Conference on Distinguished Language Studies

Venue: Embassy Suites Hotels

Location: Lithicum, Maryland, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 04, 2009 End Date/Time: Dec 05, 2009
Registration Date: Dec 04, 2009
Early Registration Date: Dec 15, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 15, 2009
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In cooperation with the Global Language Center and Language Learning Center, the Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers, the only international organization dedicated to research and application of research in the area of teaching and achieving native-like foreign-language proficiency, will be holding its seventh annual symposium at the Embassy Suites Hotels in Linthicum, Maryland (near Baltimore-Washington Airport), December 4-5, 2009.

Professors, researchers, administrators, and others with experience in teaching, studying, translation/interpretation, or assessment at the near-native level of proficiency in any foreign language are invited to submit a one-page abstract (exclusive of bibliography) on any aspect of language study at the distinguished level. (For those looking for a definition of “distinguished” level/ILR Level 4, a description can be found at There will be several areas of focus: teaching methods and practices, language learning experiences, research, translation/interpretation, program development/management, and assessment (proficiency, diagnostic, dynamic, other). Whole panels may be suggested and abstracts submitted together, if desired. The working language of the conference will be English. However, presentations may be in any language, as long as there are enough presentations in that language to form a panel. Abstracts should be written in the language in which they will be presented and should be sent to the CDLC Operations Director, Boris Shekhtman, via email ( no later than October 1, 2009.

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Notification of acceptance (or rejection) of proposals will be made on or about October 15. Following the conference, presentations will be published in a Proceedings volume.


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