LINGUIST List 9.678

Sat May 9 1998

Calls: ICSNL'98,Foreign Language Culture

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  1. Deryle Lonsdale, CFP: ICSNL '98
  2. stephen zanotti, Foreign Language Culture

Message 1: CFP: ICSNL '98

Date: Thu, 07 May 1998 17:57:19 +0000
From: Deryle Lonsdale <>
Subject: CFP: ICSNL '98

Announcement and Call for Papers

33rd International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
August 5-7, 1998

Papers on all aspects of the study, preservation, and teaching of
Salish and neighboring languages are welcome.

The conference will be three full days: 
9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, 
9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

Native language program presentations and papers of practical interest
to teachers will be interspersed throughout the program on all days.
All sessions will be plenary. Reports on language programs will
generally be 20 minutes long; discussion will follow.

Every author of a preprint paper will be expected to present a
5-minute, non-technical introduction to her/his work, geared toward a
general audience unfamiliar with the paper. Presenters may add an
optional 5 minutes of technical introduction. Discussion of the paper
will follow.

Information on conference organizers, housing, submission, deadlines,
and formats is available at:
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Message 2: Foreign Language Culture

Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 07:41:41 -0700
From: stephen zanotti <>
Subject: Foreign Language Culture

Conference Organizer:

Faculty of Foreign Languages
Laboratory of Communicative Teaching Through Cultural Interaction.
Kursk State Pedagogical University.
33 Radischev Street , Kursk 305004, 
tel. (071 22) 2-73-61
fax.( 0712) 568461
e-mail: kgpuhome.

International Conference:

The Voice of the Foreign Language Culture

Tentatively scheduled for October 12-16, 1998 at 
Kursk State Pedagogical University, Russia.


Defining general approaches taken by Russian and foreign
methodologists to the problem of communicative pronunciation teaching.

Foreign language pronunciation, vital for communication, is a complex
phenomenon difficult to investigate and not readily yielding to
teaching guidance. No wonder, occasionally it will be declared
irrelevant and the attention of the methodologists and teachers is
concentrated on more learnable items: grammar and vocabulary .

Indeed, either the Intuitive-Imitative approach with its attention to
the accuracy of pronunciation or the Analytic-Linguistic Approach with
its articulatory and contrastive information, or the Cognitive
Approach which gives emphases to grammar, or the Natural Approach and
the Silent Way with the attention to the supra- segmental structures
have not met the needs of communication.

However, this kind of neglect of pronunciation teaching is of short
duration and it could not be otherwise for evident reasons. It is
pronunciation that reflects the national character, culture and spirit
of the nation, the social characteristics of the speaker, their aims,
motives and emotions. You would not really respond adequately to what
is being said without the proper awareness of the implications of the
pronunciation system. Moreover, even in the recognition of grammar and
lexical units we mainly depend on pronunciation parameters. In fact,
all speech activities have pronunciation roots. That is why we can not
neglect teaching pronunciation if we want to prepare our students for
actual communication.
In the Communicative Approach adhered to in this Institution, we
demand a communicative paradigm of pronunciation teaching. It implies
both the communicative aim of teaching and structuring the teaching
process in accordance with the natural mechanisms of pronunciation
acquisition. There is evidence that communicative approach to
teaching pronunciation is gaining universal support. According to
M. Celces-Murcia, D.M. Brinton, J.M. Goodwin in "Teaching
Pronunciation," _CUP_, 1996 ...teaching supra-segmental features
(rhythm, stress and intonation in a discourse context was the optimal
way to organize a short- term pronunciation course. This idea sounds
promising for a more fundamental course if we take into account the
psychological nature of pronunciation acquisition.
The objectives of the conference are as follows:
Emphasize social importance and necessity of correct pronunciation

Point out general problems of teaching FL pronunciation

Develop a communicative syllabus for teaching FL pronunciation and
specify the teaching units and the context of teaching

Definine communicative strategies for pronunciation teaching

Specify the communicative model for teaching pronunciation and its
correlation with natural speech mechanisms

Define the links of FL culture and pronunciation teaching

Analyze the communicative model of pronunciation teaching as a
component of teacher education

Outline the linguistic foundation of communicative FL pronunciation

Identify the links between pronunciation and grammar, vocabulary and
pragmatic context.

Discussion groups on suggested topics:

1. The social load and the status of pronunciation in multi-cultural

2. Pronunciation as an indicator of language proficiency and cultural

3. Communicative teaching of pronunciation as a basis for teaching FL

4. Functional and linguistic aspects of pronunciation teaching.

5. Techniques of communicative teaching of FL pronunciation.

 We would be delighted to discuss the problems and share our
experience with those of similar interests. We sincerely hope that the
integral efforts of the participants of the conference will result in
solving some of the problems and enrich our practical competence.

First Call for Papers.

The Faculty of Foreign Languages and the Laboratory of Communicative
FL Teaching through Cultural Interaction at Kursk State Pedagogical
University (Russia) cordially invite colleagues from Asia, Africa,
America and Europe to participate in their international
conference. We desire to share achievements, concerns and exchange
expertise in teaching English, German and French phonetics and
pronunciation. All teachers and methodologists are welcome to attend.
Papers of 2000 words will be published subsequently in the Conference

Final date for acceptance of applications and papers to the above
address by 1 July 1998.

Kursk, a city lacated 450 km to the South of Moscow, is one of the
oldest cities in Russia with a number of attractions interesting from
historical and cultural points of view. Accomodation will be provided
at the hotel Kursk (40-60$ per night). Participants will also be
offered to live in the appartments with Russian families and the
students' dormitory. Foreign particapants will be met in Moscow and
accompanied to Kursk if required.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Nickolay Smakhtin
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages

Vyacheslav Buzhinsky
Head of the English Language Department
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