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The Funds Request Committee oversees the distribution of funds from the Curriculum Enhancement, Matching, and Summer Language Institute Funds. These funds are resources provided through the CLI by WCAS to enhance language teaching and learning at NU. This committee is chaired by one of the CLI Co-chairs and meets quarterly to decide upon funding requests from faculty members in any of the language teaching units. Details of the funding request process can be found under “resources” on the CLI website. Current Funds Request Committee members

The Language Brochure Committee produces the brochure “Everything You Need To Know About Learning Languages at Northwestern”. It contains information about policies, placement, study abroad, course descriptions, contact numbers, and email addresses for all of the languages offered at NU. The brochure is distributed to advisers, instructors, and deans. It is published annually in print and is also available online under Language Study and Placement. Current Language Brochure Committee members

The Language Faculty Development Committee examines profession-related issues that affect lecturer faculty in languages. This committee’s goals include clarifying the pathway to promotion for language faculty and describing best practices in achieving language teaching excellence.  Current Language Faculty Development Committee members

The Language Symposium Organizing Committee organizes the Language Symposium, a two-day conference held every April, which sheds light on a specific area of language teaching and learning. Although the Language Symposium began in 2000 as part of the CLI efforts to help our lecturers stay current with the most recent research and practice in the field of language pedagogy, it has grown significantly and continues to draw presenters and participants nationwide. The Symposium is now co-hosted by Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. For more information regarding the Language Symposium and its history, please consult the symposium page. Current Language Symposium Organizing Committee members

The Outreach Committee aims to increase the visibility and recognition of language teaching in the Northwestern Community. During the year 2012/2013, the Global Languages Initiative was launched and by members of the Outreach Committee  and the CLI as a campus-wide effort to promote the importance of multilingual and intercultural skills across all disciplines. To compete, lead, and serve in a rapidly changing and interconnected world, such as knowledge is not a luxury, but a necessity for all Northwestern students. Knowing a foreign language and culture is more important than ever! The Outreach subcommittee continues to oversee the GLI website and work collaboratively with offices, programs, and departments across the university to organize events that highlight the role of language learning in our global curriculum.

The Orientation and Meetings Committee reserves rooms and provides the refreshments for all CLI business meetings, Fall Orientation, and pedagogy workshops. It is responsible for organizing the pedagogy workshops, proposing topics, and finding speakers. Current Orientation and Meetings Committee members

The Study Abroad Committee is separate from—but collaborates with—the University Study Abroad Committee (USAC); this CLI committee aims to provide a constructive forum for language teaching faculty with especially strong interests in Study Abroad to network around general and specific issues related to it, and also to engage with and provide the Study Abroad Office and USAC input on Study Abroad issues specifically related to language acquisition issues. Current Study Abroad Committee members

Related Weinberg Committee: Language Proficiency Committee

The Proficiency Committee coordinates proficiency testing of students in languages not taught at Northwestern and works closely with the staff of the Office of AccessibleNU to decide on students’ petitions for accommodation in or substitution for the foreign language proficiency requirement due to a disability affecting foreign language acquisition.  Members of the committee serve as Language Petition Advisers to guide students in WCAS, and the Schools of Communication, Music, and Journalism through the petition process. Current Proficiency Committee members

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