"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
11th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 1999 August 9-20, 1999 Utrecht University, The Netherlands DEADLINE EARLY REGISTRATION: April 30
The ESSLLI programme offers courses, workshops, and a studen session in the areas of: Language Logic Computation Logic & Language Language & Computation Logic & Computation
For detailed information on courses, instructors, applications, housing, etc. please visit our web site: http://esslli.let.uu.nl/
Registration fees: STUDENTS: NLG 350 (until April 30) NLG 450 (after April 30) ACADEMIC: NLG 500 (until April 30) NLG 700 (after April 30) INDUSTRIAL: NLG 900 (until April 30) NLG 1200 (after April 30)
A limited number of grants is available. Please visit our web site at: http://esslli.let.uu.nl/grants.html
For more information contact us at:
ESSLLI 99 Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS Trans 10 3512 JK Utrech The Netherlands E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +31-30-2536000 Tel: (secretary) +31-30-2536183 http://esslli.let.uu.nl
Announcement of the ACTFL-MLJ Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education
The Emma Marie Birkmaier Award was established to recognize an author of doctoral dissertation research in foreign language education tha contributes significantly to the advancement of the profession. The recipient receives a $500 cash award, provided by the MLJ as evidence of the commitment of ACTFL and the MLJ to research in foreign and second language acquisition and to the application of its results to the classroom. Criteria for Selection 1. The dissertation should deal with language learning or teaching, teacher preparation, curriculum development, evaluation, or any field directly related to second or foreign language education. 2. The dissertation shall have been completed during the two calendar years preceding the award ceremony. 3. Both qualitative and quantitative dissertations are eligible. 4. The dissertation should have the following components: a. a statement of the context in which the research took place and a description of the processes involved; b. review of the literature related to the problem, including the contribution to the study being reviewed; c. a clear and detailed design of the study; d. clear and systematic analysis of the data; e. conclusions appropriate to the data; f. recognition of the limitations of the study; g. recommendations for further research that are appropriate extensions of the study. 5. The recipient is not required to be a member of ACTFL. Deadlines: Abstract to Chairperson: postmarked on or before May 28, 1999 Finalists notified to send copies of dissertations to the Chairperson: July 2, 1999 Copies of all documentation pertaining to the winner sent to the ACTFL Executive Director: September 13, 1999
To submit nominations, attach a current curriculum vitae for each candidate, and forward all information to the 1999 Chairperson: Dale A. Koike Department of Spanish and Portuguese The University of Texas at Austin Batts Hall 110 Austin, TX 78712-1155 Also on the committee are Christina Makara Biron (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth), Dorothy Chun (University of California a Santa Barbara), Richard Donato (Unviersity of Pittsburgh), Ronald Leow (Georgetown University).
More details: 1. Each abstract must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty member, addressed to the Chairperson. This letter should describe the thesis, situate it in the field, and relate the significance of its contribution to the theory or practice, or both, of second or foreign language learning. The letter may be included with the abstract or sen under separate cover by the submission deadline. Submissions that lack the letter of support will not be considered. After the initial screening, the committee will request complete copies of dissertations for final consideration. 2. For the first round of judging, the applicant's dissertation is rated SOLELY upon the dissertation abstract submitted. This abstract, then, mus reflect concisely and accurately the research of the full dissertation. The following directions are given for the preparation of the abstract: a. Length--The main portion of the abstract should be 2-5 typewritten pages (8 1/2 x 11) in length, double-spaced. If the applican requires additional space in which to present details of research instruments, a theoretical point of view, or to elaborate some other vital point, an appendix of up to 3 additional pages may be attached to the abstract. The title page and the bibliography are not included in the page count. The main portion of the abstract (excluding the appendix) should not exceed 5 typewritten pages double-spaced (plus the 3-page summary, if required). b. Format: The abstract should include a title page, the main report section, bibliography and, if desired, the appendix.
Title page: 1. Name and address of applicant. Use the address to which all official communications are to be sent. Be sure to include the zip code, telephone number, e-mail address, and a temporary number in case of absence from the permanent address anytime duirng the summer months. 2. Title of the dissertation. This should be the complete title, using no abbreviations. 3. Name and address of the institution from which the degree was obtained. Please be sure that the information is complete, as the Chairperson of the committee may wish to contact the university. Please note that identifying information (author, institution, faculty member) should be included ONLY on the title page. There should be no such identifying information in the abstract or appendix, if used.
Five copies of the abstract are required. Each copy must be clear and easily read. Each applicant is responsible for making photocopies of athe dissertation available within one week of the receipt of a registered letter from the Chairperson. The Chairperson and ACTFL Executive Director keep one set of photocopies dissertations. Committee members will return their copies to the sender at the conclusion of the competition. ACTFL will reimburse finalists for reasonable photocopying and mailing costs of their dissertation.
TITLE PAGE (set up your title page as indicated below) 1. Name of applican 2. Complete address of applican Telephone number Summer telephone number e-mail address 3. Name of the institution granting your degree Complete address of that institution 4. Examining committee: Name and address of Chairperson Names of other members of examining committee 5. Date (month, day, year) on which the examination was successfully held Note: Please remember that identifying information should be limited to the title page only.
Dale A. Koike Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 78712 tel: (512) 232-4508 fax: (512) 471-8073