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Indigenous Languages of Latin America Workshop: Pedagogy & Technology

Taller de lenguas indígenas de América Latina: pedagogía y tecnología

The Latin American Indigenous Studies Alliance (LAISA), a partnership between Latin American studies centers at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Utah, is pleased to offer professional development workshops for instructors of Indigenous languages of Latin America.

CLAS brings together instructors of Indigenous languages of Latin America in the Taller de lenguas indígenas de América Latina to present, share, and discuss methods, materials, resources, challenges, and successes specific to the teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL), specifically Indigenous languages of Latin America, in the U.S. classroom. Working sessions are dedicated to the development of materials and plans that participants can take back to their institutions.

Upcoming Workshops

October 4, 2019
Virtual Meeting

Three-hour virtual workshop on curriculum design.

March 5-7, 2020
Stanford University

Annual on-campus workshop on the pedagogy of indigenous languages of Latin America, including curriculum design, methods and materials, and technology. Registration will open in the fall.


For questions, including how to join the workshop, please contact Molly Aufdermauer at

Workshops are conducted in Spanish.

Previous Workshops

March 7-9, 2019
Stanford University

During this three-day workshop, instructors presented teaching demonstrations and participated in sessions on curriculum design and the use of technology in the classroom.

Workshop Program

October 12, 2018
Virtual Meeting

Participants engaged in a workshop on curriculum design with Ali Miano, Coordinator of the Spanish Language Program and Lecturer in Spanish at Stanford University.

March 8-10, 2018
Stanford University

During this three-day workshop, participants presented strategies, methods, and materials relating to the teaching of indigenous languages of Latin America. Discussions were focused on the development of learning objectives, syllabi, and teaching materials.

March 2018 Workshop Schedule

October 28, 2017
Virtual Meeting

This workshop continued the conversation started in the March 2017 workshop on Stanford Campus. Participants discussed curriculum design, pedagogy, and the use of technology in the Indigenous language classroom.

March 6-10, 2017
Stanford University

During this five-day workshop, instructors participated in a range of sessions focused on classroom instruction of Indigenous languages of Latin America. The sessions covered
  • quality instructional practice;
  • syllabus design best practices;
  • the use of technology in the Indigenous language classroom, including distance learning;
  • language classroom observations; and
  • an intensive two-day ACTFL Modified OPI Assessment Workshop, conducted by an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) certified trainer. Participants learned techniques for administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the Novice and Intermediate levels, as well as how to apply proficiency principles to classroom practice.

March 2017 Workshop Schedule


CLAS is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC). Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, NRCs serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective regions, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.