Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: NeMLA 2021 roundtable

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2020
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, Languages, Linguistics, Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Teaching and Learning

Update: Virtual and hybrid options are under consideration for the NeMLA conference, so feel free to apply even if in-person may not be an option for you!


This roundtable seeks input from instructors of less-commonly-taught languages of the former Eastern Bloc in an effort to share experiences and best practices across languages. Our goal is to bring together higher education instructors of foreign languages in the US (and possibly beyond) to facilitate collaboration and exchange successfully implemented ideas in pedagogy as well as the organization of academic language programs. While these languages are taught at various universities of North America, professional opportunities to compare and exchange such ideas and experiences are limited. We hope to establish a conversation across languages and institutions that can prove useful in the future implementation of best practices to attract and educate learners in these typically small language programs.  


Abstracts focusing on any less commonly taught language that is spoken in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc will be considered, including but not limited to: Albanian, Bosnian / Croatian / Montenegrin / Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian.


Possible topics for discussion:

  • Designing and implementing authentic assessments
  • Building proficiency in all four skill areas
  • Effective ways of teaching grammar communicatively
  • Teaching literature / Using authentic target language texts to improve all language skills
  • Working with the language in artistically creative ways (poetry, film, photography, etc.)
  • Using coursebooks vs working with one’s own teaching materials
  • Building intercultural communication competence 
  • Familiarizing students with culture through project-based learning
  • Successful study abroad models
  • Working with heritage learners
  • Individualized learning
  • Language and gender
  • Best practices for online instruction
  • Student recruitment and retention


Presentations should be 5-10 minutes long. Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website by September 30, 2020 here:  https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18661

NeMLA membership is NOT required to submit an abstract.


With any questions about abstracts, please contact Dr. Viktoria Batista, vib21@pitt.edu or Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic, ljiljana@pitt.edu.


Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested in participating.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Viktoria Batista, vib21@pitt.edu or Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic, ljiljana@pitt.edu

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