CILLDI Courses

CILLDI Application Information 2018

"We are pleased to present the 19th Annual CILLDI summer program on the beautiful University of Alberta campus from July 9-27, 2018. We are dedicated to the revitalization of Indigenous languages through documentation, teaching, and literacy. We supply tools to Indigenous language activists so that they can better protect, preserve, promote, practice, and pass on their language. Please read the following letter for specific details regarding the upcoming CILLDI summer program."

How to enroll in ILE courses

Interested students must fill out and submit an Open Studies Application. If you are already a U of Alberta student, you do not need to apply for admission. You can simply register for courses, either online through Bear Tracks or by contacting the ILE office.

Enroll FAQ's

As an Open Studies student you can take university level credit courses on a part-time basis without being admitted or committed to a degree or diploma program. Any courses you take through Open Studies are credit courses. This means they may considered toward a future degree or diploma.

  • Can I transfer credits obtained from courses taken while in Open Studies to another university?

Credits from university courses can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions. You must check the institution you are applying to to find out what their policies and procedures are for transferring credits.

  • Will these courses show up on my university transcript?

Yes! These are university credit courses.

  • Is funding available?

There is limited funding available through the Enbridge Indigenous Language Leadership Award. These awards are available to members of communities in Treaty 6, 7, and 8 areas.  Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor of Education degree and working in the area of Indigenous languages education.

  • Do I need to be fluent in my language?

Language fluency can mean a lot of different things to different people. You need only come with a desire and interest to learn your language and willingness to share language learning with others.

CILLDI Information

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).

ILE Courses

ILISIndigenous Language Education Courses - Summer 2017

The Indigenous Language Education program provides some applied linguistic training and exposure to theories in second language acquisition. It targets those who teach Indigenous languages in the second language classroom.  It also develops practical strategies for immersion teaching, curriculum development, language assessment and bringing Indigenous knowledge and worldviews into the classroom.

Students are Indigenous language speakers, teachers, Elders, community members and other language activists who are committed to the promotion, protection, preservation and practice of First Peoples’ languages.


BLOCK 1, July 10 – July 18, 2017

Introduction to Lanuage and Literacy Development
EDEL 306

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to teaching language and reading. The focus will be on planning for Indigenous language teaching for learners from diverse language and literacy backgrounds, and supporting Indigenous languages in the school and community. (Emphasis will be placed on language development and curriculum development in Indigenous societies.)

Instructor: Belinda Daniels

Sustaining Language and Culture through Traditional Knowledge and Practices
EDEL 460/595

This course examines restoration, practice and application of Indigenous Language and culture revitalization efforts utilizing cultural knowledge. Students will have opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the preservation of cultural practices in the 21st century. The exploration of differences and similarities among the difference Indigenous language and cultures will be examined, specifically related to teaching practices. Elders will serve as resources in the class. Prerequisite:  EDEL 305, EDEL 306 or other introductory language arts methods course or consent of the department.

Instructor: Linda Pelly-Landrie

Assessment in Indigenous Language Classrooms
EDEL 463/595

This course will examine the assessment of Indigenous language learning in bilingual, immersion, and core language classrooms. A range of theoretical perspectives will be examined in the field of child language acquisition and techniques for assessing Indigenous language learning. Prerequisite:  EDEL 305, EDEL 306 or other introductory language arts methods course or consent of the department.

Instructor: Velvalee Georges


BLOCK 2 – July 19 – July 28, 2017

Developing Classroom Materials and Curriculum for Indigenous Languages
EDEL 462 / EDEL 595

Provides teachers with practical tools and hands-on experience in developing a wide range of material for Indigenous language classrooms and will improve their ability to use the language for communicative purposes. Grounded on research on effective language pedagogy and second language acquisition, this course will focus on holistic approaches to teaching language. Prerequisite: EDEL 305, EDEL 306 or other introductory language arts methods course or consent of the department.

Instructor: Minnie McKenzie


Second Language Acquisition: Teaching Indigenous Languages in an Immersion Context
EDEL 461/595

This course addresses current principles underlying second language teaching and learning in an immersion context. Foundations in oral language learning, methods, and strategies will be discussed in relation to children and adults learning an Indigenous language as a second language. Prerequisite: EDEL 305, EDEL 306 or other introductory language arts methods course or consent of the department.

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Instructor: Norine Buffalo


Literacy and Drama in Indigenous Language Education
EDEL 496/595

Instructor: Darlene Auger


Leadership in Lanuage and Culture Education
EDEL 496/595

This course is designed to help prepare teachers to address leadership in language and culture for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM). It includes a review of current leadership styles practised in communities, aboriginal models of leadership will be examined. A historical review of Indigenous languages loss, policies that impact languages, and efforts that have been made to stem the loss of language. The strengths and needs of FNIM children in elementary classrooms will be examined. Topics include: Indigenous languages loss, role of Ways of Knowing - culture and practice, language and policy considerations, western versus Indigenous leadership, bilingualism, linguistic diversity, language stabilization, maintenance and loss, and teaching aboriginal languages as a second language or dialect. Program models for teaching Indigenous languages and literacy will be reviewed. Understanding the many facets of language connection will help to strengthen leadership practices connected to indigenous ways of knowing.

Instructor: Heather Blair & Linda Pelly