Conferences 2008

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Ciber conference at Florida International University


Florida International University’s CIBER is proud to announce the Language for Business Conference: K-12 and Community College, new perspectives on developing a language for business course. The day and a half conference will be held in Miami, October 31st — November 1st at the Sofitel Hotel. The Conference has the support of consulates, language associations and cultural organizations and will bring editorial companies from throughout the world to Miami to showcase the materials to K-12 teachers and junior community college professors. We have chosen four language tracks—Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese—concentrating on the most relevant languages taught in the classroom today.

The program will serve to instruct high school teachers and junior community college professors on the importance and necessity of incorporating aspects of Language for Business into the standard curricula. It will provide teachers and professors with materials and practical lessons on how to incorporate and develop a course in the K-12 curricula on Language for Business.
We would like to have your support in announcing this conference among your members as we look forward reaching out to teachers throughout the U.S.

Thanks to the generosity of our co-sponsors many travel grants are available for outside the area teachers.

If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact us at 305-348-1740 or visit our website at

Call for Papers

We welcome proposals that address various aspects of the 2008 conference’s overall theme: *Incorporating Languages for Business into the k-12 Curriculum*. The conference will explore how to equip students and educators with the linguistic, multicultural and pedagogical tools necessary to teach Languages for business in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese in the K-12 and Junior College program of studies

Priority will be given to proposals which address the following themes:

(1) Business Language Instruction

” What is being done in the classroom

” Successful techniques

(2) Collaborations – on Campus and with the Private Sector

” Interdisciplinary cooperation

” Internships, Corporate partnerships, Study Abroad

(3) Expanding the Field

” Business language in k-12 and community colleges

Please limit your proposals to 200 words, and include the following information: (1) Name and institutional affiliation; (2) a short bio (approximately 50 words); (3) Title of paper; (4) Language of presentation (English is encouraged; target language is fine for language-specific sessions); and (5) goal(s) of the presentation.

Sessions will last one hour, with three presenters per session. Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes for the presentation.

*The DEADLINE for proposals is September 26. You will receive notice of the proposal decision by October 3.*

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STARTALK Workshop at ACTFL 2008

The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland invites you to attend a workshop session “Applying for a STARTALK Grant: Designing a Winning Program”. The workshop will be held at ACTFL’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, November 23rd, from 9am to 12 noon. There is no workshop fee.

STARTALK provides funding for summer programs in critical languages for K-12 students and/or current and prospective teachers of levels K-16. This workshop will provide guidance for those interested in applying for a STARTALK grant and provide you with information about the selection criteria. Data on reviewers’ findings will be shared. Participants will also be introduced to the STARTALK curriculum templates which are used
to design curriculum.

Although there is no charge for this workshop, you must register with the NFLC in advance. Enrollment is limited to 60. If you are interested, please contact Scott Nichols (, or 301-405-9823) to reserve a space before November 7th. Participation in the workshop will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Conference on Language and Technology, 22-24 Jan. 2009

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Call for Papers (

Conference on Language and Technology is a biennial conference series organized by the Pakistani Society for Language Processing (PSLP), aiming to bring together students, researchers and practitioners to exchange research and development in the fields of linguistics and processing of speech, script and language. CLT09, the second conference in the series, is being hosted by the Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore. The program of CLT09 will consist of invited talks, workshops, tutorials, paper presentations and panel discussions. Authors are invited to submit full papers describing completed or on-going research or development in the following and related areas.

* Phonetics
* Phonology
* Morphology
* Syntax
* Semantics
* Discourse Analysis
* Writing Systems
* Ontologies
* Text Summarization
* Localization
* Stemming
* Morphological Analysis
* POS Tagging
* Grammar Modeling
* Chunking
* Parsing
* Computational Lexica
* Ambiguity Resolution
* Linguistic Resources
* Speech Recognition
* Text-to-Speech Analysis
* Optical Character Recognition
* Handwriting Recognition
* Fonts
* Machine Translation
* Information Retrieval
* Computer Assisted Language Learning


National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Submission Procedure

Papers and Tutorial/Workshops are to be submitted electronically through the online submission system at

Important Dates

Paper submission by: 15 August 2008
Tutorial/Workshop proposal submission by: 15 September 2008
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2008
Camera ready version of accepted papers: 20 November 2008
Conference: 22-24 January 2009

For Further Details

Dr. Sarmad Hussain
CLT09 Secretariat,
Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
B Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan.
Phone: +92-42-111 128 128 Fax: +92-42-5165232


Organizing Committee

Dr. Sarmad Hussain, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan (Conference Chair)

Dr. Miriam Butt, Universitat konstänz, Germany (Head of Technical Committee)

Mr. Shafiq ur Rahman, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan (Head of Program Committee)

Dr. Muhammad Abid, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (Head of Publications)

10th Annual DigitalStream 2008 Conference
March 17-19, 2008 California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside, CA

Presentations in Technology with Teaching and Learning of Foreign and
Second Language Culture for classroom and online learning environments and
more. . .

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Rebecca Oxford – Professor and Former Director of Second Language
Education Program; University of Maryland
Barbara Sawhill – IALLT President; Director Cooper International Learning
Center, Oberlin College, Ohio

To Register visit

Questions? Email or call (831) 582-4450

Space is limited – Register Today!


National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Eleventh International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin April 24-27, 2008

Theme: LCTLs and Globalization: Challenges, Expectations and Possibilities
The Eleventh Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 25-27, 2008, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 24th). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, “LCTLs and Globalization: Challenges, Expectations, and Possibilities.” Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. Presentations may address the linkage between language study and globalization, curriculum and material development, methodology, bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, outreach and advocacy, and the use of technology in teaching languages. Other topics such as teacher training, professionalization, research, and assessment are also welcome.

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 ( 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. Please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat ( ) 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 deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 30, 2007. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 21st, 2008 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:
4231 HumanitiesBuilding
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

SASA South Asian Studies Conference
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline
December 31, 2007

EAST AND WEST ENTWINED – – A Call for Papers
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
March 29-30, 2008

The South Asian Studies Alliance second annual conference seeks to explore the myriad ways in which South Asia and the values associated with the East have interacted with those ofthe West. What are the political, social, cultural and economic ties that have developed historically as a result of the meeting of these distinct cultures and civilizations? And in the contemporary context, too, what has been the impact of this interaction in a globalized world? We seek to encourage discussion around a broad range of topics and welcome interdisciplinary approaches to themes such as empire, religion, literature and language, education, media and the arts including cinema, trade and the economy, politics, strategic studies, gender and race, South Asian diasporas, food and fashion, etc. As always, however, submissions on any topic within South Asian Studies are most welcome.

The deadline for submitting a paper proposal to Dr. Chandrika Kaul, program chair, is December 31, 2007. Please visit the conference website for complete proposal submission details. Established groups and/or associations sharing compatible interests are encouraged to collocate with us. Contact Dr.Chandrika Kaul, the program chair, at for details. Presenters are encouraged to consider publishing their work in the ASPAC online journals: E-ASPAC and ASPAC papers.

About the Venue

Conference co-hosts are the School of Politics and Economics and the School of Religion, both of the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Claremont is serviced by the Ontario International Airport, a 15 minute drive from the campus and about 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

We are planning for a nearly doubling of attendance at this year’s conference. To optimize facilities access the conference will run two full days, March 29-30. Participants will share four coffee breaks, two lunches and the conference banquet as part of the registration package.



Bridging CALL Communities

Hosted by University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
March 18-22

Pre-conference Workshops: Tuesday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 19
Courseware Showcase: Thursday, March 20
Presentation Sessions: Thursday, March 20 – Saturday, March 22

Use CALICO’s on-line proposal submission form at

You will need to log-in as a member or register/make your own login on the site (“Register proposer”) and then will be given the link to submit a proposal.


All presenters must be current members of CALICO or IALLT by the time of the conference and are responsible for their own expenses, including registration fees.

CALICO and IALLT are professional organizations dedicated to the use of technology in foreign/second language learning and teaching. CALICO and IALLT bring together educators, administrators, materials developers, researchers, government representatives, vendors of hardware and software, and others interested in the field of computer-assisted language learning.

For more information or if you have questions or problems, contact–
Mrs. Esther Horn
CALICO Coordinator 512/245-1417 (phone)
214 Centennial Hall 512/245-9089 (fax)
601 University Drive