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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:

(For technical support: call John 608-265-7902 or write to

  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 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


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 and send your current resume or CV with your language in the subject line. Thank you!

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

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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

You will find complete housing and registration information online at 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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CALPER | Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education & Research
Dear Colleagues,
campus housing for our summer workshops is open now. All relevant information, including the Penn State campus housing reservation form, has been posted at the workshop site online
We hope that you will be able to participate in our exciting workshop week!
Best regards,
Gabriela Appel

2010 Summer Workshops

July 12 – 14 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
9:00am – noon
WS1: Language Focused Tasks for Communicative and Content-based Classrooms
Presenter: Teresa Pica, University of Pennsylvania
WS2: Making the Most of a Corpus
Presenter: Mike McCarthy, University of Nottingham and CALPER
WS3: Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Heritage and Domestic Language Learners
Presenter: Karen Johnson, Penn State
WS4: Developing Content-based Thematic Units to Enhance Curricula
Presenter: Heather Hendry, University of Pittsburgh
WS5: Tracking Language Development with Learner Corpora
Presenter: Xiaofei Lu, Penn State

July 15 – 17 – Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9:00am – noon
WS6: Language and Culture
Presenter: Jim Lantolf, Penn State
WS7: Assessment for Learning in the L2 Classroom
Presenter: Matt Poehner, Penn State
WS8: Grammar Meaning a Grammar of Meanings: Teaching Concepts in the Foreign Language Classroom
Presenter: Eduardo Negueruela, University of Miami
1:30pm – 4:30pm
WS9: Discourse Analysis and L2 Teaching
Presenter: Susan Strauss, Penn State
WS10: Using E-Portfolios in Language Teaching
Presenters: Meredith Doran and Glenn Johnson, Penn State
One registration fee for the whole week:
EARLY BIRD extended until June 1, 2010 = $150
Regular after June 1, 2010 = $200
All relevant information is on our workshop site online.
Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research
The Pennsylvania State University
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Deadline Extended to April 30, 2010

Special Funding Support for LCTL Teachers for Professional Development at the CARLA Summer Institutes


To support the improvement of instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs), the University of Minnesota’s National Resource Centers offer a limited number of $600 stipends for LCTL teachers to help defray the cost of attending any of the CARLA summer institutes. The University NRCs––the Consortium for the Study of the Asias (CSA), the European Studies Consortium (ESC) and the Institute for Global Studies (IGS)––are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsor this program as part of their mission to support LCTL teachers. Applications are due by April 30, 2010.

See the following for more information and application materials:

European LCTL teachers see:

Asian LCTL teachers see:

All other LCTLs see:

For more details about the stipend program see:

CARLA Summer Institutes 2010

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. These internationally-known institutes reflect CARLA’s commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom.

Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities. Participants at the CARLA summer institutes have come from all over the world. They have included foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, program administrators, and curriculum specialists. Over 3,000 language teachers have participated in the summer institute program since it began.

The institutes for summer 2010 that are still open for registration are:

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching for Character-Based Languages

June 21–25, 2010

Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Language and Learning Disorders and the Struggling Immersion Learner

July 12–16, 2010

Focusing on Learner Language:

Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers

July 12–16, 2010

Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)

July 19-–23, 2010

Improving Language Learning: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction

July 19-–23, 2010

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom

July 19-–23, 2010

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development

July 26–30, 2010

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom

July 26–30, 2010

Language and Culture in Sync: Teaching the Pragmatics of a Second Language

July 26–30, 2010

More information about each institute is available on the CARLA website at:

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY will conduct a Teacher Training Program in Hindi and Urdu.

June 14 – 25, 2010


The program is designed for:

Aspiring teachers

Teachers in Startalk 2010

Teachers with some or no training

Each course can be taken as non-credit or for graduate credit (two competitive scholarships available).

Participants need to have a Bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate students will also be considered.

The program will be followed by two ACTFL OPI training workshops in the Fall.

Partial tuition, housing, breakfast and lunch are covered by a grant from the National Foreign Languages Center.

For more information and application please log on to: or


Application must be received by April 20, 2010

The UCLA Language Materials Project (LMP) is proud to announce the completion of the lesson plan component of its stimulating new site for elementary and secondary foreign language teachers, the K-12 Gateway to the Less Commonly Taught Languages.


The core of the Gateway is a complete set of downloadable lesson plans and supplementary materials for teaching a first year language course. Written in English, the plans can be adapted to any language and grade level.

The lessons were created by Florence Martin of California State University Long Beach, who has taught languages at all levels from kindergarten through college, and speaks two Less Commonly Taught Languages. Over 100 lessons are grouped into 20 thematic units packed with stimulating activities for communicative learning.

Pilot-tested by K-12 teachers from Anchorage to Virginia, the Gateway offers easy navigation to a wealth of information. Beyond the lessons, there is a component on curriculum design, standards, and proficiency-based teaching. A resource section offers links to Language Resource Centers, teachers’ associations and forums, curriculum and assessment guides, journals, and professional development opportunities.

The K-12 Gateway resides within the established Language Materials Project website. Gateway visitors are only a click away from the language profiles and authoritative bibliography of teaching materials for which the LMP has been known since 1992. The bibliography has been augmented with detailed citations of several hundred items for younger audiences.

The recent increase of federal interest in foreign languages has kindled a language renaissance in K-12 schools across the nation. The number of classes for such less-commonly taught languages as Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Russian has increased substantially even in the primary grades. But the range of textbooks and classroom materials available for learners below college level is limited. Teachers are also confronted by a lack of curricula or state standards to follow. The K-12 Gateway responds to those needs.

The Gateway was created with support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI, International Research and Studies program.

We invite you to visit the K-12 Gateway at and send us your suggestions for enhancing the site.

The Berkeley Language Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new Web site! The URL is as before (, but the look is all new.   Your feedback is welcome.



The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. AIIS especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. 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 For more information please contact the American Institute of Indian Studies (773) 702-8638. Email: Web site: Application deadline is July 1, 2010.

Due to a server problem, the UC Language Consortium is requesting that everyone who has already submitted a proposal for the SLA Conference in April RESUBMIT THEIR PROPOSAL ONLINE BY FEB. 5 as a safety precaution. Notifications will be going out to presenters no later than Wednesday, Feb. 17.


If you have not yet submitted a proposal you can still do so until February 5.

See for pertinent information for anyone interested in presenting a paper at the conference. All abstract submissions will be on-line with a new deadline of February 5th.

Here is a description of the conference:

The 5th UC Language Consortium Conference on SLA Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives

For the First Time in Partnership with the East Coast Language Consortium

University of California, San Diego

April 23-25, 2010




Institute Professor and

Professor of Cognitive Science

Case Western Reserve University

APRIL 24th





Professor of Applied Linguistics

and TESL, University of California, Los Angeles

We invite submissions for presentations from scholars in all disciplines who are involved in all types of research on second language learning and teaching. In order to focus on issues of concern to scholars and teachers in California, but also to include as broad a range of interests as possible, we particularly encourage proposals in the following thematic areas:

Literature and Culture in Language Study

Language Learning for the Heritage Student

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Second-Language-Acquisition Theory

Innovative Classroom Applications of Second-Language-Acquisition Theory

*DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by February 5, 2010 *

Submit abstracts online at:

All papers must represent original, unpublished work. Presentations may be up to 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for questions. All submissions will be evaluated anonymously. Confirmation of receipt of submissions will be sent by e-mail. If your paper is accepted, your submitted abstract will be used for the conference handbook. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the primary author by late January via e-mail.

Pre-registration materials will be available in January, and a preliminary schedule will be available in February, 2010.


Note to faculty, lecturers, and graduate students: There will be limited funding provided by the UC Language Consortium for travel and lodging expenses for both participants and attendees.

Further information will be available on the website in early January.

Sponsored by the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching.

The UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching is a system-wide initiative designed to make the most effective use of UC’s vast linguistic resources and expertise. The consortium fosters collaboration among and across the language programs at the UC campuses with an eye to increasing student access to language study through a combination of the best classroom practices, technological enhancements and study and work-abroad programs.

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