Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chulalongkorn Summer School of Southeast Asian Linguistics, June 5-16, 2017

Registration for the Chulalongkorn Summer School of Southeast Asian Linguistics  is open until 30 April 2017. The summer school will be held from 5 – 16  June 2017 at Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

To register, see http://www.arts.chula.ac.th/chulasealing2017/registration

The summer school will provide participants with a general overlook on Southeast Asia as a linguistic area, and theoretical discussion and methodological training in Southeast Asian linguistics, as well as practical knowledge on language situations and language policy in the ASEAN region.

Participants will choose to attend three of the nine courses taught by prominent linguists. Here are the course listings:

- David Bradley (La Trobe University)
   Language Policy and the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment in Southeast Asia
- David Peterson (Dartmouth College)
   Language Documentation in the Context of Southeast Asia
- James A. Matisoff (University of California, Berkeley)
   The Tibeto-Burman Language Family in Areal Southeast Asian Perspective
- James N. Stanford (Dartmouth College)
   Variation in Indigenous Southeast Asian Languages
- John Whitman (Cornell University)
   Microparametric Variation and Historical Change in Southeast Asian Languages
- Marc Brunelle (University of Ottawa) and James Kirby (University of Edinburgh)
   The Synchrony and Diachrony of Tonation in Southeast Asia
- Nick Enfield (University of Sydney)
  Mainland Southeast Asian Languages in Global Perspective
- Pittayawat Pittayaporn (Chulalongkorn University) and Weera Ostapirat (Mahidol University)
   Comparative Kra-Dai
- Umberto Ansaldo (University of Hong Kong)
  Language Contact and Contact Languages in SEA
- Walter Bisang (University of Mainz)
  Grammaticalization in East and Mainland Southeast Asian Languages

The summer school will be accompanied by the lecture series “Past, Present, and Future of Southeast Asian Linguistics” which will take place during 5 – 16 June in the evening. It will comprise 5 special public lectures on pertinent issues in Southeast Asian linguistics by world-class scholars.

Monday, April 3, 2017

COTSEAL Business Meeting Minutes from AAS 2017 Now Online

You can view the minutes from the March 17, 2017 COTSEAL Business Meeting here. The minutes from this recent meeting include the full COTSEAL financial report for 2017, and a detailed report on the 2016 COTSEAL teacher training workshop.

Minutes from previous meetings can be viewed at:


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

COTSEAL Business Meeting Agenda at AAS in Toronto, Friday, March 17, 2017

COTSEAL Business Meeting Agenda
Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting,
Rosedale Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Friday, March 17, 2017 7:30-9:00 am

1. Financial report by Sheila Zamar, COTSEAL Secretary

2. COTSEAL Workshop 2 at UW-Madison in May 2016 by Jolanda Pandin, COTSEAL Vice-President (Pittaya Paladroi-Shane, incoming COTSEAL Vice-President)

3. COTSEAL website by Frank Smith, COTSEAL President (Sheila Zamar)

4. Introduction of 2017-2020 COTSEAL Officers by Sheila Zamar

5. Reviving the JSEALT journal. by Sheila Zamar

6. Title VI current and future funding on Group Project Abroad (GPA) by Abby Cohn

7. Upcoming Workshop 3 at Cornell on September 8-10, 2017 by Abby Cohn

Save the Date: Third COTSEAL Teacher Training Workshop at Cornell, Sept. 8-10, 2017

Save the date!  Please mark your calendars.

Southeast Asian Language Teaching: New Directions Cornell University, Ithaca NY
September 8-10, 2017
Friday September 8 noon - Sunday September 10 noon

Talks and panels on topics of interest across the languages of the region as well as about specific languages, including reports from the Content-based Instruction Working groups from the workshop last year at UW-Madison.

Some travel funds will be available for participating language teachers.

This website will have information soon: http://conf.ling.cornell.edu/SEAlang/

Questions can be addressed to SEALangTeaching@gmail.com

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Powerpoint Presentation on Teaching Heritage Learners by Maria Carreira of the NHLRC

On June 3-4, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, COTSEAL held the second in a series of instructor professional development workshops.

Here is the Powerpoint to the day-long presentation on teaching heritage learners, by Dr. Maria Carreira of the National Heritage Language Resource Center:

Principles and Strategies for Teaching HL Learners

Dr. Carreira can be reached at Maria.Carreira@csulb.edu with any questions you might have.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call for Papers for a COTSEAL-sponsored panel at AAS 2017 in Toronto

It may seem to be a long way in the future right now, but panel and paper proposals for the 2017 Association for Asian Studies will be due in early August 2016!  So we need to start thinking (and planning) now for a COTSEAL-sponsored panel, focusing on language teaching issues, for the conference.

Pittaya Paladroi-Shane and COTSEAL Vice-president Jolanda Pandin have graciously agreed to be the organizers for this panel.  They have come up with, in coordination with myself, the following idea for a panel topic.  Please read over their suggestion for a theme and sub-themes, and if you are interested in presenting a paper that would fit within these guidelines, contact them directly (links above) with your idea.

US classrooms: Contested Arena for Learning and Teaching Southeast Asian Languages

Questions that might lead to sub-themes:

1. Do we really teach students to be communicative if the teaching of informal speech tends to be postponed until the advanced level?
2. Does it matter for students’ learning if they disagree with the target language’s cultural attitudes?
3. Do known literary works help to understand the cultures in the target language, or do they create more bias in favor of elite or minority intellectual groups of the target language?
4. Can flipped or other current, popular technological classrooms be more effective than traditional ones?
5. Do classrooms that heavily utilize current pedagogy technology perform better in creating a more accepting language class towards various environmental and cultural differences?
5. Does being global speakers have a practical impact on the local communities of the students?
6. To what extent and how do extracurricular activities and social events help students reaffirm their existing cultural identities and outlook and shape new cultural identities and outlook?

There is currently no firm deadline for responding with your idea for a paper, but keep in mind that with a panel proposal deadline of early August, Pittaya and Jolanda will need
to a) select papers for inclusion in the panel and b) collect your abstract and contact information by mid-July, for submission to AAS in early August. Please respond sooner rather than later, as I think this topic will generate a lot of interest among potential paper presenters, and only 4 papers at most can be fit into the panel.

Monday, March 28, 2016

COTSEAL-Sponsored Panel at AAS 2016 in Seattle, Sunday, April 3, 10:45 am -12:45 pm

Rethinking, Questioning and Reformulating the Notion of Assessment in Foreign Language Teaching - Sponsored by COTSEAL

Sun, April 3, 10:45am to 12:45pm, Washington State Convention Center, 6th Floor, Room 620
Chair and panel organizer: Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, University of Washington

Intake Assessment, Ongoing Assessment, and Final Evaluation in the Teaching of Pronunciation and Listening Skills

Ulrich Kozok, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Between Testing and Assessment: The Case of Listening Comprehension

Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, University of Washington

From Course Learning Objectives to Assessment for Learning

Thuy Kim Pham Le, Arizona State University

Assessing Blended Class Approach: Online and Face-to-Face

Nona Kurniani, Johns Hopkins University

Discussant: Juliana Wijaya, University of California, Los Angeles