NALRC Projects

Professional Development for African Language Educators

The NALRC supported African language educators in the United States by sponsoring a wide variety

of educational and professional activities designed to improve the accessibility and quality of African

languageinstruction in the United States. The following activities were conducted

during the past five years:

i.          Organizes National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) Conference.

ii.         Organizes African Language Teachers Association Annual (ALTA) Conference .

iii.        African Language Standards Development Workshop .

iv.        Oral proficiency Interview Workshop.

v.         Annual Summer Institute for African Language Instructors.

vi.        Pre-Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) Instructors’ Workshop .


African Language Program Development and Evaluation

The NALRC not only helps to strengthen existing African language programs, but also encourages the creation of new African language programs. One of the activities in which the Center engages is the development of African language program evaluation guidelines, which meet both national guidelines for program assessment and the goals of African language program coordinators in the United States. Another activity engaged in is Program Evaluation and Mentoring. This is simply the process by which the Center offers support and consultation, on an as-need basis, for African language program administrators. The book, African Languages in U.S. Colleges and Universities: Program Development and Administration Guidelines (2002), published by the NALRC has been a useful tool in this area.


Research in African Language Pedagogy

The NALRC had a great time collaborating with various fields of African language pedagogy and other less-commonly taught languages (LCTLs). This includes the support for graduate students for attending the ALTA conferences and also sponsoring pre-conference workshops at this conference over the years. The NALRC organized international conferences for the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) in the springs of 2004 – 2007. Now the NALRC serves as the secretariat to these organizations. The NALRC has published journals for ALTA and NCOLCTL from the research conducted by various instructors of the Less Commonly Taught Languages, including African languages.

A survey of African language enrollment is conducted by the NALRC which shows the increase in enrollment and the introduction of these languages in many universities that were not offering these languages five years ago. The dissemination of the materials published by the NALRC is a major factor in making this possible.


African Language Material Development and Dissemination

The NALRC has placed a high priority on developing and disseminating African language materials because, in the field of African language teaching, the need for teaching materials is great. Through the tremendous efforts of diverse scholars and African language teachers, the NALRC has contributed to the development and dissemination of language teaching materials ranging from commonly taught African languages, such as Swahili, to less-commonly taught African languages like Somali. Through this grant period, the NALRC published ten Let’s Speak Series textbooks, two Let’s Read Series textbooks, seven Learners’ Reference Grammar textbooks, seven journals, three audio CD-ROM and 15 language flash card multimedia CD-ROM. In addition, the NALRC has completed 37 language brochures. The following is the list of all the African language materials that have been developed and published by the NALRC during this grant cycle.

Textbooks published by the NALRC

Let’s Speak Series

  • Nanu Degg Wolof (2009) by Omar Ka
  • Beto Tuba Kikongo (2008) by Mazemba A. Nzwanga
  • Mu Zanta Da Harshen Hausa (2008) by Ibro Chekaraou
  • Af Soomaali Aan Ku Hadalno (Hadallo) (2007) by Abdullahi Abdinoor
  • Bua Sesotho (2006) by Rampasane Chaphole
  • Ma Yenka Akan (Twi) (2006) by Seth A. Ofori
  • Ngatitaure Shona (2006) by Aquilina Mawadza
  • A Re Bueng Setswana (2005) by Sheila Onkaetse Mmusi
  • Masikhulume isiZulu(2005) by Thandiwe Nxumalo and Dumisile N Mkhize
  • Let's Speak Amharic (2005) by Bezza T. Ayalew

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