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Call for Papers: EPAL Grenoble 2009


For those of you who do research in computer-mediated language learning, please note the following conference to be held in Grenoble, France, 4-6 June 2009.

*Echanger pour apprendre en ligne : conception, instrumentation, interactions, multimodalité*

Complete information, including the call for papers (proposals are to be submitted between December 1 and January 15) is available at

Post Doctoral Fellowships in South Asian Studies
(Humanities and Social Sciences)
The South Asian Studies Council of The MacMillan Center, Yale University


The South Asian Studies Council (SASC) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for post-doctoral positions at Yale University for AY 2009-2010. The Council expects to make up to 4 appointments with the possibility of a one-year renewal. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to modern and contemporary South Asia, in the humanities or social sciences; have in-depth knowledge of at least one SA-related language and fluency in English; and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. The post-doctoral fellow will teach one course in each of two terms related to his/her interests, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of the South Asian Studies Council. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; names and contact information of two references. Two reference letters should be sent separately. Compensation includes an annual salary of $50,000 and health coverage.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on January 5, 2009 and continuing until the selections are final.

Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

All information should be submitted electronically to or by airmail to the address below. Applications by email with PDF files and reference letters from valid institutional addresses will be accepted.

Ms. Barbara Papacoda
Administrative Associate
South Asian Studies Council
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for international and Area Studies
34 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 20826
New Haven, Ct 06520

Due to overwhelming requests, deadline for NCOLCTL Call for Proposals extended.


Final Deadline: November 14, 2008

Call for Proposals
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Twelfth International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
April 23-26 2009

Theme: Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs

The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 23-26, 2009, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions.  Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme,
“Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs.” Presentations may address new paradigms in language pedagogy – such as curriculum, methodology, and material development, or new paradigms in advocacy and administration – such as bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, teacher training, professionalization, and program development, These paradigms will undoubtedly overlap and successful proposals will reflect the interrelatedness of pedagogy and program administration in the future of LCTLs. Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long.  A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme.  Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the attached NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form. This form is also available at the NCOLCTL website ( The Proposal Submission form is a “fillable” PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use, but please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat ( with any questions.

For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The extended deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 14, 2008. Applicants will be notified by the Program
Committee by Monday, Jan uary 5th, 2009 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register.  Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:

4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7902; FAX 608 265 7904

The International Association for Language Learning and Technology announces the call for proposals for IALLT 2009.


Mary Morrisard-Larkin, Conference Program Chair, invites you to submit proposals for “Language Learning GPS: Navigating the World of Technology”, to be hosted by Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, May 28-30, 2009.  Pre-conference Workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26th and 27th.

The International Association for Language Learning Technology welcomes proposals for conference presentations relating to the intersection of the teaching of languages and the use of technology.

IALLT 2009’s Program Committee is looking for proposals that show how technology is guiding the future of language learning and teaching. Possible topics include:
emerging technologies in support of language instruction, including:
computer-mediated communication
simulation and virtual environments
portable technologies
open source and other initiatives in the development of software for language instruction as well as new models for intra- and inter-institutional collaboration
issues surrounding language center design
legal and political issues affecting language learning and media development
assessment and research on language learning technologies, including case studies, action research and qualitative/quantitative analyses
other related topics (please contact the Program Committee with pre-proposals)

Presentation types include 45-minute sessions, 20-minute mini-sessions, one-hour panels, poster sessions, half-day, and full-day workshops. 45-minute sessions are designed for one or more presenters who discuss a proposed topic.  20-minute mini-sessions are designed for 1-2 presenters who want to make a shorter presentation about a proposed topic. This might include a demonstration of a technology-based tool or a discussion of preliminary research results. One-hour panels are designed to encourage discussion among 3-5 presenters (typically from different institutions) and the audience about a designated topic.  Each presenter usually speaks for 5-10 minutes prior to taking questions/comments from the audience.  Half-day (4-hour) and Full-day (8-hour) workshops typically offer hands-on training with technology tools. Both MAC and PC labs are available to presenters but presenters will need to provide their own software.

To submit a proposal or for further information, please visit the conference website at:

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: November 21, 2008.

For questions about the program not answered on the website, please contact:

Mary Morrisard-Larkin
Director, Educational Technology
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: 508-793-3796

For questions about local arrangements and travel not answered on the website, please contact:

Patricia Early
Language Lab Coordinator
Modern and Classical Languages
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970
Phone: 404-413-6398

We look forward to receiving your proposals and seeing you next May at Georgia State University!

Job posting for Director of the Language Resource Center at Ohio University.


Assistant Professor/Director of Language Resource Center. Tenure-track position in the Department of Modern Languages. Teach three courses per year, including two or more undergraduate or graduate courses in CALL. Procure funding for equipment acquisition. Guide the integration of instructional technology in the Modern Languages curriculum and plan and promote acquisitions for a state-of-the-art multimedia center for the study of foreign languages and cultures.  Active research and publication is expected for tenure. Candidates must have outstanding leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to work successfully with faculty, staff, students and community members of diverse backgrounds.

3-5 years experience in a similar setting preferred.
Ph.D. in a foreign language, CALL or instructional technology, applied linguistics, or second-language instruction.
Evidence of teaching effectiveness and an active research record.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of technology used in instruction; knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of various currently-used networks.
Experience in grant writing preferred.

The Facility:
The Ohio University Language Resource Center serves the DML & Linguistics. For more information about the LRC, please see the website

Rank and salary commensurate with qualification. Salary range highly competitive.

Candidates must apply online at

In addition, send a letter of application, vita, supporting documentation and three letters of recommendation to:

Mary Jane Kelley
Chair, Search Committee
Ohio University
Dept. of Modern Languages
Gordy 283
Athens, OH 45701

Tel. (740) 593-2765.

Review of applications will begin November 10, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Earliest start date will be July 1, 2009.

Bangla Studies Position Available at University of Chicago


The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, invites applications for a junior, tenure-track position in Bangla language and Bengal Studies. Candidates working in both pre-modern and modern Bangla and Bengal studies are welcome to apply.

Teaching duties are four courses per year, distributed over three quarters (autumn, winter, spring). Among the four courses taught, one must be offered in an undergraduate College Core sequence. The remaining three will include Bangla language classes at the advanced (3rd-4th year) level, as well as individually devised graduate seminars.

Applications (cover letter, c.v., representative publications) should be submitted electronically in so far as possible. Electronic applications (PDF and/or MS Word) should be emailed to: with subject heading “Bangla Search.” Paper applications and other supporting materials, and three letters of reference, should be mailed to: Bangla Search Committee, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, Foster Hall, 1130 E. 59th Street, Chicago IL 60637-1543, U.S.A.

phone: 773-702-8373
fax: 773-834-3254.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Dec 1 2008. The appointment is expected to start on July 1 2009. PhD prior to start preferred.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

NCOLCTL seeking nominations for the 2009 Walton Award Recipient


Each year at the annual meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, the Walton Award is presented to an individual whose career has been distinguished by selfless service and noteworthy contributions to the fostering of less commonly taught language initiatives. Named after the late A. Ronald Walton whose tireless efforts on behalf of less commonly taught languages are remembered fondly by all who knew him, the Walton award will be presented at the NCOLCTL annual meeting next year in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 23-26, 2009.

All individual members of NCOLCTL are invited to make nomination.

Nominations will also be entertained from individual members of any and all of the NCOLCTL member organizations. To submit a nomination, please forward via email a) cover letter explaining why your nominee is a worthy candidate to receive the Walton Award because his/her career has been characterized by selfless service and noteworthy contributions on behalf of less commonly taught language initiatives b) your nominee’s curriculum vita and c) names of two colleagues who would be willing to provide references on behalf of the nominee if so desired by the Walton Award selection committee. Please email the nomination to the address below by *December 10th, 2009*.

This and other important conference information is available on the NCOLCTL website, here:


NCOLCTL Walton Award Selection Committee (

NB: An LCTL Organization or an individual needs to be a NCOLCTL paid up member to be eligible to nominate a candidate.



The Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Foreign Language (LFL) for Hindi to begin in the academic year 2009-2010. An LFL is hired for one year, during which time there is a decision made whether to renew for two more. Thereafter, the cycle of renewal is in three-year increments, with professional review in the second year. The appointee will teach Beginning and Intermediate Hindi classes, and Advanced or Accelerated Hindi (3 classes per semester). Applicants should have near-native fluency in Hindi; an MA or PhD with Hindi as a focus; high professional qualifications in Language Acquisition and Pedagogy; and proof of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Salary will be commensurate with the level of academic and professional qualifications and teaching experience.

Dossiers consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and three letters of reference should be sent to Hindi LFL Search Committee Chair, Department of south Asia Studies, 820 Williams Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 820 Williams Hall, Philadelphia PA 19104-6305. Application review begins on 15 October and continues until the position is filled.

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Extended deadline – Journal of NCOLCTL


The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The Journal is refereed and published once a year.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages (all foreign languages except English, French, German, and Spanish). The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows

a. Methodology and Technology,
b. Academia,
c. Beyond Academia,
d. Social Embeddedness

The first section shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second section will encompass reports about research and teaching in academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third section shall comprise papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry. Finally, the fourth section will address the issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation.

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see Manuscripts should be a maximum of 25 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and preferably submitted electronically via email attachment. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point font with a 1.5 inch left margin. The manuscript should be accompanied by a 150 word (or less) abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, office and home telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the title page only, and not appear in the manuscript.

The submission deadline is December 17 2008.
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

Ciber conference at Florida International University


Florida International University’s CIBER is proud to announce the Language for Business Conference: K-12 and Community College, new perspectives on developing a language for business course. The day and a half conference will be held in Miami, October 31st — November 1st at the Sofitel Hotel. The Conference has the support of consulates, language associations and cultural organizations and will bring editorial companies from throughout the world to Miami to showcase the materials to K-12 teachers and junior community college professors. We have chosen four language tracks—Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese—concentrating on the most relevant languages taught in the classroom today.

The program will serve to instruct high school teachers and junior community college professors on the importance and necessity of incorporating aspects of Language for Business into the standard curricula. It will provide teachers and professors with materials and practical lessons on how to incorporate and develop a course in the K-12 curricula on Language for Business.
We would like to have your support in announcing this conference among your members as we look forward reaching out to teachers throughout the U.S.

Thanks to the generosity of our co-sponsors many travel grants are available for outside the area teachers.

If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact us at 305-348-1740 or visit our website at

Call for Papers

We welcome proposals that address various aspects of the 2008 conference’s overall theme: *Incorporating Languages for Business into the k-12 Curriculum*. The conference will explore how to equip students and educators with the linguistic, multicultural and pedagogical tools necessary to teach Languages for business in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese in the K-12 and Junior College program of studies

Priority will be given to proposals which address the following themes:

(1) Business Language Instruction

” What is being done in the classroom

” Successful techniques

(2) Collaborations – on Campus and with the Private Sector

” Interdisciplinary cooperation

” Internships, Corporate partnerships, Study Abroad

(3) Expanding the Field

” Business language in k-12 and community colleges

Please limit your proposals to 200 words, and include the following information: (1) Name and institutional affiliation; (2) a short bio (approximately 50 words); (3) Title of paper; (4) Language of presentation (English is encouraged; target language is fine for language-specific sessions); and (5) goal(s) of the presentation.

Sessions will last one hour, with three presenters per session. Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes for the presentation.

*The DEADLINE for proposals is September 26. You will receive notice of the proposal decision by October 3.*

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