North Eastern Institute of Language and Culture

NEILAC hosts teachers’ training workshop ‘BiLin: Empowering educators in bilingual pedagogy’

NEILAC recently organized a three-day teachers’ training workshop titled ‘BiLin: Empowering Educators in Bilingual Pedagogy’ from May 3rd to May 5th, 2024. The workshop featured sessions on ‘Communication through Storytelling,’ ‘Learning through Discovery: Developing a Scientific Temper,’ and ‘Science and Language Learning,’ aimed at enhancing bilingual education techniques. Distinguished experts, Mr Bappu Deshmukh and Mrs […]

Release of first language textbook and children’s rhymes in Aka (Koro)

On January 14, 2024, a significant milestone was achieved with the release of the inaugural Aka (Koro) Language Textbook. The textbook was released by Er. Tage Taki, esteemed Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Diary Development, and Fishery for the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Dr Vijay D’Souza, accompanied by community leaders including Jeevan Yame, Sangkoli […]

Awareness session on language revitalization and ecological preservation

Team NEILAC organized awareness sessions on language revitalization in five villages of Thrizino Circle, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh. Dr. Vijay D’Souza emphasized the significance of preserving the native language during the sessions. The event commenced with a spirited children’s march aimed at spreading awareness messages throughout the villages. This was followed by an oath-taking […]

Community mobilization and door-to-door campaign among the Aka (Hursso) community

NEILAC, in partnership with the Aka Language Academy, conducted a month-long community mobilization in West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, targeting the Aka (Hrusso) community. Engaging with Sixteen villages and approximately Four Hundred families, the team visited every household and distributed posters and alphabet charts to promote language and ecological awareness. By fostering a deeper understanding […]

Language Vitality Survey among Aka (Hrusso) and Aka (Koro) communities

NEILAC conducted a Language Vitality Survey following UNESCO’s (2003) assessment tool to assess the degree of language loss within the Aka (Koro) and Hrusso (Aka) communities. The primary objective of this study was to understand the factors leading to language shift and the potential for language abandonment among the target communities. While the survey results […]

Dr Vijay D’Souza SJ honoured at the golden jubilee celebrations of Nyethrii-Dow Festival

Dr Vijay D’Souza, Director of NEILAC, was honoured by Aka Shotuko-Kunu, the apex body of the Aka (Hrusso) tribe, for his unparalleled service and contribution to Aka (Hrusso) society through the development of orthography and literature, thus contributing to the historic feat of making Aka (Hrusso) a written language. Dr. Vijay was felicitated by Shri […]

Foundation day lecture on language and social justice by Dr Walter Fernandes SJ

As part of its 4th Foundation Day celebrations, NEILAC hosted a lecture titled ‘Language and Social Justice’ on September 30, 2023. The distinguished speaker, Dr. Walter Fernandes SJ, delved into the intricate dynamics of language oppression prevalent in North East India. Emphasizing its role within the broader context of sociocultural and economic oppression, Dr Fernandes […]

NEILAC organized an annual retreat for staff at Arrupe Retreat House, Mawshoroh, Meghalaya.

NEILAC, a prominent organization dedicated to community empowerment, recently concluded a transformative 3-day retreat for its dedicated staff members. Held at the serene Arrupe Retreat House in Mawshoroh, Meghalaya, the retreat served as a platform for both professional development and rejuvenation. During the retreat, NEILAC facilitated an array of capacity-building sessions tailored to enhance the […]

Certificate Course in Articulatory Phonetics and Introduction to Language Learning Methodology

NEILAC recently hosted a certificate course focused on Articulatory Phonetics and Introduction to Language Learning Methodology. Running from July 15th to August 31st, 2023, the course offered a comprehensive exploration of these key linguistic topics. Dr. Vijay D’Souza SJ and Dr. Prarthana Acharyya expertly led the sessions as course instructors. The program aimed to equip […]

Storytelling, writing, and poetry workshop

“Huda-Puda Shipyow/ Gõ-si Sespung: Workshop on Ecological Storytelling and Poetry in Indigenous Languages” for Aka (Hrusso) and Aka (Koro) community members were conducted concurrently at the NEILAC from July 24th to July 29th, 2023. The intensive six-day workshops resulted in the creation of five draft booklets, including two collections of poems, two collections of traditional […]