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STARTALK Workshop at ACTFL 2008

The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland invites you to attend a workshop session “Applying for a STARTALK Grant: Designing a Winning Program”. The workshop will be held at ACTFL’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, November 23rd, from 9am to 12 noon. There is no workshop fee.

STARTALK provides funding for summer programs in critical languages for K-12 students and/or current and prospective teachers of levels K-16. This workshop will provide guidance for those interested in applying for a STARTALK grant and provide you with information about the selection criteria. Data on reviewers’ findings will be shared. Participants will also be introduced to the STARTALK curriculum templates which are used
to design curriculum.

Although there is no charge for this workshop, you must register with the NFLC in advance. Enrollment is limited to 60. If you are interested, please contact Scott Nichols (snichols@nflc.org, or 301-405-9823) to reserve a space before November 7th. Participation in the workshop will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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CARLA’s Less Commonly Taught Languages Project sponsors this list and many other resources.
http://www.carla.umn.edu/LCTL

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University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Department of Second Language Studies
Assistant Professor

The Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, seeks to fill a vacancy at the assistant professor level. The Department offers a Master of Arts in Second Language Studies, a PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies. A BA with an ESL specialization is available through the University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Faculty have interests in a wide range of domains in second and foreign language research. For more information, visit our website: http://www.hawaii.edu/sls

Tenure track, full time 9-month, pending position availability and funding, to begin August 1, 2009.

Duties: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of specialization in the Department of Second Language Studies; conduct and publish research; participate in departmental, college, university, and community service.

Annual 9-month Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

E-mail inquiries:
Dr. Lourdes Ortega lortega@hawaii.edu

To apply: Applicants should submit letter of application in which you address how you meet the qualifications for the position, a research statement, your curriculum vitae, a list of courses taught, and sample publications. In addition, letters of reference should be submitted directly by three recommenders. Hard copies of all application materials should be sent by October 15, 2008 to:

Dr. Lourdes Ortega
Search Committee Chair
Department of Second Language Studies
570 Moore Hall
1890 East-West Roa
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
USA

Closing date: October 15, 2008.

The University of Hawai’i is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation: Supporting Small Languages Together.
Honolulu, Hawai’i, March 12-14, 2009
http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/icldc09/call.html

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, University of Michigan
* Phil Cash Cash, University of Arizona

TOPICS

We welcome abstracts on the issue of a retrospective on language documentation – an assessment after a decade, and on topics related to collaborative language documentation and conservation which may include:

– Community-based documentation/conservation initiatives
– Community viewpoints on documentation
– Issues in building language documentation in collaborative teams
– Interdisciplinary fieldwork
– Collaboration for mobilization of language data
– Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
– Graduate students and documentation
– Topics in areal language documentation
– Training in documentation methods – beyond the university
– Teaching/learning small languages
– Language revitalization
– Language archiving
– Balancing documentation and language learning

This is not an exhaustive list and individual papers and/or colloquia on
topics outside these remits are warmly welcomed.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any
language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region. Authors may submit no more than one individual and one joint proposal.

ABSTRACTS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2008 with notification of acceptance by October 17th 2008.

We ask for ABSTRACTS OF 400 WORDS for online publication so that conference participants can have a good idea of the content of your paper and a 50 WORD SUMMARY for inclusion in the conference program. All abstracts will be submitted to blind peer review by international experts on the topic.

** SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL ONLINE: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/icldc09/call.html

Selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit to the journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication.

PRESENTATION FORMATS

* PAPERS will be allowed 20 minutes with 10 minutes of question time.
* POSTERS will be on display throughout the conference. Poster presentations will run during the lunch breaks.
* COLLOQUIA (themed sets of sessions) associated with the theme of the conference are also welcome.

For more information, visit our conference website:http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ICLDC09

Enquiries to: ICLDC@hawaii.edu

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We are in the immediate need of 2 instructors for teaching the Pashto language.
One position is in Linthicum, Maryland and the other in Augusta, Georgia.
An offer will include a relocation stipend.

We are looking for instructors who:
Are native speakers
Have a minimum of 2 years experience in teaching a language to adults.
Are US citizens

BA degree in the Pashto language or literature, or linguistics or in second language acquisition desired. Advanced degrees also desired.

For a person with applicable experience and/or education, equivalencies in these credentials can be accepted.

Positions are available immediately.

If interested, please send your resume ASAP to lm@academiaschool.com

Thank you,
Academia Language School

The Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) invites applications for a full time, non-tenure track position of Language Coordinator in the newly-established Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures. This is a renewable, three-year contractual position with full benefits. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition or a related field, with a concentration on Less Commonly Taught Languages of Africa/Middle East/South Asia, and should have a minimum of three years experience in Second/Foreign Language Coordination in an American academy. Candidates are expected to be competent in the use of instructional technology and communicative, standards-based teaching methodologies and must be conversant with the latest methods in Second/Foreign language assessment and should have demonstrated success in grant-writing. Working in conjunction with the Language Institute, scheduling office and other relevant units, the Director of Language Instruction and Coordination will be responsible for the general management of language instruction in the department –including training, supervision and evaluation of language instructors; scheduling of classes and placement tests; and campus-wide promotion of the study of these languages. In addition, the Director of Language Instruction and Coordination will be expected to teach 3 courses per year in his/her primary language(s) of expertise. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of active participation in one or more professional organizations focused on Less Commonly Taught Languages, eg., the National Association of the Teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLTCOL), African Language Teachers Association (ALTA), or the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) or the Association of Teachers of South Asian Languages (ATSAL). Applicants should submit a letter of interest and updated CV, and have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Ousseina Alidou. Review of applications will begin on October 20 and continue until the position is filled. Rutgers is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please mail your application to:
Professor Ousseina Alidou
Chair, Language Coordinator Search Committee
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and
Literature
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Lucy Stone Hall, B301
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Conference on Language and Technology, 22-24 Jan. 2009

Second Call for Papers (http://www.crulp.org/clt09 )

Conference on Language and Technology is a biennial conference series organized by the Pakistani Society for Language Processing (PSLP), aiming to bring together students, researchers and practitioners to exchange research and development in the fields of linguistics and processing of speech, script and language. CLT09, the second conference in the series, is being hosted by the Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore. The program of CLT09 will consist of invited talks, workshops, tutorials, paper presentations and panel discussions. Authors are invited to submit full papers describing completed or on-going research or development in the following and related areas.

* Phonetics
* Phonology
* Morphology
* Syntax
* Semantics
* Discourse Analysis
* Writing Systems
* Ontologies
* Text Summarization
* Localization
* Stemming
* Morphological Analysis
* POS Tagging
* Grammar Modeling
* Chunking
* Parsing
* Computational Lexica
* Ambiguity Resolution
* Linguistic Resources
* Speech Recognition
* Text-to-Speech Analysis
* Optical Character Recognition
* Handwriting Recognition
* Fonts
* Machine Translation
* Information Retrieval
* Computer Assisted Language Learning

Venue
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Submission Procedure
Papers and Tutorial/Workshops are to be submitted electronically through the online submission system at www.crulp.org/clt09

Important Dates
Paper submission by: 15 August 2008
Tutorial/Workshop proposal submission by: 15 September 2008
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2008
Camera ready version of accepted papers: 20 November 2008
Conference: 22-24 January 2009

For Further Details
Dr. Sarmad Hussain
CLT09 Secretariat,
Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
B Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan.
Phone: +92-42-111 128 128 Fax: +92-42-5165232
Email: clt09@crulp.org

URL: www.crulp.org/clt09

Organizing Committee

Dr. Sarmad Hussain, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan (Conference Chair)

Dr. Miriam Butt, Universitat konstänz, Germany (Head of Technical Committee)

Mr. Shafiq ur Rahman, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan (Head of Program Committee)

Dr. Muhammad Abid, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (Head of Publications)

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 ( http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2009/prpsl.htm). 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 (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu ) 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 deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, October 17, 2008. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 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:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

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

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication.

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 segmentation of the Journal is as follows:

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

The first section will 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 http://www.apa.org/journals/authors/guide.pdf. 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.

While submissions are accepted throughout the year, in order for a paper to be considered for the 2009 volume, it has to be received by October 1, 2008. Please send your manuscripts to:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.
Hong Gang Jin, NCOLCTL President
Danko Sipka, JNCOLCTL Editor

The Language Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz is developing a three-year pool of potential instructors who could be called upon, as needed, to teach occasional courses in Hindi during the months of September through June. [For 2008-09 we have need for a lecturer at 75-80% time in Hindi or Hindi/Urdu. Duties will consist of teaching elementary and intermediate level Hindi or Hindi/Urdu language courses spread over the academic year.] If the candidate selected to the pool in the Language Program has additional areas of expertise, another campus unit may approach the candidate to teach in that area of expertise. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching and other assigned duties.

Rank: Lecturer

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience: between $42,074-$47,603 (salary will be proportionate to percentage of appointment)

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree or equivalent in Hindi or South Asian Studies; near-native proficiency; one year full-time or near full-time university-level teaching experience. If candidate was employed as teaching assistant, documentation of independent teaching needs to accompany the application. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience teaching Hindi both as a Second Language and as a Heritage Language. Experience with communicative-based pedagogy, oral proficiency evaluation, and instructional technology (Computer Assisted Language Learning) is desirable.

Position Available: July 2008 through June 2011, contingent upon need and availability of funding. For academic year 2008-2009, 75-80% position available. (This pool includes the possibility of teaching during the Summer Session.)

To Apply: Letter of application, curriculum vitae, three current (2005 to present) confidential letters of recommendation*, sample syllabi, and student evaluations should be included in the application packet.

Send materials to:

Hindi Search
Language Program
1156 High Street
239 Cowell College
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

(*All letters will be treated as confidential. Please direct your letter writers to UCSC’s Confidentiality Statement at http://www2.uscs.edu/ahr/academic_policies_and_procedures/cappm/confstm.htm)

Closing Date: Applications must be postmarked by May 28, 2008.

The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

Conference on Language and Technology, 22-24 Jan. 2009

(please forward to all concerned)

Call for Papers ( http://www.crulp.org/clt09/download/CallforPapers.pdf)

Conference on Language and Technology is a biennial conference series organized by the Pakistani Society for Language Processing (PSLP), aiming to bring together students, researchers and practitioners to exchange research and development in the fields of linguistics and processing of speech, script and language. CLT09, the second conference in the series, is being hosted by the Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore. The program of CLT09 will consist of invited talks, workshops, tutorials, paper presentations and panel discussions. Authors are invited to submit full papers describing completed or on-going research or development in the following and related areas.

* Phonetics
* Phonology
* Morphology
* Syntax
* Semantics
* Discourse Analysis
* Writing Systems
* Ontologies
* Text Summarization
* Localization
* Stemming
* Morphological Analysis
* POS Tagging
* Grammar Modeling
* Chunking
* Parsing
* Computational Lexica
* Ambiguity Resolution
* Linguistic Resources
* Speech Recognition
* Text-to-Speech Analysis
* Optical Character Recognition
* Handwriting Recognition
* Fonts
* Machine Translation
* Information Retrieval
* Computer Assisted Language Learning

Venue

National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Submission Procedure

Papers and Tutorial/Workshops are to be submitted electronically through the online submission system at www.crulp.org/clt09

Important Dates

Paper submission by: 15 August 2008
Tutorial/Workshop proposal submission by: 15 September 2008
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2008
Camera ready version of accepted papers: 20 November 2008
Conference: 22-24 January 2009

For Further Details

Dr. Sarmad Hussain
CLT09 Secretariat,
Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
B Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan.
Phone: +92-42-111 128 128 Fax: +92-42-5165232
Email: clt09@crulp.org

URL: www.crulp.org/clt09

Organizing Committee

Dr. Sarmad Hussain, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan (Conference Chair)

Dr. Miriam Butt, Universitat konstänz, Germany (Head of Technical Committee)

Mr. Shafiq ur Rahman, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan (Head of Program Committee)

Dr. Muhammad Abid, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (Head of Publications)

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