ACTFL 2012 Conference Report
Antonia Schleicher, John O. Adeika, and Amber Kennedy Kent represented the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) at the 2012 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA from November 16 – 18, 2012. The theme of this year's convention was Many Languages: One United Voice.
Arrival and Set-Up
For the second 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 the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy from the University of Arizona and the National Foreign Language Resource Center from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. John Adeika and Amber Kent arrived on Thursday, November 15 to set up the combined 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), examples of our most popular texts and grammar references, examples of our electronic flashcards, as well as examples of the colorful African languages brochures.
Booth Visitors and Dissemination
During the conference, Adeika and Kent welcomed conference attendees and visitors, mostly foreign language teachers and scholars, visiting the LRC booths and explained to them the mission and scope of the NALRC 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.
Throughout the week of the conference, the NALRC Director, Dr. Antonia Schleicher attended many professional meetings, including the ACTFL Board of Directors meetings from Monday November 12 – Wednesday, November 14, the ACTFL Delegate Assembly meeting and the Standards Collaborative Board meeting on Thursday, November 15, the NCOLCTL Executive Committee meeting on Thursday evening, the LRCs Council of Directors' meeting on Friday, November 16, the Chinese Language Teachers' Association (CLTA) 50th anniversary banquet on November 17 and another ACTFL Board of Directors' meeting on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
ConclusionThe NARLC staff enjoyed representing the center and networking with other professionals in the field, in addition to taking advantage of professional development activities being offered, and having an opportunity to meet and collaborate with the other Language Resource Centers and their staff. It was another successful ACTFL conference, and the center is already looking forward to the 2013 ACTFL Convention being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando FL from November 22-24, 2013.