"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
FYI: North American ACL, Lang Program/Baltics 2000
Dear ACL member,
In 1998, the ACL Executive decided to create a chapter of the Association specifically to serve the interests of North American members. This chapter will parallel the European ACL chapter, and possibly be followed by a chapter representing Asia as well.
The Executive formed a committee consisting of Sandra Carberry (University of Delaware), Eduard Hovy (Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California) and Marilyn Walker (AT&T Laboratories) to establish the new chapter.
This committee presented a draft constitution for the new chapter to the Executive at the recent ACL conference in June 1998. The Executive agreed to a plan leading up to the formation of the new chapter by January 2000, involving the following steps:
1. September 1999: draft constitution of the new chapter made public to ACL membership via ACL website 2. September 1999: electronic discussion forum created for comments 3. October 1999: call for nominations for chapter officials 4. November 1999: electronic voting for chapter officials 5. December 1999: announcement of elected officials 6. January 2000: first electronic meeting of new chapter officials 7. April 2000: meeting of new chapter membership at NAACL/ANLP conference
The chapter creation committee will moderate the open discussion and will act as Nominating and Electoral Committee for the election. This committee will dissolve at the end of December, 1999.
We invite you to peruse the new chapter constitution from the ACL website, a http://www.aclweb.org/naacl/
We invite you to subscribe to the discussion list by sending an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org, consisting simply of the line "subscribe naacl-setup" in the subject line.
We invite you to post comments and suggestions for the activities of the new chapter to email@example.com
We invite you to nominate officers for the new chapter by electronically sending the following information to Sandra Carberry (firstname.lastname@example.org): - the name and affiliation of the nominee, - the position nominated for, - a short statement of some of the nominee's achievements and/or qualifications in the context of computational linguistics, - a short statement by the nominee expressing the willingness to stand for election. Nominees must be members of ACL in good standing at the time of nomination.
The chapter creation committee, Sandra Carberry, Eduard Hovy, Marilyn Walker
Intensive Language Courses of Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian
As in the last 11 years, intensive courses of the Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian languages are held in Bonn/Germany in 2000. These courses, part-funded by Muenster University, the federal state North-Rhine-Westphalia, and the Robert-Bosch-Foundation, are designed for beginners and comprise four phases.
Phase 1. Participants stay in Haus Annaberg, a turn-of-the-century manor house overlooking Bonn, between February 20 and March 30, 2000. Classes are taugt five hours per day, five days a week. Emphasis is placed on grammatical and lexical issues as well as on the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills. Lectures on geographical, sociological, and political issues will be held on one weekend.
Phase 2. During the university summer term, participants are expected to continue their studies in their own time, using course books and additional materials. Assignments are sent out a regular intervals by the teachers.
Phase 3. Students stay in Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia for four weeks in september, 2000. Here, they study at the universities of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn, respectively, four hours per day, five days a week. Emphasis here is on conversation skills. Classes are complemented with lectures and excursions. Students live with guest families throughout their stay.
Phase 4. This is the final examination, again in Haus Annaberg, Bonn. It takes place directly after the study period in the Baltics. After successfully passing the exam, participants receive a certificate.
Participation is open to all students enrolled in a German university or technical college. Tuition fees: DM 1,500. This
includes ten weeks intensive course, full board, examinations, and teaching materials. Registration deadline: 30/11/1999. For further information please contact: