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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

2016 Project-Based Language Learning & Interculturality Intensive Summer Institute June 27-July 1, 2016

How can Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) help learners develop interculturality -- the ability to inhabit and interpret different cultures and to see one’s own culture through the eyes of another? How do I design rigorous PBLL projects to incorporate intercultural telecollaborations?

The NFLRC 2016 Intensive Summer Institute (ISI) will help you answer these questions with guidance from experts in the field through a dynamic, technology-rich professional development experience. You will further develop a Project Blueprint for your own language classroom assisted by colleagues and guided by a group of language professionals with background in PBL, language pedagogy, instructional technology, and assessment.

In-service K-16 world language educators are invited to apply for this on-site, in-person institute. The NFLRC 2016 Intensive Summer Institute is not a beginner's workshop. In order to join, applicants will need to first create an interculturality-focused Project Blueprint and earn a digital badge from the 2016 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute as a prerequisite. Seats are limited and applications will be competitive. Partial funding available for the top 10 eligible applicants.

See website for full details about the intensive summer institute (ISI):

Monday, March 7, 2016

Summer Institute for Thai Studies, Bangkok, Thailand, June 6-30, 2016

The Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, is organizing a Summer Institute for Thai Studies, June 6-30, 2016.

For further details see:

or e-mail

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Summer Workshops of Possible Interest to Southeast Asian Language Instructors

CALPER, the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research at Penn State University, will be offering three workshops for language educators in June. They might be of interest to some instructors.

June 13 & 14, 2016
Discourse Analysis and L2 Writing
Presenter: Susan Strauss (Penn State)

June 15 & 16, 2016
How to Integrate Explicit Knowledge in the Second Language Classroom: Concept-based Language Instruction
Presenters: Jim Lantolf (Penn State) & Adam van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon)

For more information, see

9th Annual Heritage Language Research Institute: June 15-18 2016

The Ninth Heritage Language Research Institute: From bilingual children to adult heritage speakers, will be held at the University of Washington-Seattle, from June 15-18.

Contact at the NHLRC for more information.en to adult heritage speakers

CLaSIC Conference 2016 Call for Sumbmissions

The 7th CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2016) will be held at the National University of Singapore from 1st to 3rd Dec 2016. The theme of the conference will be Learning in and beyond the classroom: Ubiquity in foreign language education.

See here for more:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lessons Produced by Language Groups from the 2015 COTSEAL Teacher Training Workshop

The first set of lessons has been produced by language-specific groups who attended the 2015 COTSEAL professional development workshop at UC-Berkeley.

You can see all final lessons from the first round here:

Lessons from the second round will be uploaded in May.