Announcement and Call for Papers: NFLRC 2009 Professional Development Events

The National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is pleased to announce its 3 major professional development events this year .


* 1st International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), March 12-14, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii (pre-registration deadline – January 31)

* 2009 NFLRC Online Summer Institute for Non-native Teachers of Chinese & Japanese, June 22-July 3, 2009 (apply now – limited space, rolling admissions)

* Language Learning in Computer Mediated Communities (LLCMC) Conference, October 11-13, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii (Call for Proposals deadline – March 1)

plus, CULTURA: Web-based Intercultural Exchanges Pre-conference event, October 10-11, Honolulu, Hawaii

For more information, see below:
March 12-14, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii

It has been a decade since Himmelmann’s article on language¬† documentation appeared and focused the field into thinking in terms of creating a lasting record of a language that could be used by speakers as well as by academics. This conference aims to assess what has been achieved in the past decade and what the practice of language documentation within linguistics has been and can be. It has become apparent that there is too much for a linguist alone to achieve and that language documentation requires collaboration. This conference will focus on the theme of collaboration in language documentation and revitalization and will include sessions on interdisciplinary topics.

Plenary speakers include: Nikolaus Himmelmann (University of Munster), Leanne Hinton (UC Berkeley), Paul Newman (Indiana University), & Phil Cash (University of Arizona)

There will also be an optional opportunity to visit Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, in an extension of the conference that will focus on the Hawaiian language revitalization program, March 16th-17th.

Conference pre-registration deadline: January 31, 2009

June 22-July 3, 2009

This workshop serves as an online professional development opportunity for non-native-speaking teachers of Chinese and Japanese language at the K-16 level, with a focus on teachers in underserved areas. As part of our mission to serve the development and enhancement of Asian language in the United States, the University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center will offer 2 concurrent two-week intensive language courses in Chinese and Japanese. The intensive courses, delivered entirely free of charge over the World Wide Web using a tested and proven pedagogic model, focus on the development and/or maintenance of communicative language skills at the Advanced level, with strong emphasis in written communication meeting high standards of literacy.

Space is limited, so submit your online application form today!

(NOTE: For interested Chinese teachers, there is a special additional opportunity to travel to Hawaii after the online workshop for intensive hands-on teacher training in the STARTalk Sports and Language Immersion Camp [planned for July 6-31, 2009] at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. Pending the approval of funding for the 2009 STARTalk Hawaii Sports and Language Immersion Camp, Chinese teachers successfully completing the online summer institute will be eligible for up to $800 travel defrayment for the
STARTalk Hawaii camp.)

October 11-13, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii

Once, computers were seen as thinking machines or electronic tutors. Now the computer has become one of many devices that people use to form virtual communities of all kinds. In the field of language education, computer mediated communication (CMC) enables students to interact with one another free of space and time constraints and to participate in communities of learning with their counterparts in the target culture. The Language Learning in Computer Mediated Communities (LLCMC) Conference explores the use of computers as a medium of communication in language learning communities.

Conference highlights
* Keynote talk by Dr. Gilberte Furstenberg (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
* Special colloquium showcasing online cultural exchanges based at the University of Hawaii
* Optional pre-conference event – CULTURA: Web-based Intercultural Exchanges (October 10-11)

We welcome your session proposal submissions in this exciting area. Use our convenient online submission form – deadline March 1, 2009.

National Foreign Language Resource Center
University of Hawai’i
1859 East-West Road, #106
Honolulu HI 96822
voice: (808) 956-9424, fax: (808) 956-5983