NALRC Summer Institute


National African Language Center

A Second Language Acquisition Certificate Program for African Language Instructors
May 23 - June 3, 2011

As interest in African language learning and teaching increases, so does the need to prepare graduate students, teaching assistants who are planning to pursue African language teaching as a profession and faculty members in the field who need retooling.  The 2011 Summer  Institute has been designed to help meet this need.  It will train fellows in a number of crucial areas central to the effective operation of an African Language Program

Program Description:
The program consists of a two-week intensive introduction to:
a)      Teaching the skills of Speaking and Listening in the African Language Classroom;
b)      Teaching the Skills of Writing and Reading in the African Language Classroom.  
c)      Testing and Assessing the Four Skills in the African Language Classroom.
d)     Lesson Planning and Classroom Management.
Participants will move from a theoretical overview to hands-on practice in teaching the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, and assessing them.

Fees and related costs
The NALRC will cover the program fees (such as registration fees, administration costs and instruction costs) for all selected applicants.  Other expenses, such as transportation, food, lodging, and books will be the responsibility of each participant's African Studies Program.
Participants are encouraged to ask for support from their respective African Language or African Studies programs to cover expenses that the NALRC will not cover.

Graduate students in good standing in any African language, linguistics, cultural studies, literature, second language acquisition, or any related field at an accredited institution of higher education are eligible.  African language instructors and scholars may also apply. Preference will be given to those who have not attended the Institute before. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate serious interest in African language learning and teaching.

Application Process:
Applicants should submit a letter of application and supporting documents for the 2011 Summer Institute by January 25, 2011.  Applicants will be notified of selection by February 18, 2011. Supporting documents include:
• a CV
•   two letters of recommendation indicating the importance of the training for the applicant.  One of the letters must be from the executive officer of the applicant's home department or African studies program, or Programs Language Coordinator.
You can submit your application and supporting documents through the electronic mail


• If you have a foreign visa, please speak with Akinsola Ogundeji at 608-265-7901 or e-mail