Robert K. Elliott (MA, San Francisco State University) has been involved with language teaching for over 20 years. At the University of Oregon, Robert works as associate director of the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) where he partners with numerous tribes in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on indigenous language revitalization. His technology and CALL background keep him involved in a wide variety of NILI digital projects, such as film, eBooks, map making and the development of a digital resource center for indigenous language teachers. When teaching LTS courses, one of his driving philosophies is to encourage the development of ‘language professionals’ who view the teaching and learning of languages as a larger system, rather than focusing only on teaching their specific language(s). For example, all language teachers should be aware that the spread of major world languages plays a role in the loss and endangerment of smaller and minority languages and that languages are intrinsic to important social functions such as individual and group identity. Robert is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has been an active member in several professional organizations, including SSILA, CALICO, NIEA and TESOL.
Selected presentations and publications:
- 2018. “Jumpstarting your Place Based Lesson with Google Maps” Half day workshop with Jeff Magoto. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Urbana-Champaign , IL.
- 2017. “Participatory Action Research: 20 Years of Community Partnerships” with Janne Underriner. Half day pre-conference workshop presented at Engaged Humanities: Preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage conference, University of. Warsaw, POLAND.
- 2017. “The State of Indigenous Languages in the State of Oregon” and “Working with Sleeping Languages”. Half day workshops for LED-TDR Workshop on Sociolinguistics of Endangered Languages, Lyon, FRANCE.
- 2017. “Ichishkíin (Sahaptin) Culture and Language as Protective Factors” First International Conference on Language Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages, Barcelona, SPAIN.
- 2017. “Native Language Teacher Education: Two Models for Online Collaborative Learning.” Tenth International Conference Language Teacher Education (NHLRC), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
- 2016. “Creating eBooks with iBooks author” workshop with Jeff Magoto. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Lansing , MI.
- 2015. “Creating eBooks and building new foundations for future language leaders” with Damien Totus, Rose Miller. National Indian Education Association (NIEA), Portland, OR.
- 2014. Building Community through Collaboration in Online Environments. TESOL, Portland.
- 2014. Developing Oral Assessment for Native Children: A Grassroots Approach, with Judith Fernandes and Kathy Cole. Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, Hilo, HI.
- 2013. Technology Tips for Language Teachers. Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, Flagstaff, AZ.
- 2009. Using Google My Maps for Classroom Projects. TESL-EJ, (12)4.
- Summer 2016-Fall 2017 Khroskyobs Language Project, Oversaw Smithsonian funded production of series of 5 short videos for endangered language of Tibet, with Yi Na.
- Summer 2016 Languages of Oregon, Series of 4 videos, Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
- Spring 2015 Teacher Action Research Series: Video Series to Accompany Online Course, Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
- Voices from Nāwahī: A visit to a Hawaiian K-12 Immersion school (2014). Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
- Ichishkíin Language Video Series: Ichishkíin Breakfast (2013). Five 20 minute videos, Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
- Ichishkíin Language Video Series (2012): Patterns of Life; Cooking Potatoes; and Making a Sandwich (English Titles). Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
- Native Language Benchmarks (2012). Film project for Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
- Hawaiian Language Revitalization (2011). Film project for Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon.
LT courses taught:
- LT 608 (CALL)
- LT 548 (CALL)
- LT 549 (CALL)
- LT 535