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National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages - 21st Annual Conference

The 21st Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages is scheduled for April 20-22, 2018,  (with pre-conference workshops scheduled for April 19, 2018) at the HYATT REGENCY DULLES, 2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Herndon, VA 20171, USA. The NCOLCTL Conference Committee solicits proposals for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions to be presented at this conference.



The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is pleased to announce its LCTL Mission:


"LCTL Education in the US: From Pre-K to Global Professional"


The conference aims to pursue a new pathway for advocating innovative approaches in research and practices, maximizing professional exchanges and collaboration among LCTL educators, and leveraging resources and strengths in the less commonly taught languages community. We cordially invite researchers, practitioners, program developers, and administrators in the LCTL community organizations to submit proposals and attend the conference. 




The NCOLCTL Conference Committee invites proposals for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Submissions should fall broadly within the conference theme, "the LCTL Mission: "LCTL Education in the US: From Pre-K to Global Professional" Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, each paper should strive to address issues with relevance to many languages. These proposals can be generated based on any of the topics listed below. Other topics relevant to the conference theme are also welcomed. 


The focus of session topics include:

  • LCTL Curriculum and Material Development
  • LCTL Teacher Professional  Development
  • LCTL Instruction from Pre-K to Professional
  • LCTL Sustainability and Advocacy Initiatives
  • LCTL Innovation and Technology
  • LCTL Acquisition Research
  • LCTL Testing and Assessment
  • LCTL Learners in Foreign Language, Heritage Language, or Immersion Settings
  • LCTL Heritage Language, Immersion or Bilingual Education
  • LCTL in the workplace
  • LCTL Autonomous learning and Self-instruction

Other topics for consideration may include: distance learning and technology integration in LCTL learning and teaching, and professionalism.




INDIVIDUAL PAPER: Each presentation is allotted a total of 30 minutes: 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on original research or practical experience.


COLLOQUIUM:Each panel allows for extensive discussion on a distinct topic. There are two different blocks of time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (typically 3-4 presenters/discussants) or 3 hours (e.g., 5-6 presenters/discussants). Colloquium organizers are to address topics that will foster dialogue among attendees and also address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Only limited numbers of three-hour colloquia will be selected.

POSTER PRESENTATION: A poster session may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format (e.g., presentation of materials, or of research completed or in progress) or demonstrations of instructional or information technology. (NB, any proposal in this category requiring technical support must specify in detail the type of hardware or software needed). Poster presentation is allotted a total of 60 minutes.





2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard, 

Herndon, VA 20171, USA






Proposals should be electronically submitted through the 2018 NCOLCTL Conference Call for Paper website in by creating a user account.


Please complete the prompted steps to submit the proposal. Please submit: 


A 50 word abstract  

   B. One and half-page long proposal (1000 words max)


This electronic format is the only way in which Proposals/Abstracts may be submitted for this conference.


Deadline for submission: September 30th, 2017

Notification of acceptance: November 14th, 2017


All presenters will be required to pre-register and pre-pay for the conference in order to maintain a slot in the program.

Deadline: March 31st, 2018.

Details about registration will be posted on the 2017 NCOLCTL Conference website.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at: or call 1-812-856-4185.


Submit your proposal