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:

Questions can be addressed to

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 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

Thursday, March 24, 2016

COTSEAL Business Meeting, Friday, April 1, 2016

Note: if you are planning on attending, please RSVP to ASAP!

COTSEAL Business Meeting Agenda Friday, April 1, 2016
Tamarind Tree Restaurant 1036 S. Jackson Street Seattle, WA (International District)
6:00 pm

Note that this year's business meeting will NOT be held at the AAS conference hotel, but at a Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle's International District.
  1. Forming an election committee for coordinating elections for the next COTSEAL president, vice-president, and secretary (Jolanda Pandin, COTSEAL Vice-President)
  1. Forming a COTSEAL-sponsored panel for AAS 2017 in Toronto (Frank Smith, COTSEAL President)
  1. COTSEAL Financial report (Sheila Zamar, COTSEAL Secretary)
  1. Report on the 2015 COTSEAL summer conference at UW-Madison (Sheila Zamar, COTSEAL Secretary)
  1. Report on the COTSEAL instructor professional development workshop at UC-Berkeley, Sept., 2015, and plans for the upcoming workshops at UW-Madison  (June 3-4, 2016) and Cornell University (2017, date TBA) (Erlin Barnard) 

COTI Symposium on Indonesian Language Teaching Friday, April 1, 2016

Symposium on Indonesian Language Teaching

Friday, April 1, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
University of Washington, Thomson Hall, Room #317
Seattle, WA  98195
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian (COTI), the symposium will include papers on:
·         Content Based-Instruction in Indonesian Classroom
·         Curriculum Development: The Importance of the Balance between Language, Culture, and
·         Indonesian Jump Started Course
·         Jatuh Bangun: Lessons (not) Learned from Growing a Language Program
·         Who are the Native Speakers of Indonesian?
·         Common Grammatical Errors by Intermediate High Level Students at the DLI Monterey
·         Challenges in Moving up to High Advanced Proficiency level: Frequently Uncorrected Learners