2013 Summer Institute Report
The NALRC held its annual Summer Institute program from May 20th-May 31st, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana University. The institute was an intensive two week training session for professors and educators of African languages from all over the world. The institute focused on applying field-tested and proven second language acquisition techniques to the field of African language pedagogy. The instructors, Steve Timm and Kathy Moulton, brought invaluable experience to the program from their extensive work as teachers in the field of English as a second language. Steve Timm used Italian as an example language, and gave the class several lessons in basic Italian to demonstrate different teaching techniques and exercises.
Even though this workshop was the 14th annual NALRC workshop, but it was an inaugural event in Indiana University and this event attracted many of the key Directors and Professors in African language studies. The Participants were welcomed by Mr. Anthony Koliha - Director of International Programs, Indiana University-Bloomington and Dr. Samuel Obeng - Director, African Studies Program and Professor of Linguistics, Indiana University – Bloomington.
Each program participant subsequently had several opportunities to conduct mini-lessons in their own respective target languages to practice and employ the techniques taught in the workshop. They also had the opportunity to receive feedback and constructive criticisms from fellow program participants, many of whom were learning the languages used in the demos for the first time. Nearly all of the participants reported improvement and a great achievement in their teaching throughout the course of the program. The opportunity for collaboration and group discussion was invaluable to the participants over the course of the two weeks they spent in Bloomington.
The institute concluded with an awards ceremony on May 31st, 2013 in Cedar Hall at the Indiana University. At the award ceremony, participants and the general audience were surprised with a video package in which the participants were congratulated directly from countries such as Bosnia, Nepal, Hungary, India, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Nigeria, Syria, and Uzbekistan in their target languages by native speakers of some of the languages spoken in these countries. Other activities during the ceremony include African and LCTLs music, cultural performances, poetry citations, 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.
The award ceremony was chaired Dr. Samuel Obeng and certificates were handed over to all the participants by Mr. Anthony Koliha and Dr. Eyamba Bokamba - Professor of African Languages and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Antonia Schleicher - Director of the National African Languages Resource Center.
The following fellows received certificates of completion from the NALRC Summer Institute:
Ahmad Muezzin University of Wisconsin-Madison - Arabic
Ahmad Shehu Abdussalam University of Ilorin, Nigeria - Arabic
Cemil Kurt Ankara University, Tomer - Turkey
Felix Peter Umeana Michigan State University - Yoruba
Kijakazi Omar Makame The State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania - Swahili
Kimberly Madsen Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - Russian
Margaret Mwingira Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - Swahili
Mehret Tadesse Language Independent Consultant - Amharic
Mpolokeng Lesetla Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - Zulu
Ndalegwa Aggrey Amisi St. Lawrence University, Canton NY - Swahili