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The 48 th African Studies Association Annual Conference

Sookyung Park Cho and Bezza Tesfaw Ayalew were exhibitors for the National African Language Resource Center at the 48 th African Association annual conference, held under the theme of “Health, Knowledge, and the Body Politic in Africa and the African Diaspora” at Marriott Hotel, in Washington DC between Nov. 17-20, 2005.

On the morning of November 18, the NALRC exhibition booth was set up. And the eye-catching brochures, the Let's Speak an African Language textbooks, the Learners' Reference Grammars, the CD-ROMs, and the flash card CDs of the diverse African Languages; the Journal of African Language Teachers' Association, the NALRC bulletin, and other publications of the NALRC; the colorful folders, and the NALRC t-shirts were on display. The display attracted all kinds of people, those familiar with the NALRC and new. The exhibitors were handing out brochures and the ULIMI (the NALRC bulletin), answering questions and receiving comments from the visitors, giving brief descriptions, about the NALRC, and selling the NALRC publications.

Most visitors picked up the language brochures of their interest; some collected bundles of them to introduce the languages to students at their universities. Some visitors gave critical and useful comments about some pictures and information in the brochures, which should be considered when revising the old brochures and when developing new ones.

Many language instructors appreciated the efforts of the NALRC to promote African languages. The exhibitors encouraged those language instructors who are interested in developing language materials for African languages or those who can suggest other people for the task to contact NALRC .

Items displayed at the booth were:

African language program development and administration 
Asante-Twi Learners' Reference Grammar 
Bamanakan Learners' Reference Grammar 
Dardasha (Let's Speak Egyptian Arabic) 
Fliers for the NALRC Publications. 
Je Ka Gbo Yoruba CD-ROM 
Je Ka Ka Yoruba CD-ROM 
Je Ka Ka Yoruba Textbook 
Je Ka So Yoruba CD-Rom 
Je Ka So Yoruba Textbook 
Journal of African Language Learning and Teaching (JALLT)

Language Brochures (30)

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, Yoruba, and Zulu 

Let's Speak Amharic 
Masikhulume IsiZulu (Let's Speak Zulu) 
NALRC brochures 
NALRC T-shirts 
Pens of different colors 
Pulaar Learners' Reference Grammar 
Role Play Cards 
Shona Learners' Reference Grammar (new arrival right from the press) 
Swahili Learners' Reference Grammar 
The pedagogy of African languages 
Tosolola Na Lingala (Let's Speak Lingala) 
Tuseme Kiswahili and its companion CD-ROM (Let's Speak Swahili) 
ULIMI 2004 Newsletter 
Vocabulary Flash Cards (Amharic, Twi, Tigrinya, and Yoruba) 
Vocabulary Flash Cards (Bamana, Luyia, Swahili, and Xhosa) 
Vocabulary Flash Cards (Bamana, Pulaar, Swahili, Wolof, and Yoruba) 
Vocabulary Flash Cards (Chichewa, Kikuyu, Lingala, and Zulu) 
Vocabulary Flash Cards (Pulaar, Shona, Wolof, and Zulu) 
Vocabulary Flash Cards (Swahili, Yoruba, and Zulu) 
Zulu Learners' Reference Grammar

The conference was a huge success in terms of disseminating information about the activities of the NALRC to a wider range of scholars from all areas of African Studies such as African literature, Afro-American literature, and Cultural studies. The conference was also helpful in that the NALRC could directly hear about the needs regarding the studying of African Languages. A visitor discussed the importance of the Mandinka language and strongly recommended that the NALRC develop material for it.

Sookyung and Bezza returned to Madison on Sunday morning, November 21, 2005 .