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Representing the National African Language Resource Center at the 39 th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages were Dr. Antonia Schleicher, Adedoyin Adenuga, and Andrew Gurstelle. The conference was held in the downtown harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland between Nov. 18 - 20, 2005. This year's theme of "Realizing Our Vision of Languages for All" matched the NALRC's own vision of bringing African languages to national attention.

In the week leading up to the conference, Dr. Antonia Schleicher busied herself with numerous preconference activities, while Adedoyin Adenuga and Andrew Gurstelle arrived in Baltimore on Thursday the 17 th to register and set up the booth. Our booth was shared with the National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC), and was adjoined with the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS). Our booth generated a large amount of interest and excitement among conference attendees due to the fact that the NALRC was the only booth on the conference floor dealing specifically with African languages. Many visitors to the NALRC's booth were teachers of European languages interested in African languages in francophone, lusophone, or germanophone parts of Africa that are spoken alongside European languages. 2005 was a very productive year for NALRC publications, and our increased catalog made for a very appealing visual display.

Items displayed at the NALRC booth included:

1. Learners' Reference Grammar Series 

  • Shona-Twi Learners' Reference Grammar Books
  • Zulu-Twi Learners' Reference Grammar Books
  • Asante-Twi Learners' Reference Grammar Books
  • Bamanakan Learners' Reference Grammar Books
  • Pulaar Learners' Reference Grammar Books
  • Swahili Learners' Reference Grammar Books
2. Let's Speak Series 
  • Tuseme Kiswahii
  • Dardasha Egyptian Arabic
  • Tosolola Na Lingala
  • Let's Speak Amharic
  • Masikhulume IsiZulu
  • Je Ka So Yoruba Textbooks
  • Je Ka Ka Yoruba Textbooks

 3. Brochures

  • Amharic Brochure
  • Kinyarwanda Brochure
  • Sesotho Brochure
  • Arabic Brochure Kpelle Brochure
  • Shona Brochure
  • Bamana Brochure Krio Brochure
  • Somali Brochure
  • Bemba Brochure Lingala Brochure Swahili Brochure
  • Chichewa Brochure Luganda Brochure Temne Brochure
  • Hausa Brochure Mende Brochure Tigrinya Brochure
  • Igbo Brochure Malagasy Brochure Twi Brochure
  • IsiXhosa Brochure Oromo Brochure Yoruba Brochure
  • Kikongo Brochure Pulaar Brochure Wolof Brochure
  • Kikuyu Brochure Setswana Brochure Zulu Brochure

4. Multimedia Materials

  • Tuseme Kiswahili (Audio CD companion)
  • African Language Vocabulary Flash Cards
  • Je Ka So Yoruba CD-ROMs
  • Je Ka Ka Yoruba CD-ROMs
  • Je Ka Gbo Yoruba CD-ROMs
5. Other Materials 
  • Journal of African Language Learning and Teaching (JALLT)
  • Journal of African Language Teachers Association (JALTA)
  • Journal of the National Council Of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL)
  • The pedagogy of African Languages - Books
  • ULIMI 2005 Newsletter
  • NALRC Center Brochures
  • African Language Posters
  • NCOLCTL 2006 Conference Posters
  • Pens of different colors

 On Saturday November19th, the NALRC and the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) held a joint session presenting "Material Development for Less Commonly Taught Languages.” After the exhibition hours of Saturday, November 19th, all the Language Resource Center Directors and coordinators convened to discuss issues in the LRC community. The focus of the evening's discussions centered on grant proposals and initiatives submitted just weeks prior to the conference.

This year's conference was very successful for the NALRC. Going beyond solidifying its position in the language teaching community, the NALRC increased its visibility and made new contacts in order to expand its role. On Sunday the 20 th, Dr. Antonia Schleicher, Adedoyin Adenuga, and Adnrew Gurstelle flew back to Madison. Following the vast support and interest shown at the conference, the NALRC has been emboldened to continue promoting the teaching and learning of African languages throughout the US.

ACTFL 2006 will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, November 16 - 19.