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Spring 2014

  • Pashto Intermediate Textbook We are pleased to announce that our Pashto Intermediate Textbook was accepted for publication by Georgetown University Press. Rakhmon Inomkhojayev, our Senior Specialist in Afghan Languages, has completed, revised and piloted his new textbook during the Summer and Fall 2013.The intermediate Pashto textbook is developed specifically for classroom use. Its purpose is to provide learners and instructors with a wide selection of materials and task-oriented, communicative activities in order to facilitate the development of language learning. The textbook is divided into twelve thematic chapters that cover topics of survival needs and cultural knowledge about Afghanistan, such as family background, occupation, travel, university life, city life, country life, customs, geography, weddings, customs, etc. Language learners who successfully complete the intermediate Pashto textbook are expected to be able to:

       • read authentic texts of medium complexity and understand the main ideas and majority of the details
       • engage in conversations about a wide variety of everyday topics
       • understand native speakers of Pashto using the standard language
       • write texts in Pashto about the topics related to the country, people, and their lives
       • form meaningful sentences, and be able to form short paragraphs in Pashto
       • understand increasingly more complicated structures and vocabulary
       • be aware of Afghan culture related to daily life.

  • The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (June 9 - August 1, 2014) is accepting applications for intensive introductory Mongolian and Uzbek language study on the Bloomington campus.

    The program features 20 contact hours weekly, twice-weekly language table, films, food tastings, and other culturally rich extracurricular programming.
       * All participants pay in-state tuition
       * Students earn 6-10 credits
       * FLAS and ROTC Project GO funding available to qualified students in select languages — Priority deadline for funding is February 1, 2014. Funding requests received after this date will be reviewed contingent upon availability of remaining funds.

    In 2014, the Workshop will also offer intensive language courses in Arabic (begins June 2), Hindi-Urdu, Hungarian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, and Turkish.
    See http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel for more information and to apply.

  • CeLCAR is sponsoring Dr. Lardiere's visit and lectures on Thursday, February 6th at Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union!


Fall 2013

  • On Thursday, December 11, 2013, the Indiana University Language Resource Centers (CeLCAR and NALRC, the National African Language Resource Center) jointly hosted a four-hour professional development workshop on the Introduction to National Standards for Foreign Language Learning Part III: Implications for Curriculum Development. The workshop was attended by 21 language instructors from 8 different departments, servicing 17 different languages (Dari, Dutch, ESL, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Russian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, and Wolof), and was led by Professor Antonia Schleicher, Executive Director of the IU LRCs.

  • We published Inaugural edition of our new semi-annual newsletter: The Steppe. This newsletter details the activities, projects, and goings-on at our center and in Central Asian studies programs across the globe. This first issue covers the activities from the Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 academic semesters. Keep an eye out of for Issue 02 coming in Spring 2014!

  • On September 2013, Dr. Özçelik presented more of his research on the L2 acquisition of stress and prominence in his talk “L2 Acquisition of Word Stress: Towards a Prosodic Acquisition Path” at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) conference in Oldenberg, Germany.

Spring 2013

  • On June 18-20, Sukhrob Karimov presented at mLearning DemoFest event at San Jose, CA. The title of his presentation was Developing Mobile Apps for Language Instruction. Presented Alphabet and Script tutorial apps highlighted the role of mobile technologies in teaching the language in blended and flipped classrooms. CeLCAR’s approach to developing mobile apps was always through personalized interactivity, engaging activities and gamification. Presented materials sparked interest for institutional collaboration in developing K-12 language learning materials.

  • Gulnisa Nazarova has successfully assisted with the development of the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT5) in Uyghur at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. This project began in January 2012 and has continued for fifteen months. During this time Gulnisa has traveled to Monterey five times and worked on editing of the items for Uyghur reading and listening comprehension. She provided valuable cultural insights and clearly articulated explanations of language usage.

  • We have a visiting scholar, Mr. Murat Aka of Turkey, who has arrived at CeLCAR to work under the supervision of our director, Dr. Öner Özçelik, as well as to use resources at CeLCAR and IU on Turkish and Central Asian Turkic languages. Murat Aka's stay is funded fully by Turkey's Department of Higher Education.

  • Our director, Dr. Öner Özçelik, has presented a talk on second language acquisition at GASLA 2013 in Gainesville, Florida (April 26-28). His talk was entitled "L2 Acquisition of Stress: The Case of Turkish."

  • Sukhrob Karimov, our Technology Specialist, presented a talk on how web and mobile technology can benefit language instruction at NCOLTCL in Chicago, IL (April 25-27, 2013). His talk was entitled "Technology in Teaching and Evaluating Language Skills."

  • Our Director, Dr. Öner Özçelik, has presented a talk on third language acquisition at GLOW 36 in Lund, Sweden (April 2-6, 2013). His talk was entitled "Selectivity in L3 Transfer: Effects of Typological and Linguistic Similarity in L3 Turkish of Uzbek-Russian Bilinguals."

  • CeLCAR collaborated with several other centers at IU, under the primary investigator, Dr. Öner Özçelik, our director, and won a competitive “Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration Innovative Workshop grant”, worth $5,000, which we will be using to organize a workshop called the Intensive Workshop on Distance Teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages, focusing primarily on the languages of Central Asia.

  • CeLCAR received a $3,000 grant, under our director, Dr. Öner Özçelik, from Indiana University CAHI Travel and Research, Workshops, Performances, and Conferences Grants. We will use these funds to host a professional development conference for linguists and language educators who specialize in languages from the Central Asian region. The purpose of the conference is to provide opportunities for professionals to share their current research and showcase new methods, as well as a good opportunity for professional development and networking with colleagues. We hope to bring together, for the first time, experts who specialize in linguistic topics for Central Asian languages (pedagogy, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, prosody, second language acquisition, syntax, etc).

  • SWSEEL 2013 Sign up for IU's summer institute to learn various CeLCAR languages: Introductory Dari, Intermediate Dari, Introductory Kazakh, Introductory Uyghur, Intermediate Ughur, Introductory Uzbek, and Intermediate Uzbek. For more information visit SWSEEL's website.

  • Recording Portal CeLCAR has created a self-contained, web-based audio & video recording portal. No more downloading software, then converting to correct formats, then uploading to content managers. Just record and send to your instructor all on the same webpage! Try it now!

  • Uyghur Alphabet App Our Uyghur Alphabet app is now available for free download in App Store for iOS devices and in BlackBerry App World for PlayBook abd BB10 devices.


Fall 2012

  • Uyghur Alphabet App CeLCAR's Uyghur Alphabet app is now available for free download on Google Play. It is soon comming on Apple's App Store and BlackBerry's AppWorld.

  • Introductory-level Turkmen Textbook CeCLAR announces availability of introductory-level textbook in draft form for Turkmen. You can order it by contacting Dave Baer at dbaer@indiana.edu or at 812.856.1230


Summer 2012

  • New Director CeLCAR has a new director, Öner Özçelik, who joined IU faculty a year ago. We are glad to have him on board, and he brings a variety of strong skills to CeLCAR.

    Öner received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from McGill University, Montréal in 2012. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Foreign Language Education from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. His research involves both theoretical and applied linguistics, with a focus on phonology and its acquisition by second language learners. He has taught courses on phonology and phonetics, as well as general linguistics and Turkish language classes. He is the recipient of several awards for his teaching and research, including the McGill University Graduate Student Teaching Award and “best presentation/proposal” awards at leading international linguistics and second language acquisition conferences.

    He is an Assistant Professor in Indiana University’s Central Eurasian Studies Department, and he has a linguistics research lab on campus, helping him to investigate the phonology and second language acquisition of Turkic and Altaic languages. He is the Chief Applied Linguist, and was, until recently, the Director of the new Turkish/Turkic Flagship Program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served, until recently, as the Language Coordinator of the Central Eurasian Studies Department, responsible for the supervision of language instruction at all levels of Dari, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek.

  • Intermediate-level Materials CeCLAR announces availability of intermediate-level textbooks/CDs in draft form for four of our languages: Dari, Pashto, Uyghur and Uzbek. You may now continue studying your favorite languages using our intermediate materials.


Spring 2012

  • SWSEEL 2012 Sign up for IU's summer institute to learn various CeLCAR languages: Introductory Dari, Intermediate Dari, Introductory Kazakh, Intermediate Pashto, Introductory Uyghur, Intermediate Ughur, Introductory Uzbek, and Intermediate Uzbek. For more information visit SWSEEL's website.

  • CeLCAR goes Mobile! Our website is now available on mobile devices. Browse and order via your favorite tablet or smartphone.

  • Texts, Tasks, and Sequencing
    Presented by Doreen Ewert and Nigora Azimova, February 16, 2012
    In this workshop, we will discuss the use of texts in intermediate teaching materials and textbooks. We will examine textbook texts and how they are chosen and used. We will practice modifying and scaffolding texts for learner access and engagement. We will evaluate our own texts, textbooks, or course materials with texts according to the SLA concepts of learning and principles for SL literacy development.

  • Building Fluency Through Text-Engagement
    Presented by Doreen Ewert and Tara Zahler, February 9, 2012
    In this workshop, we will discuss the principles behind and practice a variety of fluency building tasks for reading in a second language. We will also evaluate these tasks in relation to principles of second language acquisition and second language reading development. Participants will leave with a range of reading fluency-building activities that develop comprehension by addressing both micro and macro processes of reading. These processes and task-types will be considered in terms of materials development and teaching.

  • Current Perspectives on Foreign/Second Language Teaching
    Presented by Doreen Ewert and Beatrix Burghardt, January 26, 2012
    This workshop provides an introduction to current principles of second language acquisition applicable to materials development and teaching. Together we will engage in self and group reflection about language learning and what that implies for materials development and/or teaching. We will use literacy-engaging tasks to increase understanding of language learning principles, and we will analyze classroom tasks and materials in relation to those principles.


Fall 2011

  • Now available in Apple App Store! CeLCAR's Dari Alphabet and Pashto Alphabet apps are now available for free download on the Apple App Store.

  • Award Winning App! Sukhrob Karimov is the Information and Communication Technology Specialist at Indiana University's Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR). Sukhrob's Pashto Script Tutorial App won the 2011 Recognition Award for Academic - most compelling application created by student or faculty.

  • Pashto Elementary Textbook. CeLCAR and Georgetown publishing are excited to announce that the long awaited Elementary Pashto textbook is now available!

  • Want to lean Dari? There's an app for that! CeLCAR has just released our newest smart phone app: the Dari Alphabet app. Available for free; download on the Android Market. Our Pashto Alphabet app has been downloaded over 1000 times and our Pashto Script Tutorial app has been downloaded over 800 times.


Spring 2011

  • No Signal in Afghanistan? University's iPad Language App Will Still Work CeLCAR's smart phone and tablet apps were featured in the May 3, 2011 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Want to learn Pashto? There's an app for that. CeLCAR's smart phone and tablet apps were featured in the April 2011 issue of IU Home Pages.

  • Pashto: An Elementary Textbook, Volumes 1 & 2 by Rahmon Inomkhojayev is available for purchase from Georgetown University Press this fall!

  • Pashto Language and Afghan Culture Seminar at the Bloomington Convention Center. April 4-14, CeLCAR hosted a combination 5 day and 11 day Pashto language and culture seminar for Indiana National Guard soldiers on the Agricultural Development Teams preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

  • Sukhrob Karimov, CeLCAR's ICT Specialist, won a license for FlashBuilder Premium for his Pashto Alphabet application. The contest asked for submissions of applications for Blackberry's new Playbook tablet coming out in April. Sukhrob represented CeLCAR and the Indiana University Web and Multimedia Community well. Congratulations Sukhrob!

  • Afghan Languages and Culture Seminar at Camp Allendale. March 7-16, CeLCAR hosted a Pashto and Dari Language and Culture seminar for 120 military personnel being deployed to the Afghan provinces of Farah, Panjshir, Kandahar, Oruzgan, Zabul, Ghazni, Paktika, Paktya, Khowst, Nangarhar, Konar, Kapisa, and Laghman. They received 8 hours a day of intensive language and culture training, including role-plays of scenarios, and attending lectures on topics of Political Science, History, Culture, Afghan Women in Families and Society, and Rule of Law in Afghanistan. The seminar also included a traditional Afghan village luncheon, where the attendees dined on regional cuisine while learning to eat with their hands, sitting politely on the floor while dining, and avoiding topics that are considered rude in Afghan culture.

  • Smart phone apps are here! Our new Pashto Alphabet and Pashto Script Tutorial apps are available for FREE on the Android market. The iPhone and iPad apps have already been developed and paperwork submitted for publishing on the apple market. These should be available soon!

  • Download now: FREE 8.5x11 alphabet charts and full color pamphlets about our languages.

  • Welcome aboard to our newest language developer Fatima Moldashova who will be developing the Introduction to Kazakh textbook.

    Fatima is originally from Atyrau in Western Kazakhstan. She received her BA in Foreign Languages from Aktobe State University in 2005. She taught EFL classes and Kazakh to foreigners for three years in Kazakhstan, prior to accepting a position as a Kazakh language instructor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. From 2007 to 2009, she taught Kazakh while working on an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University. She has been teaching Kazakh at SWSEEL since 2007. Currently she is a lecturer at the Kazakh British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Fall 2010

  • On December 8, CeLCAR's Director, Assistant Director, and Language Coordinator attended the Foreign Language Summit at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD at the invitation of the CIA Director Leon E. Panetta. Panetta, along with the Secretary of Education, Honorable Arne Duncan, called for a National Commitment to Language Proficiency Training as an urgent and critical need for American foreign policy and operations. The summit brought together policy makers, members of Congress, Intelligence Community officials, and leading language educators from across the country. Click here for the full article.

  • CeLCAR is collaborating with IU's Center for the Study of Global Change to participate in the Bridges: Children, Languages, World program designed to facilitate the development of world language instruction programs for children. Beginning in January 2011, free 8-week classes will be available in Dari and Mongolia for K-7 children. Click here for more information.

  • CeLCAR announces: Call for Proposals for development of a Kazakh Elementary Textbook. Deadline: December 10, 2010. Click here for full details.

  • The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) at Indiana University-Bloomington invites applications for a Full-time, Tenure-track Faculty position in Turkic Applied Linguistics beginning August 2011 at the rank of Assistant Professor. Click here for full details. (PDF 12KB)

  • Workshop on the deep approach to language learning
    Dates: August 23-27 (5 days)
    Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    Teacher trainer: Prof. Francois Victor Tochon, UW-Madison
    Goals: Providing training to language instructors such that they can start experimenting the deep approach in their intermediate and advanced courses.
    Note: Although the workshop will target the teaching of Turkish, the teachers of other Central Asian languages may find it appealing and applicable to their own classrooms.
    To learn more about the Deep Approach to Language Teaching and Learning cklick here.

  • CALTA: The Central Asian Language Teacher's Association just released their first newsletter (PDF 711KB). We welcome anyone who is currently teaching or developing curriculum for a modern Central Asian language to join CALTA, please contact: contact.CALTA@gmail.com

  • Intermediate Kyrgyz Modules developed and designed by Kenjegul Kalieva, Amber Kennedy Kent, and Sukhrob Karimov are now available.

  • Uzbek: An Elementary Textbook by Nigora Azimova is available for purchase from Georgetown University Press this fall!


Summer 2010

  • June 18 - August 13 The 2010 Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL) at IU Bloomington....

  • COMING SOON Uyghur: An Elementary Textbook by Gulnisa Nazarova and Niyaz Kurban.

Spring 2010

  • April 23 - 26 CeLCAR attended and participated in the 13th Annual International Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL). In addition to our informational booth, CeLCAR staff and affiliates presented multiple session; including Chris Atwood collaborating on "Four Critical LCTL Fields: Infrastructure-Building and Development", Sun-Young Shin and Nigora Azimova's "Design and Development of the Web-Based Proficiency", Rahmon Inomkhojayev's "Technology Assisted Teaching of Pashto Writing", Nigora Azimova's "L2 Acquisition of Turkic Case Morphology: The Research and Its Pedagogical Implications", Malik Hodjaev's "Effective Management of Distance Learning of Uzbek", and Tserenchunt Legden's "Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning and Class Management". Click here to see the Central Asian Research Presented at the Conference.

  • March - CeLCAR's Proficiency Testing Project (PTP) is now in the pilot phase of the project. Testing materials are online and available for use right now...

  • March - Now online: Free Kyrgyz and Turkmen interactive Intermediate Listening and Reading Modules filled with authentic materials...


Fall 2009

  • November 20 - 22 - CeLCAR attended and participated in the 2009 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The ACTFL Convention featured over 500 educational sessions and events covering the whole spectrum of the foreign language profession and draws approximately 6,000 attendees.