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The Sixth National Conference of the National Counsil of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages will take place on May 2 - 4, 2003 at UCLA.

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For the first time in its history, the National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) will meet on the west coast at the University of California Los Angeles for it¡¯s annual conference. This year¡¯s conference, the 6th Annual NCOLCTL conference, is being organized by the International Institute's Language Resource Center with support from the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching as well as the following UCLA centers: the Asia Institute, the African Studies Center, the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

The conference will meet on May 2-4, 2003 with the theme "Focus on the Learner in the LCTLs: Profiles, Motivations, and Opportunities". The discussion will feature a wide range of topics, including curriculum and program development for less commonly taught language learners, learning and teaching strategies for the program, and environmental and cultural issues for students.

Geoffrey Garret, International Institute Vice Provost, will welcome NCOLCTL participants at 10 am on May 2nd with Antonia Schleicher, President of NCOLCTL. Plenary speakers at this conference include Claire Kramsch, UC Berkeley, and Terrence Wiley, Arizona State University. Also presenting talks at the conference are Richard Brecht from the National Foreign Language Center and Rick Jackson from the Foreign Service Institute. Olga Kagan, director of the UCLA Language Resource Center, will present two papers on heritage language textbooks and on advanced-level learners.

Please visit the NCOLCTL website for registration and program information.

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