For the DILS program, we look for the language partner best suited to the needs of the language learner. In many cases, we can do this through the resources available in the Yale community, but in some partnerships, we look farther afield in order to locate a language partner. Using Adobe Connect or video conferencing technology, we help Yale students in the DILS and Fields programs to learn from and collaborate with language partners as far afield as Florida and Indiana. In 2010-2011, for instance, the CLS paired a Yale student studying Twi with a language partner in Indiana, as well as a Yale student studying Yucatec Mayan with a language partner at the University of Florida, and a Yale student studying Wolof with a language partner at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011-2012, DILS students studied Lakota, Sinhala, and Uyghur through distance collaborations.
Our distance learning program in DILS is supported by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.