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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Language Learning & Technology

Call for Papers for Special Issue of LLT

Theme: Technology and the Less Commonly Taught Languages

Special Issue Editor: Irene Thompson

This special issue of Language Learning & Technology will focus on the role played by educational technologies in the learning and teaching of LCTLs (i.e., languages other than the traditionally taught Western European languages such as English, French, German, and Spanish). Currently, less than ten percent of students enrolled in foreign language courses in the US study languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swahili, Yoruba, and other languages critically important to US national interests. These languages are typologically different from English and are often written in non-Roman scripts requiring extended seat time to attain a working proficiency. With instruction often not offered at all, offered on an irregular basis, or available only at the elementary levels, technology presents a wide range of opportunities to develop and deliver instructional materials and methodologies based on sound empirical research.

Please consult the LLT Website for general guidelines on submission ( and research (

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* empirical studies of the impact of CALL-based materials on the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, or grammar skills at various levels of proficiency in a range of LCTLs

* intergration of authentic Internet-based materials into LCTL courses, particularly at the intermediate and advanced levels

* uses of CMC to promote interactive speaking and writing in a range of LCTLs

* studies of the effectiveness of various technological tools in improving pronunciation or listening in a range of LCTLs, particularly those with tonal systems

* studies of the uses of technology in the acquisition of non-Roman scripts or in reading non-Roman scripts (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Russian)

* uses of various types of media in LCTL teacher education

* uses of CMC to promote online intercultural exchanges

* evaluation of uses of technology in self-directed study of LCTLs

* uses of videoconferencing either for distance learning or for adding remote classes to live LCTL classes

Please send letter of intent and 250-word abstract by June 1, 2011 to

Publication timeline:

* June 1, 2011: Submission deadline for abstracts
* June 15, 2011: Invitation to authors to submit a manuscript
* November 1, 2011: Submission deadline for manuscripts
* February 1, 2013: Publication of special issue

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Funding: Travel Support for LCTLs Conference (April 30), Center for the Study of Languages, Deadline March 15

Dear CSL Community at UChicago,

Some of you may have already seen the preliminary announcement for the April 30 conference a tColumbia University on LCTLs. If you have an interest in attending the conference and would like to be considered for CSL travel support, please send a brief statement of interest to Steven Clancy <> by 5:00pm on Friday, March 11.

Application for CSL Travel Support for UChicago Faculty and Students




LCTLs you teach

Short Paragraph expressing your interest in the conference and how it will be beneficial to your teaching, research, and professional work.

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Conference: “What Future for the Less Commonly Taught Languages?” Columbia University, April 30


The Language Resource Center of Columbia University together with the Columbia Global Centers and the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning is organizing a one day conference on the theme of “What Future for the Less Commonly Taught Languages?” This conference is the first in a planned series of conferences exploring topics germane to the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages the Center will host in the coming years.

The conference aims to bring together language teachers, educators, administrators and other stakeholders to discuss, and share research, theory, and best practices on the current state and future of the LCTL as well as initiate a meaningful professional dialogue on this topic amongst those who are interested in sustaining the teaching and learning of LCTL at US institutions.

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Location: Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

PLENARY SPEAKER: Scott McGinnis, Academic Advisor and Associate Professor,Defense Language Institute, Washington Office.

Speakers will include among others (full list to follow shortly):

Dan Davidson – Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition at Bryn Mawr College
Maria Carreira – Professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach
Nancy Ruther – Associate Director, The MacMillan Center, Yale University
Alan Timberlake – Professor of Russian and Chair, Slavic Department, Columbia University

Some of the topics that will be addressed by the speakers will include:

– How do we conjugate the national priority in LCTL with the overall neglect for LCTL at many of our institutions?
– How do we address the systemic lack of funding for LCTL within our academic institutions?
– What structures should we put in place in order to better develop and sustain LCTL?
– What role do heritage learners and bilingual speakers play in reinforcing LCTL programs?
– How can technology help us overcome some of the barriers that prohibit us from achieving critical mass in some LCTL?
– Is the rise of some LCTL (Chinese, Arabic, etc) accomplished at the detriment of other LCTL in terms of institutional support?
– Is the emergence of lingua franca among the LCTL synonymous with diminishing support for other LCTL in the same geographic area?
– How can we better coordinate our efforts to promote the teaching and learning of LCTL regionally as well as nationally?

All are welcome to attend. No registration required but please RSVP.
A full program will follow shortly with an RSVP link.

For more information, contact Stephane Charitos at

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