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Upcoming ILI 2015 Events

"To App or Not to App: Looking at How Technology Impacts Language Learning"
Isleta Resort & Casino
(Pueblo of Isleta) Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 19-21, 2015
This year's theme will bring presenters to showcase language applications and programs that: engaged community members or program staff to design them; utlilized easy-to-use and affordable programming tools to develop them; established an effective community + professional team to develop the app/program; and developed apps/programs that have impact on language learning. New this year is a training session on how to implement the "How Do I say? Learner-Driven Language Learning Method." The registration fee includes the "How Do I Say? Workbook.
We are honored to have as our Keynote Speaker: Gregory Cajete, Ph.D. (Pueblo of Santa Clara).
For more information click here to be redirected to the Symposium Home Page.
For PDF registration form click here.
For Online registration click here.
Deadline to make your hotel reservations is September 18, 2015.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Lannan Foundation


Isleta Resort & Casino
(Pueblo of Isleta) Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 22-23, 2015
Immediately following ILIS2015, this immersion workshop will be instructed by Finlay Macleoid of Moray Language Centre in Scotland. This workshop is limited to the first 50 people, so we recommend you register early.
This workshop will teach total immersion methodology and strategies that are designed to develop conversational proficiencey in adult learners in 200 hours or less. Mr. Macleoid and his colleagues have developed the Total Immersion Plus (TIP) method to focus on adults so that the heritage language can become rooted in the homes for the families.This training is recommened for all ages involved in language revitalization work - speakers, parents, parents-to-be, learners, grandparents, teachers, language program administrators, tribal leaders.
For more information and to register click here (for a PDF version of the registration form). Deadline to make your hotel reservations is September 22, 2015.


Please check with us regularly as other 2015 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.
Don't forget 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
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