2017 Summer Program

Eighteenth Annual CILLDI Summer School: July 10-28, 2017 

The University of Alberta is pleased to present the 18th annual Summer School of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute in July 2017.  Learn an Indigenous language or gain expertise in the areas of linguistics, endangered language documentation and revitalization, language and literacy learning, second language teaching and curriculum development, and language policy and planning. This program provides a unique opportunity to earn university credit while learning about Indigenous languages and culture. Some CILLDI courses lead to a Community Linguist Certificate (CLC). 

For information about the CILLDI Bursary, go to the Funding Opportunities page. To learn about how you can volunteer as an intern for the Summer Program, see the Summer Internship page.

Location : University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Course Offerings : Courses will be offered in one of two blocks. Students may register for a maximum of one course per block (*3) from the courses listed below. Courses marked by CLC lead to the Community Linguist Certificate.

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to changes.  

Each class runs weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

Block I Courses

July 10-19


Introduction to Linguistic Analysis for Indigenous Language Revitalization (CLC)

LING  111


Morphosyntax of Indigenous Languages (CLC)

LING  212


Language Policy & Planning for Indigenous Language Communities (CLC)

INT-D 311


Introduction to Indigenous Language and Literacy Development

EDEL 306


Sustaining Language and Culture through Traditional Knowledge and Practices

EDEL 460/595

Second Language Acquisition: Teaching Indigenous Languages in an Immersion Context

EDEL 461/595

Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners

NS 103


Ethnography and Language Revitalization: Understanding Social Aspects of Working with Endangered Languages

LING 311/ANTHR 385

Block II Courses

July 20-28


Phonetics of Indigenous Languages (CLC)

LING 211


Sentence and Discourse Patterns of Indigenous Languages (CLC)

LING 213


Community-Based Corpus Building

LING 311

Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation (CLC)

INT-D 318

Developing Class Materials and Curriculum for Indigenous Languages

EDEL 462/595


Assessment in Indigenous Language Classrooms

EDEL 463/595

Literacy and Drama in Indigenous Language Education

EDEL 496/595

Leadership in Language and Culture Education *Blended online & on-site course*

EDEL 496/595


A free Computer Workshop for CILLDI students will be held on University of Alberta campus on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the start of CILLDI 2017 (July 8-9). The workshop will introduce students to basic computer functions and will help prepare them for a successful CILLDI experience. Please contact us by email to get registered!