National African Language Program Coordination


African Language Program List

The NALRC updates the list on a regular basis so that information about programs in African languages can beavailable to universities and colleges planning to start their own African language programs. This list also helpsindividual language learners find local institutions offering courses in their language of interest. This list has been keptup-to-date with the help of student workers at the NALRC and individual institutions who contacted us to be addedto the list. The latest list can be viewed on the NALRC website:http://nalrc.wisc.edu.

 

African Language Pedagogy Evaluators’ List

The NALRC continues to compile a list of scholars who are willing to serve as consultants for new or existing Africanlanguage programs. These experienced African language pedagogists assist the Center’s mission by evaluatingexisting African language programs and by helping to start new ones. These evaluators, and the program developersthemselves, are provided with access to African Language Program Development and Administration: A History andGuidelines for Future Programs (2002).

 

African Language Coordinators’ Training Programs

The NALRC trains African language coordinators through various types of workshops. These workshops aim toimprove coordinators’ effectiveness in working with a wide variety of African language instructors. Languagecoordinators often work with African language instructors whose language they may not speak or understand. Theseworkshops teach the coordinators to work with instructors better and to mentor them more successfully. Many of thecoordinators have had the opportunity to attend such workshops conducted by the NALRC at the African LanguageTeachers Association (ALTA) conferences.

 

African Language Resource List

The NALRC maintains a list ofAfrican language instructors, nativespeakers, and scholars who areinterested in working as translators,interpreters, and testers forgovernment and non-governmentagencies. This list is updated asthe Center receives informationabout new resource people.These resource people includeformer NALRC Summer Instituteparticipants, members of ALTA,and individuals who registered atvarious conferences at which theNALRC had booths.

 

African Language Materials and Workshop List

In order to satisfy the Center’s mission to provide the entire community of African language educators with teaching resources, the NALRC assesses annually the need for materials across the field of African language pedagogy. Partof this process includes gathering information about existing materials and workshops for African language instructors. These materials range from textbooks to audio and video tapes, web-based materials, and role-play cards. The catalog of existing materials and requests for new materials is critical to the material development andpublication process at the NALRC.