Thursday, August 16, 2018

R.I.P. Filipino Instructor Zenaida Fulgencio

Dear COTSEAL members,

Juliana, Augustini and I are deeply saddened to inform you of the unexpected loss of one of our beloved and active faculty members and COTSEAL colleagues, Zeny or Zenaida Fulgencio, who taught Filipino at the University of Michigan (U-M). Zeny lost her life in an automobile accident in Los Angeles last weekend. We join her family and the U-M’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies community in grieving for her sudden departure. Her genuine smile, kindness, and contributions to teaching Filipino, will be long remembered. When we learn more about the funeral arrangements, we will make an announcement again.

Pittaya Paladroi-Shane
COTSEAL Vice-President

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Call for COTSEAL Roundtable Participants at AAS 2019, Denever, CO

CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS AAS Annual Conference March 21 – 24, 2019 in Denver, Colorado

Sponsored by the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL) (a PDF version of this document is available here)

Southeast Asia is one of the most linguistically diverse area in the world with over 1,000 living languages that belong to five major language families (Ethnologue 2018). In the classroom, however, Southeast Asian languages are traditionally presented as monoliths that perpetuate the often oppressive realities of linguistic hegemony in the region. Furthermore, SEA languages taught in the classroom are not always the home languages for heritage learners or the field languages scholars need to conduct fieldwork. This official COTSEAL roundtable aims to bring together various stakeholders to critically and collaboratively move towards inclusion and equity in and beyond the language classroom. Some questions to inform the discussion:

• What role, if any, do SEA language programs have in representing multilingualism in the region?
• What are some best practices in choosing language teaching materials that are mindful and inclusive for both heritage and L2 learners?
• How can heritage learners from underrepresented languages and cultures be best engaged in the SEA language classroom?
• What are some responsibilities, if any, for SEA language teaching practitioners and area specialists in promoting linguistic equity and accessibility in the region?
• What are the experiences of scholars and practitioners working in linguistically, culturally, and ethnically diverse areas and how can the language classroom best prepare them for the field

We especially invite indigenous advocates and scholars, language teaching practitioners, linguists, social scientists, and other stakeholders outside academia to participate in this roundtable discussion.

Please send a short statement NO LATER THAN JULY 30 of how you would like to contribute to the themes and discussions of this roundtable (250 words), CV/resume, and affiliation and contact information to:

Kanjana Thepboriruk, Ph.D.
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures Northern Illinois University

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 COTSEAL Conference Program

The 2018 COTSEAL/SEASSI Conference Program is now available. The conference will take place July 27-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

See for up-to-date conference information.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 COTSEAL/SEASSI Conference paper proposal deadline extended to June 17

The deadline for proposals for presentations at the 2018 COTSEAL conference has been extended to Sunday, June 17.

Please see the previous post for more information.

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 COTSEAL/SEASSI Conference: Call for Papers and Presentations

SEA Languages in the 21st Century:  Teaching Strategies and Overcoming Challenges
July 27-28, 2018
University of Wisconsin, Madison

COTSEAL invites participants from academic institutions, teachers, researchers, and graduate students who are interested in, involved in, or have conducted research on Southeast Asian language education and linguistics to submit abstracts to the conference.

Paper/presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:
·       Different approaches in teaching SEA languages
·       Proficiency, project, community-based learning
·       Heritage language learners
·       Distance learning and flipped classrooms
·       University policies &related issues affecting SEA language instruction
(We encourage participants of the ACTFL Familiarization Workshop at University of Michigan to present results of their group work.) 

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 17, 2018 (deadline extended)
Notification of Acceptance: June 14, 2018

An abstract proposal should include the title, a brief description of 250 words maximum, and a presenter profile that should include your name, institution, email address, and phone number. Send them as two email attachments (MS words/pdf) to:, Subject line: COTSEAL 2018 Abstract Submission.
Travel Grants
COTSEAL is offering partial matching travel grants to help lecturers and graduate students whose papers are accepted to present at the conference. Please indicate if you would like to apply for the travel grant in your submission email. A detailed description for applying for a travel grant can be found at, and the conference announcement and hotel and local travel information can be found here: Refer back to the website for frequent updates as the conference approaches, including the conference program.

Please note: all presenters and travel grant recipients must be paid members of COTSEAL at the time of the conference. To become or renew as a COTSEAL member:

For more information about the conference, please contact the conference co-chairs:
                                    Juliana Wijaya               
                                    Pittaya Paladroi-Shane

Conference Organizing Committee: Juliana Wijaya, Pittaya Paladroi, Ellen Rafferty, Desiana Pauli Sandjaja
COTSEAL Officers: Juliana Wijaya, Pittaya Paladroi-Shane, Agustini

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Holiday Wishes from COTSEAL

Dear COTSEAL members,

As 2017 year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support to COTSEAL. From volunteering to participating at our events, your contributions matter to the development of our Southeast Asian language teaching. With the support of Cornell SEAP and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and many of SEA NRCs, we successfully held the Conference on Southeast Asian Teaching: New Directions last September. Many of our members reap the benefits from the workshop. We shared teaching materials and effective teaching strategies and mobilized to formalize our language specific organizations. We hope we will continue our collaboration to strengthen our field.

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

COTSEAL Officers: Juliana Wijaya, Pittaya (Fon) Paladroi, and Agustini

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Workshop April 20-21, 2018

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Workshop for Southeast Asian Language Teachers
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 20-21, 2018

Sponsored by COTSEAL

You are invited to apply to participate in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Workshop for Southeast Asian Language Teachers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor April 20-21, 2018.
This two-day workshop will familiarize participants with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Process, and the implications of proficiency for academic and professional purposes. It will include the application of proficiency for Southeast Asian language instruction and assessment, and how proficiency guidelines can be customized to address specific program needs and goals.
Upon completion of the workshop, there will be follow-up activities involving proficiency-based material development to support the integration of the ACTFL guidelines in Southeast Asian language teaching.

Priority will be given to those applicants who make a firm commitment to participate in the follow-up activities, and who have not yet received the ACTFL guidelines/OPI training.

Application should be submitted online at by January 22, 2018.

To apply to participate in the ACTFL workshop, please submit:
1. A one page statement describing your background in teaching a Southeast Asian language and your commitment to apply the knowledge you gain from the ACTFL proficiency training to your language teaching.

2. Your CV covering your language teaching experience.  
With acceptance, your registration cost for the workshop is covered. 

To request funding for travel and accommodation
3. Submit a statement of need including information from your institution indicating what portion of the cost they can cover.  It is expected that participants from NRCs will seek travel funds from their institution, but if full funding is not available, they can also apply for travel support.

Active membership in COTSEAL is required to participate in the ACTFL workshop.
To renew or become a member please fill out this form:

Questions should be addressed to