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Conference on Distance Learning & the LCTLs

The Conference on Distance Learning & the Less Commonly Taught Languages was held in Arlington, Virginia in February 2002, just prior to the public assistance workshop held by the U.S. Department of Education for National Resource Centers. The conference was thus able to bring area studies administrators together with federal funding officers, language professionals, and distance learning experts.

There were five plenary addresses at the conference:

Breakout sessions on two separate days began the work of strategic planning for prioritizing instruction in the languages of each of the Title VI world regions. At the public assistance workshop that followed the conference, additional reinforcement of the importance of language instruction was provided by the program officers of the International Education and Graduate Programs Service of the U.S. Department of Education.

Conference Agenda

Crystal City Doubletree Inn
Conference Schedule, Feb 1-4, 2002

Friday, Feb 1

3:30 pm
Set up Registration in vicinity of rooms for Fri events to follow (cash bar & dinner)
Registration set-up to remain until 8.30 pm.
5-6 pm
Tentative: cash bar with light snacks (pretzels, chips, crackers, nuts)
6-7:30 pm
Dinner (150 to 200 guests at 6 to 8 person rounds)
7:30-9 pm
PLENARY ADDRESS by Richard Brecht: National Foreign Language Center - "The Educational climate for LCTL Instruction"
Same location as dinner or adjacent location

Saturday, Feb 2

8am - 4:30pm
8:30 am
Continental breakfast
9:00 am
Six break-outs by world region: Europe, Africa, Latin America, East Asia, South & Southeast Asia
10:00 am
Coffee break
10:30am - 12pm
PLENARY ADDRESS by Elizabeth Hoffman, Nebraska Dept of Education - "Distance learning"
Breakouts for Poster sessions followed by panel discussions
Coffee break
4-5:30 pm
PLENARY ADDRESS by Catherine Doughty, University of Hawaii - "Creating the optimal learning environment in a DL language course"
5:30 - 6:30pm
Wine & cheese reception

Sunday, Feb 3

8am - 1:30pm
Continental breakfast
PLENARY ADDRESS by Carol Chapelle: Iowa State University & Joan Jamieson: Northern Arizona University - "Computer assisted language learning and DL"
Coffee break
11am - 12:pm
4 breakouts for panel discussions
Buffet lunch
PLENARY ADDRESS by Andrew Cohen: University of Minnesota - "Assessment of learners in a DL Language Course"
Six breakout sessions in the round

Monday, Feb 4

Breakfast bar
9:30am - 12pm
Meeting in same place as breakfast
Coffee break with snacks
Vans leave for airport
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