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ACTFL 2006 CONFERENCE in Nashville, TN

Adedoyin Adenuga and Brittany VandeBerg represented the National African Language Resource Center at the 40th annual meeting and exhibition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held at the Renaissance Hotel and Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee from November 16-19, 2006. This year's theme of "Discover Languages, Discover the World" matched the NALRC's own vision of bringing African languages to national attention.

Our booth was shared with the National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) in the area reserved especially for Language Resource Centers. 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 interested in beginning African language programs in their schools at the K-12 levels or finding teaching materials for current African language programs.

The popular language brochures were back, much to the delight of conference goers. The entire "Let's Speak" textbook series was on display too, including the new titles: "A Re Beung Setswana", "Ngatitaure Shona", and "Ma Yenka Akan (Twi)". The "Learners' Reference Grammar" series was also on hand, including the new "Amharic Learners' Reference Grammar".

The items on display included:

  • A Re Bueng Setswana (Let's Speak Setswana)
  • African Language Program Development and Administration
  • Amharic Learners' Reference Grammar
  • Asante-Twi Learners' Reference Grammar
  • Bamanakan Learners' Reference Grammar
  • Dardasha Egyptian Arabic and CD (Let's Speak Egyptian Arabic)
  • Fliers for NALRC publications
  • JALTA Vol. 6-7
  • Je Ka Gbo Yoruba CDROM
  • Je Ka Ka Yoruba CDROM
  • Je Ka Ka Yoruba Textbook
  • Je Ka So Yoruba CDROM
  • Je Ka So Yoruba Textbook
  • Journal of NCOLCTL Vol. 1-3

Language Brochures (29):

Amharic, Arabic, Bamana, Bemba, Chichewa, Hausa, Igbo, Isixhosa, Kikongo, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kpelle, Krio, Lingala, Luganda, Malagasy, Mende, Oromo, Pulaar, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Temne, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof, and Yoruba.

Learn African Languages Poster

  • Let's Speak Amharic
  • Ma Yenka Akan (Twi) (Let's Speak Akan)
  • Masikhulume IsiZulu (Let's Speak Zulu)
  • Mwalimu wa Kiswahili
  • NALRC Brochures
  • NALRC T-shirts
  • NCOLCTL 2007 Posters
  • Ngatitaure Shona (Let's Speak Shona)
  • Pens of different colors
  • Pulaar Learners' Reference Grammar
  • Role Play Cards
  • Shona Learners' Reference Grammar
  • The Pedagogy of African Languages
  • Tosolola na Lingala (Let's Speak Lingala)
  • Tuseme Kiswahili and CD (Let's Speak Swahili)
  • ULIMI Fall 2006 Bulletin
  • Zulu Learners' Reference Grammar

Each day, Adedoyin and Brittany had the opportunity to speak with the hundreds of teachers and conference speakers that filtered through the exhibition hall. Comments ranged from astonishment of the number of language materials produced, to requests for particular language material, and inquiries concerning how to become involved in the writing and producing of African language material.

Brittany gave a presentation about the goals, achievements, and future projects of the NALRC at a session introducing and explaining the benefits of Language Resource Centers. The conference was a huge success, and the NALRC look forward to attending the upcoming 41st American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual conference in San Antonio, Texas!