Indigenous Teacher Education and Leadership

Indigenous Language Teacher Development Projects


Indigenous teachers perform a play addressing language barriers between elders and the next generation. (Courtesy CBC )

Through grants funded by Alberta Education, the Indigenous Language Teacher Development Projects of the Faculty of Education focuses on developing new and additional pathways for Indigenous languages speakers to bridge into a University of Alberta Bachelor of Education program.

The Indigenous Language Education program stream 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 and helps develop 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.

Indigenous Language Education course listing for Summer 2018

The Department of Elementary Education is excited to announce its offerings for the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute's (CILLDI) summer school. The summer programming starts on July 10 and continues until July 27.

Block I Courses: July 10-18 Block II Courses: July 19-27
  • EDEL 306: Introduction to Indigenous Language and Literacy Development
  • EDEL 460/595 Sustaining Language and Culture through Traditional Knowledge and Practices
  • EDEL 461/595: Second Language Acquisition: Teaching Indigenous Languages in an Immersion Context
  • EDEL 462/595: Developing Class Materials and Curriculum for Indigenous Languages
  • EDEL 463/595: Assessment in Indigenous Language Classrooms
  • EDEL 466/595: Literacy and Drama in Indigenous Languages Education
  • EDEL 496/595 : Leadership in Language and Culture Education
    (This course starts July 19 and ends August 15).

To learn more about the Indigenous Language Education courses offered at the University of Alberta, please contact

For more information on CILLDI, please visit their website.