National African Language Resource Center

Professional Development for African Language Educators

A) Annual Summer Institute for African Language Instructors

The NALRC organizes an annual intensive summer institute for African language scholars and instructors. Funds are provided for participants to attend on a competitive basis. The funds provide travel, room and board. All the institutes are free of charge for the participants who are selected. Those who are not selected can still attend with support from their language programs. These institutes are led by experienced African language pedagogists or general language pedagogists and they serve as pre-service or in-service development programs for instructors.


During this summer (2003), the following institutes were organized:

  • African language program, administration, & evaluation; Curriculum Development & evaluation by Eyamba Bokamba (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Teaching speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills by Sandra Arfa & Gail Ibele (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Each institute lasted for a week except for the Teaching Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing Skills institute, which lasted for two weeks. See the reports.


During the summer of 2002, the following institutes were organized:

  • African language program development and evaluation by Eyamba Bokamba (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • African language curriculum development and evaluation by Antonia Folarin Schleicher (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • African language material development and evaluation by Antonia Folarin Schleicher, Olusola Adesope & Anand Prithivathi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

B) Annual ALTA Conference Workshop

As part of its professional development activities, the NALRC sponsors and organizes an annual workshop for all African Language Teachers' Association (ALTA) members who attend the annual ALTA conference. The purpose of organizing an annual workshop during this conference is to reach as many African language instructors as possible. This workshop is usually the most well-attended NALRC workshop. The NALRC also provides funds annually for African language graduate teaching assistants to attend this conference on a competitive basis. Many of these teaching assistants have benefited greatly from the training received through these workshops and would not have attended without the support of the NALRC. See the report.

C) Workshops for Different African Language Programs

If many African language instructors from a particular program cannot attend some of the workshops or institutes organized by the NALRC at the national level, each program can request a separate local workshop for its instructors. Similar workshops led by the NALRC during the 2001/2000 funding cycle were:

  • Material Development Workshop for LCTL Instructors at the University of Kansas, African Studies Program, Lawrence, KS.
  • African Language and Culture Workshop for K-12 Teachers at the Ohio State University, African Studies Program, Columbus, OH.

Please contact the NALRC if your program would like local workshops. It should be noted that there is a fee for such local workshops.

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