Our publications grew this year through the publication of five new books in the “Let’s Speak Series.” These books are now available for use and they are: Ndebele, Chichewa, Bemba, SiSwati and Igbo. I extend my profound gratitude to the many African language scholars worldwide who contributed to the success of these publications. Students of these five languages can now utilize these NALRC texts to study the languages and speak them fluently.

New administrative and technological improvements have been underway since the beginning of the year and we have implemented new changes to our website to keep it current with prevailing trends. Also in this regard, the NALRC has made improvements to the ordering system of our materials and for the first time in our history, orders can now be made online. These new improvements have been necessitated by the increasing demand for our products from students, scholars, government personnel, and the general public.


I would like to extend my profound gratitude to the many African language scholars around the world who have contributed to the success of the NALRC this year. These include authors of the latest books from the NALRC press: Shadreck Kondala, Kelvin Mambwe, David Sani Mwanza, Alick Kadango Bwanali, Stephen Madu Anurudu, Betty Sibongile Dlamini, and Anita Mpofu. I am especially grateful to Aquilina Mawadza, who coordinated the development of all five textbooks that we published this year. Sincere gratitude is also extended to the workshop leaders: Steve Timm, Joe Nosek, Jacques du Plessis, Alwiya S. Omar, and John Kiarie wa Njogu. I would also like to extend a very special thank you to the U.S. Department of Education for making the NALRC and all its activities possible. Without the grant from the U.S. Department of Education, all the NALRC publications and activities would not exist.


Finally, I would like to extend my appreciation to the team behind the scenes: the NALRC Assistant Director, Akinsola Ogundeji, NCOLCTL Assistant Director, Nyasha Gwaza, Technology Coordinator, John Adeika, and our NALRC Staff, Mel Capperino, Holly Rubish and Ithipol Yang.


What follows in this edition of ULIMI details the major NALRC accomplishments of this past year, namely material development, the NCOLCTL/ALTA conference, the various workshops and other NALRC initiatives. We always welcome and appreciate feedback from our readers, as it helps us to strengthen our center and our field. Asante, E seun, Jerejef, Medasi, Shukran, Zikomo, Siyabonga, Maita


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