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NCOLCTL Conference, Madison, WI, April 7-10, 2011

CeLCAR attended and participated in the 14th 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.

Nigora Azimova, Malik Hodjaev, Rahmon Inomkhojayev, Tserenchunt Legden, and Gulnisa Nazarova presented "Exploring the Effectiveness of the Distance Language Classroom"
This presentation focuses on a case study conducted to analyze the synchronous distance language classes taught at Indiana University, Bloomington. The aim of the study was to explore and evaluate the effectiveness of distance education in the language classroom. Participants were instructors and students from four class: Mongolian, Pashto, Uyghur, and Uzbek. The evaluations and perceptions of the participants were gathered through questionnaires and interviews. Analysis of the data demonstrated that, in general, both students and teachers found the distance classes to be very effective. However, the data also revealed issues regarding the use of technology, classroom management, and teacher-student interaction. In this presentation, we will discuss these issues, and offer ideas to develop an efficient distance language classroom for teaching less commonly taught languages.

Sukhrob Karimov presented "Expanding Language Learning Tools through Technology" (PDF, 1.50 MB)
In today's world of technology, iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile and touch screen devices play a tremendous role in communication. In recent years, these devices have been successfully used in language learning and teaching. This presentation will first summarize trends in use of technology in North America and Europe, and then provide several examples of how to incorporate alphabet learning activities on mobile touch screen devices as an additional tool to teach Pashto, Dari, and Central Asian Turkic languages. We will demonstrate and share the applications developed at the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR). The language and script-specific issues and their solutions will be discussed.