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NCOLCTL conference announcement and call for papers

Posted: September 27, 2007

NCOLCTL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Eleventh International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin April 24-27, 2008

Theme: LCTLs and Globalization: Challenges, Expectations and Possibilities

The Eleventh Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 25-27, 2008, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 24th). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, "LCTLs and Globalization: Challenges, Expectations, and Possibilities." Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. Presentations may address the linkage between language study and globalization, curriculum and material development, methodology, bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, outreach and advocacy, and the use of technology in teaching languages. Other topics such as teacher training, professionalization, research, and assessment are also welcome.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster and presentation sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the attached NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form. This form is also available at the NCOLCTL website ( http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2008/prpsl.htm). The Proposal Submission form is a "fillable" PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use. Please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu ) with any questions. For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 30, 2007. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 21st, 2008 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu NCOLCTL 4231 HumanitiesBuilding 455 N. Park Street Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

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