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Chikasha Academy Adult Immersion Program (CAAIP)


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This language program is dedicated to creating new Chickasaw language teachers through structured immersion approaches. CAAIP is an adult Chickasaw language immersion program for novice learners who are paired with master-level fluent Chickasaw speakers and proficient second language speakers of Chickasaw.

CAAIP participants take part in a Chickasaw language immersion environment Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and receive compensation for up to 40 hours per week. The number of applicants selected is based on program availability.

The program is a full-time, three-year commitment. Upon completion, participants are expected to be, at minimum, conversational in Chickasaw in the intermediate mid category, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' standards.

You Provide

  • Chickasaw citizenship card, driver’s license, program application


Interested individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Possess a strong desire to aid in the perpetuation of the Chickasaw language and culture, through teaching
  • Available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Pass a youth sensitive background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I reapply if not selected?
    Yes, please reapply. Some program participants applied multiple times before placed into the program. Your application will not transfer from one application period to the next. Please submit a new application each cycle.
  2. Can I work another job while participating in CAAIP?
    We highly discourage program participants from working outside employment during their time with the program. Immersion education is challenging and will require time and attention in order to excel.
  3. How are applicants admitted to the CAAIP?
    A maximum of six participants will be selected through an application and interview process.
  4. How can I apply to the program?
    Submit a completed application and related documents by Jan. 14, 2022.
  5. How does CAAIP interact with the Chickasaw language speaking community?
    CAAIP practices a holistic approach to adult language acquisition through language and culture immersion. As often as possible, CAAIP participates in community events through social and volunteer opportunities, in addition to meeting weekly with fluent speakers and monthly with the Chickasaw Language Committee.
  6. How often do classes begin?
    Participant groups are selected every three years and begin work in January. 
  7. Is the program available online?
    No, CAAIP is an in-person language immersion project located in Ada, Oklahoma, in the Chickasaw Nation.
  8. What is the class size?
    We expect a learner group of six with a teaching team of three.
  9. Where can I work after completing the CAAIP?
    Graduates of the CAAIP can go on to find employment all across the Chickasaw Nation, using their newly acquired language skills for the betterment of our community.
  10. Will I be a fluent speaker of Chickasaw at the end of three years?
    Second language speakers who graduate from CAAIP are able to discuss most anything they want in Chickasaw. It takes a lifetime commitment to become as proficient as our fluent speakers. However, the more committed and persistent a language apprentice is, the more proficient they will become. Your success is wholly dependent on your individual drive and effort. 
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Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

This service is available inside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

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Contact Information

(580) 272-5318


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821


Chikasha Academy Adult Immersion Program
2020 Arlington Suite 4
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 272-5318