FIRST BIANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON TEACHING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF LATIN AMERICA (STILLA-2008)

Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin America Program (MLCP) & Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

August 14-16, 2008 – Indiana University – Bloomington

THEMES

  • Best practices, methodologies and strategies in teaching indigenous languages
  • Using multimedia and other multiple resources in language teaching
  • The interplay of teaching and research
  • Issues of language policy and planning in language teaching
  • The importance of indigenous languages learning for fieldwork
  • Impact of language attitudes and ideologies on teaching indigenous languages
  • Connecting, celebrating and maintaining traditions through teaching
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Issues of dialectology and standardization in language instruction
  • Technology and indigenous languages
  • Distance learning / online courses
  • Strengthening indigenous languages as an international subject of study

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin America Program (MLCP) & the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University invite proposals for Individual Presentations, Round Table Discussions, Panel Presentations, Interactive Workshops and Poster Sessions. It is expected that proposals will address the conference themes.

The themes of the 2008 symposium will provide an opportunity for participants to engage with some of the challenging and fundamental questions about the intersection of research and teaching of indigenous languages of Latin America.

Proposals should include an abstract and biography. The submission of abstracts and review process will be carried out through the MLCP and CLACS online submission system. Proposals are welcome in English or Spanish on the following topics:

  • Best practices, methodologies and strategies in teaching indigenous languages
  • Using multimedia and other multiple resources in language teaching
  • The interplay of teaching and research
  • Issues of language policy and planning in language teaching
  • The importance of indigenous languages learning for fieldwork
  • Impact of language attitudes and ideologies on teaching indigenous languages
  • Connecting, celebrating and maintaining traditions through teaching
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Issues of dialectology and standardization in language instruction
  • Technology and indigenous languages
  • Distance learning / online courses
  • Strengthening indigenous languages as an international subject of study

Types of Presentation

Presentations may be made in a number of formats, as listed below. You must include your chosen method in your submission. The Conference Committee reserves the right to negotiate the proposed delivery format with the speaker.

Individual Papers (20 to 30 minutes)

Presenters will have 20 minutes to present the content of their individual paper related to teaching or research on indigenous languages of Latin American, and the remaining 10 minutes will be allocated to questions and answers.

Interactive Workshops (45 minutes)

Presenters spend a short amount of time on the delivery of the pedagogical concept, theory or model, and the majority of the session will be devoted to direct participation of the attendees.

Round Table Discussions (90 minutes)

Presenters will have 7 minutes each to present any topic related to teaching or research on indigenous languages of Latin America, and the majority of the session will be devoted to the attendee’s engagement with and discussion with the presenters pedagogical concept, theory or model.

Panel Presentations (90 minutes)

Presenters will be divided into a panel of thee by subject of presentation. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to deliver his/her paper and 10 minutes will be allocated at the end of each presentation for questions and answers.

Poster Sessions

Presenters will be allocated a time slot within the main symposium venue to showcase their pedagogical tool or model through a poster exhibition. Symposium participants will be able to view displays at their leisure during sessions’ breaks.

Abstracts must be submitted by June 10, 2008 to scoronel@indiana.edu

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • Name of the author, organization and contact address
  • Text of the abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • The abstract should clearly indicate all methods of presentations, e.g. handouts, video, audio or multimedia or interactive exercises.
  • Submit three (3) copies of a 300-word abstract of the presentation for review by readers. Abstracts, except those for panels, should have no author identification or affiliation either in the title or in the body of the abstract in order to ensure anonymous review. Abstracts should be typed on one 8 1/2" by 11" paper (one side only). All abstracts should define the title or topic of the presentation, objectives, methodology, significance, and other pertinent information. At the top of the page, state the title/topic of the presentation and the type of session.

CONTACT US


Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-855-9097
Fax: 812-855-5345

Symposium Convenors

Serafin M. Coronel-Molina
scoronel@indiana.edu

John H. McDowell
mcdowell@indiana.edu

Symposium Assistants

Vannessa Peláez-Barrios
vpelaezb@indiana.edu

Eric Carbajal
ecarbaja@indiana.edu

Erin M. Lemrow
elemrow@indiana.edu

Webmaster

Michael Grove
migrove@indiana.edu