Minutes from the Consortium Meeting--May 26, 2001

The following names were abbreviated as:

HS> Harold Schiffman

RW> Rebecca Wheeler

JF> Joshua Fishman

AO> Alwiya Omar

GB> Gurpart Bains

NH> Nancy Hornberger

MM> Mohamed Mamouri

All> Multiple discussions occurring at the same time.


Rockefeller Program Information--criticisms were made about Pennís lack of commitment.

Mention of "UNS" Initiative and Information

Consortium should be concerned with education and influence and language policy.

Regional or National Groups are a possibility

Workshops and Summer Institutes

Possible attendees: journalists, politicians, state teacher organizations, legislative aids/legislative groups

RW/JF> Discussed the need to include Linguists, Anthropologists, English Teachers and other professionals.

HS> Workshop/ Summer Institute may be the center piece but does not need to encompass everything the consortium does or may do.

Introduction of Solomon Asch Center for the study of Ethnopolitical Conflict--a discussion of the prospect of "borrowing their track record."

Introduction of Mellonís Program for Refugee Resettlement, specifically Language Education and Research. Suggested that there is an immediate need for a Summer Institute for the training of individuals here in the US. However, the Asch ins titute is not interested in a national workshop. Would prefer to have a Language Planning Institute(LPI) with an international focus. Asch wants works done with NGOís or at least efforts focused towards ethnopolitical conflict. A relationship would have to exist between Asch, NGOís, International Programs and this consortium or LPI.

All> Multiple discussions/suggestions about organizations, government and private which might be interested in working with an LPI.

HS> Suggested the importance of discussing some of the possible goals of the LPI.


Short Term Goals-Summer Institute with a National (International ?) focus

Mid-Term Goals-Bring together scholars who might either be interested in working with the LPI or attending the Summer Institute.

Asch is interested in having a 10 week Summer Institute

Asch has the resources, as well as the International Reach

Asch is interested in training programs and international internships

NH> Suggested Rebecca Freeman would be a good individual to approach in reference to developing/implementing a teacher training program.

MM> Suggested that the World Bank might be interested in the LPI and that there is certainly a need for such involvement. Suggested that there is a real need within the WBís international programs for Linguists or an organization that do es language planning or one which studies language policy issues. Suggested that the WBís programs lack the necessary workshops or training programs to properly address problematic cultural and language issues.

JF> Suggested that there is a real need for the training of those individuals involved in language planning and specifically those organizations that "work around" language issues. Stated that there is a need to train these ind ividuals how to better deal with implementing language policy, and also how to possible solve and/or at least identify what are the real language problems.

HS> Agreement. To stop treating language as a black box.

MM> Touched briefly upon some related language policy issues in Morocco and how they are ignored because of concerns about other important issues--for example meeting basic needs.

JF> Agreed that language policy issues are frequently ignored or at least viewed as much less important.

GB> Suggested that language policy and educational policy are seldom considered together. That they are worked on by separate groups who fail to communicate and/or are ignorant of one another. Suggested that this is a serious problem wh ich could potentially be addressed as one of the summer workshops goals.

HS> Suggested that there are also lots of practical issues surrounding the ways in which languages are taught.

All> Multiple discussions on issues connected to diglossia and specifically about what language teachers need to teach and how they should go about doing it. This led to a general discussion of ideas connected to language standards. Agr eement that all of the previously mentioned issues are things the consortium should address.

MM> Suggested another issue: the need for the official recognition of languages.

JF> Agreed and stated that there will always be standard and non-standard issues to address.



HS> Proposed the creation of a handbook for Language Policy users. Equated with a "cookbook" for language policy. Asch Institute has suggested creating a product of some kind.

NH> Proposed a website as a product.

GB> Proposed abstracts; Information dissemination, bibliographies.

NH> Suggested that all Language Planning institutes produce some kinds of materials and/or research .

All> Multiple discussions. General agreement on the need to produce something: wed sites, instructional materials, research. Agreement that projects must exist in order to pay for operational expenses.

NH> Stated that the importance of not competing with other LPI or similar organizations already at work of these issues. Proposed the Heritage Language Center as a possible sponsor.

All> Multiple discussions. Questions about the kind and amount of funding needed. Suggestions as to which groups to approach. Mentioned were a variety of language association around the world. Different language groups as a valuable r esource for... (difficult to follow)

JF> Suggested that Government organizations have a real need for Language Training, instructor raining.

All> Agreed on the importance of linking to key groups.

JF&NH> Suggested that there are other agencies that an LPI could work alongside. Summer Institute of Ling., NABE, LSA, TESOL. Suggested that there are many groups with similar interests.

JF> Suggested that collaboration may not be easy to negotiate. Proposed having this summer institute every other year, opposite the Linguists Summer Institute.

RW> Suggested further discussion of the consortiumís goals. Discussed changing language policy the importance of reaching the lay person. Suggested sponsoring programs to reach the average person in new ways. Creating connections bet ween linguists and cartoonists. Suggested the need for lobbyists. Proposed that the summer institute be used as a vehicle for training people who are in a position to promote new ideas about language.

JF> Suggested that reaching teachers be the focus of the summer institute.

NH> Suggested School Boards in addition to teachers

GB> Suggested State Education groups. Discussed the importance of adjusting or influencing state certification requirements.

All> Multiple discussions on ways to create programs and classes that reach different groups of people.

different programs for college students.

HS,RW> Suggested that there are many ways to create classes or programs that reach university students.

JF> Proposed a program designed to provide training on how to influence and/or get involved in Language Policy, or the creation legislation.

HS> Suggested programs which would investigate Anglo-centrism in the US. The history of language policy in the US. Discussed the conditions of linguistic records: Germanic Linguistic History records in poor shape. Suggested involvemen t in assisting in the maintenance of these records.

JF> Named Institutes in Philadelphia and Minnesota that collect and maintain records. Mentioned the National Yiddish book center. Engaged in collecting and digitalizing Yiddish literature and cultural information. Stated that there ar e institutes which act as repositories for languages/literature and also run language study programs.

HS> Discussed the impact of libraries throwing away books, literature, records. Discussed case of slave records in the US almost being discarded because they were in French.

JF> Suggested that the maintenance of records will always be a problem because technology continues to change.

MM> Proposed a return to the issue of funding. Questioned the amount of funding the consortium could receive from Asch and what kind of funding the consortium could expect to receive from outside sources. Also questioned the degree to which the consortium could work with Asch and still be independent.

HS> Suggested that additional funding could possibly come from the Penn Language Center. The consortium could be co-sponsored by PLC and Asch for the time being until new resources were found. Discussion of different arrangements which could be made between the different members of this group. Suggested that the organizationís structure is something which could be negotiated.

MM> Suggested the importance of the organizational structure and the need for someone to take responsibility for the consortium and its activities.

HS> Proposed that he take responsibility for the dispersal of grants and other organizational duties.

MM, JF, HS> Discussion of who could attract further funding and questioned how this might be distributed. Agreement that individuals could work together in order to attract funding. Questions were brought up concerning who would be respons ible for the dispersal of these funds. Similar questions were raised in reference to the overhead.

All> Multiple discussions concerning the different ways in which funding and the management of overhead could be handled. Agreement that this would need attention before other things. Examples of different ways to organize mentioned: Ya le and Tamil Project, Grant management for a Tamil website, MM> Pennís relationship with USAID, NH>Dean Furman as a valuable resource for information on the Consortium. Further agreement on the importance of this subject and the need t o investigate carefully. JF>Mentioned that there will be investigators from the University, Grant investigators.

Before Lunch Summarization:(Information from the Board)

Workshop: to be devoted to Education.

Should have a national and international approach/focus

Educational Outreach:

Groups A) Schools of Education: Academics and Teachers; Schools Boards; State Boards: School Districts; Continuing/Adult Education Programs; Museum education; Virtual Museums; Library Education Programs; Arts and C ultural Education Programs

B) Government and Non-Government Organizations; Government Personnel; State and Federal Legislators; Language Policy Personnel

C) Institutional Agencies: World Bank; Heritage Language Associations

D) Media: PBS; Non-print Media; Journalists

E) Academic Disciplines/Professionals: Language Professionals; Anthropologists; Linguists; English Departments; Language Departments

Goals: To provide summer educational workshops and outreach programs with an international and national agenda. Major focus: Training and Advocacy. Possible Product: web site (purpose not clearly defined)

Further Agreement: The primary concerns of the consortium should be further clarified, but do not need to be included in the initial organizational proposal. Course credit should be offered. Certificates should be awarded to those who particip ate. There should exist opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral students. Internships possibilities for international scholars.