LINGUIST List 29.557

Thu Feb 01 2018

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Writing Systems/Canada

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 31-Jan-2018
From: Inge Genee <>
Subject: 25th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
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Full Title: 25th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
Short Title: SILS2018

Date: 07-Jun-2018 - 09-Jun-2018
Location: Lethbridge AB, Canada
Contact Person: Inge Genee
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2018

Meeting Description:

A gathering for Indigenous language teachers, activists and scholars around three themes: research, instructional skills, community. Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium is the oldest and largest gathering of Indigenous Language stakeholders in North America. In this 25th year SILS is jointly organized by the Peigan Board of Education and the University of Lethbridge. It will be held in traditional Blackfoot territory at Nato'ohkotok (Medicine Rock), the University of Lethbridge.

Call for Papers:

We invite teachers, activists, students and scholars to submit proposals for presentations, posters or workshops relating to our Symposium themes.

Symposium themes:

Research (Day 1: Thursday June 7)
Instructional skills (Day 2: Friday June 8)
Community (Day 3: Saturday June 9)

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Culture-based education
Language revitalization/reclamation/maintenance
Immersion schools, Mentor-Apprentice Programs and other paths to fluency
Community organizing/fund development/activism/program planning
Research/assessment/best practices
Technology/audio-visual language maintenance & revitalization techniques
Other Indigenous language education topics
Elder, speaker, teacher and student outreach and recruitment

Types of presentations:

Workshop (45 or 90 minutes): Hands-on session in which participants learn and practice specific skills such as language teaching or testing techniques, culturally based language education strategies. Presenters are encouraged to use handouts and audio-visual aids and share their own curriculum and teaching materials. We welcome proposals for multi-presenter workshops, which may be assigned longer time slots if needed.

Presentation (30 minutes): A description, demonstration and/or discussion of something the presenter(s) is doing or has done related to Indigenous language education. Presenters are encouraged to use handouts and audio-visual aids.

Poster (2 hour joint session): Similar to a presentation, but instead of an oral presentation the presenter prepares a poster which attendees can view and discuss during a specific time slot. This format is especially suitable for student presenters and for work-in-progress. The poster session will be held on Thursday June 7 at the end of the day during the welcome reception.

Panel discussion (45 or 90 minutes): Panel discussions provide a forum for a group to discuss general issues related to indigenous education and to share ideas and opinions in a more informal format.

See for instructions and proposal submission form.

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