Summer Professional Development Program For African Language Coordinators and Directors

June 1 – 4, 2010

NALRC hosted the first Training of Trainers’ workshop from June 1st to June 4th at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This four day intensive program focused on issues surrounding program development, administration, and evaluation. The program trained the participants how to develop their own African language programs. In addition, the participants learned how to develop technology materials for  language instruction. The program started by focusing on program development before shifting the focus to multimedia The workshop was comprised of 6 fellows from across the United States, all previous attendees of the NALRC Summer Institute, and representing the Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu languages. The fellows were privileged to have Professor Jacques Du Plessis and Professor Eyamba Bokamba in addition to the University of Wisconsin- Madison Tech support help to  instruct them.

The first two days were devoted to program development, administration, and evaluation. The fellows learned how to create their own program in addition to evaluating existing programs towards a universeral standard. As there are currently very few who are qualified to evaluate a new program, this instruction is a great relief of the pressure facing the field of African language pedagogy. The next two days were focused on Technology Material Development. The fellows learned many tools for use in the classroom, such as Google Documents and Drop Box. Each of the participants enjoyed the full support  of the University of Wisconsin system in learning this valuable knowledge. An award ceremony was held in Room 260 in Bascom Hall on June 4th. Each participant came dressed in their traditional attire. After  opening remarks from Professor Schleicher, Director of the  NALRC and Professor of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and Professor Jacques Du Plessis, Chair of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the ceremony began. The awards ceremony was run with the NALRC Summer Institute ceremony that was ending on the  same day. Cultural performances specifically from this group were the isiZulu singers and dancers, who were phenomenal to watch in action.

Finally Professor Eyamba Bokama from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign handed out the certificates. Closing remarks about the Training of Trainer’s institute were said by Adeoulu Ademoyo. He praised the NALRC for their hard work in developing and expanding the field of African language Pedology. The following fellows received certificates of completion from the NALRC:
Aisatou Diop-Hashim – Howard University (Wolof)
Marame Seck -University of NC, Chapel hill (Wolof)
Nyambura Mpesha –Michigan State University (Swahili)
Adeolu Ademoyo – Cornell University (Yoruba)
Zoliswa O. Mali – Boston Unversity (Zulu)
Sarah Mkhonza- Cornell University (Zulu)

The Participants and their Instructor A Technology Session during the Training of Trainers Workshop