The 26th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook, IL the 21-23 of April 2023 under the theme LCTLS: REACH ALL TEACH ALL. This year, the SLCTLS – Shared LCTL Symposium will join us, and it will be held on April 20, 2023. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in these two events, that are a national reference in the advocacy for LCTLs. They provide an incredible opportunity to explore innovative research and teaching practices, maximize professional exchanges and collaboration among LCTL educators, and leverage resources and strengths in the LCTL community. We invite researchers, educators, practitioners, and program and curriculum developers to submit proposals for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions to be presented at these events.


Submissions should fall broadly within the conference theme: LCTLS: REACH ALL TEACH ALL and address the needs of today’s learners and educators by focusing on emerging trends and innovative programs. Proposed presentations may focus on individual languages but should strive to address issues with relevance to many languages. The focus of session topics includes:

·      LCTL Innovation and Technology

·      LCTL Teacher Professional Development

·      LCTL Leadership and Advocacy

·      LCTL Curriculum and Material Development

·      LCTL Pedagogy

·      LCTL Research

·      LCTL Assessment

·      LCTL Learner Diversity and Inclusion

Other topics for consideration may include: heritage language education, bilingual education, interculturality, literacy, languages across the curriculum, personalized learning, Standards-based instruction, and professionalism.


You must submit to one of the following formats:

·      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. The block of time for colloquia is 1 hour and 30 minutes (typically 3-4 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. A colloquium must not be less than 3 presenters.

·      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.


Proposals should be electronically submitted through the 2023 NCOLCTL Conference Call for Proposals website.

·      *If you DO have an account on this site, please follow THIS LINK and log in using your account information to submit your proposal using the form provided.

·      *If you DO NOT yet have an account, please follow THIS LINK to create an account and then proceed to login and submit your proposal using the form provided.

Please complete the prompted steps to submit the proposal, including:

·      50 word abstract

·      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: November 30th, 2022

Notification of acceptance: December 16th, 2022


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

Deadline for Registration (for presenters): February 28th, 2023.

Details about registration will be posted on the 2023 NCOLCTL Conference website.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at: or call 1-812-964-1930