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2014 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 19th May to 30th May 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. 
Dr. Samuel Obeng, Director, African Studies Program, Indiana University, welcomed the participants to Bloomington and explained to them the advantages of being part of such a program.
This institute guided leaders through African Language Program (PAL) development, designing curricula, performance assessment, and instruction focusing on key performances aligned to recurring themes in their major program. Dr. Jennifer Eddy, Assistant Professor of World Language Education at Queens College, New York City kicked off the institute and was joined by Dr. Eyamba Bokamba, Professor of African Languages and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Eddy taught the participants how to develop tools to design their program for communicative performance with real world tasks using the Backward Curriculum Design. The participants also learnt how to design their language curricula to adapt to meaningful cultural contexts of the native speakers. Drawing from past experiences, Dr. Bokamba discussed with the participants key issues like recruitment of language learners, starting a PAL from scratch, recruitment of instructors and also possible places where to apply for funding.  Participants also learnt the administrative details that go into starting, managing and directing and maintaining a competitive PAL. The Institute concluded with participants giving presentations of their curriculum plan and next steps for implementation.
 
The institute concluded with an awards ceremony on May 31st, 2014 at Marriott Courtyard Hotel which was chaired by Professor Eyamba Bokamba. At the awards ceremony, participants organized four presentations in the form of music, cultural dances, participants' reflections on their experiences during the program, and a special presentation by the instructors to honor and commend the participants for all of their hard work during the two weeks.
Dr Bokamba called out the names of each participant while Dr. Antonia Schleicher, Director of the National African Language Resource Center handed over the certificates to all the participants. Dr.  Schleicher also thanked the participants, instructors and Indiana University for making this a successful event
The following fellows received certificates of completion from the NALRC Leadership Institute
Adeola Agoke                University of Wisconsin, Madison - Yoruba
Ahmad Muezzin             University of Wisconsin, Madison-  Arabic
Asteria Hyera                 Association of Tanzanian Community - Swahili
Barbara   Tetteh            Barbette Language Center, Ghana - Akan-Twi
Emuobonuvie Ajiboye   Delta State University, Nigeria - Urhobo
Fehintola Mosadomi      University of Texas, Austin - Yoruba
Felix Umeana                Michigan State University - Yoruba
John Muchira                Florida State University - Swahili
Jonathan Choti            Michigan State University - Swahili
Margaret P Mwingira    Indiana University, Bloomington - Swahili
Thelma M.J. Tshesane  Wits School of Education, S. Africa - Sesotho