Programs and Resources
- “Native Language Network” (ILI online newsletter)
- Examples of materials produced by ILI workshop participants
- Library of language revitalization publications and kits
- Public Relations
As a national center serving communities revitalizing their languages, the ILI network connects our members to each other. We provide national and international press with critical information and contacts for coverage about the efforts to save indigenous languages.