Monday, September 29, 2014

Blakemore Fellowships: Application Deadline Dec. 30, 2014

Blakemore Fellowships are available for the advanced study of several Southeast Asian languages.  Please let your qualified students know!

Blakemore Fellowships

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Call for Presenters: COTSEAL Panel at AAS 2015: Politics in Language in Southeast Asia

Call for Presenters: COTSEAL Panel at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Chicago, March 26-29, 2015, Chicago Illinois

Topic: Language in Politics in Southeast Asia

Juliana Wijaya of UCLA is organizing the panel, and will present a paper herself. She needs 2-3 additional presenters.

If you'd like to present on this panel, you need to send the following to Juliana ASAP (the deadline for all proposals for AAS 2015 is August 7, so please get your proposal/personal information to her by July 30 at the absolute latest):

-the title of your paper
-an abstract of your paper, no more than 200 words in length
-the following personal information:
E-mail address
Office or home address
Phone number

Also, make sure you are not a participant (being an organizer doesn't count) on any other panel at the conference; AAS only lets people participate in one panel per conference.

E-mail all of the above to by July 30, 2014.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

COTSEAL Business Meeting Agenda July 18, 2014

Here's the COTSEAL business meeting agenda for July 18, 2014.

7-18-14 COTSEAL Business Meeting Agenda

The meeting will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, over dinner at an as-yet-undetermined restaurant, at 7 pm this Friday, following the COTSEAL Conference wine reception.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sylvia Tiwon's Keynote Speech at the 2014 COTSEAL/SEASSI Conference

Here's the title of Dr. Sylvia Tiwon's keynote address at the COTSEAL Conference at UW-Madison, July 18-19, and her description of it.

Gazing into the Dragon's Mouth: the Precarity of Language Work

The title is a reference to an episode in the classical Malay work, the Hikayat Hang Tuah (Story of Hang Tuah).  Hang Tuah is considered by many the culture hero par excellence.  Although invoked mainly for his courage and loyalty, I argue that his is a story of negotiating the linguistically diverse world circa the 16th-17th centuries: as an emissary from both the Malay world and India he learns the languages and customs of many countries and travels from Constantinople to India, China, Southeast Asia and the Nusantara archipelago; he encounters also the Dutch and the Portuguese.  One of the tasks he is given is to gaze into the mouth of the dragon (in which is hidden the emperor of China,  whose face no stranger is allowed to see).  This episode reveals the danger inherent in language work, and I use it as an extended metaphor for the crucial yet precarious nature of language teaching in academia today.

E-mail Dr. Tiwon:

Her speech will take place at lunchtime on Saturday the 19th. More information on the conference can be found here:

COTSEAL/SEASSI 2014 Conference Information

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Keynote Speaker for the 2014 COTSEAL-SEASSI Conference: Dr. Sylvia Tiwon

Dr. Sylvia Tiwon of UC-Berkeley will be the Keynote Speaker at the 22nd COTSEAL-SEASSI Conference of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, July 18-19 at UW-Madison, speaking on our theme of "New Challenges in Southeast Asian Language Teaching":

Dr. Sylvia Tiwon

There are two weeks left until the deadline (May 15) for paper proposals for the conference:

COTSEAL Conference Call for Papers

Send in your proposal now, to, with "COTSEAL Conference Committee" written in the subject line.

Plenty of travel grants for presenters are still available:

Pay your COTSEAL Membership Dues Securely on our Website!

You can now pay for your COTSEAL membership dues securely on our website, using a credit/debit card or Paypal:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

COTSEAL-SEASSI Conference Keynote Speaker

We're happy to announce that Dr. Sylvia Tiwon will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2014 COTSEAL-SEASSI Conference at UW-Madison, July 18-19, 2014.

The deadline for paper proposals is May 15. Travel grants are available! Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 COTSEAL-SEASSI Conference Call for Papers

Here's the Call for Papers for the 2014 COTSEAL-SEASSI Conference.  A PDF version can be found here.

Call for Papers and Presentations

22nd Annual Conference on Southeast Asian Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

July 18th-19th, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL) and the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsor the 22nd Annual Conference on Southeast Asian Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics on Friday, July 18th, and Saturday, July 19th, 2014 in 206 Ingraham Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The theme for the conference is "New Challenges in Southeast Asian Language Teaching." Papers and presentations could address (but are not limited to) the following topics: distance learning, funding issues, classroom management, oral and written discourse issues in language teaching. Each presentation should take no more than thirty minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion).
Abstract Deadline: May 15th, 2014 Notification of Acceptance: June 1st, 2014

Abstract Submission
Please submit a one-page abstract (8.5"x11", or A4) which should include the title, a brief description of not more than 100 words, and your mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Send an email attachment (Microsoft Word) of your abstract/proposal to:

subject line: COTSEAL Conference Committee

For more information about the conference, please contact the conference co-chairs: Bac Hoai Tran
Lopao Vang

Travel Grants
COTSEAL is offering some travel grants to help lecturers whose papers are accepted to attend the conference. A detailed description of the process for applying for a travel grant can be found on our website;
The conference announcement, hotel information, and updates will soon be made available on the COTSEAL website:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2014 COTSEAL-AAS Business Meeting and Roundtable Minutes Posted

Minutes to the COTSEAL Business Meeting and Roundtable at the 2014 Association of Asian Studies Conference in Philadelphia have been posted in the "Business" section of the COTSEAL website:

2014 AAS-COTSEAL Business Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Updates to "Links" Page of the COTSEAL Website

Thanks to suggestions from Thúy Kim Lê Phạm, I've added two sections to the "Links" page of the COTSEAL website:  Southeast Asian Language Learning Proficiency Guidelines, and Language-Based Southeast Asian Instructor Associations.

There's not much up there so far: only GUAVA (Vietnamese) for instructor associations, and Vietnamese, Filipino and Khmer (speaking draft only) for language learning frameworks/guidelines.  So if you know of language learning proficiency guidelines online for any other Southeast Asian languages, or any other instructor associations with their own websites, please send the links to me!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The COTSEAL/SEASSI Conference is ON for July 18-19 2014, Madison, WI

I'm happy to announce that the COTSEAL summer conference on language teaching will return this year, and be held as usual in conjunction with SEASSI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The dates for the conference are Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, 2014.  A conference committee is being formed even as we speak, and a call for papers will be published by the end of April.  This year, COTSEAL will be offering matching travel grants to be combined with funding from presenters' home institutions--stay tuned to this blog for more soon!

If you have any questions about the conference, contact

2014 Summer Program in Kawi Language at Heidelberg University

A summer program in Kawi (Old Javanese) will take place August 4-29 2014, at the Heidelberg University Institute of Anthropology.  For more information, visit:

COTS Conference, October 17-19 2014, Madison, WI

The Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting will take place October 17-19 at the   University of Wisconsin-Madison.  More more information, see 2014 COTS Preliminary Information