NALRC Annual Publication
From the Director
Dr. Antonia Folarin Schleicher
Welcome to the twelfth offering of our annual newsletter, ULIMI. By any measure, this has been a very eventful year for us Language Resource Centers (LRCs). We have seen our budget revised downwards by 50% due to the current prevailing fiscal challenges our nation is currently undergoing. However, our center has continued to achieve some notable goals despite these challenges. As in previous years, we will in this issue be summarizing all of our accomplishments in the past year. Our center’s interest in professional development continues to be outstanding and our contribution is consistently transforming African language programs with many other less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) in the US. We again this year were able to co-sponsor the annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and that of the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA). We were also able to conduct our usual professional development workshops in Madison as well as publish five new African language textbooks under our material development initiative.
The NALRC Summer Institute was bigger this year as compared to last year and was held in Madison, from May 23rd to June 3rd 2011. Steve Timm and Joe Nosek from the University of Wisconsin-Madison led the Institute, and there were 19 participants. The goal of the Institute was to enhance the teaching skills of the participants so that they become more competent with current second language acquisition (SLA) techniques. The institute featured both theoretical and practical instruction. This volume contains a full report on the 2011 Summer Institute.
The NALRC also hosted a Technology Training Workshop from May 31st to June 3rd, 2011. Dr. Jacques du Plessis from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee led the workshop, and there were 9 participants who took part in the workshop. This workshop equipped participants with multimedia skills, especially in the context of web based instruction. A full report on this is contained elsewhere in this newsletter.
The NCOLCTL Swahili STARTALK was held July 11-29, 2011, and the NALRC co-sponsored this teacher development workshop. This three-week workshop was held in Madison, WI, with the first week being an online course taken from the participants’ home base. Special thanks to Dr. Alwiya S. Omar and Dr. John Kiarie wa Njogu, who were co-instructors for this workshop along with me.