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NALRC REPRESENTED AT THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION DISCUSSION.  
NALRC Director Dr. Antonia Schleicher and NCOLCTL president Dr. Alwiya Omar attended the Chinese Language Teachers Association(CLTA) luncheon, which was held at the Rosen center hotel in Orlando, Florida on November 23, 2013.The luncheon occurred during the ACTFL convention and was an excellent opportunity for NALRC to network with other language associations and developers to improve on quality of language delivery of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) through knowledge sharing. 
Dr. Schleicher and Dr. Omar networking at the CLTA luncheon. 
 

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DESIGNING CURRICULAR PATHWAYS TO MEETING LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

 

On December 10, 2013 NALRC trained more than 18 teachers to design curricular pathways that lead to meeting proficiency targets in language classrooms. The workshop was attended by instructors who represented more than 17 languages spread across Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Languages represented included Dari, Dutch, ESL, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Russian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, Wolof and Yoruba. The participants gained skills in handling classes with a variety of students at different proficiency levels. 

Some of the participants that attended the workshop. 
 
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THE 7000 LANGUAGES PROJECT
 
On September 6th, 2013 NALRC in partnership with the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and Transparent Language hosted a one day technology workshop to promote the use of a unique technology designed for under-supported languages. Dubbed as The 7000 Languages Project workshop, it attracted several instructors of less commonly taught languages at Indiana University Bloomington. Participants were introduced to powerful, language-focused software and systems that were made available to interested non-native speakers of these languages throughout the world. NALRC organized a series of follow-up formative workshops and meetings to help the instructors to develop material for the language software in order to produce a hands-on language instruction package. So far, the languages represented on the project include Akan, Daju, Dholuo, Edo, Hausa, Kijita, Kinyarwanda, Sesotho, Siswati, Swahili, Twi, Uzbek and Yoruba.
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LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE

The NALRC held another advanced workshop titled, "Planning for Performance: A leadership Program for Developing High Quality Programs in African Languages" from May 20th - 31st, 2013 at Indiana University,Bloomington.  It was an intensive two week training session for professors and instructors of African languages from all over the world. The workshop focused on the outlook of performance assessments and  what learners should understand, know, and be able to do. The participants also learned administrative issues. Read more... 
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INTERNATIONAL AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION JOINT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP.
 
NALRC was represented by John Adeika at a technical assistance workshop from September 22-24, 2013 organized by International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE). The workshop provided guidance on how to develop and sustain Less Commonly Taught Languages. Participants also gained knowledge in assessing LCTLs using proficiency testing. There was also a call to integrate language development into larger globalization initiatives in colleges. 
The NALRC booth at the conference 
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STARTALK CONFERENCE 

Last year's fall STARTALK Directors' conference was held on October 18th-19th in Portland, Oregon. It provided a platform for participants to celebrate the accomplishments of various STARTALK programs that were held over the summer. The NCOLCTL STARTALK Swahili program received accolades and encouragement at the conference. It also was an opportunity for the Center to share success stories and discuss challenges arising from the summer program and also how to improve and sustain professional development.The conference strengthened academic and professional relationships by advancing the ongoing discourse for the promotion of both language learning and teaching.

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THE SUMMER INSTITUTE

 

The NALRC held the 14th Annual Summer Workshop from May 20- 31, 2013 at Indiana University, Bloomington.The workshop was an intensive two-week training session for professors and educators of African languages from around the world. It focused on applying proven, field-tested, second Language  acquisition techniques to the field of African language pedagogy. Instructors, Steve Timm and Kathy Moulton,brought invaluable experience to the program based on their extensive work as teachers in the field of English as a second
language (ESL). read more
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SUMMER SWAHILI STARTALK

 

The 2013 NCOLCTL Swahili STARTALK program was held on July8th to 26th, 2013. The three-week program targeted Swahili instructors from various institutions and organizations in the United States. Instructors participated in an online teacher training course introducing them to the various theoretical concepts frequently used in the field of LCTLs. The online participants then traveled to Indiana University,Bloomington on July 14 for a two-week rigorous onsite training. The training was directed by Dr. Antonia Schleicher, Dr. 
Alwiya Omar and Dr. John Kiarie WaN'jogu.
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MORE LANGUAGE MATERIAL 

The NALRC is currently working on new materials for African language instructors and scholars. The materials which are in the final stages of production will soon be available to the general public. Available materials include Yoruba learners' reference, "Let's Read Wolof" (A Wolof Intermediate textbook), "Let's Read Akan" and the English-Yoruba pocket dictionary. As per the NALRC mandate of developing materials to promote African languages and cultures, we have also developed drafts of brochures which are an overview of the history, importance, people and cultures of  languages likely to be taught in the United States. On a list of 50 plus brochures, we have added more language brochures. These include Afar, Bassa, Gogo, Ibibio, Idoma, Ijo, Lango, Luba, Kanuri, Makonde, Makhuwa, Nubian, Masaaba, Soga, Sidamo, Sine, Soninke, Susu, Sepedi, Swerer, Tiv, Teso, Tumbuka, Tonga and Zande. To help us review and authenticate the brochures please send as an e-mail at nalrc@indiana.edu

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NALRC REPRESENTED AT THE  2013 ACTFL CONVENTION

John Adeika represented NALRC at the 2013 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) annual convention and world languages expo which took place on November 22-24, in Orlando, Florida.The conference featured over 600 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of the language profession addressing the theme New Spaces New Realities: Expanding Learning Any Time, Any Place." NALRC was among the 250 exhibiting companies at the workshop showcasing l
anguage materials and teaching aids. read more
ACTFL participants at the NALRC booth.

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NALRC AT THE 2013 ASA CONFERENCE
   
NALRC was represented at the African Studies Association(ASA) conference that took place in Baltimore, Maryland on November 21- 24, 2013. The conference is an annual meeting and arguably the largest gathering of African scholars in the world. It  is held in cooperation with major colleges, universities and museums in different regions of North America and attracts participants from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.With an attendance of almost 2,000 scholars and professionals, the conference offers scholarly and professional plenary sessions. It also hosts institutional events as well as discussion groups to appreciate the teaching and research of African scholars. NALRC exhibited  some of its materials which benefit scholars and instructors.

 NALRC representative, Kwesi Brown at the conference

   
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