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ACTFL 2009 Conference in San Diego Report

Professor Antonia Schleicher, Isaac Akere, John Adeika and Modupe Olubiyi represented the National African Language Resource Center at the 43rd annual meeting and exhibition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held at San Diego Convention Center and Marriot Hotel from November 19-22. This year's theme was speaking up for Languages - "The Power of Many Voices." The Convention featured more than 600 educational sessions. ACTFL Less Commonly Taught Languages SIG held a session on Saturday, November 21, 2009.

The session was titled: Fields and fluctuations in LCTLs: lessons from Africa and Asia. Prof. Antonia Schleicher presented an up to date activities of the NALRC mentioning her perspectives on her field's accomplishments and challenges. 
We had a separate booth in the area reserved especially for Language Resource Centers. Our booth displayed colorful materials of our brochures including some flagship materials, textbooks and banners to advertise NCOLCTL and ALTA. Conference attendees were happy to find a resource center for learning and teaching African languages in their various institutions and also for personal development in African languages of their choice. Some attendees also found our booth a place to display their knowledge of the African languages they have learned while at school.
The items on display included:

  • The entir "Let's Speak" textbook series
  • The Learners' Reference Grammer" series
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • NCOLCTL 2010 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 2010 Bulletin
  • Zulu Learners' Reference Grammar
  • Language Brochures (41) 

Acholi, Afrikaans,  Amharic, Arabic, Bamana, Bemba, Chichewa, Dinka, Hausa, Igbo, Isixhosa, Kikongo, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kpelle, Krio, Lingala, Luganda, Luo, Malagasy,Maasi, Mende, Ndebele, Nuer, Oromo, Pulaar, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Siswati, Somali, Swahili, Temne, Tigrinya, Tsonga, Twi, Venda, Wolof, Yoruba and, Zulu.

Each day, we had the opportunity to speak with the hundreds of ACTFL members and conference visitors 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.
We were constantly presenting the goals, achievements, and future projects of the NALRC to the attendees. We were also relentlessly introducing and explaining the benefits of Language Resource Centers. The conference was a huge success, and the NALRC look forward to attending the upcoming 44th American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual conference in Boston, MA.