In episode 135, Stacey continues her interview with Robert Elliott, a conversation they started on episode 73 of the Leading Lines podcast. In this episode, Robert describes the work of the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI), how teachers of any language can support indigenous language revitalization, and how Native American language teachers can take advantage of the summer offerings at NILI.


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Show Notes

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Check out the first part of the conversation as it appeared on the Leading Lines podcast here: (The first 3 or 4 minutes overlap, but other than the introductions, the content of each episode is unique!)

Robert mentioned this book by Ruth Spack in his Leading Lines interview. The book deals with Indian boarding schools and English-only education among other topics related to Robert’s interview.

If you are a teacher of a Native American language and you want to take advantage of NILI’s summer institute, you can find more information on their website.


If you want to cite this episode, our suggested APA reference is:
Johnson, S.M. (Producer/Interviewer). (2020). We Teach Languages Episode 135: Indigenous Language Revitalization, Teacher Development, and NILI with Robert Elliott [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from



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