Symposium on Teaching and Learning
Indigenous Languages of Latin America
October 30 - November 2, 2011
The 2011 Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STLILLA 2011) brought together instructors, practitioners, activists, indigenous leaders, scholars and learners of indigenous languages. The symposium focused on research and pedagogy related to the diverse languages and cultures of indigenous populations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This second symposium built on the accomplishments of the 2008 Symposium on Teaching Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STILLA), the first initiative of this scope in the world, which resulted in the formation of the Association for Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (ATLILLA).
These symposia aim to engage participants in a hemispheric dialogue and also to serve as a forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and research on pedagogical, methodological, and practical issues from cross-disciplinary perspectives. Active listening and discussion enable professionals from around the world to interact with leading experts in the fields of education, language policy and planning, theoretical linguistics, Latin American studies, applied linguistics, anthropology, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and informatics. Through multiple venues such as keynotes addresses, special panels, interactive workshops, round table discussions, poster sessions, and technological tools showcases, the symposia contribute to the teaching, learning, dissemination, maintenance, and revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures of the region.
STLILLA-2011 was hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in collaboration with the partner institutions listed below. The first symposium (STILLA 2008) was hosted by the Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin AmericaProgram (MLCP) and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University. It is hoped that STLILLA will become a regularly occurring event moving among its partner institutions.
University of Notre Dame:
Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Institute for Latino Studies
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA)
Office of Research
Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization
The Worldview Initiative, Office of the President, University of Notre Dame
At the General Meeting of 2008 Symposium on Teaching Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STILLA), the symposium organizers suggested the creation of an association devoted to teaching indigenous languages of Latin America. This initiative was very welcome by the meeting attendees, who decided to create a Committee of Experts composed of 10 people from different countries to make a decision on the creation of such an association.
The Committee of Experts recommended the creation of the Association for Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (ATLILLA). The Committee also recommended changing STILLA to STLILLA (Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America). According to the experts, the “learning” component was missing.
Under the leadership of Serafín M. Coronel-Molina, a draft of the ATLILLA Constitution was elaborated and approved. After that, the Committee of Experts recommended the nomination of the Members of the ATLILLA Executive Committee. After long negotiations and careful scrutiny, the three main members of the Executive Committee were successfully nominated:
Serafín M. Coronel-Molina, President
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Nancy H. Hornberger, Vice-President
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Jean-Jacques Decoster, Secretary
Centro Tinku, Cuzco, Peru
The members of the Executive Committee (President, Vice-President and Secretary) are in charge of the implementation of several Sub-committees and the nomination of their respective members.