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LINGUIST List 25.2159

Thu May 15 2014

Calls: Language Documentation, Applied Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-May-2014
From: Andrea Berez <andrea.berezgmail.com>
Subject: NSF-Supported Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation
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Full Title: NSF-Supported Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation

Date: 26-Feb-2015 - 01-Mar-2015
Location: Honolulu, HI, USA
Contact Person: Jim Yoshioka
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://icldc-hawaii.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 31-May-2014

Meeting Description:

The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation will feature NSF-Supported Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation. Each session will contain four talks and will be focused on a theme relating to the notion of pedagogy for endangered language teaching.

Endangered language teaching in the language community is often informed by only the most generic of language pedagogies, and language teachers are often frustrated by the lack of methodologies that go beyond short conversation, basic vocabulary, and constructions that can be taught by methods like Total Physical Response (e.g., Asher 1969). Compounding the problem, these same trained teachers may not have enough linguistic knowledge of the subject language to develop robust teaching materials and programs, while linguists with command of linguistic structure may not have the teaching training required to properly educate students or inform language teachers.

In the past we have followed the “Ken Hale” model of training endangered language speakers in linguistics. We have created reference grammars and pedagogical grammars, and most documentation projects include some component for creating teaching materials. What is still lacking from the discipline is a systematic discussion of how to transform documentary materials like annotated corpora and reference grammars into an effective pedagogical workflow for endangered languages (e.g., reference grammar to pedagogical grammar to teaching materials to pedagogical methods to assessment of teaching programs). There is a disconnect between linguistic theory and pedagogical theory, and we aim to bridge this gap during these Special Sessions.

2nd Call for Proposals:

NSF-Supported Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation
4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation
Proposal deadline: May 31, 2014

Special Session Topics and Format:

This year, we are inviting proposals for a series of four Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation.

Each Special Session on Pedagogy in Language Conservation will consist of four 20-minute presentation slots, with each slot to be followed by a 10 minute question period. One Special Session will occur each day of the conference in the same room and time. A total of four Special Sessions will be invited to present at the ICLDC.

Successful proposals will be thematically unified on a particular aspect of pedagogy in language conservation. These may include, but are not limited to:

- Acquisition: What can L1 and L2 acquisition studies teach us that is relevant for developing classroom materials and curricula?
- Teaching methods: What language teaching methods and activities can be brought to endangered language teachers to enhance language learning and retention?
- Understanding and conveying complex grammar: What specific activities in the classroom could be used to teach higher level constructions (e.g., complex clauses, information structure, or particle use)?
- Assessment: How can we properly assess teaching programs for radically less commonly taught languages?

Sponsorship Details:

Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation, we are able to offer sponsorship in the form of travel assistance in the amount of US$2400 for each selected Special Session. The organizer of each Session will determine how that sum is to be divided among the speakers and will inform the ICLDC Executive Committee; depending on each circumstance, funds will be provided as (partial) flight reimbursements, hotel nights, or per diem payments (to be determined by the ICLDC Executive Committee).

Abstract Submission:

Proposals for the Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation are due by May 31, 2014, with notification of acceptance by June 30, 2014. Individual authors whose proposals for the Special Sessions are rejected are welcome to submit their abstracts individually to the call for general proposals.

We will not be accepting any proposals for panel presentations or colloquia beyond the Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation.

How to prepare your proposal:

Special session organizers must submit their proposal on behalf of the authors included in the session. We ask the organizer to prepare an abstract of no more than 400 words for the Special Session as a whole, and to also submit abstracts of no more than 400 words for each paper in the Session. We also ask for a 50-word summary of the Special Session and of each paper in the session for inclusion in the conference program. All abstracts will be submitted to blind peer review by international experts on the topic.


April 1, 2014: Call for Proposals announced
May 31, 2014: Proposals for Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation deadline
June 30, 2014: Notification of acceptance to Special Sessions
August 31, 2014: Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters deadline
October 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance for general papers, posters, and electronic posters
October 1, 2014: Early registration opens
January 15, 2015: Early registration deadline
February 26-March 1, 2015: 4th ICLDC

For more information, please see the announcement for the main conference or the conference website: http://icldc-hawaii.org/, or contact icldchawaii.edu.

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