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Intermediate Urdu

We are delighted to announce the release of the language-learning website Intermediate Urdu at http://urdu.wustl.edu/

Hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and developed with a grant from the South Asia Language Resource Center at the University of Chicago, Intermediate Urdu comprises sixteen interactive reading passages with corresponding audio and English summaries, dynamic online quizzes, and thirteen video interviews of Urdu scholars. All content is directed towards students at the intermediate level and preparing them for advanced level proficiency.

The site is the first to fully utilize Nastaliq as a web-based font so that Nastaliq is natively displayed in the site without requiring the user to download an appropriate font.

For the site’s font functionality to work properly across all operating systems, users are required to use the most recent version of the Firefox browser (4.-).

We are eager for your feedback – please contact Dr. Mohammad Warsi (warsimj@gmail.com) or Samuel Wright (wright.samuel@gmail.com) with any comments.

We are delighted to announce that ‘Nepali: A Beginner’s Primer, with Conversational Dialogues and Grammar’ is now online:

http://lrc.cornell.edu/nepali/

Hosted by Cornell University’s Language Resource Centre, and developed with a grant from the South Asia Language Resource Center at the University of Chicago, the course comprises 16 lessons with dialogues, associated audio and video content, an interactive bilingual glossary (with audio pronunciation clips) and additional supplementary materials.

The core content of this beginner’s course draws on the instructional material devised by Shambhu and Banu Oja at Cornell University, used for teaching over the last 25 years.

No registration is required to use the site. However, we are currently assessing the usage and efficacy of this online resource and are eager to find volunteers who may help. If you would be willing to respond to some questions about your usage, and offer constructive feedback, please send an email to Dick Feldman at rf10@cornell.edu. The materials are all offered for free online, so we do appreciate your efforts to help us evaluate them.

Good wishes,

Kathryn March, Shambhu Oja and Mark Turin

I am pleased to announce the release of a new website (http://hindiurdu.net) that hosts Hindi-Urdu Blended Teaching Resources.  (“Blended” in this context means partly online, not pureed.) These include over twenty proficiency-oriented videos aimed at various language levels that were filmed at and around Michigan State University in summer 2010. These have captions, as well as tags for level, using ACTFL, ILR, and the more common “basic, intermediate, advanced” scale.  There is also an online devanagari writing guide, which will redraw handwriting samples and allow students to trace and write using their mouse, stylus, or finger on a tablet device. Efforts have been to make these resources function on older computers as well as latest mobile devices, so they will also work on the iPad and iPhone by using HTML5, the newly emerging web standard.  This website was supported by a pedagogical materials grant from the South Asia Language Resource Center  for which I was the principal investigator along with Vishwajeet Singh (now at the University of Oregon). We welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions through the online contact form, and I have a research assistant who can make any changes.  Thanks!

A. Sean Pue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Michigan State University

The SALRC blog has returned, and with it SALRC’s new Grants and Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Cronin.

Elizabeth will be assuming Antoinette’s role in the department, of whom many of you knew well. Please feel free to contact Elizabeth at any time with your questions or concerns just as you did with Antoinette.

In addition to her duties at the Center,  Elizabeth is a full-time student in the MA arts journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Elizabeth’s hours are Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Elizabeth can be reached at 773-834-3399 or at ecronin@uchicago.edu.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Loyola University Maryland

Language Learning Center Director

The LLC Director must be both a capable administrator and a knowledgeable technician.  The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Center and therefore must have the professional and personal skills necessary to train and to supervise the student staff as well as working with the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in order to facilitate both student and faculty use of the Language Learning Center.

In this context, the Director assists faculty in implementing courseware, streaming video, and other support technologies, and takes the initiative in investigating and implementing new technological approaches while making sure that the existing technology in the Center is in good working order. He or she administers the budget and oversees an on-going planning process which facilitates the timely maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrading of equipment so that the LLC stays abreast of changes in technology. In order to accurately assess the developing relationship between the Center and the classroom, the Director will teach three introductory or intermediate language courses per academic year.

The successful candidate will have a knowledge of and experience with instructional software, modern language broadcasts, network interfacing, and emerging as well as existing technologies.  He/she will be familiar with placement exams and will have the ability to implement pedagogy-related projects. The Director should possess at minimum as M.S. or M.A. in Instructional Technology and/or in a modern language taught in the department.

Loyola University Maryland is a dynamic, highly selective, Jesuit Catholic institution in the liberal arts tradition and is recognized as a leading independent, comprehensive university in the northeastern United States.

Located in a beautiful residential section of Baltimore with Graduate Centers in Timonium and Columbia, Loyola enrolls over 3,500 students in its undergraduate programs and 3,000 students in its graduate programs.

The University welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to its educational mission. Loyola is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, seeking applications from underrepresented groups.

Additional information is available at http://www.loyola.edu and http://www.loyola.edu/academics/alldepartments/modernlanguages/index.html

Review of Applications will begin mid-October 2011. Interviews will be held at the 2011 MLA Convention.

Applicants must submit the following materials online (www.loyola.edu/careers): letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of excellence in teaching, and a statement of teaching philosophy.

Three letters of recommendation should be sent to Natalie Rock, Administrative Assistant, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210-2699.

Job posting in Sanskrit at Columbia

The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at  Columbia University announces an opening in Sanskrit language to be  filled at the Senior Lecturer or Lecturer rank, beginning July 2011.   This is a full time appointment with multi-year renewal contingent on  successful review. Salary and rank will be commensurate with  experience. Responsibilities will include teaching two or three  courses per semester at all levels of the language and in all genres

A Ph.D. in Sanskrit is preferred but those with a Master’s degree and  considerable language teaching experience are also encouraged to  apply.  The rank of senior lecturer in discipline (language) requires  a high level of achievement, very substantial experience, and  superlative record of teaching as a lecturer.

All applications must be made through Columbia’s online RAPS  application system.  Please upload in RAPS: an application cover  letter, a brief statement of teaching philosophy and methodology,  curriculum vitae, a list of references, teaching evaluations and other teaching materials to support the  application.   You may enable the RAPS system to collect the required  3 letters of recommendation. Those letters may be uploaded directly by  the reference providers. Wherever possible, letters should be uploaded  in the online system.

academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53624

Applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2010.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Brown University

Internationalization is an important and growing focus at Brown University. Language learning will continue to play an increasingly important role as the Brown curriculum becomes a model for global undergraduate education, expands the depth and breadth of international experiences for students and brings more international scholars and programs to Providence. We encourage those with background and experience in teaching and learning languages to apply for following positions within the academic technology unit that works in support of faculty innovations through technology. http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Human_Resources/jobs/index.html

– Instructional Designer, Programs Coordinator – Job #B001151

– Instructional Technologist/Senior Instructional Technology – Job

#B001200

– Systems Administrator -Job #B01150

– Multimedia Coordinator – Job #B01206

– Media Production and Applications Specialist  – Job #B01202

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Interested candidates should apply to the following link and please note the specific job number stated above. https://careers.brown.edu

Catherine Zabriskie,

Director, Academic Technology, CIS

Brown University

401-863-7235 office

401-440-8166 mobile

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill invites applications for a three-year renewable lecturer
position in Hindi-Urdu language and culture beginning July 1, 2011. 

We are seeking a skilled language instructor with a commitment to a proficiency-based approach to
language. Native or near-native fluency in Modern Hindi-Urdu and English is required. 

College-level experience teaching Hindi-Urdu to nonnative speakers is preferred. At least an MA is
required. 

Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester (language and content courses), including
introductory through advanced levels of Hindi-Urdu. Ability to teach both the Nagari and Nastaliq
writing systems, and high proficiency in both, is required. 

Experience using new technologies for Hindi-Urdu language teaching is preferred. Submit a letter
detailing teaching philosophy, CV, available sample syllabi, and course evaluations online at
jobs.unc.edu/2500506. Paper or email applications will not be accepted. 

In addition, send a teaching DVD/video and have three original, signed letters of reference sent
to: Hindi-Urdu Search Committee, Department of Asian Studies, CB 3267, 113 New West, University
of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC 27599. 

Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.
For additional information, contact hindiurdusearch@unc.edu.  

UNC-CH is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Seeking LCTL students for survey on study abroad

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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 okim.kang@nau.edu 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

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Okim Kang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Department of English (TESL/Applied Linguistics)

Northern Arizona University

Phone: 928.523.2059; fax: 928.523.7074

okim.kang@nau.edu

First Orientation Course for Hindi Teachers in Foreign Countries

18 October – 1st November 2010

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[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:

Ravi Chaturvedi,Ph.D

Coordinator

Foreign Students’ Courses Committee

& Professor, Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies

Email: ravicvdi@gmail.com; Phone:+91 93140 53883

Website: http://www.hindivishwa.org

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.

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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.

Sincerely,

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

Tetyana Sydorenko

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

Glenn Stockwell

—– Columns —–

Emerging Technologies

> 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

We are happy to announce that 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.

Sincerely,
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
Tetyana Sydorenko

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
Glenn Stockwell

—– Columns —–

Emerging Technologies

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 Is’haaq Akbarian

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

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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: aiis@uchicago.edu. Web site: www.indiastudies.org. Application deadline is July 1, 2010.

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.

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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.

Louis Janus

Have a look: http://www.carla.umn.edu/lctl/db/index.php

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Louis Janus

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

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LCTL@umn.edu or janus005@umn.edu

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http://www.carla.umn.edu/LCTL

http://www.carla.umn.edu/about/profiles/janus.html

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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

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