Call for Proposal

The 20th Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages is scheduled for April 22-24, 2016, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport- North (with pre-conference workshops scheduled for April 21st, 2016). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions to be presented at this conference.

Requirements for Acceptance

Proposals are invited for individual papers, posters, and colloquia.  All proposals must be submitted on or before 11:59p.m on November 2, 2015.

Proposal Format

Title: 20 words maximum
Abstract: 50 words
Proposal: one and half page (1000 word Max)
Proposals will be conditionally accepted or rejected within 1-2 weeks by the program committee and notices will be sent out by email. The conference registration fee MUST be paid by March 31, 2016 by all participants if your proposal is accepted. Payment of the registration fee will result in a final acceptance. Failure to pay the registration fee by March 31, 2016, will result in an automatic rejection.
Only those participants who are registered by March 31 2016 and receive notification of final acceptance will be published in the program.

Participation Rules

As a paper presenter, each individual may make only one presentation. Individuals may chair or co-chair one panel or colloquium in addition to making one presentation. Individuals may not serve as both chairs and discussant on the same panel. If a participant is listed on multiple panels or colloquium on the program, they may be removed from panels and colloquium to ensure they adhere to the ALTA participation policy.
Individuals who do not intend to attend the conference are discouraged from submitting proposals. And presenters who know that they cannot attend the conference are asked to withdraw their proposals as soon as possible to give another presenter a place in the program. 

Submission Procedures

Electronic format is the only way in which Proposals/Abstract may be submitted for conference. We will not accept Proposals/Abstracts sent by email, hard copy, or fax.

Conference Tracks

Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, each paper should strive to address issues with relevance to many languages. Originality is Key. The focus of session topics includes;    
 African Language Instruction in K-12 setting
 AFL Material Development
 AFL Teacher Training and Development
 AFL Methodology
 AFL Sustainability
 AFL Innovation and Technology
 AFL L2 Research
 AFL Testing and Assessment
 Research and Assessment in African language Teaching or Learning  
Other topics for consideration would include heritage language learners: bilingual education students; autonomous and self-instructional settings; distance learning and technology use; outreach and advocacy initiatives curriculum and materials development. Teacher training and professionalization will also be welcomed.


These are to be 30 minutes long, 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on original research or practical experience. From the various individual submissions the program committee will create panels with common themes and identify a panel chair and discussant.


Allow for extensive discussion on a distinct topic. There are two different blocks of time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (typically 3-4 presenters/discussants) or 3 hours (e.g., 6-8 presenters/discussants). Colloquium organizers are to address topics that will foster dialogue among attendees and also address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Only limited number of 3 hour colloquia will be selected.


This 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. (NB, any proposal in this category requiring technical support must specify in detail the type of hardware or software needed). Poster presentations will be 60 minutes.


Kindly note that AV equipment will not be available for poster presentations. Presenters may use their laptops if they wish and be advised to have their power cords to avoid any mishaps. All MAC USERS should please bring along their adaptors. Those needing audio capabilities in the presentation room should indicate this request at the time of submission.


To arrange informal meetings for those who wish to get together to discuss particular topics, please complete the Meeting Request Form and send it to the ALTA 2016 Conference Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Such arrangements include meetings with organizational member groups, language specific meetings, editorial board meetings, and other networking opportunities. Requests for meetings will be considered if the time and space is available. Please submit these requests no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2015 (EDT; UTC-4).


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