2007 Conferences & Workshops (in Hawai'i)

National Foreign Language Resource Center nflrc at HAWAII.EDU
Fri Dec 1 21:12:17 UTC 2006

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The National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of 
Hawai‘i at Manoa is pleased to announce the following 2007 professional 
development events . . .

1) 	17th International Conference on Pragmatics & Language Learning
	Imin International Conference Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
	March 26-28, 2007

The conference will address a broad range of topics in pragmatics, 
discourse, interaction and sociolinguistics in their relation to second 
and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a 
variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Conference highlights include:
• Plenary talks by Junko Mori (University of Wisconsin-Madison) & 
Steven Talmy (University of British Columbia)
• Invited colloquia on Study Abroad Experiences from a Language 
Socialization Perspective (Convener: Haruko Cook, University of 
Hawai‘i) & Negotiating the Self in Another Language: Discourse 
Approaches to Language Learning as Cross-cultural Adaptation (Convener: 
Christina Higgins, University of Hawai’i)
• Invited workshops on Using Questionnaires in Research on Pragmatics 
(Kenneth Rose, City University Hong Kong) & Teaching and Learning L2 
Pragmatics in Computer-mediated Environments (Julie Belz, Monterey 
Institute of International Studies
• Over 100 paper presentations and 25 poster presentations
• An optional reception at the Waikiki Aquarium

Register early to get special rates!  The preregistration deadline is 
February 15, 2007.  For more information, visit 

2) 	2007 NFLRC Summer Institute Developing Useful Evaluation Practices 
in College Foreign Language Programs
	University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
	May 28 - June 6, 2007

This NFLRC Summer Institute is designed to help college foreign 
language administrators and teachers engage in useful, practical, and 
effective program evaluations to meet a variety of purposes. It takes 
seriously the values, goals, and constraints that characterize college 
language programs and will provide language educators with a 
user-oriented approach to developing evaluations that maximize benefits 
for language learners and teachers, while minimizing potential negative 
consequences. It will also provide participants with tools and 
strategies for making program evaluation a systematic and consistently 
useful component of their FL departments.

The Institute will be run by Dr. John M. Norris (UH Dept. of Second 
Language Studies), an expert in language program evaluation and 
assessment.  Activities over the 9-day institute will include lectures 
and demonstrations, in-depth analyses of practical evaluation examples, 
invited guest speakers (language evaluation experts), social events, 
and extensive hands-on development and discussion of evaluation plans, 
procedures, and instruments for immediate use in the participants’ 
specific program settings.

This workshop is intended for foreign language administrators and 
teachers who are directly responsible for program evaluations in their 
foreign language departments. It assumes no prior grounding in program 
evaluation theory or practice, but it requires a willingness to help 
increase evaluation capacity in college FL education. In order to 
maximize the impact of this event across U.S. colleges, participants 
will be purposefully selected to represent diverse FL program types, 
based on size, languages taught, geography, and institutional status. 
Some financial support is available to all participants in the NFLRC 
Summer Institute, on a competitive and space-limited basis. Summer 
Institute participants will be expected to participate in the 2007 ADFL 
Summer Seminar West, which will directly follow the workshop on the 
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa campus.

For more information or the online application form (submission 
deadline - February 15, 2007), visit our website at 

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