LINGUIST List 12.2188

Thu Sep 6 2001

Calls: Hispanic Ling, Less Commonly Taught Languages

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  1. Dr Maria E Placencia, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
  2. Scott McGinnis, Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2002)

Message 1: Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 17:29:22 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
From: Dr Maria E Placencia <>
Subject: Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

Call for Papers - First UK Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
to be held at the University of Surrey, 11th -13th
April 2002. Areas: Hispanic sociolinguistics, pragmatics,
conversation analysis. Deadline for abstracts: 1 October 2001

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Leo Hickey (University of Salford, UK) - "Spanish
pragmatics: whence, where, whither?"

Dr Clare Mar-Molinero (University of Southampton, UK) -
"Spanish as a World Language: Language and identity in a
Global Era"

Dr Diana Bravo (University of Stockhholm, Sweden) -
"Comunicaci�n no verbal: imagen (face) e identidad social
en discursos acad�micos"

Dr Victoria Escandell (UNED, Spain) - "Sobre los usos
citativos de los tiempos verbales"

Prof. Adolfo Elizainc�n (Universidad de la Rep�blica, Uruguay) -
"Romania Nova: Lugar de contacto del espa�ol con otras lenguas/culturas"

(Abstracts to be found at

For more information contact:
M. Placencia at, or
R. Marquez R. at

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Dr Maria E. Placencia
School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture
Birkbeck College
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H OPD
Fax number: 0207 383 3729
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Message 2: Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2002)

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 15:51:15 -0400
From: Scott McGinnis <>
Subject: Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2002)


National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Fifth National Conference
Washington, D.C.
April 12-14, 2002
Expanding Our Capabilities:
Focus on Teacher Preparation and Professional Development for the Less
Commonly Taught Languages

The Fifth National Conference of the National Council of Organizations of
Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for metropolitan
Washington, D.C. on April 12-14, 2002. The first day of the conference
(April 12) will be held at the Foreign Service Institute and the final two
days (April 13 & 14) at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, both located
in Arlington, Virginia.

Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia and poster
sessions. The formats are described below. Proposals should fall broadly
within the Conference theme of "Expanding Our Capabilities: Focus on Teacher
Preparation and Professional Development for the Less Commonly Taught
Languages." Although proposed presentations may focus on individual
languages, each should address issues that clearly relate to more than just
that one language. Sessions might include:
- Discussion of classroom-based research in the LCTLs;
- Description of effective pre-service teacher preparation activities;
- Description of effective inservice professional development programs;
- Identification and analysis of needs in the area of professional
development in the LCTLs;
- Addressing professional development needs in the LCTLs, such as increasing
learner-centeredness, adaptation of older textbooks, etc.;
- Reports by individual LCTL teachers on their own individual efforts to
continue to develop professionally;
- Uses of technology in teacher preparation and professional development;
- The role(s) of immersion experiences and summer institutes in professional
- Effective training and supervision of new or inexperienced LCTL teachers;
- Sharing of innovative instructional materials, teaching activities or
classroom arrangements for an LCTL; and
- Other topics related to the theme.

Proposals on such other topics as curriculum development and learner needs
analysis, will also be considered.

Individual papers are 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on one
or more issues related to the theme. Papers may be based on research or
practical experience.

Colloquia are 90 minutes. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more
presenters who will address one of the conference themes. Preference will be
given to panels 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 of either the traditional poster format, such as
presentation of materials or of results of research in progress, or
demonstrations of instructional or information technology. However, any
proposal requiring technical support must specify in detail the type of
hardware and software needed.

Proposals should indicate the title and kind of presentation (paper,
colloquium or poster session) in the upper left-hand corner, and the name of
the presenter, the presenter's institution and the presenter's primary
language(s) in the upper right-hand corner. The proposed title should not
exceed ten words. Next should appear a 50-75 word abstract suitable for
inclusion in the conference program. The proposal text should be 150-200
words long and may not exceed one page in length.

If possible, proposals should be submitted in electronic format by email to
Scott McGinnis: If email is not available, proposals
may be sent to the following address by hard copy:

Scott McGinnis
National Foreign Language Center
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 300
College Park, MD 20740
Phone	301-403-1750 x18
Fax	301-403-1754

The final deadline for receipt of proposals is December 1, 2001. Applicants
will be notified by email within one week of the receipt of their
submissions. They will be notified by the Program Committee by January 7,
2002, whether their proposal has been accepted.

The National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages is a
non-profit, non-political, educational organization governed by six officers
elected by its membership, with an executive office at the National Foreign
Language Center (NFLC) in College Park, Maryland. The Council membership
comprises 18 member LCTL organizations. NCOLCTL was established in 1990 with
funding from the Ford Foundation to become a national alliance of
organizations representing individual languages and language groups of LCTLs
in the United States. Council activities over the past decade have focused
on sustaining and enriching LCTL programs in American academic institutions
by sharing resources and expertise across the country, in support of the
efforts of member organizations in assuming leadership roles in their
fields, as well as facilitating the establishment of new national teacher
organizations representing the less commonly taught languages.
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