2019 NCOLCTL & ALTA Conference


Embracing Diversity and Inclusion through LCTL Education 


The 22nd Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages and the 23rd Annual Conference of the African Language Teachers Association are scheduled for April 26-28, 2019, (with pre-conference workshops scheduled for April 25, 2019) at the Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North. The NCOLCTL/ALTA Conference Committee solicits proposals for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions to be presented at this conference.

The conference aims to pursue a new pathway for advocating innovative approaches in research and practices, maximizing professional exchanges and collaboration among LCTL educators, and leveraging resources and strengths in the less commonly taught languages community. We cordially invite researchers, practitioners, program developers, and administrators in the LCTL community organizations to submit proposals and attend the conference.

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The NCOLCTL/ALTA Conference Committee invites proposals for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Submissions should fall broadly within the conference theme: "Embracing Diversity and Inclusion through LCTL Education". Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, each paper should strive to address issues with relevance to many languages. These proposals can be generated based on any of the topics listed below. Other topics relevant to the conference theme are also welcomed.

The focus of session topics includes:

  • LCTL Curriculum and Material Development
  • LCTL Teacher Professional Development
  • LCTL Sustainability and Advocacy Initiatives
  • LCTL Innovation and Technology
  • LCTL Pedagogy
  • LCTL Research
  • LCTL Testing and Assessment
  • LCTL Learner Diversity

Other topics for consideration may include: heritage language education, bilingual education, interculturality, literacy, personalized learning, Standards-based instruction, and professionalism.



INDIVIDUAL PAPER: Each presentation is allotted a total of 30 minutes: 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.

COLLOQUIUM: Each panel allows 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., 5-6 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 numbers of three-hour colloquia will be selected.

POSTER PRESENTATION: A poster session 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 (e.g., 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 presentation is allotted a total of 60 minutes.



Proposals should be electronically submitted through this website.

If you have not yet registered on this site, click here to make an account.

If you have already created an account on this wesbite, click here to submit your proposal.

You will indicate whether your submission is for NCOLCTL or ALTA while submitting.

Please complete the prompted steps to submit the proposal, including:

A.      50 word abstract
B.      One and half-page long proposal (1000 words max)

This electronic format is the only way in which Proposals/Abstracts may be submitted for this conference.



NOTE: We will continue to review proposals on a rolling basis after the deadline. Those with serious proposals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for submission: November 30th, 2018

Notification of acceptance*: December 19th, 2018


*Those submitting proposals after the deadline will be informed on a rolling basis thereafter



All presenters will be required to pre-register and pre-pay for the conference in order to maintain a slot in the program.

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If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at: secretariat@ncolctl.org or call 1-812-856-4185.





Started: 04-26-2019
Ended: 04-29-2019