SPECIFIC TO ALTA CONFERENCE

The 14th Annual Conference was jointly held with the 13th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL). The venue was at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin from April 22-25, 2010.  Prior to the conference there was a call for papers on the theme titled: “Enhancing African Languages Proficiency to a Higher Professional Level.”

The following ALTA Executive Board Members: Executive Director Antonia Schleicher, President Audrey Mbeje, preceeding president Alwiya Omar and Secretary Treasurer Kiarie John Wa’Njogu, were all present at the conference to oversee the pre-conference workshop, individual papers, colloquia, and the poster sessions.  The pre-conference workshop was led by Dr. Jennifer Eddy of Queens College of the City University of New York.  The theme was entitled, “Unpacking the Standards with Backward Design: Performance, Assessment, and Transfer.”

During the conference, there were many different presentations specifically for the ALTA audience. Some were general while others focused on a particular language. Although these presentations focused on individual languages, they addressed issues that clearly related to more than just that one language.  All individual papers, group presentations, and poster sessions related to the theme of the conference.

The executives of ALTA made use of the period of the conference to hold a business meeting which brought all ALTA members together to discuss on the future of ALTA. In conclusion, Prof. Audrey Mbeje showed her appreciation to all for their individual and collective effort towards the success of the conference. This was supported by all the members of the Executive Board.