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It’s not too late to register for the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) 44th Annual Conference

“Sustaining Asian Studies: Bridging Regions, Cultures, and Disciplines”

DATE: June 18 – 20, 2010

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Hosted by the Institute for Asian Studies and the Confucius Institute at Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

REGISTRATION RATES:

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General: $150

Student: $ 50

Saturday Banquet Dinner w/Keynote: $55

Saturday Keynote talk w/o Dinner: $ 5/general; FREE w/student ID

Islam in Asia, K-12 Teachers Workshop: $25/non-credit; $80/for 1 PSU credit

Conference website: http://asia.oia.pdx.edu/ASPAC_2010.php

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CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

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* 40+ panels on diverse topics covering multiple regions of Asia (a list of panels& presentations can be viewed at http://asia.oia.pdx.edu/ASPAC2010_schedule.php)

* Conference Reception at the Portland Art Museum followed by a curator led tour of Asian Art Galleries

* Key note Address by Dr. Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, President of Association for Asian Studies on the topic of “Sustainable Forests in India”

* Bollywood Film Festival, Fri& Sat nights (June 18& 19)

* K-12 Teachers Workshop on “Islam in Asia” (Sat., June 19)

* Book Exhibits

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We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

The 2010 ASPAC Conference Planning Team at Portland State University

Institute for Asian Studies

Portland State University

PO Box 751

Portland, OR 97207

USA

email: iasias@pdx.edu

tel: +1 503-725-8576

fax: +1 503-725-5320

THIRD CALL FOR PAPERS

8th Annual Conference on Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL) held in conjunction with

The second annual conference of Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching

September 10-11, 2010

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The role of CALL in hybrid and online language courses

Plenary speaker: Senta Gortler, Michigan State University

There is an increasing demand for online and hybrid language courses, which presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges for teachers, researchers, and materials developers with computer-assisted language learning (CALL) knowledge. This experience may range from classroom use to research on social networking resources, automated essay-scoring systems, and other emerging technologies. Resources utilized in such courses often precipitate issues concerning cost, training, and effectiveness. This conference aims to explore CALL’s role in the development and evaluation of online and hybrid language courses by collaborating with researchers and graduate students attending to questions such as the following. Papers that address these points are welcome:

How does experience with CALL influence development and evaluation of hybrid and online language courses?

What insights from SLA research can provide insight into the development and evaluation these courses?

What core research issues and methods need to be addressed when developing these courses?

What knowledge can be gained from both successful and less successful attempts at thoughtful course conversion projects?

How do public stakeholders affect the development, evaluation, and success of hybrid language courses?

Deadline for submission has been extended to May 30, 2010. Please submit a 250-word abstract to Jesse Gleason (jgleas@iastate.edu) to present a paper at the conference. Acceptances will be sent out by June 30, 2010.

Registration fee

$30 USD for students and $60 USD non-students (early bird registration before August 1st)

$45 USD for students and $75 USD non-students (after August 1st)

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and a reception.

Please make checks payable to English Department, ISU and send registration form to:

Volker Hegelheimer

341 Ross Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011

For more information and registration form, please visit http://apling.public.iastate.edu/TSLL/8TSLL_Callforpapers.html

For further information about the conferences, contact John M. Levis (jlevis@iastate.edu)

Information about previous TSLL conferences can be found at http://apling.public.iastate.edu/TS

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:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGY4TkQ2U2NnX1l3Zk1ZV3B5aWk0bkE6MQ

or through the link at http://swallt.org/conferences/

Online Foreign Language Teaching Methods Materials

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The Texas Language Technology Center (TLTC) under the direction of Prof. Carl Blyth is pleased to announce the launch of a free and open online resource for foreign language teachers.

http://tltc.la.utexas.edu/methods

The goal of the online resource is teacher professional development, with a special focus on FL methods. The site is based on actual methods courses taught at UT-Austin and includes over 13 hours of classroom videos. This open educational resource (OER) is the result of a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The site may be used in many different ways: as a complete methods course, as a supplement to a methods course, or as an online tutorial for individual users. The course is divided into four sections and 13 separate modules that may be studied in any order:

Getting Started

The Language Teacher–Becoming a Professional

Skills

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

Language

Vocabulary

Grammar

Pragmatics

Culture

Classroom

Classroom Management

The Language Learner

Technology

Assessment

For further information, please contact

Carl S. Blyth

Director, Texas Language Technology Center

http://tltc.la.utexas.edu/tltc/

cblyth@mail.utexas.edu

NCOLCTL ONLINE TEACHING COURSES NOW AVAILABLE !!!

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Fundamentals
of Language Teaching Methods
The U.S. Educational System for Language Instructors Teaching African Languages

Course Fees are: $100.00 for NCOLCTL Members and $150.00 for Non-NCOLCTL Members

You can enroll/purchase the Online Teaching Course in the following manner:

  1. If you are a NCOLCTL Member:
    1. Add the Online Course Access – Members to your cart and complete the purchase via the following link: http://www.ncolctl.org/members/training-materials

(For technical support: call John 608-265-7902 or write to adeika@wisc.edu

  1. If you are NOT a NCOLCTL Member use the following link:

Online Course Access – Non-Members
(Please note that this gives you automatic NCOLCTL Membership for 1 year)

These courses were developed through a grant from the International Research and Studies Program of the U.S. Department of Education (co-PIs, Sally Magnan and Antonia Schleicher).

The three courses are designed primarily for new instructors of LCTLs at the postsecondary level.  They are also useful for experienced instructors.  Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, these courses can also be profitably used by college-level instructors of commonly taught languages.

The courses are offered through the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages NCOLCTL) as non-credit professional development courses. The first course in the series, Fundamentals of Language Teaching Methods, is offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contact ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu regarding the non-credit offering of the course through NCOLCTL; contact Dianna Murphy for information on the for-credit offering through the UW-Madison.

NFLC Language Opportunities

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The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland is a research institute dedicated to promoting communication within the United States in languages other than English. We are currently working on a project that provides adult language learners with interactive online tools to reinforce their foreign language skills. We focus on less commonly taught languages. We are currently looking for several individuals to help us launch projects in the following languages:

* African French, including Sub-Saharan African French

* Chinese Min

* Chinese Wu

* Dari

* Iraqi Arabic

* North Korean

* Pashto (Afghani and Pakistani)

* Persian Farsi

* Sorani

* Urdu

* Western Punjabi (Shahmukhi script)

Specifically, we need educated native speakers of these languages (or individuals with equivalent proficiency levels) to create online activities in their native languages using software we provide. In addition, we are looking for speakers to find authentic reading and audio passages, to record audio files, and to perform various editing tasks in these languages. The work is part-time, and most of the work can be done from your home computer. All candidates must have permission to work in the United States. If you are interested in working with us, or if you know a qualified candidate who would be interested in working with us, please contact the NFLC via email at recruitment@nflc.org and send your current resume or CV with your language in the subject line. Thank you!

Applications are invited for TWO positions for Hindi-Urdu lecturers for Summer Hindi-Urdu Language Program [June 1, 2010-July 22nd 2010] at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies [SAIS] of Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.

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These positions are for TWO months (June 1-July 31) only.

Experience teaching Hindi-Urdu at university level in the US., must be able to teach in Devanagari and Nastaleeq scripts, must be able to teach Hindi-Urdu at NOVICE and INTERMEDIATE levels, familiarity with proficiency-based language teaching and testing methods, native or near-native command of Hindi-Urdu, and familiarity with the use of technology in language teaching are required. An advanced degree in Hindi/Urdu language, linguistics, literature, or a related field is preferred.

Those interested in the position should send a cover letter, a CV, and a brief teaching philosophy statement to:

Lakhan Gusain

Coordinator, South Asian Languages Program

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies [SAIS]

Johns Hopkins University

1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW#R319

Washington, D.C. 20036-2213

Phone: 202 663 5753; Fax: 202 663 5764

Email: lgusain1@jhu.edu; Web: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/language-institute.htm

The Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

2nd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation: Strategies for Moving Forward.

Honolulu, Hawai’i, February 11-13, 2011

http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ICLDC/2011

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The 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) will be held February 11-13, 2011, at the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center on the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa campus. Two days of optional technical training workshops will precede the conference (Feb. 9-10). An optional fieldtrip to Hilo (on the Big Island of Hawai’i) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately follow the conference (Feb. 14-15).

The 1st ICLDC, with its theme “Supporting Small Languages Together,” underscored the need for communities, linguists, and other academics to work in close collaboration. The theme of the 2nd ICLDC is “Strategies for Moving Forward.” We aim to build on the strong momentum created at the 1st ICLDC and to discuss research and revitalization approaches yielding rich, accessible records which can benefit both the field of language documentation and speech communities. We hope you will join us.

TOPICS

We welcome abstracts on best practices for language documentation and conservation moving forward, which may include:

– Archiving matters

– Community-based documentation/conservation initiatives

– Data management

– Fieldwork methods

– Ethical issues

– Interdisciplinary fieldwork

– Language planning

– Lexicography

– Methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality

– Orthography design

– Reference grammar design

– Reports on language maintenance, preservation, and revitalization efforts

– Teaching/learning small languages

– Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls

– Topics in areal language documentation

– Training in documentation methods – beyond the university

This is not an exhaustive list and individual proposals on topics outside these areas 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 discussed. Authors may submit no more than one individual and one joint (co-authored) proposal.

ABSTRACTS ARE DUE BY AUGUST 31, 2010, with notification of acceptance by September 30, 2010. We ask for ABSTRACTS OF NO MORE THAN 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.

See ICLDC conference website for ONLINE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM.

We will only be accepting proposal submissions for papers or posters.

Selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit to the journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication. (Most presentations from the 1st ICLDC were recorded and can be heard as podcasts here: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/5961.)

PRESENTATION FORMATS

– Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of question time.

– Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Poster presentations will run during the lunch breaks.

PLENARY SPEAKERS include:

* Keren D. Rice, University of Toronto

* Wayan Arka, Australian National University

* Larry Kimura, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Helen Aristar-Dry (LinguistList, Eastern Michigan University)

Peter Austin (SOAS, London)

Linda Barwick (University of Sydney)

Steven Bird (University of Melbourne)

Phil Cash Cash (University of Arizona)

Lise Dobrin (University of Virginia)

Arienne Dwyer (University of Kansas)

Margaret Florey (Monash University)

Carol Genetti (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Spike Gildea (University of Oregon)

Jeff Good (SUNY Buffalo)

Joseph Grimes (SIL International)

Colette Grinevald (University of Lyon)

Leanne Hinton (University of California, Berkeley)

Gary Holton (Alaska Native Language Center)

Will McClatchey (University of Hawai’i)

Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Claire Moyse-Faurie (LACITO, CNRS)

Toshihide Nakayama (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Keren D. Rice (University of Toronto)

Norvin Richards (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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N National Foreign Language Resource Center

F University of Hawai’i

L 1859 East-West Road, #106

R Honolulu HI 96822

C voice: (808) 956-9424, fax: (808) 956-5983

email: nflrc@hawaii.edu

VISIT OUR WEBSITE! http://nflrc.hawaii.edu

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ACTFL 2010

Annual Convention and
World Languages Expo
Nov. 19-21, 2010
Boston, MA

Early-bird deadline: 7/14/2010
Advance deadline: 10/13/2010
Register online

Reservation deadline: 10/14/2010
Book Housing online

Add to your calendar

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ACTFL 2010 Convention Registration and Housing Now Open!

Register and make your hotel reservations now for the 2010 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Friday, Nov. 19-21, 2010, with Pre-Convention Workshops on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

This annual educational experience features over 600 sessions and events from which to choose during the Convention. Another major highlight of the Convention is the World Languages Expo where you can visit more than 250 vendors displaying their latest products and services. You will find dedicated time built into the schedule for you to visit the Expo. Exhibitors will also be presenting Exhibitor Workshops throughout the Convention on the expo floor.

The Opening General Session on Friday morning will feature another dynamic keynote speaker. Join us as the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, explores the subject of Language as a Gateway to Global Communities. As leader of this think tank and publisher, Dr. Haass draws on years of observing and understanding the world and the foreign policy choices facing the U.S. and other countries.

ACTFL is pleased to offer three dynamic Plenary Sessions this year designed to provide a fresh perspective on some of the most important issues in the field of language education. Friday’s session is entitled The Lost “C”: The Communities Goal Area; Saturday will feature Research Priorities: A Vision for Moving Language Education Forward; and, Sunday morning will be devoted to World Language Teacher Development: Urgent Issues. Plan to attend all of them.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, you will have an opportunity to register for one of the many workshops being offered. This is a professional development bonus as these workshops provide in-depth training on a particular topic. To get more information on the workshops, visit actfl.org.

You will find complete housing and registration information online at actfl.org. Make your hotel reservations now. Don’t forget to register now and save. A very important date to remember this year is the Early Bird registration deadline date of Wednesday, July 14. Register early for the best rates!

Need financial assistance? ACTFL and Vista Higher Learning have joined forces to provide funding for First Time Attendee Scholarships this year. If you have never attended the Convention before, ACTFL offers its members the opportunity to apply for a $200 scholarship to provide some assistance toward expenses associated with attending the 2010 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. For more information click here.

Coming Soon!! Watch your mailbox for more information in the Convention Preview being mailed in May!

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CALL FOR PAPERS

8th Annual Conference on Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL)

held in conjunction with

The second annual conference of Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching

September 10-11, 2010

The role of CALL in hybrid and online language courses

Plenary speaker: Senta Gortler, Michigan State University

There is an increasing demand for online and hybrid language courses, which presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges for teachers, researchers, and materials developers with computer-assisted language learning (CALL) knowledge. This experience may range from classroom use to research on social networking resources, automated essay-scoring systems, and other emerging technologies. Resources utilized in such courses often precipitate issues concerning cost, training, and effectiveness. This conference aims to explore CALL’s role in the development and evaluation of online and hybrid language courses by collaborating with researchers and graduate students attending to questions such as the following. Papers that address these points are welcome:

How does experience with CALL influence development and evaluation of hybrid and online language courses?

What insights from SLA research can provide insight into the development and evaluation these courses?

What core research issues and methods need to be addressed when developing these courses?

What knowledge can be gained from both successful and less successful attempts at thoughtful course conversion projects?

How do public stakeholders affect the development, evaluation, and success of hybrid language courses?

Please submit a 250-word abstract by the following extended deadline:

May 30, 2010 to Jesse Gleason (jgleas@iastate.edu) to present a paper at the conference.

Acceptances will be sent out by June 30, 2010.

For more information, please visit:

http://apling.public.iastate.edu/TSLL/8TSLL_Callforpapers.html

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