17th NCOLCTL Annual Conference 2014

The 17th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 24-27, 2014, at the Westin Hotel & Resort in Chicago Northwest, IL (with pre-conference workshops scheduled for April 24th, 2014). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions to be presented at this conference.

Submissions should fall broadly within the conference theme, "Collaboration and Internationalization: Enhancing and Sustaining Quality Outcomes for LCTLs" Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, each paper should strive to address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. The focus of session topics might include heritage language learners, bilingual education students, autonomous and self-instructional settings, distance learning, outreach and advocacy initiatives, and the use of technology in teaching LCTL's. Other topics such as curriculum and materials development, teacher training and professionalization, research, and assessment will also be welcomed.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long which should include time for questions and discussion. 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 60 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. (NB, any proposal in this category requiring technical support must specify in detail the type of hardware or software needed).

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format by:
• Creating a user account on this website and then clicking the "New Submission" tab, which will be visible after creating the account.
• For a proposal to be considered, complete the prompted steps to submit your abstract. Extra technology needs can be listed in the "Comments to Conference Chair" text box.
• Attach any supplementary material such as a page and a half long (maximum), proposal.
• This electronic format is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted.

The extended deadline for receipt of proposals is September 30th, 2013. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee after October 21st 2013 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. All presenters will be required to pre-register for the conference. Details about registration are to be found on the NCOLCTL 2014 Conference website.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at: secretariat@ncolctl.org or Tel: 1-812-856-4185


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