CULTR will participate in a collaborative project that will be supported by several LRCs, ACTFL, and the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. This collaboration results in a TED Talk-style type event in the evening of the second day of the ACTFL Conference 2019. The purpose of the event is to highlight interesting or promising intersections between language and various fields. The event will feature 3 to 5 high-profile speakers who will give concise and focused 15-minute talks. Talks will address the value of learning languages and linguistic diversity from various perspectives, such as language conservation, neuroscience, the economics of language, etc. Local media will be invited to the talks. The deliverables for this project include professional-grade recordings of the presentations which will be posted on a shared website. The recordings will not only constitute a source of information that may attract general interest and media focus to the importance of world languages but also serve as an open resource for use in world language education settings. ACTFL will provide the venue and publicity while the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center and the NFLRC at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa will provide support for logistics, such as professional video recording, logo and slide design, event coordination, project website, etc.
About the LRCs
Supported by grants under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, the LRCs create a national network of resources to promote the teaching and learning of world languages. Interested in finding out more about the LRCs?