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Seeking LCTL students for survey on study abroad
I am looking for students who are/will be studying less frequently taught languages such as Thai, Swahili, Hindi, Vietnamese, Tamil, Persian, Malay, Indonesian, Afrikaans, etc. (but perhaps not Spanish, Italian, French, or German). I’m hoping that you can introduce my research project to your students who go abroad to study any of those languages because I assume that your LCTL project may have access to those students. I am currently conducting a project supported by the TOEFL Board Awards from Educational Testing Service. The project seeks to investigate the best point in foreign language study for oversea immersion and the language learning motivations of students who study less frequently taught languages abroad versus more frequently taught languages abroad.
When students agree to participate, they will be asked to complete online surveys prior to departure (pre-survey) and again after their return (post-survey). Each of the survey may take 15-30 minutes to compete. Upon the completion of both the pre- and post- surveys, students will be compensated with $15. If they like, they can participate in online interviews for 15 minutes through Gmail Chat or AOL. As for this online interview, students will be compensated with additional $15. Students who have registered for this 2010 summer, fall 2010, or spring 2011 can participate.
Your support will be truly beneficial for this project because it is easy to find students who sign up for Spanish and French study abroad programs, but very difficult to find students who sign up for Swahili or Malay, for example. If you think that your students may be interested in participation or have any questions about the project, please have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 928.523.2059. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Northern Arizona University Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. I look forward to your response. Thank you very much for support.
Okim Kang, Ph.D
Department of English (TESL/Applied Linguistics)
Northern Arizona University
Phone: 928.523.2059; fax: 928.523.7074
First Orientation Course for Hindi Teachers in Foreign Countries
18 October – 1st November 2010
[A Central University Established by an Act of Parliament ]
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University) was established by the an Act of Indian Parliament in 1997 with an object to facilitate Hindi becoming an International language and to generate reading material in various disciplines of knowledge in this language and also provide facilities for higher research and teaching through Hindi in subjects like Comparative Literature , Linguistics , Non-Violence and Peace, Dalit and Tribal Studies, Buddhist Studies, Women Studies, Diaspora Studies, Translation & Interpretation, Anthropology, Forensic Sciences, Film and Theatre Studies, etc. The very name of the university reflects its firm commitment to the Gandhian philosophy as a guiding factor of entire curriculum. Keeping in view the ground realities and the fact that India is a fast growing economy and on the threshold of becoming an international business hub, the Uni-versity has started courses in Hindi Language for foreign students also, which include functional, literary and cultural aspects.
Amongst several multidimensional objects of the University, one is to strengthen various institutes and the departments imparting the knowledge of Hindi language and literature throughout the world by updating them in teaching methodology and techniques, as well as with the most relevant study material. With this mandate, the University has decided to organize orientation and refresher courses for the teachers of such international centers at a regular basis.
As a part of this endeavor, the University announces its first orientation course for the Hindi teach-ers of international community. The two weeks course is scheduled in the second half of October this year. University will provide accommodation and meals in its Father Camille Bulke International Hostel, to and fro inland travel cost to reach to the university to all the international participants along with study material as well. However, the participants will have to bear the cost of their international travelling.
The university campus is located on the highway connecting Wardha to Nagpur, an important city of Central India. One can reach Nagpur by Air from Delhi or Mumbai or Wardha by train from all impor-tant cities of India. Although this is a university still under formative years, however a taste of architectural aesthetics could be felt in its beautiful buildings which include School of Translation and Interpretation, School of Language, Mahatma Gandhi Fuji Guruji Center for Peace Studies , Administrative building, In-ternational Students Hostel, Hospital, Women Hostel, Boys Hostels and the Central Library. There are sev-eral other buildings coming up very fast.
Since, the course can accommodate maximum 15 participants at a time; you are requested to nominate one or two teachers from your institute/department at the earliest so as to reach us by 31st August 2010. However, the university reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of participants in spe-cial circumstances. A detailed program and the elaborated course content will be provided to the nominated participants separately.
Should you need any further clarification in this respect, please feel free to contact Ravi Chaturvedi,Ph.D:
Foreign Students’ Courses Committee
& Professor, Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies
Email: email@example.com; Phone:+91 93140 53883
Call for Papers
“Teaching Culture in Less-Commonly Taught Language Class”
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University
Cultural literacy (CL) is an important foundation for students to develop to learn about target language society’s values, traditions and experiences. It is an asset for other cultural studies courses related to the cultures of the target language. This panel examines how CL is incorporated into the teaching of LCTLs in the US academy. The panel seeks to demonstrate that culture provides a productive terrain for teaching grammar communicatively according to the standards set by ACTFL. Abstracts to Sunil Kumar Bhatt firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: September 30, 2010
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
The Southwest and Northwest Associations for Language Learning Technology will hold a joint regional group meeting October 15-16, 2010 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. We welcome proposals for individual or joint presentations, panels, workshops, and posters that showcase technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. Our theme is “Sustainable Language Learning Technology” and our focus will be on which current and emerging technologies will best enhance our limited resources. Other related topics will be considered. Please join us if you can.
The deadline for proposal submission is June 15, 2010. Submit your proposal at:
or through the link at http://swallt.org/conferences/
Announcing the Volume 14 Number 2 of Language Learning& Technology is now available at http://llt.msu.edu. This is a special issue on Technology and Learning Vocabulary.
The contents are listed below.
Please visit the LLT Web site and be sure to enter your free subscription if you have not already done so. Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues. See our guidelines for submission at http://llt.msu.edu/contrib.html.
Dorothy Chun and Irene Thompson, Editors
Language Learning& Technology
—– Feature Articles —–
Invited Commentary: Vocabulary
Ron Martinez& Norbert Schmitt
Lexical Bundles in L1 and L2 Academic Writing
Yu-Hua Chen& Paul Baker
Modality of Input and Vocabulary Acquisition
The Effect of Interactivity with a Music Video Game on Second Language Vocabulary Recall
Jonathan deHaan, W. Michael Reed,& Katsuko Kuwada
Using Mobile Phones for Vocabulary Activities: Examining the Effect of Platform
—– Columns —–
> From Memory Palaces to Spacing Algorithms: Approaches to Second-Language Vocabulary Learning
by Robert Godwin-Jones
—– Reviews —–
Edited by Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas
Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forum
Barbara Hanna& Juliana de Nooy
Reviewed by Sonja Lind
Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Issues and Prospects
Elisabet Arnó Macià, Antonia Soler Cervera,& Carmen Rueda Ramos
Reviewed by Ishaaq Akbarian
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION
The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree. Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India. Creative and Performing Arts fellowships are available to practitioners of the arts of India. Eligible applicants include 1) U.S. citizens; and 2) citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities (this rule does not apply to U.S. citizens). Applications can be downloaded from the web site www.indiastudies.org. For more information please contact the American Institute of Indian Studies (773) 702-8638. Email: email@example.com. Web site: www.indiastudies.org. Application deadline is July 1, 2010.
The World Languages Academy at the University of Oregon invites applications for Adjunct Instructors in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi/Urdu, Modern Hebrew, Norwegian, Sahaptin, and Swedish.
The positions are term-by-term contracts, renewable up to one year. Assignments range from 1-3 classes; full-time teaching is defined as 3 classes per term. Excellent benefits begin at the .50 FTE level or higher. The salary range is $30,000 to $35,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
Required qualities for the position include: MA in Language Teaching, Linguistics, Foreign Language Education or equivalent training as a language instructor; native or near-native proficiency in the language; knowledge of current second-language teaching methodologies; ability and willingness to teach introductory and intermediate courses.
Desired qualities for the position include: experience in developing language materials, curricula, and assessments; ability to contribute to a team of less commonly taught language (LCTL) instructors. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Successful applicants must be able to obtain U.S. work authorization.
Review of applications is ongoing, based on program needs. Position will remain open until filled. Please send (as email attachments if possible): 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three letters of reference to: Jeff Magoto, Director, Yamada Language Center, 1236 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 USA. Email queries welcome at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Oregon is committed to a campus environment that is enriched and informed by the personal, cultural and intellectual differences of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The UO is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.
The University of Notre Dame invites applications for the position of *Assistant Director* *of the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures* to begin August 1, 2010.
The Center for the Study of Languages& Cultures (http://cslc.nd.edu) seeks an *Assistant Director **for Language Technology& Programming* to help support foreign language study, intercultural development and internationalization at Notre Dame (www.nd.edu). This is a new position that has significant potential for professional development and growth. In addition to appropriate qualifications and experience (as detailed below), the candidate should exhibit evidence of creative innovation to problem solving alongside an entrepreneurial approach to project development and management. To this effect, the ideal candidate should be a collegial, self-starter with an ability to work both autonomously and in close cooperation with a large array of institutional partners.
The Assistant Director for Language Technology& Programming is a full-time staff position that coordinates all Center for the Study of Languages& Cultures (CSLC) programming, resources and services a well as manages all CSLC technology and instructional technology initiatives. This position reports directly to the CSLC Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
*1) *Maintaining and fostering communication with staff, students, faculty and institutional partners
$E1 *e.g. attending/leading committee meetings, promoting CSLC programs to students and faculty, collecting feedback from stakeholders, etc.*
*2) *Developing& supporting new foreign language and international programming, instructional technologies and resources
$E1 *e.g. developing new language tandem programs, administering& advancing foreign language study abroad programs, developing online and instructional templates, etc.*
*3) *Assessment& management of existing programming, technologies and resources
$E1 *e.g. supervising and assessing the efficacy of CSLC foreign language peer tutoring programs, reviewing and maintenance of instructional hardware/software systems, review and management of CSLC library and cataloging systems, etc.*
A competitive candidate should hold EITHER: 1) An M.A., Ed.D or PhD in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, TESOL or a closely related field with training in computer-assisted language learning and similar educational technology applications; or 2) an M.A., Ed.D or PhD in educational technology with a relevant foreign/second language emphasis.
In addition, a strong candidate should have significant professional experience in EITHER: 1) teaching foreign/second language in a post-secondary setting; or 2) working in an educational technology capacity
with clear relevance to language technology initiatives. Candidates who have both foreign/second language teaching experience and educational technology experience are preferred.
Individuals with alternative educational qualifications and/or professional profiles who believe that they would nonetheless make compelling candidates for this position will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position comes with full Notre Dame benefits: http://hr.nd.edu/benefits.
To apply for this position, please send the following materials to Dr. Lance Askildson, Director of the Center for the Study of Languages& Cultures:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) The names and contact information for three professional references
3) A cover letter indicating why you are interested in applying for this position and why you would make a compelling candidate
4) ****Optional*: Evidence of excellence in foreign/second language teaching and/or educational technology.
*e.g. teaching/performance evaluations, teaching or training videos, digital portfolios, websites, blogs or educational technology projects, etc.*
Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent directly to Askildson.email@example.com. If materials cannot be sent electronically, they should be mailed to:
Lance Askildson, PhD
Center for the Study of Languages& Cultures
329 DeBartolo Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2010.
*ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES& CULTURES
The Center for the Study of Languages& Cultures is an innovative facility dedicated to supporting foreign language and cultural acquisition through strategic planning, interactive programming, technology-enhanced learning and study abroad immersion.
The CSLC collaborates closely with scholars and practitioners across a wide range of departments, institutes, and affiliate institutions as it also fosters discourse and coordination among these entities through targeted resources and programming, coursework and summer language study abroad programs.
CSLC facilities, programming, and faculty are informed by interdisciplinary foci as well as an overarching commitment to developing critical inquiry via multiple literacies in language and culture. To learn more, please visit our website at http://cslc.nd.edu/
*ABOUT NOTRE DAME*
The University of Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, IN., adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. Notre Dame consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities according to US News& World Report. With 1,250 acres containing two lakes, Notre Dame is well known for the quality of its educational programs and the beauty of its campus.
The University of Notre Dame is committed to diversity in its staff, faculty, and student body. As such, we strongly encourage applications from those attracted to working at a Catholic university, members of minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who will enhance our community. The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer
*ABOUT THE REGION*
South Bend, IN was recently named the best city in the nation for home price and value. Cost of living estimates for the South Bend / Michiana region are among the most affordable in the country and Chicago is an easy 90 minutes by car or train. See how you can enjoy the advantages of life in a livable, affordable environment while working at one of the best post-secondary institutions in the country. Learn more at http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd/community-connections.
Lance R. Askildson, PhD
Director, Center for the Study of Languages& Cultures
Associate Professor of the Practice, Second Language Acquisition
Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Secretary, International Association of Language Learning Technology
Co-Editor, Intl Association of Language Learning Technology Journal
College of Arts& Letters, University of Notre Dame
Phone: (574) 631-5881 Web: http://askildson.org
The LCTL project is happy to announce that the LCTL database of Less Commonly Taught Languages course offerings in North America has been upgraded to a new more reliable server and a new platform.
Have a look: http://www.carla.umn.edu/lctl/db/index.php
We are happy to continue maintaining the database, which has been a part of CARLA since 1993 (remember Gopher?).
Not only have we made technical upgrades, we now have more fields that people can search on when they want to locate courses. In addition to the standard searchable items (language, state, institution, k-12, summer, post-secondary), we have added more search options: click on ‘advanced options’ and a larger page opens, From here, you can search for levels offered, availability, emphasis or focus of the course, degrees offered by the relevant department, whether there is a tightly integrated study abroad component, if the institution is part of a consortium like CIC, The U of California consortium, the Five Colleges in Massachusetts. Fields now have expanded ‘help’ explanations.
The value of this database certainly depends on its completeness and accuracy. You are urged to look at the courses you know about or are involved in, and submit updates, corrections or deletions. The top of every page which gives details about a course, offers a link to the correction page and an option to check if the course no longer is being offered. After you submit new details, you will receive an email confirmation. As soon as the project verifies the submission, we will add it to the available records.
For those interested in statistics, we currently have
9,287 college/university listings (from Acholi to Zulu)
2,853 listings k-12 for LCTLs
254 distance ed offerings
237 summer 2010 courses
I hope you contact me with comments, questions or suggestions.
Have a look: http://www.carla.umn.edu/lctl/db/index.php
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Project
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
University of Minnesota
140 C University International Center
331 17th Ave Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA
phone: 612/624-9016; fax: 612/624-7514
LCTL@umn.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org