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ACTFL 2001 Conference in Washington DC


Prof. Antonia Schleicher and Olusola Adesope left Madison for Washington DC on Thursday November 15, 2001 for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference. They arrived DC around 11:30 a.m. Work started almost immediately as they settled the issue of registration for exhibitors. They set up the NALRC booth till late evening on Thursday.

We had a large turnout of participants who visited our booth between Friday November 16 and Sunday November 18. Statistics show that over 800 people visited our booth. It was thrilling to hear positive remarks from some of the visitors who stopped by the booth. Participants at the Conference commended the efforts of the Center and reiterated the role it is playing in the teaching and learning of African languages in the US.

Items displayed at our booth are:

1. Swahili Learners' Reference Grammar Books
2. Journal of African Language Learning and Teaching (JALLT)
3. Je Ka So Yoruba Textbooks
4. Je Ka So Yoruba CD-ROMs
5. Je Ka Ka Yoruba Textbooks
6. Je Ka Ka Yoruba CD-ROMs
7. The pedagogy of African Languages - Books
8. ULIMI 2001 Newsletter
9. Swahili Brochures
10. Yoruba Brochures
11. Zulu Brochures
12. Pulaar Brochures
13. Wolof Brochures
14. Hausa Brochures
15. NALRC T-Shirts 
16. Pens of different colors
17. Pencils of different colors

On Friday November 16, 2001 at 5:00p.m., all the Language Resource Centers (LRCs) had a meeting with the Program Officers and Representatives of the Department of Education at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Directors of all the LRCs gave progress reports. Prof. Schleicher reported that the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) has been carrying out different projects under 6 headings which are listed below:

1. National African Language Program Coordination
2. African Language Materials Development and Dissemination
3. Professional Development for African Language Educators
4. Research in African Language Pedagogy
5. African Language Program Development and Evaluation
6. Mini-grant awards for African Language Materials

She briefly discussed how the Center has been operating under these headings. The meeting ended around 7:15p.m.

The conference was a huge success. They returned to Madison around 6p.m. on Sunday 18th November 2001 with great hope of improving the teaching and learning of African languages in the US.

Next year ACTFL Conference will hold at Salt Lake City.