Sunday, July 26, 2015

Video of the 2015 COTSEAL Conference Keynote by Dr. Abby Cohn

Dr. Abby Cohn of Cornell University delivered the keynote address at the recent 23rd Annual COTSEAL Conference at UW-Madison, titled "Teaching of Southeast Asian Languages in the US: Impact of National Priorities and Institutional Policies."

You can download the Powerpoint slides from her presentation here, and you can view the full presentation, including discussion afterward, in this video:

Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 COTSEAL Conference Program Now Available

COTSEAL is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual COTSEAL/SEASSI Conference on Southeast Asian Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.

The conference will be held in Room 206, Ingraham Hall, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.  If you attend, please also plan to stay for SEASSI/COTSEAL Poetry Night, 7-9 pm on Saturday, July 18.

The final conference program is here.  You can also access the the full abstract of each presentation by clicking on the individual presentation titles.  Also check the following link often for updated conference logistics (travel, lodging, etc.):

We hope to see many of you at the conference!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

COTSEAL-Sponsored Panel at AAS 2016 in Seattle

As many of you know, COTSEAL regularly sponsors a panel on language teaching and related linguistics issues at the annual Association for Asian Studies Conference.

The 2016 conference will be held in Seattle, Wa, March 31-April 3.  The deadline for panel proposals and abstracts is August 2, 2015.

As this conference will be held in her home city, Pauli Sandjaja of the University of Washington-Seattle has graciously volunteered to organize a COTSEAL-sponsored panel at the conference.  She will do the work of collecting abstracts and contact information, writing the panel proposal abstract, and submitting everything to AAS by the deadline.  However, she--and we--need you to make it happen.  Pauli and I have come up with the two following possible broad themes for the panel:

1. Issues, recent research, and approaches regarding the teaching of pronunciation (including listening) in Southeast Asian languages, including the phonology and phonetics of language learning.

2. Issues, recent research, and approaches regarding assessment of any and all of the four skills in Southeast Asian languages, including proficiency assessment, intake assessment, ongoing assessment, and final evaluation in language courses.

If you are interested in being a presenter or a discussant on a panel addressing either of these topics, please contact Pauli directly, with your contact information and the abstract of your paper, by ---July 6th 2015---.

New Online Vietnamese Course at Arizona State University

VTN 101 - Elementary Vietnamese 1 (5 credits) will be offered as an online course via Arizona State University Online this fall semester.  Fall semester at Arizona State University starts August 20 - December 4.  Please help publicize this new course to those who are interested.  

General information about ASU Online:

Search for VTN 101 via ASU Course Catalog:
VTN 102 - Elementary Vietnamese 2 (5 credits) will be offered as an online course for next spring semester (January 11 - April 29).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

2015-2016 Professional Development Workshops for Southeast Asian Language Teachers

Professional Development Workshops for Southeast Asian Language Teaching Staff 

to be held at U. California-Berkeley and U. Wisconsin-Madison

Sponsored by COTSEAL and the National Resource Centers for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian language instructors are invited to apply to participate in two Professional Development Workshops; the first one is at UC Berkeley in September 2015 and the second one is at UW Madison in June 2016.
The first workshop will be from 18-20 September 2015 at U. California-Berkeley and will address:
  1. Classroom Management: time management, use of target language, interactions in student-centered classrooms, work flow, use of projects, and grading issues
  2. Content-based lesson design for LCTLs including rationale, text selection, lesson framework, lesson demonstration, and lesson design.
During the time between workshop one and two, participants will work in groups to develop two prototype lessons, receive feedback on the lessons, and make revisions. Each group will submit a videotape of one of the lessons being taught.
Upon completion of the lesson development described above, you will be invited to participate in the second workshop which will be held in June of 2016 at U. Wisconsin-Madison and will include:
  1. Discussion of developed content-based lessons and the challenges of lesson development and implementation.
  2. Discussion of the teaching of heritage and mixed classes, including the following topics appropriate materials, activities, and management of heritage classes.

To apply to participate in the two workshops send a one page statement describing your background in teaching a Southeast Asian language and your interests in expanding your knowledge of the field of second language teaching and your CV covering your language teaching experience.  With acceptance, your registration costs for the two workshops are covered.  To request funding for travel and per diem (lodging and meals) costs, include a statement of need and a statement from your institution indicating whether it can cover any of the costs.  Participants from NRCs may apply for a travel grant but are encouraged to seek travel funds from their home institutions.  

Send your application materials via email to Mary Jo Wilson at by June 15, 2015. For participation in the workshops include your one page background statement and CV. If you are requesting travel and/or per diem support, include a statement of your needs and a statement from your institution of its (in)ability to support some of the costs of your professional development. 

A PDF version of this announcement is available here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 COTSEAL Conference: July 17-18, Madison, WI: Call for Papers


COTSEAL Conference at SEASSI 2015

The ABCDs (Achievement, Breadth, Challenges, and future Direction) of
the Continuing Journey in the Teaching of SEA Languages

Venue: 206 Ingraham Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dates: Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, 2015


Dr. Abigail Cohn (Professor, Department of Linguistics, Cornell)
Teaching of Southeast Asian Languages in the US:
Impact of National Priorities and Institutional Policies”

COTSEAL invites participants from academic institutions, teachers, researchers, and graduate students who are interested in, involved in, or have conducted research on, SEA language education and linguistics to submit abstracts for the forum. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, challenges and techniques in:
  • Distance learning
  • Flipped classrooms
  • Heritage students
  • Project-based learning
  • Significant, less commonly discussed teaching issues
  • University policies related-issues, such as enrollment and teaching assistantship


20-minute presentations, with an additional 10 minutes for questions/responses.
Posters (to be displayed at designated times throughout the conference).


Deadline for abstract submission: 25 May 2015
Deadline for full paper submission: 15 June 2015


An abstract proposal should include the title, a brief abstract of 250 words maximum, and your name, institution, email address, and phone number.
We request that all presenters be paid members of COTSEAL ($26 for one year) at the time of the conference.


Abstracts and proposals must be submitted via email to the organizing committee:
Limited matching travel grants are available for confirmed presenters on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate if you want to be considered for a travel grant in the body of the e-mail with which you submit your abstract. Note that travel grants are reimbursements intended for lecturers with minimal funds available from their institutions to support travel to the conference. For more details, visit

Please forward this message to your colleagues, staff, students or anyone whom you think would find this conference relevant.

Thank you very much.

Erlin Barnard, 2015 Conference Organizing Committee
Jolanda Pandin, 2015 Conference Organizing Committee
Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, 2015 Conference Organizing Committee

Frank Smith, COTSEAL President
Jolanda Pandin, COTSEAL Vice-President
Sheila Zamar, COTSEAL Secretary

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 COTSEAL Business Meeting at AAS

Several important initiatives for 2015 and beyond were discussed at our business meeting, March 27, 2015, at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in Chicago.

Here are the minutes of the meeting, also archived on the COTSEAL Business page.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Online Thai Reading and Writing Course at University of Hawai'i

Thai Language program at University of Hawai'i-Manoa is offering an online Reading & Writing Thai course (Thai 107)  in Fall 2015.

This is a fully "asynchronous" (anytime) online course. It is offered via "UHM Outreach College" so that the general public (i.e. non-UH students) can enroll in the course via Outreach College and receive UHM credits.


for more information and samples of lessons.

This is a literacy course focusing on developing Thai script reading and writing skills, aimed towards heritage Thai or Lao students. However, any beginning learners of Thai can also take the course.

Friday, March 13, 2015

COTSEAL Business Meeting Agenda at AAS, Chicago IL, Friday March 27

AAS Conference, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30-9:00 pm, Parlor D

1. Financial Report - Sheila Zamar, COTSEAL Secretary

2. 2015 COTSEAL Conference at SEASSI, UW-Madison, July

17-18 - Frank Smith, COTSEAL President

-general plans/format

-travel grants for participants

-formation of planning committee

3. 2015 COTSEAL Teacher Training Workshop at UC-Berkeley, September 18-19 - Frank Smith

-general information

-formation of committee for participant selection

-plans for follow-up conferences (2016 at UW-Madison; 2017 still under discussion)

4. General announcements/topics for discussion

-”Notes from the Field” blog on COTSEAL website: submissions needed - Frank Smith

-Southeast Asian Language and Linguistics Panel at Cornell in 2015 - Jolanda Pandin, COTSEAL Vice-president

-Reviving JSEALT Journal: thoughts? volunteers? - Sheila Zamar

Please e-mail with any questions.