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ALTA 2006 Conference Report

The 10th Annual Conference of the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) was held on the campus of Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 23–25. The theme of this year’s conference was "African Languages in the Age of Globalization: Prospects and Challenges."


The NALRC was represented at ALTA by Professor Antonia Schleicher, Adedoyin Adenuga, Bezza Tesfaw Ayalew, and Matthew H. Brown. With so many representatives at the conference, the NALRC was able to participate in a number of important conference activities. On Thursday, March 23, the NALRC sponsored a pre-conference workshop by Dr. Ray Clifford, entitled "Classroom Implications of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines." On Friday and Saturday, the NALRC booth attracted a number of visitors and sold a variety of textbooks, t-shirts, CDs, and other materials. Simultaneously, many of the conference sessions were attended by NALRC staff. On Saturday afternoon, Professor Schleicher and Mr. Ayalew, along with Audrey Mbeje and Alwiya S. Omar, presented a session on materials development at the NALRC.

Many conference attendees were familiar with the NALRC and its materials, but were excited to see some of the new additions to our list of publications. Others, who were new to ALTA and the NALRC were impressed by the variety of materials on display. Zulu language teachers from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa were excited by the prospect of using the Zulu Learner’s Reference Grammar in their classrooms back home.