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ACTFL 2014 Conference Report


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo features an amazing array of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities. Join your colleagues from around the world for this incredible learning experience. You will have the option to choose from more than 600 educational sessions in a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. Visit with more than 250 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services for you and your students.

The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments. Be a part of our global community.The team for this year is, Reaching Global Competence. John O. Adeika represented the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) at the 2014 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, which was held at the November 21-23, 2014. San Antonio, Texas (Pre-convention workshops, November 20).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 third 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), the newly developed text (Nanu Jáng Wolof) and brochures (Ibibio, Idoma, Ijaw, Tonga, Lango, TIV, etc about sixteen of them. Other old material resources were also show cased.

Booth Visitors and Dissemination

During the conference, the attendees and visitors, mostly foreign language teachers and scholars, visiting the LRC booths were excited as the listen to the mission and scope of the NALRC work 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

NARLC presence at the conference was felt as the center was able to enhance the existent networkand new bonds and collaboration were formed particularly for the development of more other African Language instruction materials. It was another successful ACTFL conference, and the center is already looking forward to the 2015 ACTFL Convention to be held at San Diego Convention Center from November 20-22, 2014.