Summer Program

2019 Summer Program

Twentieth Annual CILLDI Summer School: July 8-26, 2019 

The University of Alberta is thrilled to present the 20th annual Summer School of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute in July 2019.  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. Orientation, registration and Opening Ceremonies will be held Monday, July 8th.


Block I Courses

July 9-17

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

Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners
NS 103

Block II Courses

July 18-26

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

Language Development: Linguistic Foundations of Language Learning and Teaching
LING 311

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

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 2019 (July 6-7). The workshop will introduce students to basic computer functions and will help prepare them for a successful CILLDI experience. Please contact us by email at to get registered!