Call For Proposals

Theme: Unpacking Presence in LCTL Learning: Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Foster Interpersonal Connections and Intercultural Competences

The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is happy to announce the 27th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, which will take place at Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook from April 18 – 21, 2024. This year’s conference theme, “Unpacking Presence in LCTL Learning: Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Foster Interpersonal Connections and Intercultural Competences,” provides an exciting opportunity to explore cutting-edge research and teaching practices, engage in fruitful exchanges and collaboration among LCTL educators, and harness the strengths and resources of the LCTL community on a global scale.

We cordially invite researchers, educators, practitioners, and program and curriculum developers to submit proposals for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. The conference will focus on emerging trends and innovative programs that address the evolving needs of today’s language learners and educators in less commonly taught languages. We encourage presentations that have broad relevance to multiple languages, even if they focus on a specific language. We look forward to welcoming you to this dynamic international forum, where you can join colleagues and peers to share your expertise and learn from others in the field.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The role of emerging technologies in fostering interpersonal connections in LCTL learning
  • The impact of sense of presence on LCTL learning
  • The role of technology in promoting intercultural communicative competence in LCTL learning
  • The use of virtual reality and augmented reality in LCTL learning
  • The impact of technology on teacher and learner roles in LCTL learning
  • The use of technology to support blended and online LCTL learning.
  • The Role of Presence and Connection in LCTL Learning in a Post-Pandemic World
  • Creating a Sense of Community and Belonging in LCTL Classrooms through in-person Instruction
  • Exploring the Relationship Between in-person LCTL Instruction and Learner Motivation and Engagement
  • Addressing Learner Needs and Building Student-Centered Instruction in-person.

Paper Categories

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

LCTL Innovation and Technology

 LCTL Leadership and Advocacy

LCTL Learner Diversity and Inclusion

LCTL Curriculum and Material Development

 LCTL Teacher Professional Development

LCTL Pedagogy

LCTL Assessment

LCTL Research

Presentation Type

You must submit to one of the following formats

Individual Paper

Each presentation is allotted a total of 25 minutes: 20 minutes for presentation and 5 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.


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). A poster presentation is allotted a total of 60 minutes.

Proposal Submission & Guidelines

Proposals should be electronically submitted through the 2024 NCOLCTL Conference Call for Proposals website.

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  • Minimum 50 words abstract and no longer than 250 words
  • The abstract must clearly state the objectives, methods, results, and conclusions of the research or practice presented.
  • The proposal must be one half-page long (1000 words max)
  • Electronic format is the only way in which Proposals/Abstracts may be submitted for this conference.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 2023.

Deadline For Submission: January 15th, 2024

Authors need to submit their paper before midnight of January 15th, 2024 through the online submission portal. If you face any difficulty in uploading the paper contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:


Important Note To Presenters

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

Participants who attend the full SLCTLS forum can apply to have their NCOLCTL conference member-rate registration fee (+ one-year NCOLCTL membership, if not already a member) reimbursed. A sign-in sheet at SLCTLS will serve as the point of contact for the reimbursement application.

Deadline for Registration (for presenters): February 2024.

Details about registration will be posted on the 2024 NCOLCTL Conference website.

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