LINGUIST List 6.1615

Tue Nov 14 1995

Calls: Penn Ling Coll, Teachers of Japanese

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  1. "Rajesh Bhatt", Final Call for the 20th Penn Linguistics Colloquium
  2. Hiroshi Nara, Conference of the Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese

Message 1: Final Call for the 20th Penn Linguistics Colloquium

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995 11:59:58 Final Call for the 20th Penn Linguistics Colloquium
From: "Rajesh Bhatt" <>
Subject: Final Call for the 20th Penn Linguistics Colloquium

 The Penn Linguistics Club Announces
 The Twentieth Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium
 Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, 1996
 Invited Speaker: Norbert Hornstein, U. of Maryland, College Park

We welcome papers on any topic in linguistics. Speakers will have
twenty minutes for their presentation and five minutes for discussion
and questions.

Prospective speakers should submit an abstract no later than Friday,
December 1, 1995 to:

 The Penn Linguistics Colloquium Committee
 Department of Linguistics
 619 Williams Hall
 University of Pennsylvania
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305

Abstracts should be no longer than 2 pages (including examples,
diagrams and references) in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and
should be accompanied by an index card including your name,
affiliation (department and institution), address, email address and
the subfield of linguistics (or related discipline) that you find most
appropriate to your topic. Submission by email to will be greatly appreciated. Please note
that abstracts received after December 1 will not be considered.

Colloquium participants are invited to submit their papers to the Penn
Review of Linguistics, which is published as a special issue of the
Penn Working Papers.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at the above
address or via e-mail at
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Message 2: Conference of the Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995 14:20:17 Conference of the Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese
From: Hiroshi Nara <>
Subject: Conference of the Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese

 The Eighth Annual Conference of
 the Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese
 'Back to the Basics--Building Automaticity'
 Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, 1996 at the
 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

The theme of the conference 'Back to the Basics--Building
Automaticity' reaffirms the importance of thorough acquisition of the
basic skills in language curricula. In this conference, we intend to
pay renewed attention to the goals and methods of teaching these
skills with an explicit goal of exploring ways for students to achieve
higher automaticity.

Throughout the conference, we intend to look at the issues of
achieving automaticity in several ways. First is to look at existing
problems in the classroom and determine which skill areas have been
successful in achieving a level of automaticity. Secondly, we will
provide an opportunity to learn more about the notion of automaticity
and how it relates to any learning situation. Once this basis is
established we intend to examine its relationship to language learning
and teaching. The last step is a more practical one that hopes to
address the issue of how we make use of this idea in concrete learning
situations and teaching techniques, in our attempt to solve the
problems as identified in Step One above.

 Plenary Speaker
The plenary speaker for the conference is Charles Perfetti, a
specialist on psycholinguistics and reading at the University of
Pittsburgh, who will speak on the key principles of automaticity as
applied to language learning. His work in this area is known

 Call for abstracts
Any public presentation (paper presentation, mini workshops,
demonstration of teaching techniques, showing videotapes of
techniques, etc.) that addresses the issues pertaining to achieving
automaticity in the Japanese (or any foreign language) classroom will
be welcome. These presentations will be scheduled for Saturday
afternoon (2/24/96). If you are interested in presenting, please
submit the following two items to the conference organizer.

(1) A proposal of presentation bearing the title and a short
description of the proposed presentation. The description should be
no more than one page long (approximately 250 words). Please note
that the proposal should have only the title and the description of
the presentation (no name).

(2) A 3' x 5' note card bearing the title of presentation, presenter's
or presenters' name(s) and address(es), institutional affiliation(s),
telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address(es), and audiovisual
equipment needed for the presentation.

Send these two items to LETJ Committee, c/o Hiroshi Nara, East Asian
Languages and Literatures, 1501 CL, University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA 15260. USA. For questions, contact Hiroshi Nara at Telephone (412) 624-5574, fax (412) 624-4419.
We are sorry but e-mail or fax submissions of presentation proposals
cannot be accepted. The deadline for submission is Monday, November
27, 1995.


The conclusions and the summaries of our discussions will be shared
with the rest in the _Newsletter_ of the Association of Teachers of
Japanese and _Breeze_ of the Japan Foundation Language Center. At the

 Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese Conference

LETJ is an informal regional organization established by Japanese
teachers primarily in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and
Indiana for the purpose of providing a forum for scholarly discussion
on Japanese language pedagogy, in-service training, and exchange of
teaching techniques and ideas. Over the years, the annual conference
has also proven to be an excellent place for developing professional
relationships with other teachers in the same field. The conference
attendees are teachers of Japanese at either secondary or
post-secondary schools in the area.

In 1995, the conference was hosted by the Ohio State University and,
in 1997, it will be hosted by the University of Michigan.


 Tentative Schedule
 Eighth Lake Erie Teachers of Japanese Conference
 University of Pittsburgh

Friday evening, February 23, 1996
6:45 p.m.-	Registration

7:15-		Welcoming remarks

7:30-8:30 Session I. Issues in Japanese language classroom

8:45-9:30 Session II. Demonstration of CAI materials for building

		Hiroshi Nara, University of Pittsburgh
		Sono Takano Hayes, Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday, February 24, 1996

8:00-		Registration

9:00-10:00 Plenary Session. Charles Perfetti, University of

10:00-10:15	Break

10:15-11:15 Session III. Keiko Koda, Carnegie Mellon University.

11:15-12:00 Session IV. Small group discussion.

12:00-1:15	Lunch

1:15-2:45 Session V. Presentations; concurrent sessions

2:45-3:00	Break

3:00-4:30 Session VI. Presentations; concurrent sessions

4:30-5:00 Business meeting. Evaluation of the conference. Closing

5:30-		Reception.

PLEASE forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in
this conference. Also, I will be happy to send this call to anyone if
you give me his/her e-mail address. Send the names and addresses to
Hiroshi Nara

Questions? Direct your questions to Hiroshi Nara at
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