*MWALLT Fall 2010 Conference – Call for Proposals

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The MidWest Association for Language Learning Technology (MWALLT) conference is scheduled for *October 8-9, 2010* – save the date! The conference is being hosted by the CLA Language Center at the University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored with the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA).

The theme of the conference is /Engaging Students for Advanced Proficiency. /Instructors and graduate students interested in the use of technology in second language learning and teaching are encouraged to submit proposals, especially those relating to this theme and the following topics:

* Social Networking

* Increasing student production

* Providing feedback

* Use of mobile devices

* Video in second language learning

* Developing digital literacy

* Delivering curriculum online

* Developing professional community / Personal Learning Networks

* Technology approaches to Languages Across the Curriculum

The *deadline* for proposal submission is *September 1*.

Please see http://mwallt.pbworks.com/Call-for-Proposals-2010 for further presentation details and the proposal submission form.

Southwest and Northwest Associations for Language Learning Technology

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30!

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The Southwest and Northwest Associations for Language Learning Technology will hold a joint regional group meeting October 15-16, 2010 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

We welcome proposals for individual or joint presentations, panels, workshops, and posters that showcase technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. Our theme is “Sustainable Language Learning Technology” and our focus will be on which current and emerging technologies will best enhance our limited resources. Other related topics will be considered. Please join us if you can.

The new deadline for proposal submission is June 30, 2010. Submit your proposal at: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGY4TkQ2U2NnX1l3Zk1ZV3B5aWk0bkE6MQ or through the link at our conference website: http://swallt.org/conferences/

Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Call for Papers
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Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Call for Papers

Call for 2011 Journal Papers The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication.

The Journal, published annually by NCOLCTL, is dedicated to the issues and concerns related to the teaching and learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The Journal primarily seeks to address the interests of language teachers, administrators, and researchers. Arti­cles that describe in­novative and successful teaching methods that are relevant to the con­cerns or problems of the profession, or that report educational research or experimentation in Less Common­ly Taught Lan­guages are welcome. Papers presented at NCOLCTL’s annual conference will be considered for publication, but additional manuscripts from members of the pro­fes­sion are also welcome.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of Less commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). The envisioned coverage of the journal is as follows:
Methodology and Technology
Academia
Beyond Academia
Social embeddedness

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of LCTL’s along with reports about research and teaching in academia, at both the K-12 and collegiate levels. Also to be included are papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry and issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation in the USA.

Submitted Manuscripts

In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx

Manuscripts should be:

  • A maximum of 20 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and submitted electronically via word (1997-2003)-document e-mail attachment.
  • Double-line spaced throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point Times New Roman font with a 1.5 inch left margin. (Please ensure that this specified formatting is followed).
  • 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).

All Manuscripts should be electronically submitted  to The Editor at: Danko.Sipka@asu.edu and copied to the Secretariat at: ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu.

Deadline: While submissions are welcome at any point, only manuscripts received by September 30, 2010 will be considered for the 2011 issue of the journal.


Besides the Journal Editor, the process of selecting material for publication is overseen by the Advisory Editorial Board, which consists of the foremost scholars, advocates, and practitioners of LCTL pedagogy.  The members of the Board represent diverse linguistic and geographical categories, as well as the academic, government, and business sectors.


NCOLCTL Secretariat
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
608-265-7905
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages | 455 N Park St | 4231 Humanities Building | Madison | WI | 53706

Seeking LCTL students for survey on study abroad

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I am looking for students who are/will be studying less frequently taught languages such as Thai, Swahili, Hindi, Vietnamese, Tamil, Persian, Malay, Indonesian, Afrikaans, etc. (but perhaps not Spanish, Italian, French, or German). I’m hoping that you can introduce my research project to your students who go abroad to study any of those languages because I assume that your LCTL project may have access to those students. I am currently conducting a project supported by the TOEFL Board Awards from Educational Testing Service. The project seeks to investigate the best point in foreign language study for oversea immersion and the language learning motivations of students who study less frequently taught languages abroad versus more frequently taught languages abroad.

When students agree to participate, they will be asked to complete online surveys prior to departure (pre-survey) and again after their return (post-survey). Each of the survey may take 15-30 minutes to compete. Upon the completion of both the pre- and post- surveys, students will be compensated with $15. If they like, they can participate in online interviews for 15 minutes through Gmail Chat or AOL. As for this online interview, students will be compensated with additional $15. Students who have registered for this 2010 summer, fall 2010, or spring 2011 can participate.

Your support will be truly beneficial for this project because it is easy to find students who sign up for Spanish and French study abroad programs, but very difficult to find students who sign up for Swahili or Malay, for example. If you think that your students may be interested in participation or have any questions about the project, please have them email me at okim.kang@nau.edu or call me at 928.523.2059. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Northern Arizona University Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. I look forward to your response. Thank you very much for support.

Okim Kang

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Okim Kang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Department of English (TESL/Applied Linguistics)

Northern Arizona University

Phone: 928.523.2059; fax: 928.523.7074

okim.kang@nau.edu

First Orientation Course for Hindi Teachers in Foreign Countries

18 October – 1st November 2010

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[A Central University Established by an Act of Parliament ]

Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University) was established by the an Act of Indian Parliament in 1997 with an object to facilitate Hindi becoming an International language and to generate reading material in various disciplines of knowledge in this language and also provide facilities for higher research and teaching through Hindi in subjects like Comparative Literature , Linguistics , Non-Violence and Peace, Dalit and Tribal Studies, Buddhist Studies, Women Studies, Diaspora Studies, Translation & Interpretation, Anthropology, Forensic Sciences, Film and Theatre Studies, etc. The very name of the university reflects its firm commitment to the Gandhian philosophy as a guiding factor of entire curriculum. Keeping in view the ground realities and the fact that India is a fast growing economy and on the threshold of becoming an international business hub, the Uni-versity has started courses in Hindi Language for foreign students also, which include functional, literary and cultural aspects.

Amongst several multidimensional objects of the University, one is to strengthen various institutes and the departments imparting the knowledge of Hindi language and literature throughout the world by updating them in teaching methodology and techniques, as well as with the most relevant study material. With this mandate, the University has decided to organize orientation and refresher courses for the teachers of such international centers at a regular basis.

As a part of this endeavor, the University announces its first orientation course for the Hindi teach-ers of international community. The two weeks course is scheduled in the second half of October this year. University will provide accommodation and meals in its Father Camille Bulke International Hostel, to and fro inland travel cost to reach to the university to all the international participants along with study material as well. However, the participants will have to bear the cost of their international travelling.

The university campus is located on the highway connecting Wardha to Nagpur, an important city of Central India. One can reach Nagpur by Air from Delhi or Mumbai or Wardha by train from all impor-tant cities of India. Although this is a university still under formative years, however a taste of architectural aesthetics could be felt in its beautiful buildings which include School of Translation and Interpretation, School of Language, Mahatma Gandhi Fuji Guruji Center for Peace Studies , Administrative building, In-ternational Students Hostel, Hospital, Women Hostel, Boys Hostels and the Central Library. There are sev-eral other buildings coming up very fast.

Since, the course can accommodate maximum 15 participants at a time; you are requested to nominate one or two teachers from your institute/department at the earliest so as to reach us by 31st August 2010. However, the university reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of participants in spe-cial circumstances. A detailed program and the elaborated course content will be provided to the nominated participants separately.

Should you need any further clarification in this respect, please feel free to contact Ravi Chaturvedi,Ph.D:

Ravi Chaturvedi,Ph.D

Coordinator

Foreign Students’ Courses Committee

& Professor, Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies

Email: ravicvdi@gmail.com; Phone:+91 93140 53883

Website: http://www.hindivishwa.org

Call for Papers

“Teaching Culture in Less-Commonly Taught Language Class”

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42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 7-10, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick

Host Institution: Rutgers University

Cultural literacy (CL) is an important foundation for students to develop to learn about target language society’s values, traditions and experiences. It is an asset for other cultural studies courses related to the cultures of the target language. This panel examines how CL is incorporated into the teaching of LCTLs in the US academy. The panel seeks to demonstrate that culture provides a productive terrain for teaching grammar communicatively according to the standards set by ACTFL. Abstracts to Sunil Kumar Bhatt bhatt.sunil@ymail.com

Deadline: September 30, 2010

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.

The Southwest and Northwest Associations for Language Learning Technology will hold a joint regional group meeting October 15-16, 2010 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. We welcome proposals for individual or joint presentations, panels, workshops, and posters that showcase technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. Our theme is “Sustainable Language Learning Technology” and our focus will be on which current and emerging technologies will best enhance our limited resources. Other related topics will be considered. Please join us if you can.

The deadline for proposal submission is June 15, 2010. Submit your proposal at:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGY4TkQ2U2NnX1l3Zk1ZV3B5aWk0bkE6MQ

or through the link at http://swallt.org/conferences/

Announcing the Volume 14 Number 2 of Language Learning& Technology is now available at http://llt.msu.edu. This is a special issue on Technology and Learning Vocabulary.

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The contents are listed below.

Please visit the LLT Web site and be sure to enter your free subscription if you have not already done so. Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues. See our guidelines for submission at http://llt.msu.edu/contrib.html.

Sincerely,

Dorothy Chun and Irene Thompson, Editors

Language Learning& Technology

—– Feature Articles —–

Invited Commentary: Vocabulary

Ron Martinez& Norbert Schmitt

Lexical Bundles in L1 and L2 Academic Writing

Yu-Hua Chen& Paul Baker

Modality of Input and Vocabulary Acquisition

Tetyana Sydorenko

The Effect of Interactivity with a Music Video Game on Second Language Vocabulary Recall

Jonathan deHaan, W. Michael Reed,& Katsuko Kuwada

Using Mobile Phones for Vocabulary Activities: Examining the Effect of Platform

Glenn Stockwell

—– Columns —–

Emerging Technologies

> From Memory Palaces to Spacing Algorithms: Approaches to Second-Language Vocabulary Learning

by Robert Godwin-Jones

—– Reviews —–

Edited by Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas

Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forum

Barbara Hanna& Juliana de Nooy

Reviewed by Sonja Lind

Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Issues and Prospects

Elisabet Arnó Macià, Antonia Soler Cervera,& Carmen Rueda Ramos

Reviewed by Ishaaq Akbarian

We are happy to announce that Volume 14 Number 2 of Language Learning&  Technology is now available at http://llt.msu.edu. This is a special issue on Technology and Learning Vocabulary.

The contents are listed below.

Please visit the LLT Web site and be sure to enter your free subscription if you have not already done so. Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues. See our guidelines for submission at http://llt.msu.edu/contrib.html.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Chun and Irene Thompson, Editors
Language Learning&  Technology

—– Feature Articles —–

Invited Commentary: Vocabulary
Ron Martinez&  Norbert Schmitt

Lexical Bundles in L1 and L2 Academic Writing
Yu-Hua Chen&  Paul Baker

Modality of Input and Vocabulary Acquisition
Tetyana Sydorenko

The Effect of Interactivity with a Music Video Game on Second Language Vocabulary Recall
Jonathan deHaan, W. Michael Reed,&  Katsuko Kuwada

Using Mobile Phones for Vocabulary Activities: Examining the Effect of Platform
Glenn Stockwell

—– Columns —–

Emerging Technologies

From Memory Palaces to Spacing Algorithms: Approaches to Second-Language Vocabulary Learning

by Robert Godwin-Jones

—– Reviews —–

Edited by Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas

Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forum
Barbara Hanna&  Juliana de Nooy
Reviewed by Sonja Lind

Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Issues and Prospects
Elisabet Arnó Macià, Antonia Soler Cervera,&   Carmen Rueda Ramos
Reviewed by Is’haaq Akbarian

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

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The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. 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 www.indiastudies.org. For more information please contact the American Institute of Indian Studies (773) 702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu. Web site: www.indiastudies.org. Application deadline is July 1, 2010.

The World Languages Academy at the University of Oregon invites applications for Adjunct Instructors in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi/Urdu, Modern Hebrew, Norwegian, Sahaptin, and Swedish.

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The positions are term-by-term contracts, renewable up to one year. Assignments range from 1-3 classes; full-time teaching is defined as 3 classes per term. Excellent benefits begin at the .50 FTE level or higher. The salary range is $30,000 to $35,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

Required qualities for the position include: MA in Language Teaching, Linguistics, Foreign Language Education or equivalent training as a language instructor; native or near-native proficiency in the language; knowledge of current second-language teaching methodologies; ability and willingness to teach introductory and intermediate courses.

Desired qualities for the position include: experience in developing language materials, curricula, and assessments; ability to contribute to a team of less commonly taught language (LCTL) instructors. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Successful applicants must be able to obtain U.S. work authorization.

Review of applications is ongoing, based on program needs. Position will remain open until filled. Please send (as email attachments if possible): 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three letters of reference to: Jeff Magoto, Director, Yamada Language Center, 1236 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 USA. Email queries welcome at: ylc@uoregon.edu.

The University of Oregon is committed to a campus environment that is enriched and informed by the personal, cultural and intellectual differences of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The UO is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.

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