CFP: Technological Methods for Improving Proficiency in Language Instruction at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Wed Mar 24 18:37:53 UTC 2010



Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) for AF-PAK Languages

Call for Proposals and Participation
2010 AF-PAK LEARN Conference

Date: May 17-19, 2010 

Theme: Technological Methods for Improving Proficiency in Language Instruction at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels


The Foreign Language Program Office (FLPO) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the National Cryptologic School (NCS), and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) are pleased to announce that the AF-PAK Language Education And Resource Network (LEARN) Conference will be held on May 17-19, 2010, at the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


The LEARN conferences provide language professionals with an interactive venue where they can discuss and explore issues related to the science and technology of foreign language education. The AF-PAK LEARN Conference provides a diverse platform for collaborating on teaching methodologies and exchanging learning experiences as well as networking with colleagues among Federal Government organizations and institutes.


The AF-PAK LEARN Conference will cover instruction in Persian/Farsi, Urdu, Punjabi, Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, and Tajik. It is open to all instructors and course developers in these languages from any U.S.Government-affiliated institution.  Additionally, the 2010 AF-PAK LEARN Conference Steering Committee invites anyone involved in instruction of these languages at a U.S. Government-affiliated institution to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference.  Please feel free to forward this invitation as appropriate.  Full details are available at


Proposal Submission Guidelines


Proposals should be related to the conference theme. Some suggested topics are listed below:

*	Technology-assisted language teaching and learning 
*	Pedagogy of language instruction 
*	Culture and language teaching 
*	Curriculum, syllabus, and course design 
*	Vocabulary instruction 
*	Grammar instruction 
*	Distance and blended learning 
*	Evaluation, assessment, and testing 
*	Language immersion 
*	Professional development 
*	Learning about learners (what works and what does not work) 
*	Theoretical and applied linguistics 

All proposals for presentations, must be submitted online by midnight EST on April 12, 2010 in the correct format. Confirmation of receipt will be emailed instantly upon successful submission. Presenters will be notified by email of the Review Committee's decision by April 19, 2010.


Presentation Sessions (30 minutes)

Presentations are strictly limited to 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes Q&A. Proposals can be for individual or joint presentations. Given the full agenda, discussion will be curtailed after 30 minutes, to be continued later on participants' own time if need be.


Further information, with a link to the proposal submission site, is available at  If you need further information, please contact me via email or at the number below.  Thanks very much!  I look forward to receiving your proposals and meeting you at the conference.



Mike Mullen



The Center for Language and Area Studies



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