ASA 2012 Conference Report
The National African Language Resource Center was represented by John O. Adeika at the 55th Annual African Studies Association conference held in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel from November 29-Decemember 1, 2012. The conference theme was "Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa".
Arrival and Set-Up
The NALRC representative arrived at the venue on Wednesday, the 28th Dec.and set up the NALRC display booth that very day. NALRC publications and materials displayed include: brochures, the "Let's Speak”, “Let's Read”, and “Let’s communicate” series textbooks, the Wolof Lexicon and Grammar textbook, the "Learners' Reference Grammar" series textbooks and some of the organizational journals.
The NALRC booth was conspicuously marked with our center’s banner and the NCOLCTL/ALTA 2012 Conference posters. Other items on display included but were not limited to the following:
Textbooks and Multimedia Materials
Vocabulary Flash Cards Multimedia CD-ROM
Let’s Speak series Companion CD ROM
Let’s Read series companion CD ROM
Language Multimedia CD ROM
Acholi, Amharic, Arabic, Bamana, Bemba, Chichewa, Hausa, Igbo, Isixhosa, Kikongo, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kpelle, Krio, Lingala, Luganda, Malagasy, Mende, Ndebele, Oromo, Pulaar, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Temne, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu etc.
Booth Visitors: The NALRC booth experienced remarkable traffic during the conference. We had over one hundred participants. All of them without exception commended NALRC’s efforts in making language resources available to the language scholars in the United States. Some of them indicated their intensions to help in publishing more brochures and textbooks that is not yet available.
Dissemination:Conferences are one of the focal points for the dissemination of the NALRC annual bulletin that is available in printed copies, online and downloadable forms. During this conference, over two hundred copies of the bulletin were distributed to the booth visitors and the conference participants in general. Booth visitor was given a copy of the ULIMI bulletin.
Contacts:Contacts were made with some of the scholars that attended the conference for collaboration in the production of language learning resource materials. These are scholars who indicated their interest in further production and distribution of language resources. Their contact information was taken for further routine purposes.
Meeting Attended:The LRC Directors’ meeting and the LRC Coordinators meeting were attended on the behalf of the NALRC Director on November 29. The NALRC move from University of Wisconsin to Indiana University was a cogent point in both meeting agenda. This was clarified preponderantly to them in the following way:
- First of all, the NALRC moved to IU because IU offered the NALRC a lot of support to continue its national initiative programs as listed in its original proposal.
- NALRC continues to organize its annual Summer Professional Development for African Language instructors and other LCTLs (Indiana University is supporting the addition of other LCTL instructors to participate in this Certificate Program for Language instructors.
- NALRC plans to continue to organize the Swahili Startalk annual Summer Professional Development Workshop for Swahili instructors. It has done this for the past 4 years and plans to continue during the summer of next year.
- NALRC plans to continue its Technology Workshop for African language instructors.
- NALRC is planning a Leadership Workshop for Language Directors and Coordinators and will be sending the announcement for this out later. It has organized this leadership workshop in the past and plans to continue this activity.
- NALRC plans to organize a National Standards for Teaching African Languages Workshop in collaboration with the National Standards for Teaching Foreign Languages Collaborative Board.
- The goals of this is to have a document that will be published through ACTFL publication department specifically for African languages but the publication will include other foreign language organizations' standards in the nation.
- NALRC continues to represent and speak on behalf of African language instructors at national meetings such as ACTFL, JNCL, Council of LRC Directors, STARTALK and other national groups that deal with advocating for foreign languages in the nation.
- At the end of the meetings, everyone was glad that NALRC continues her operation.
Conclusion:The next ASA conference, which is the 56th of her Annual Meeting is schedules to be held in November 21-24, 2013 Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel Baltimore, MD.