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ACTFL 2013 Conference Report


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, where learning comes alive, features over 600 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of the language profession addressing the theme New Spaces, New Realities: Learning Any Time, Any Place. More than 250 exhibiting companies will be showcasing the latest products and services. The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together over 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession.

Dr. Antonia Schleicher and John O. Adeika, represented the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) at the 2013 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, which was held at the Orange Convention Center in Orlando, FL from November 22– 24, 2013.

Arrival and Set-Up

For the second year in a row, all Language Resource Centers shared exhibitor space due to the reduced funding all units are operating under. This year, NALRC shared a booth with NMELC, CeLCAR, NEALRC, and CERCLL. John Adeika arrived on Thursday, November 21 to set up the NALRC booth, including helping the other LRCs with their booth set-up. For its share of promotional materials being displayed, the NALRC brought hardcopies of the latest edition of ULIMI (the annual news bulletin), examples of our most popular texts and grammar references, examples of our electronic flashcards, as well as examples of the colorful African languages brochures.

Booth Visitors and Dissemination

During the conference, Adeika conference attendees and visitors, mostly foreign language teachers and scholars, visiting the LRC booths and explained to them the mission and scope of the NALRC and its achievements. Many visitors were very interested in the work that NALRC does and picked up some of the exhibited materials as souvenirs, teaching aids, and or for references.

Overall, the networking with LRCs and other language scholars, as well as the opportunity to disseminate information about the center to language teachers and enthusiasts made this trip another successful outreach experience.

Conclusion

The NARLC staff enjoyed representing the center and networking with other professionals in the field, in addition to taking advantage of professional development activities being offered, and having an opportunity to meet and collaborate with the other Language Resource Centers and their staff. It was another successful ACTFL conference, and the center is already looking forward to the 2014 ACTFL Convention being held at the Henry B Gonzalez  Convention Center in San Antonio from November 21-23, 2014.

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