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Theme: Moving LCTLs to a New Professional Level

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
13th International Conference


Venue: Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
April 22 – 25, 2010

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Thirteenth International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
April 22-25, 2010

Theme: Moving LCTLs to a New Professional Level

The Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 22-25, 2010, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 22th). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, “Moving LCTLs to a New Professional Level.” 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 professionalization, 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, professional development, 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. 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, 2009. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 21st, 2010 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 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7902
Fax: 608-265-7904

While you are enjoying the summer, don’t forget about the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, November 20-22, 2009 in San Diego. Pre-convention workshops are held on Thursday, November 19.


ACTFL understands that the current economy has affected everyone’s pocketbook but we are striving to offer you the best quality programming for your dollars spent. We want you to benefit from one of the most outstanding annual professional development opportunities available to language professionals.

The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo has so much to offer you!

* Seven (7) AP pre-convention workshops sponsored by ACTFL and The College Board.
* Two (2) NEW full-day immersion pre-convention workshops in French and Spanish.
* More than 500 educational sessions for language professionals at all levels and all languages. Earn a minimum of 17 CEU credits. Learn techniques and activities you can use in the classroom come Monday morning.
* A top-notch World Languages Expo where you can visit one-on-one with 250 exhibiting companies and attend exhibitor workshops on the Expo floor.
* Special networking events hosted by ACTFL, its co-sponsoring associations, and many others where you can meet colleagues from around the world, make new friends and grow your contact list.

We know that times are tough and everyone is budget conscious. To help you save on housing, ACTFL was able to get lower hotel rates than usual for San Diego. You can SAVE on registration by taking advantage of the Early Bird rates by July 15. Go to the 2009 ACTFL Convention area of ACTFL to book your room and register.

CTFL 1001 N Fairfax St Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314
P 703.894.2900 Fax 703.894.2905 | |

Penn STARTALK Teacher Training Institute for Hindi & Urdu


The South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania will host the Penn STARTALK Teacher Training Institute for Hindi & Urdu in the summer of 2009. It is a residential program and will run from 9AM to 3PM on weekdays from July 13-24. Participants will learn theory and best practices of teaching aligned with the national Standards of heritage and foreign language learning. Topics will include curriculum design, performance-based assessment, Oral Proficiency Interview, authentic materials, differentiated learning and Hindi structures. Expert Penn faculty and visiting professors will impart the knowledge through lecture demonstrations and workshops. The training will be learner-centered with lots of hands-on practice. A special feature of this institute is that teachers will have a chance to observe live classes of Hindi & Urdu taught by master teachers in Penn’s concurrent STARTALK Hindi & Urdu student programs.

The program is open to ALL pre-service and in-service teachers of Hindi and Urdu at school or college levels. All participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon the successful completion of the program. There is no tuition fee and participants can get free accommodation on Penn campus. Everyone will receive a certificate of attendance for MOPI training from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in addition to a certificate of attendance in the program from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information and the application form, please go to <> or contact Dr. Vijay Gambhir <>. The deadline is May 31, but apply early because the qualified applicants will be admitted on first come
first served basis.

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
July 20-24, 2009


The workshop is sponsored by Startalk and the National Heritage Language Resource Center. The Startalk sponsored languages are: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.  Additional spaces are available for other less commonly taught languages.

This workshop is designed to help language teachers face the challenge of teaching heritage language students. It will prepare them to understand the differences between teaching L2 and HL learners, the issues involved in heritage language teaching, and how to address them.

Apply on line at:

Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2009. Notifications will be emailed by June 10, 2009

For additional information, contact


— Registration Deadline is Approaching —


The Center for Language Acquisition and the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Penn State University will hold the 2009 Summer Institute in Applied Linguistics at the University Park campus.

The Institute has two sessions – Session I from June 22-July 3 and Session II from July 6-17.

Courses can be taken for credit or non-credit.

Registration is through Penn State University – Deadline for registration is MAY 22, 2009. Link to the Summer Institute’s Web site. Link to Course descriptions

The following courses are offered.

TWO-WEEK COURSES (Session I: June 22 – July 3, 2009)


L2 Sentence Processing: Theory and Experimental Quantitative Research Methods – Nuria Sagarra


Lending a Hand: Gesture and L2 Learning and Teaching – Steven McCafferty


The Contributions of Chaos/Complexity Theory to Applied Linguistics – Diane Larsen-Freeman


Implicit and Explicit Knowledge of a Second Language: Investigating Learning and Instruction – Yasuhiro Shirai


Technology, Mediation, and Second Language Development – Steven L. Thorne


Psycholinguistic Approaches to Second Language Development – Kees de Bot


Language and Identity – Tim McNamara


Cognition and SLA – Nick Ellis


Language as Symbolic Power – Claire Kramsch


Language and Alzheimer’s – Robert Schrauf


Writing in Second Languages – Alister Cumming


Self, Identity, Agency: The Theory and Practice of Action-based Learning and Teaching – Leo van Lier


Cognitive Linguistics and Its Application to Second Language Learning – Marjolijn Verspoor


World Englishes: New Questions for Policy, Proficiency, and Pedagogy – Suresh Canagarajah

TWO-WEEK COURSES (Session II: July 6 – 17, 2009)


Error Correction in L2 Classrooms – Lourdes Ortega


Second Language Conversations – Johannes Wagner


A Conceptualization-based Approach to Grammar, Corpus, Discourse Analysis, and Cognitive Linguistics – Susan Strauss


Introducing Sociocultural Theories Through Narratives of Second Language Learning and Teaching – Merrill Swain


Second Language Teacher Education – Karen E. Johnson and Paula Golombek


Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics – Gabriele Kasper


Non-western Perspectives on Applied Linguistics: Toward a Globalizing Applied Linguistics – Sinfree Makoni


Critical Language Testing: Power, Consequences, Responsibility, and Responses – Elana Shohamy


Classroom Interaction and Language Learning – Joan Kelly Hall


Multilingualism: Psycholinguistic, Sociolinguistic, and Educational Perspectives – Jasone Cenoz


Sociocultutal Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative – James P. Lantolf


Computational and Statistical Methods for Corpus Analysis – Xiaofei Lu


L2 Classroom-based Assessment – Pauline Rea-Dickins and Matthew E. Poehner


The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language – John H. Schumann

Announcing the All-India Conference of Linguists


This year’s All-India Conference of Linguists will be held in Hyderabad in December 2009.

Please visit

Watch for more updates soon.

The South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable will be held on October 9-11, 2009.


The 28th annual meeting of the South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable will be held on October 9-11, 2009. Please see the following link for further details:


29 June – 10 July 2009


Announcing the sixth international workshop on Tamil Epigraphy, to be held from 29th June to 10th July 2009 at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des Sciences historiques et philologiques, Sorbonne, Paris. This special program is organised as requested by many researchers on humanities working on Tamil in different countries. There are no registration fees and the course is offered freely. Classes will be held from Monday till Friday, morning 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (lunch break) afternoon 2.00 to 4.30 p.m. The participants have to arrange themselves their travel to Paris and accommodations. If you need more information please contact:

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 10, 2009.
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 2009
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 2,000 language teachers have participated in the summer institute program since it began in 1996.
The institutes for summer 2009 are:

Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Language and Learning Disorders and the Struggling Immersion Learner
July 13-17, 2009
Instructor: Tara Fortune

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 13-17, 2009
Instructors: Francine Klein and Wendy Allen

Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)
July 20-24, 2009
Instructors: Bill Johnston and Louis Janus

Improving Language Learning: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
July 20-24, 2009
Instructor: Martha Nyikos with guest presenter Andrew Cohen

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
July 20-24, 2009
Instructor: Laurent Cammarata

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching
July 20-24, 2009 (Session 1) -or- July 27-31, 2009 (Session 2)
Instructors: Diane Tedick, Tara Fortune, Maureen Curran Dorsano, and Mandy Menke

Focusing on Learner Language: Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
July 27-31, 2009
Instructors: Elaine Tarone and Maggie Broner

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
July 27-31, 2009
Instructor: Ursula Lentz with guest presenter Donna Clementi

Language and Culture in Sync: Teaching the Pragmatics of a Second Language
July 27-31, 2009
Instructor: Noriko Ishihara with guest presenter Andrew Cohen

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

The cost of each of the CARLA summer institutes is $350 if registration is received by May 31, 2009 and $400 after that date. More information and registration forms are available on the CARLA website at: or you can request a print copy of the brochure by contacting the CARLA office at:

Note: The summer institutes were developed and are supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center program and by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts. The LCTL stipends are supported by the University of Minnesota’s Title VI National Resource Centers.
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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

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