ALTA Conference 2024


27th Annual Conference of the 


African Languages Within and Beyond the Classroom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Multidisciplinary Collaborations.
Thursday 11th -  Saturday 13th, April 2024
Proudly Hosted by
The National African Language Resource Center (NALRC), 
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington.
355 N Eagleson Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405
The African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) is a professional organization that works to promote the teaching of, and research in, African languages and cultures. ALTA’s annual conferences provide an avenue for teachers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders in the field to meet and share their research, experiences, and best practices.
The 2024 ALTA conference will take place at Indiana University in Bloomington from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13, April 2024, under the theme, African Languages Within and Beyond the Classroom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Multidisciplinary Collaborations.
This year’s conference aims to inspire innovative and creative ways to enhance African language programs, instruction, research, and best practices. It seeks contributions that will leverage the affordance of interdisciplinary viewpoints and collaborative initiatives to raise the profile of African language instruction and support the professionalism of African language educators.

The Conference Organizing Committee invites researchers, educators, practitioners, and program and curriculum developers to submit abstracts for individual papers and panel discussions on topics relevant to the conference theme and the following sub-themes:

  • Pedagogical Innovations that Address Learner Needs
  • The Role of Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Instruction
  • Multimodality and Resource Development
  • Building cross-disciplinary Alliances and Leadership
  • Curriculum Design and Student-Centered Instruction
  • The Role and place of African languages in African Studies
  • African Languages and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching
  • Learner Assessment Techniques       
  • Promoting African Languages on Campuses
  • Role of Study Abroad Programs in Advancing African Languages
  • Language and Culture
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • African Linguistics
  • African Literature

Submit an abstract for one of the following presentation formats. Your abstract may be in English or an African language.

Individual paper: Individual Papers are research-based presentations discussing one paper. Papers constitute original research or practical experience and may have up to two co-presenters present on the same paper. [Time: 30 minutes; 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.]

Panel Presentations: Panel Presentations are research-based presentations in which multiple papers examine a single topic extensively and involve the audience in the discussion. Panelists must address an issue related to the conference's theme and/or subthemes. Typically, a panel includes 3-4 panelists, and members share time equally. Panel time will be determined depending on the number of panelists, up to 90 minutes.

Submission of Abstracts

Submit your 250-300 word abstract. Although we have passed the deadline for submission, we are still accepting abstracts on a roll-in basis. If you submit your abstract after 11/26/2023, please follow up with an email to us at the email address below.Submit-Abstract.png

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The Annual Conference of the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) will take place on April 11 - 13, 2024 at 355 N Eagleson Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405.

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The Conference Program will be available in late January.

Registration Information

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Pre-Conference Workshop

In order to attend the pre-conference workshop, all attendees must be registered for the conference.

Thursday 11th, April 2024
4 - 6 pm

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Language-Specific Sessions

The Language-Specific Sessions will feature presentations and business meetings of the various language groups represented in ALTA.

Saturday 13th, April 2024
5 pm

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Sponsorship and Exhibition

ALTA seeks collaborations through sponsorship and exhibition at the conference from 11-13, April 2024.

Sponsors will be listed on all publications for the conference. 

Exhibitors will host a booth in our Exhibition Space, where they get the opportunity to interact with the conference attendees and will also be listed on all publications for the conference. Exhibition Cost: $300 for a table.

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