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South Asia Language Pedagogy & Technology


South Asia Language Pedagogy & Technology (SALPAT) is currently accepting online submissions for its second volume, “Teaching South Asian Languages: Scope, Challenges, Horizons.”

Submissions may include, but are by no means limited to:

• Furthering the study of less-commonly taught languages

• Distinctive possibilities for technology in South Asia language instruction

• The challenges that South Asian languages present to university teaching

• Implementing new strategies in a working curriculum

• The proper scope of technology in language learning

• Pedagogy and web implementation

• Teaching and testing resources

• Original content development, applets, plugins, and digital resources

• Reviews of technology and pedagogical material

SALPAT is an online journal, hence submissions need not be confined to article format. Video, representative design, elaborated code, and the like are actively sought.

SALPAT is a blind peer-reviewed journal that seeks to promote innovative research on teaching and learning the languages of South Asia. Its editorial board draws from specialists in diverse fields: South Asian languages, language pedagogy, linguistics, sociolinguists, and South Asian history, among others. The editor for this volume is Blake Wentworh, Yale University.

• Please direct enquiries to Blake Wentworth <>

• Submit an article and subscribe online at

• Please post and forward this announcement to relevant colleagues and institutions.



The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL, is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The Journal is refereed and published once a year.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages (all foreign languages except English, French, German, and Spanish). The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows:

a. Methodology and Technology,
b. Academia,
c. Beyond Academia,
d. Social Embeddedness

The first section shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second section will encompass reports about research and teaching in academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third section shall comprise papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry. Finally, the fourth section will address the issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation.

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see Manuscripts should be a maximum of 25 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and preferably submitted electronically via email attachment. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point font with a 1.5 inch left margin. The manuscript should be accompanied by a 150 word (or less) abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, office and home telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the cover sheet only, and not appear in the manuscript.

While submissions are welcome at any point, only papers received by October 31, 2009 will be guaranteed consideration for the 2010 issue of the Journal.
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The 2nd International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2009) and the 2nd International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2009) will be jointly held in Tianjin, China, from 17 to 19 October 2009. We cordially invite you to submit a paper and/or an exhibition. Due to numerous requests, the submission deadline is extended to 20 May 2009.


Selected best papers will appear in SCI-indexed journals, such as “Multimedia Tools and Applications” and “Journal of Medical Systems”.The papers published in the proceedings will be included in the IEEE Xplore and indexed in Ei Compendex (CISP 2009 IEEE Catalog Number: CFP0994D; BMEI 2009 IEEE Catalog Number: CFP0993D). CISP’09-BMEI’09 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Tianjin is one of the four municipalities in China. It is a financial and commercial center in North China and is known for its numerous travel resources and rich history, such as the Huangyaguan Great Wall, Dule Temple, Panshan Mountain and Food Street. It takes only 30 minutesto travel between Tianjin and Beijing by high-speed train.

The registration fee of US$420 includes lunches, dinners, and banquet.The previous CISP’09-BMEI’09 attracted over 2600 submissions from more than 30 countries.

CISP’09-BMEI’09 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of multimedia, signal processing, biomedical engineering, and biomedical informatics.

For more information, visit the conference web page:

If you have any questions after visiting the conference web page, please email the secretariat at





Michael Thomas Ph.D.
Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Japan


Much has been written over the last few years about the potential of Web 2.0 technologies (wikis, podcasting, social networking sites, virtual worlds, photo- and video sharing, etc.) to produce a transformation of pedagogy. Web 2.0 applications are portrayed as technologies that will enhance collaboration and participation in the classroom and develop students$E2Ao new digital literacy skills. Though Web 2.0 technologies are becoming increasingly prominent, few longitudinal or empirical studies have been carried out to date and many of the alleged benefits of the technologies have yet to be substantiated. Moreover, frequently cited terms such as $E2Audigital natives,$E2Au $E2Audigital immigrants,$E2Au and $E2Aucollective intelligence$E2Au, to name but a few, while intuitively significant, have been supported by little in the way of actual studies. Where such studies have emerged, they have cast into doubt the wider significance of these terms and deconstructed some of their most important foundational claims. Most of the existing literature on Web 2.0 is descriptive in nature, and while this is useful for actual teaching practice, it is now necessary for studies of Web 2.0 to engage with a more substantive research agenda in the educational domain.

Web 2.0 in Education: Applying the New Digital Technologies is a collection of content-based chapters and case studies examining the pedagogical potential and realities of Web 2.0 in a wide range of disciplinary contexts across the educational spectrum. The book aims to examine a number of foundational aspects ofWe 2.0 technologies and to understand the implications for teaching, learning and professional development. By mixing content-based chapters with a theoretical perspective with case studies detailing actual teaching approaches utilizing Web 2.0 in the classroom or on campus, the book will provide a valuable resource for teacher trainers, academic researchers, administrators and students interested in interdisciplinary studies of education and learning


Chapter proposals are being sought for the first section of the book (6-10 chapters). Chapters should focus on a substantive area of pedagogy related to the use of Web 2.0 technologies in education. Completed chapters should be between 6,000 – 8,500 words in length, and fully referenced following APA style guidelines. Possible subject areas to be addressed by the chapters include but are not limited to the following:

(i). Research on digital natives and/or digital immigrants
(ii). Web 2.0 and digital literacies
(iii). Web 2.0 in open and distance learning
(iv). Web 2.0 and professional development
(v). Virtual and/or Personal learning environments
(vi). Research on particular applications (Flickr, wikis, podcasting, virtual worlds, social networking etc.)
(vii). Mobile learning
(viii). Literature reviews of Web 2.0 research
(ix). Administering Web 2.0 in education, security issues etc.
(x). Deconstructing Web 2.0 in education, critical perspectives on the potential of emerging technologies
Proposals on other topics in addition to those listed are of course welcomed.


The second section of the book includes 12-20 case studies that develop and compliment the themes of the first section of the book by exploring instructors$E2Ao practical experiences.

All of the case studies are organized according to a similar format thus enabling comparison. Case studies represent first-hand accounts from those involved directly in the projects described. The case studies should be based on research done with Web 2.0 technologies in the last four years. Each case study should address the following sections where appropriate:
(i). the context of the project
(ii). the rationale of the project
(iii). the teaching and learning aims and objectives of the project
(iv). the technology infrastructure
(v). the evaluation and assessment criteria used
(vi). the learning outcomes and findings of the project
(vii). future implications of the project (institutional, for teaching, for learning, for professional development)
The final word-length of each case study is expected to be in the range of 3,500 $E2Ai 6,000 words


Please send a 1-2 page proposal outlining the main features of your proposed chapter or case study and how it is relevant for the collection. Proposals should be sent as MS Word documents by email to: Michael Thomas, at: <>. The deadline for the receipt of a proposal is May 31st, 2009. The subject line of the email should read, $E2AuWeb 2.0 Chapter/Case Study Proposal.$E2Au
All proposals should include the following information:
(i). Full name and title of the author(s)
(ii). Professional status (Teacher, Lecturer, Professor etc.)
(iii). Professional affiliation (Name of your educational institution)
(iv). Professional address
Email addresses
(v). Please attach a short biographical statement of each author (ca. 50-100 words).
All proposals will be vetted and returned to the authors within 2 weeks of receipt with appropriate feedback.

The first draft of the chapters and case studies is due on or before November 30th, 2009. All submitted work will be subject to a double-blind refereed process.

Authors of accepted proposals will be sent further guidelines for the development of their chapter or case study. Prospective authors may submit more than one chapter and/or case study proposal. However, only one chapter and case study can be accepted per author.

The book has attracted interest from a number of educational publishers and it is expected to be published in 2010.

Michael Thomas Ph.D. is Professor of English Language (special emphasis on learning technologies) at Nagoya University of Commerce & Business in Japan. His research interests are in the philosophy of language, digital literacies, emerging technologies and education, and the Internet and society. He is author of The Reception of Derrida: Translation and Transformation (2006), editor of Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009), and co-editor of Interactive Whiteboards: Research and Practice (forthcoming 2009) and Task-Based Language Teaching and Technology (forthcoming 2010). He is editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments.

Call for Submissions:
South Asia Across the Disciplines


Dipesh Chakrabarty • Sheldon Pollock • Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Muzaffar Alam • Akeel Bilgrami • Lawrence Cohen • Vasudha Dalmia • Nicholas B. Dirks • Wendy Doniger • Leela Gandhi • Robert Goldman • Akhil Gupta • Sudipta Kaviraj • Kathleen D. Morrison • Gregory Schopen • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak • Gauri Viswanathan • Steven I. Wilkinson

Published jointly by the University of California Press, the University of Chicago Press, and Columbia University Press

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, three of the academy’s leading publishers in South Asian studies have combined their resources to launch a major new series devoted to first books in this vibrant area of scholarship.

“South Asia Across the Disciplines” publishes work that aims to raise innovative questions in the field. These include the relationship between South Asian studies and the disciplines; the conversation between past and present in South Asia; the history and nature of modernity, especially in relation to cultural change, political transformation, secularism and religion, and globalization. Above all, the series showcases monographs that strive to open up new archives, especially in South Asian languages, and suggest new methods and approaches, while demonstrating that South Asian scholarship can be at once deep in expertise and broad in appeal. We invite manuscripts from art history, history, literary studies, philology or textual studies, philosophy, religion, and the interpretive social sciences, especially those that show an openness to disciplines other than their own. As a collaboration among leading university presses, “South Asia Across the Disciplines” marks a new approach. Each book in the series is published under the imprint of one of the three presses, but all are promoted as part of the series, sharing in design, advertising, and publicity.

The first books being published in the series are Everyday Healing: Hindus and Others in an Ambiguously Islamic Place (Carla Bellamy), The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab (Farina Mir), and Unifying Hinduism: The Philosophy of Vijnanabhiksu in Indian Intellectual History (Andrew Nicholson).

Authors interested in submitting a book manuscript to the series should send an initial inquiry and prospectus to Avni Majithia at
All manuscripts should be complete at the time of submission.

The deadline for abstract submission to SALA 2009 conference has been extended. The new deadline for both general sessions as well as panel proposals is April 30, 2009.


For more details please refer to the call for papers below. You can also check our conference highlights and other information at

Call for Papers

We encourage individual papers and/or panel proposals on South Asian languages
and linguistics from diverse frameworks and especially welcome those with
interdisciplinary focus, including but not limited to:
– Endangered language documentation
– Multilingualism and language maintenance
– Language ideology and language policy
– Language and literature
– Language pedagogy
– Discourse analysis
– English in South Asia
– Developments in different theoretical models

Location: University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, United States of America

Abstract Deadline:
April 30, 2009 (for general sessions and panels )

Plenary Speakers:
Peter Hook, University of Michigan; Gregory Anderson, Living Tongues Institute
for Endangered Languages; Tista Bagchi, University of Delhi

Special Session:
Special presentations in honor of Professor Prem Singh (1935-2008) by Paul Kiparsky, Madhav Deshpande, and George Cardona.

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to An author may submit
at the most one individual and one joint abstract. In case of co-authored work,
one e-mail address should be designated for communication with SALA.

Abstracts should be should be no more than 500 words in length (not including
data and references, which may be placed on a separate page). Only those
abstracts formatted PDF or Microsoft Word can be accepted. Abstracts should be
as specific as possible, with a clear statement of topic or argument,
methodology, approach and conclusions. Abstracts should be anonymous with the
author name as filename, followed by the appropriate file extension. The title
of the abstract must appear on at the top of the abstract page and the following
information should be included on a separate page in the same file:

(1) Paper title
(2) Session (General/Special Panel)
(3) Name(s) of author(s)
(4) Affiliation(s) of author(s)
(5) Address where notification of acceptance should be sent
(6) Phone number for each author
(7) Email address for each author
(8) Subfield (phonology, syntax, discourse analysis, bilingualism etc.)

Deadline for abstract submission is 30 April, 2009 (for general session and panels). The authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by 30 May, 2009 via email.

For special equipment needs, the conference organizers must be contacted by 1
Sept, 2009.

Panel Proposals
Panel organizers should submit completed proposals on or before 30 April, 2009.
Please ensure that one person has been designated as the organizer and one as
chair of your panel. The ‘organizer’ and ‘chair’ can be the same person. The
number of participants (i.e. presentations) in each panel is 3-4. Each proposal
must include a ‘panel proposal’ and abstracts for papers/presentations by each
panelist. It must include a title for the panel, titles for individual papers,
names and affiliation for each participant (including the panel organizer).

Proposals must be sent via email. Other guidelines for panel proposals and abstracts are the same as those for individual abstracts mentioned above.

Individual presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Panels can be proposed for a 2-hr period.

Contact Persons:
Sadaf Munshi
Assistant Professor
Linguistics and Technical Communication
University of North Texas
Ph: 940-369-8944

Shobhana Chelliah
Associate Professor
Linguistics and Technical Communication
University of North Texas
Ph: 940-369-8955

Innovation In Teaching is inviting contributions to an edited book, to be published by a major international publisher, on the topic of language learning and teaching beyond the classroom.


The aim of the book is to provide an account of the range of settings and types of learning and teaching beyond the classroom and to develop a broad theoretical understanding of this area of research and practice.

This call for papers is for two types of contributions: the first part of the book will include empirical papers reporting on research in out of class language learning. The second part of the book will include contributions reporting on the practical implementation of pedagogy is for out of class learning. This could include institutional efforts to encourage and support students in their learning outside the classroom, or it could report on the assessment of learning done outside the institution, for example.

Proposals can cover any of the following areas:
Self-access, distance education, workplace learning, home schooling, computer-mediated learning, use of mobile devices, study abroad, use of broadcast materials, self-instruction, online or offline learning communities, naturalistic learning, or learning in multiple settings. Within this broad framework, contributions may focus on issues such as:

– strategy use
– motivation and affective factors in out-of-class learning
– access to resources
– new modes of teaching and learning
– interaction between out-of-class and in-class learning
– interaction between language learning and everyday life.
– assessment of out-of-class learning.
– any other relevant areas.

A full call for papers can be found here:

A few reminders regarding the 38th Annual Conference on South Asia: the conference will be held October 22-25, 2009 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.


The deadline for preconferences, single paper, roundtable, and panel submission is April 1, 2009. All presenters must register and pay the registration fee by April 1, 2009 in order for your submission to be considered. For more information regarding the conference, please visit

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to fill out the conference survey Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

The Applied Linguistics Discussion Group has a Call for Papers for three sessions at the 2009 MLA meeting


The deadline for submission of abstracts (250 words) is 15 March 2009.

The three sessions are as follows:

1. The Linguistic Effects of Study Abroad Programs

2. Redefining Foreign Language Learning Goals in Terms of Multi-Comptence

3. The Role of the Language Coordinator

Please send all proposals to Frank Nuessel

The 38th Annual Conference on South Asia will be held on October 22-25, 2009 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club in Madison, WI.


Please visit the conference website for registration,submission, and lodging information.

Online submissions are being accepted for: Pre-Conference, Panel, Roundtable, and Single Paper sessions.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

We welcome requests to hold meetings during our conference from coordinators for Association Meetings.

Request forms are available online to purchase Book Sale Space at the conference venue and/or Advertising Space in the program book.

If you have any questions please visit or

Conference Staff
203 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-4884
Fax: (608) 265-3062

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