Call for Papers 2009

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*Call for papers – special issue of Language Learning Journal*

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Papers are invited for a forthcoming special issue of the Language Learning Journal, the official journal of the
Association for Language Learning (ALL), on /Languages of the Wider World: Valuing Diversity./

This special issue will focus on the learning and teaching of ‘Languages of the Wider World’, defined as less-commonly taught languages that do not have a large presence in UK Higher Education (i.e. at tertiary level), either in terms of  student numbers and/or spread and range of provision. The geographical area covered is wide and includes the languages of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Russian and other Slavonic and East European languages, Hebrew, Yiddish, Dutch  and Scandinavian languages. Amongst these are many minority and community languages in the UK as well as languages considered to be of strategic importance.

We particularly welcome papers that address aspects of the teaching and learning of these languages in terms of (i) practitioner perspectives (e.g. curriculum and materials development, course recognition and accreditation, widening participation, staff training, and translation and interpreting); (ii) policy and other responses to the challenges of linguistic hyperdiversity found in nation states today.

The issue will be guest edited by Professor Itesh Sachdev (SOAS, University of London) in collaboration with:

Professor Richard Clément (University of Ottawa), Dr Jean Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Jim Anderson (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Jo Eastlake (SOAS, University of London), Dr Shoshannah Holdom  (University of Southampton), Dr Noriko Iwasaki (SOAS, University of London), Cristina Ros i Solé (UCL, University of London) and Vicky Wright (University of Southampton).

Enquiries and submissions should be addressed to:

Dr Shoshannah Holdom, Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, School of Humanities (65A Crawford Building, Rm 3011), University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ.
Email: llas@soton.ac.uk; Tel: 02380 599637; Fax: 02380 594815.

All submissions must be received no later than 1st February 2009.

Contributors are advised to consult the Notes for contributors for guidance on the length, organisation and format of articles.  (http://www.informaworld.co/smpp/title~content=t779637218)

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
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Honolulu HI 96822
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email: nflrc@hawaii.edu
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National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
12th International Conference
Venue: Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
April 23 – 26, 2009

NB* Due to popular request, the deadline for receipt of proposals has been extended to Friday, December 5th, 2008. This extension is FINAL.

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The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 23-26, 2009, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, “Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs.” Presentations may address new paradigms in language pedagogy – such as curriculum, methodology, and material development, or new paradigms in advocacy and administration – such as bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, teacher training, professionalization, and program development, These paradigms will undoubtedly overlap and successful proposals will reflect the interrelatedness of pedagogy and program administration in the future of LCTLs. Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster and presentation sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the attached NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form. This form is also available at the NCOLCTL website (http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2009/prpsl.htm). The Proposal Submission form is a “fillable” PDF file that can be completed with Adobe(r) Acrobat(r) or Reader(r) and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use, but please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu) with any questions. For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

Due to popular request, the deadline for receipt of proposals has been extended to Friday, December 5th, 2008. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 5th, 2009 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 HumanitiesBuilding
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7902; FAX 608 265 7904

CALL FOR PAPERS
Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century:
Sixth International Language Teacher Educator Conference

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May 28 – 30, 2009
The George Washington University
Washington, D.C.
Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2008

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.

Themes

The conference will focus on four broad 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, please come to http://nclrc.org/lte2009

Sponsored by

The National Capital Language Resource Center
Georgetown University
The George Washington University
The Center for Applied Linguistics

Call for Papers: EPAL Grenoble 2009

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For those of you who do research in computer-mediated language learning, please note the following conference to be held in Grenoble, France, 4-6 June 2009.

*Echanger pour apprendre en ligne : conception, instrumentation, interactions, multimodalité*

Complete information, including the call for papers (proposals are to be submitted between December 1 and January 15) is available at http://w3.u-grenoble3.fr/epal/index.html

Due to overwhelming requests, deadline for NCOLCTL Call for Proposals extended.

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Final Deadline: November 14, 2008

Call for Proposals
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Twelfth International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
April 23-26 2009

Theme: Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs

The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 23-26, 2009, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions.  Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme,
“Towards a New Paradigm in the LCTLs.” Presentations may address new paradigms in language pedagogy – such as curriculum, methodology, and material development, or new paradigms in advocacy and administration – such as bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, teacher training, professionalization, and program development, These paradigms will undoubtedly overlap and successful proposals will reflect the interrelatedness of pedagogy and program administration in the future of LCTLs. Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long.  A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme.  Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the attached NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form. This form is also available at the NCOLCTL website (http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2009/prpsl.htm). The Proposal Submission form is a “fillable” PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use, but please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu) with any questions.

For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The extended deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 14, 2008. Applicants will be notified by the Program
Committee by Monday, Jan uary 5th, 2009 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register.  Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu

NCOLCTL
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7902; FAX 608 265 7904

The International Association for Language Learning and Technology announces the call for proposals for IALLT 2009.

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Mary Morrisard-Larkin, Conference Program Chair, invites you to submit proposals for “Language Learning GPS: Navigating the World of Technology”, to be hosted by Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, May 28-30, 2009.  Pre-conference Workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26th and 27th.

The International Association for Language Learning Technology welcomes proposals for conference presentations relating to the intersection of the teaching of languages and the use of technology.

IALLT 2009’s Program Committee is looking for proposals that show how technology is guiding the future of language learning and teaching. Possible topics include:
emerging technologies in support of language instruction, including:
computer-mediated communication
simulation and virtual environments
portable technologies
open source and other initiatives in the development of software for language instruction as well as new models for intra- and inter-institutional collaboration
issues surrounding language center design
legal and political issues affecting language learning and media development
assessment and research on language learning technologies, including case studies, action research and qualitative/quantitative analyses
other related topics (please contact the Program Committee with pre-proposals)

Presentation types include 45-minute sessions, 20-minute mini-sessions, one-hour panels, poster sessions, half-day, and full-day workshops. 45-minute sessions are designed for one or more presenters who discuss a proposed topic.  20-minute mini-sessions are designed for 1-2 presenters who want to make a shorter presentation about a proposed topic. This might include a demonstration of a technology-based tool or a discussion of preliminary research results. One-hour panels are designed to encourage discussion among 3-5 presenters (typically from different institutions) and the audience about a designated topic.  Each presenter usually speaks for 5-10 minutes prior to taking questions/comments from the audience.  Half-day (4-hour) and Full-day (8-hour) workshops typically offer hands-on training with technology tools. Both MAC and PC labs are available to presenters but presenters will need to provide their own software.

To submit a proposal or for further information, please visit the conference website at: http://www2.gsu.edu/iallt2009

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: November 21, 2008.

For questions about the program not answered on the website, please contact:

Mary Morrisard-Larkin
Director, Educational Technology
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01602
E-mail: mmorrisa@holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-3796

For questions about local arrangements and travel not answered on the website, please contact:

Patricia Early
Language Lab Coordinator
Modern and Classical Languages
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970
Email: pearly@gsu.edu
Phone: 404-413-6398

We look forward to receiving your proposals and seeing you next May at Georgia State University!

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