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 native speakers from the Yale community, but for some languages, we have to look farther afield in order to locate a language partner. Using Yale's Zoom video conferencing technology, we help Yale students in the DILS and Fields programs to learn from and collaborate with language partners from across the country. For example, the CLS has been able to pair a Yale student studying Twi with a language partner in Indiana, a student of Yucatec Mayan with a language partner at the University of Florida, and a student of Wolof with a language partner at the University of Pennsylvania. DILS students have also studied K'iche' Maya, Lakota, Nahuatl, Sinhala, and Uyghur through distance collaborations.
Our distance learning program in DILS, launched with a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, are now a part of our regular programming.