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Summer Institute 2009 Report

NALRC hosted the 10 th Annual 2009 Summer Institute from May 26 – June 5, 2009 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of the two week program was to keep up the interest in African Language and teaching, to prepare graduate students, as well as teaching assistants who are planning to pursue African Language Teaching as a profession and faculty members in the field who needed retooling.

The program moved from a theoretical overview to hands-on practice in teaching the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as assessing them.

The topics in vogue introduced: teaching the skills of speaking and listening in the African Language classroom; teaching the skills of writing and reading in the African language classroom; testing and assessing the four skills in the African Language classroom and; lesson planning and classroom management.

The institute was comprised of 18 fellows. Successful applicants arrived from within the United States, Africa and, Asia and the languages taught at this year’s Summer Institute were Akan, Arabic, IsiXhosa, isiZulu, Luo, Swahili, Wolof and, Yoruba. The fellows were privileged to have Joe Nosek and Steve Timm, two of the seasoned and experienced ESL instructors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In the first week, fellows benefitted from courses like the Language of teaching, when to begin reading and writing, how to do multi-skills activities and engage in assessment as part of the daily routine. They also addressed grammar at beginning level, viewed language as a learning tool and portrayed culture as content. The Institute was unique in that it was student-centered. Students learned from their peers and with the instructors as their guides the teaching abilities of the fellows were enhanced dramatically.


In the second week, there were various hands on activities that the fellows would never forget. These included the mini lessons by every participant. This was a good move from theoretical approach to learning. There were quizzes, games, homework formats and goals. Some courses were also on how to present real texts and how to teach from textbooks. You needed to be there to appreciate the efforts of the instructors in helping to produce trained teachers in the teaching of less commonly taught languages. Motivation, management and how to plan a semester were also some of the courses the fellows profited from in the second week.

An award ceremony was fixed for Friday, June 5 in Bascom Hall when fellows were honored and their progress and achievements celebrated in a grand style. The following fellows received certificates of completion from the NALRC:

Adegbola, Moses (Yoruba) University of Califonia.

Alamu, Olagoke (Yoruba) Research Institute for World Languages, Japan.

Bulugu, Happiness (Swahili) University of Oregon.

Diouf, Fabienne (Wolof) University of Indiana Bloomington.

Dlamini, Betty Sibongile (isiZulu) University of Indiana Bloomington.

El Majdi, Hitcham (Arabic) University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gordon, Mary (isiZulu) University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Hamisi, Babusa (Swahili) St. Lawrence University.

Hlongwa, Nobuhle (isiZulu) University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Humeidan, Bilal Ali (Arabic) University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Magwaza, Sibongile (isiZulu) University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mini, Buyiswa (isiXhosa) University of Florida.

Mkhonza, Sarah (Zulu) Cornell University.

Ofoe, Levi (Akan) University of Florida.

Okelo, Beatrice (Luo) University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Olateju, Moses (Yoruba) University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sanuth, Kazeem (Yoruba) University of Wisconsin-Madison.