|The NALRC Summer Institute | The NALRC held its annual summer institute program from May 19th to May 30th 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Bloomington, Indiana. The institute involved an intensive two week training session for language instructors and professionals. The participants came from nine different institutions across the United States and Nigeria. Languages represented at the Institute were Arabic, Hausa, Igbo, Swahili, Wolof and Yoruba... Read More .....
|Leadership Performance Institute|
The National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) held a workshop titled, "Planning for Performance: A Leadership Program for Developing High Quality Programs in African Languages" from May 19th to May 30th 2014, at Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Bloomington, Indiana. The institute was an intensive two-week training workshop for 11 language instructors from nine different institutions across the U.S, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. The workshop focused on quality instruction, leadership, curriculum and performance assessments for African languages. Read more..
2014 CeLCAR Conference
On May 16th 2014, NALRC, Executive Director, Dr. Antonia Schleicher, presented a workshop on Standards at the first ever Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL) at Indiana University. The conference was organized by Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR). Dr. Schleicher's presentation titled "Creating a Standards Development Committee for Afghan Languages" aimed at encouraging instructors of Central Asian languages to adopt a Standards-based approach to teaching their respective languages. The NALRC also exhibited some of its text books and brochures at the conference.
2014 NCOLCTL/ALTA Conference
The 17th annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) was held at Westin Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on April 25th to 27th 2014 under the theme, "Collaboration and Internationalization: Enhancing and Sustaining Quality." The conference was organized by the NCOLCTL Secretariat and was co-sponsored by the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC). Held in conjunction with the 18th annual Conference of African Language Teachers Association (ALTA), the conference brought together Less Commonly Taught Language instructors and professionals from
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NALRC New Brochures
NALRC has added 18 language brochures to its already glittering array of African language brochures bringing the list to 73. The new language brochures include Afar, Ibibio, Idoma, Ijo, Lango, Luba, Makonde, Makhuwa, Nubian, Masaaba, Soga, Sidamo, Soninke, Susu, Tiv, Teso, Tonga and Zande. To access a full list of all our brochures, please click here .
On February 12th 2014, the NALRC held a meeting for its six Local Advisory Board (LAB) members who included Dr. Robert Botne, Dr. Alwiya Omar, Dr. Samuel Obeng, Dr. Martha Nyikos, Dr. Oner Ozcelik and Dr. Anthony Koliha who are all members of Indiana University faculty. NALRC Executive Director Dr. Antonia Schleicher briefed the attendees about NALRC's upcoming activities for the year 2014. The aim of the meeting was to assess and evaluate work done by the Center and to discuss with the board methods to improve the activities of the Center in the near future.
Indiana University African Language Exhibition
The National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) patnered with the Indiana University African languages program for an African language exhibition at Ballantine Hall on February 19th, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The exhibition which commemorated February as the 'Discover Languages' month targeted American students interested in African languages. During the exhibition, students received language brochures and learned about the work of the NALRC making it a successful outreach experience. At the end of the event, 30 students signed up expressing intent to take an African language class come this fall semester.
Standards Workshop at Ohio State University
NALRC Executive Director, Dr. Antonia Schleicher, carried out a two-day professional development workshop from Friday, February 28 to Saturday, March 1 2014 at Ohio State University main campus. The workshop was attended by nine instructors from Ohio State University, Central State University and Ohio Wesleyan University all located in Ohio. Languages represented at the workshop included Luganda, Luhiya, Somali, Swahili and Yoruba. The instructors learned the importance of setting proficiency targets for their classes before designing a language curriculum and how to make sure their students meet these targets.
|Dr. Schleicher delivers the Second Annual Oyekan Owomoyela Yorùbá Studies Lecture|
Dr. Antonia Schleicher delivered a presentation titled " The Global Impact of Yorùbá Language and Culture in the 21st Century" on February 28th 2014. Her presentation marked the second annual Oyekan Owomoyela Yorùbá Studies Lecture at Ohio State University African languages department. The presentation was attended by both the African and American community in Ohio with an interest in African Languages. The presentation highlighted how Yorùbá has shaped a lot of music, dances, religions and languages in the New World. Students and instructors were able to realize the massive benefits of learning Yorùbá language in the United States. Dr. Kelechi A. Kalu, Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at Ohio State University, awarded Dr. Schleicher a plaque of appreciation for her contribution towards African language pedagogy in the United States. The presentation also gave the participants a zeal to push for the improvement of African languages at Ohio State University.
|African Languages Spring Festival|
The NALRC conducted an outreach at the Indiana University African Languages Festival on April 5th 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at McNutt residence's formal lounge. Students of African languages taught at Indiana University (Akan, Bamanankan, Isizulu, Kiswahili, Wolof, Yorùbá ) presented skits, songs and dances in front of their peers. It was a successful experience because more students were challenged to take higher levels of their respective languages to be able to express themselves more succinctly in the presentations.
7000 Languages Project During the spring semester, NALRC continued to work with NCOLCTL and ALTA to expand the 7000 Languages Project after it was introduced during the fall of 2013. During the semester, more units of Daju, Echijita, Swahili and Yoruba were added onto the project. The 7000 Language project is a brain child of Transparent Language, a leading provider of language-learning technology and is an expanded initiative to provide innovative technology to the proponents and practitioners of under-resourced languages free of charge. In 2013, Transparent Language and NCOLCTL//ALTA and NALRC kick started a partnership with a technology workshop and then input of languages began. This year, the project was presented before the NCOLCTL and ALTA Boards and Delegate Assembly members who pledged to include their languages in the project. There are also plans to include Native American languages in the project to increase its diversity and representation. If you are interested in including your language in the project please email us at email@example.com and we will give you the necessary information.
National African Language Resource Center was established in September 1999 with a federal fund. It is dedicated to the advancement of African language teaching and learning in the United States. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, It facilitates dialogue among teachers, learners, and administrators from a wide variety of cultural and institutional perspectives.
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