Summer Program

2020 Summer Program

Twenty-First Annual CILLDI Summer School: July 6-24, 2020 

The University of Alberta is thrilled to present the 21st annual Summer School of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute in July 2020.  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 as of November 13, 2019 and is subject to changes. 

Each class runs weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Orientation, registration and Opening Ceremonies will be held Monday, July 6th.


Block I Courses

July 7-15

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 Literacy and Language 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

*NEW* Indigenous Language and the Land
EDEL 496/595

Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners
NS 103

Block II Courses

July 16-24

Phonetics of Indigenous Languages (CLC)
LING 211

Sentence and Discourse Patterns of Indigenous Languages (CLC)
LING 213

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
EDEL 496/595

*NEW* Effective Teaching for Indigenous Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice
EDEL 496/595

A free Computer Workshop for CILLDI students is typically held on University of Alberta campus on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the start of CILLDI. This year's workshop would run from July 4-5, 2020. The workshop will introduce students to basic computer functions and eClass that will help prepare them for a successful CILLDI experience. Please contact us by email at to register!