CFP: African Language Teachers Association 2010 Conference

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Call for proposals-general:

African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) 2010 Conference:
Enhancing African Languages Proficiency to a Higher Professional Level
April 22nd - 25th, 2010
Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin

(jointly held with the 13th Annual Conference of the National Council
of Less Commonly Taught Languages - NCOLCTL

The Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the African Language Teachers
Association (ALTA)
is scheduled for April 22-25, 2010, in Madison, WI
(with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 22th).
Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster
sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme,
"Enhancing African Languages Proficiency to a Higher Professional
Although proposed presentations may focus on individual
languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than
just that one language. Presentations may address the linkage between
language study and professionalization, curriculum and material
development, methodology, bilingual education, heritage language
learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, outreach and
advocacy, and the use of technology in teaching languages. Other
topics such as teacher training, professional development, research,
and assessment are also welcome.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus
clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be
based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90
minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more
presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be
given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language
groups. Poster and presentation sessions may focus on completed work
or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less
commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional
poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research
completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or
information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the
attached ALTA Session Proposal Submission Form. (This form will soon
be available online via a link that will be provided by the ALTA
Secretariat). The Proposal Submission form is a "fillable" PDF file
that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then
submitted to ALTA via e-mail. This is the only format in which
Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions
for its use. Please contact the ALTA Secretariat
(alta[at] with any questions. For a proposal to be
considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract,
proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information
must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 30, 2009.
Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday,
January 21st, 2010 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At
least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to
pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the
acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please
contact the ALTA Secretariat at: alta[at]
4231 Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608-265-7902
Fax: 608-265-7904