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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Language Learning& Technology (http://llt.msu.edu)

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Theme: Hegemonies in CALL

Guest Editors: Marie-Noelle Lamy and Mark Pegrum

An assumption that the technologies, pedagogies, educational and sociocultural norms associated with CALL are universal has implicitly permeated much of the discipline’s research over the past two decades. In this issue we will draw together critical perspectives that problematize the workings of hegemonies. By “hegemony,” we understand a situation where one culture or one form of praxis predominates and, deliberately or not, prevents the development or continued viability of alternative cultures and forms of praxis. We will assemble a provocative collection, from a multicultural, multilingual group of contributors, contrasting voices from the Anglosphere with voices from less well-served territories/cultures to ensure a rich dialogue between and around articles. We particularly welcome proposals for articles that include less well-researched languages, student cohorts and teaching contexts.

Please consult the LLT Website for general guidelines on submission (http://llt.msu.edu/contrib.html) and research (http://llt.msu.edu/resguide.html).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* CALL& technological hegemonies (including hegemonic implications of the Internet and Web, commonly used Web 2.0 tools, and mobile technologies)

* CALL& pedagogical hegemonies (including hegemonic implications of social constructivism and associated interactive, collaborative, student-centred pedagogies; curriculum and course design; and the design of open access materials and digital repositories)

* CALL& educational hegemonies (including hegemonic educational and institutional policies, expectations and norms)

* CALL& social hegemonies (including the hegemonic implications of norms and practices of online interaction)

* CALL& inter/cultural hegemonies (including hegemonic implications of Western cultural norms and Western approaches to tolerance, openness, relativism and the skills associated with intercultural competence)

* CALL& sociopolitical hegemonies (including the hegemonic implications of democratic structures in education, and resistance to hegemonies)

Please send letter of intent and 250-word abstract by October 1, 2010 to llted@hawaii.edu

Publication timeline:

* October 1, 2010: Submission deadline for abstracts

* October 15, 2010: Invitation to authors to submit a manuscript

* March 1, 2011: Submission deadline for manuscripts

* June 1, 2012: Publication of special issue

Centre for Language Studies

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications for the following full-time faculty position in the Centre for Language Studies : Lecturer for Hindi Language The Centre, a centre under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, currently teaches twelve languages, mainly to undergraduates at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Applicants must be fluent in or have near native competency in Hindi and English. They should have a relevant Master’s degree from a reputed institution with at least three years of experience in teaching Hindi as a foreign language and curriculum development. Skills/knowledge/experience in the application of IT to language teaching and/or research in Hindi as a foreign language would be an advantage. Experience in teaching students from a wide range of linguistic backgrounds would be an asset. The appointee will assume the role of Convenor for Hindi language programme. Duties will include a wide range of teaching and developmental tasks for lectures and tutorials as well as the management of the Hindi language programme. Appointment will be made on a three-year contract, renewable subject to mutual agreement. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard leave and medical benefits are provided. For expatriate staff, a housing allowance may also be payable. Applicants may contact the Centre if they have any queries.

Applications are to be made in English. Those interested in the position should send a cover letter, a CV, a brief teaching philosophy statement, representative samples of self-developed teaching/learning material, copies of educational certificates and the names and contact information (postal and e-mail addresses, and fax numbers) of three academic referees to:

The Director

Centre for Language Studies

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

#02-05, AS4, 9 Arts Link

Singapore 117570

Tel: 6516-6346

Fax: 6777-7736

Email: clssec@nus.edu.sg

Review of applications will begin from April 19, 2010, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Visit our website at http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/cls/ for an official notice of the position and for information on the Centre and http://www.nus.edu.sg for information on the University.

While you are enjoying the summer, don’t forget about the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, November 20-22, 2009 in San Diego. Pre-convention workshops are held on Thursday, November 19.

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ACTFL understands that the current economy has affected everyone’s pocketbook but we are striving to offer you the best quality programming for your dollars spent. We want you to benefit from one of the most outstanding annual professional development opportunities available to language professionals.

The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo has so much to offer you!

* Seven (7) AP pre-convention workshops sponsored by ACTFL and The College Board.
* Two (2) NEW full-day immersion pre-convention workshops in French and Spanish.
* More than 500 educational sessions for language professionals at all levels and all languages. Earn a minimum of 17 CEU credits. Learn techniques and activities you can use in the classroom come Monday morning.
* A top-notch World Languages Expo where you can visit one-on-one with 250 exhibiting companies and attend exhibitor workshops on the Expo floor.
* Special networking events hosted by ACTFL, its co-sponsoring associations, and many others where you can meet colleagues from around the world, make new friends and grow your contact list.

We know that times are tough and everyone is budget conscious. To help you save on housing, ACTFL was able to get lower hotel rates than usual for San Diego. You can SAVE on registration by taking advantage of the Early Bird rates by July 15. Go to the 2009 ACTFL Convention area of ACTFL to book your room and register.

CTFL 1001 N Fairfax St Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314
P 703.894.2900 Fax 703.894.2905
membership@actfl.org | www.actfl.org | www.discoverlanguages.org

Extended deadline for participation in Heritage Research Institute, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, June 22-26, 2009

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The March 15 deadline has been extended for a few days if you or any of your colleagues or students are interested in participating in this summer’s _Heritage Research Institute_ at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, June 22-26. The Consortium will fully fund UC faculty. The Heritage Center will provide some funding for graduate students.

Please see the website for details and the online application.

http://www.international.ucla.edu/languages/nhlrc/2009summer/

Karen Callahan
Assistant Director
UC Language Consortium/SLAI
220 Voorhies Hall/Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-2719/Fax: 530-754-7152

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 .

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* 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:
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION & CONSERVATION (ICLDC): Supporting Small Languages Together
March 12-14, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii
http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/icldc09/

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

2009 NFLRC ONLINE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR NON-NATIVE TEACHERS OF CHINESE & JAPANESE
June 22-July 3, 2009
http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/prodev/si09w/

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.)

LANGUAGE LEARNING IN COMPUTER MEDIATED COMMUNITIES (LLCMC) CONFERENCE
October 11-13, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii
http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/llcmc/

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.
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University of Hawai’i
1859 East-West Road, #106
Honolulu HI 96822
voice: (808) 956-9424, fax: (808) 956-5983
email: nflrc@hawaii.edu
VISIT OUR WEBSITE! http://nflrc.hawaii.edu

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Extended Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2008
Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century:  Sixth International Language Teacher Educator Conference
May 28 – 30, 2009
The George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

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Designed for practitioners and researchers involved in the preparation and ongoing professional development of language teachers, LTE 2009 will address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in many national and international contexts in which this takes place including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

Conference Themes

Theme I: The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
Theme II: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
Theme lll: Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
Theme IV: Practices in Language Teacher Education

Plenary Speakers:

* Second Language Teacher Education in Times of Change: Jack Richards, The Regional Language Centre
* Teacher Cognition and Communicative Language Teaching: Simon Borg, University of Leeds
* The Moral Lives of Teacher Educators: Bill Johnston, Indiana University
* A Sociocultural Perspective on Language Teacher Education: Karen Johnson, Pennsylvania State University

Types of Sessions

Symposia (2 hours):
Paper Sessions (25-minute papers)
Discussion Sessions (55 minutes)
Poster Sessions (60 Minutes)
For more information and to submit a proposal, see:
http://nclrc.org/lte2009

To contact us:
LTE@nclrc.org

Sponsored by
The National Capital Language Resource Center (Georgetown University, The George Washington University & The Center for Applied Linguistics)
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota

Job Announcement for Hindi Language Lecturer

The Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a one-year Lecturer in Hindi language for the academic year 2008-2009. The appointee will be expected to teach beginning and intermediate Hindi language classes (3 classes per semester). Applicants should have native or near-native fluency in Hindi, an M.A. or PhD in a related field, and proof of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Salary will be commensurate with level of academic qualification as well as teaching experience.

Dossiers consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and three letters of reference should be sent to Hindi Search Committee Chair, Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 820 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Candidates must also complete a short on-line profile at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50597 Application review begins immediately 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.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum
Call for Papers

Frankly Speaking: Challenges in Integrating
Languages and Cultures into a Post-Secondary Curriculum
October 15-17, 2008
FedEx Global Education Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://www.unc.edu/clac

The Fall 2008 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate instructors, and administrators to share expertise in building and managing post-secondary CLAC programs. A special focus this year will be on the implications of the May 2007 MLA Foreign Language Report (http://www.mla.org/flreport) on CLAC initiatives nationwide.

CULTURES AND LANGUAGES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (CLAC)

The CLAC movement intends to make global competence a reality for students and to create alliances among educators to share practices and methods for incorporating an international dimension in curricula, and, more generally, to achieve internationalization goals. General principles of CLAC include:
A focus on communication and content;
An emphasis on developing meaningful content-focused language use outside traditional language classes;
An approach to language use and cross-cultural skills as a means for the achievement of global intellectual synthesis, in which students learn to combine and interpret knowledge produced in other languages and in other cultures.

Within this large framework, CLAC can take many forms, depending on specific content and curricular goals within a discipline.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

Proposals for 30-minute papers or 90-minute panels on any issue relating to CLAC are welcome, although the following topics are of particular interest:
Institutional, professional, and practical obstacles to CLAC
CLAC: in competition or collaboration with foreign language departments?
Innovative interdepartmental or interinstitutional links
CLAC models for less commonly taught languages or heritage languages
Preparing graduate students and faculty to implement CLAC
The role of Title VI Centers and other funding agencies
CLAC evaluation and assessment
Sample teaching materials: syllabi, classroom activities, lesson plans
The use of technology in CLAC
The implications of national foreign language standards on CLAC
Languages for special purposes / professional use / service learning

To submit a proposal, please email an submission form (available on the web at http://www.unc.edu/clac) and a one-page abstract (max. 350 words) to clac2008@unc.edu by May 15, 2008.

Selected papers will be published on the CLAC conference website. Submission of a proposal constitutes agreement to online publication. This in no way limits the author’s rights to publish the paper elsewhere.

For additional information, please visit the conference website at http://www.unc.edu/clac.

The Program in Middle East/South Asia Studies at the University of California, Davis seeks a lecturer to teach Hindi/Urdu in a new and growing program for the 2008-09 academic year. The lecturer will teach nine courses over three quarters, September 22, 2008 June 12, 2009, and there may be additional support. Successful candidates will also be considered to co-teach an intensive 15-unit course in Hindi/Urdu during the 2008 Summer Session. Applicant must have an M.A. or a Ph.D., or be A.B.D, preferably in Hindi/Urdu or a related field. Applicant should have experience teaching Hindi/Urdu as a second language at the college level. Salary is contingent upon qualifications and experience. Percent of employment is determined by number of courses taught.

Please send a letter of application indicating the texts and methods that you have used in Hindi/Urdu instruction, a C.V., one-two sets of student course evaluations, sample tests and quizzes, and three letters of reference to: Professor Suad Joseph, Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, 156 Everson Hall, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. For more information e-mail: mesastaff@ucdavis.edu and check our website at http://mesa.ucdavis.edu/. The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2008.

The Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at
Manoa is pleased to announce. . .

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

31st Annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)
October 17-19, 2008
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/slrf08/

ONLINE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN! (See Call for Proposals
section for complete details and instructions for proposal submissions)

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 15, 2008
Notification of selection: Mid-May 2008

Theme: EXPLORING SLA: PERSPECTIVES, POSITIONS, AND PRACTICES

Plenary speakers:
– Dr. Harald Clahsen (University of Essex)
– Dr. Alan Firth (Newcastle University)
– Dr. Eva Lam (Northwestern University)
– Dr. Richard Schmidt (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

We welcome all areas of second language research, including, but not
limited to:
– Instructed SLA
– Acquisition of grammar and phonology
– Child SLA
– L2 Processing
– Language and learner characteristics
– Language and cognition
– Discourse and interaction
– Language and socialization
– Bilingualism and multilingualism
– Language and ideology
– Literacy development
– Learner corpora
– Language learning and technology
– Second language measurement

1) PAPERS:
Individual papers will be allotted 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for
discussion).

2) POSTERS:
Posters will be displayed for a full day. Posters are intended for
one-on-one discussion or reports of work in progress.

3) COLLOQIUA:
The colloquia/panels consist of individual paper presentations that relate
to a specific or related topics of interest. They are offered in 2-hour
sessions.

Please see our website for complete proposal submission instructions and
additional updates: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/slrf08/.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2008.

For any proposal submission questions, please contact the SLRF 2008
Program Chairs at slrf2008program@gmail.com

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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://www.nflrc.hawaii.edu
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