Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of attending CoLang 2014?
-Training in best practices in language documentation and revitalization
-Instructors from all over the world
-Networking with students, practicing linguists and indigenous community members
-Customizable courses ranging from basic linguistics, technology, community language work, and applied language work
-Networking with top scholars in a variety of fields
-Field Methods/Practicum courses

I am from outside the U.S. Am I eligible to attend?
Absolutely! Participants from other countries are always welcome at CoLang. Please email us to let us know if you need an invitation letter, like this sample letter, to start the visa process for your country. You can also visit the UT Arlington Office of International Education for more information.

We are recommending that all participants apply for the B-1 Business Tourist visa. You can visit this website to find out about the waiting time at your local U.S. embassy or consulate.

Will I need to join the Linguistic Society of America or another organization to attend?
You do not need to join the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) unless you are applying for a fellowship from the LSA.

How much will registration cost?
Registration for the two-week workshops will be $750. Registration for the entire six-weeks workshops (two-week workshops and the four-weeks of field methods/practicum) will be $2250. For more information, visit the Costs page.

How do I register for CoLang 2014?
Registration for CoLang 2014 is now open. To register online, click here to register today. To use the paper registration form, click here.
Register by May 8 to get the early bird rate. After May 8, anyone who is not paid in full will be dropped from their registered courses.

How do I pay by wire transfer?
You can find this information here.

Are there scholarship opportunities for CoLang 2014?
Yes. There will be several scholarship opportunities for CoLang 2014. Check the Scholarships page for more information.

I’m not a student. Can I still attend CoLang?
Definitely. CoLang is for a wide variety of people interested in language documentation and revitalization, including indigenous community members, undergraduate and graduate students and practicing linguists.

How many classes can I take at CoLang?
CoLang 2014 consists of two weeks of four-day workshops. You can choose up to four classes per week for a total of 8 classes. There will also be two days of 2 hour workshops where you can choose two workshops each day. In addition, you may choose to stay for the four week field methods/practicum portion. For more information, refer to the Schedule page.

How do I change which class I'm registered to take?
Click here to find out how to modify course registration for CoLang 2014. If you are still having trouble with modifying your course registration, contact events@uta.edu.

Can I get credit for CoLang courses?
Participants at CoLang 2014 will receive a certificate for completion of the two-week workshops as well as the four-week field methods/practicum course if applicable. CoLang is not an accredited institution, so participants wanting to transfer credit will need to negotiate that with their home institution.

How do I get from DFW airpot to UTA?
We will have shuttles running between the airport and UT Arlington for pick-ups on Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15 and drop-offs on Saturday, June 28 & Sunday June 29. We will also have drop-offs for the field methods participants and instructors on Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27.
If you plan to arrive or depart on a different date, we will work with you to find the best mode of transportation.

Arlington has public transportation (called the MAX) between DFW airport and UT Arlington Mondays through Fridays that drops off two blocks from the residence halls. It costs $5 to take the MAX.

If you would like to take a taxi, it will cost approximately $35 from DFW to UT Arlington.

If you would like to arrange a shuttle (other than the shuttles that we will run), you can book a roundtrip online with Super Shuttle for $26.

What kind of housing will be available?
Participants at CoLang 2014 may choose to stay in the on-campus residence halls or look for available housing off campus. On-campus housing will be available through the registration site. The on-campus residence dorms were recently built in 2004 (Kalpana Chawla Hall) and 2012 (Vandergriff Hall). Instructors will be staying in Kalpana Chawla (KC) Hall, and participants will be staying in Vandergriff Hall. While the residence halls have community kitchens, we expect the majority of participants to purchase a meal plan.

Addresses:
Vandergriff Hall (for participants)
587 Spaniolo Dr.
Arlington, TX 76010

Kalpana Chawla Hall (for instructors)
901 S Oak St.
Arlington Texas, 76010

If you are interested in off-campus housing, Centennial Court is a nearby apartment complex that allows short-term leases. In addition, there may be sublet options in Arlington during the summer that may suit your needs and desires. Please note that the CoLang staff has no relationship with any of the sublet options and that we will we not be able to intervene in any problems that may arise. All sublet agreements are between the sublettor and the sublettee (you).

Will there be a meal plan or will I be shopping and cooking?
We will provide meals at several major events (opening reception, closing reception). For participants choosing the meal plans, days with meal plans will cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Monday through Friday, and then brunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday. The meal plan is valid to be used at the Connection Cafe located in the Hereford University Center. The Connection Cafe offers an all-you-can-eat buffet and features home-style cooking, burgers, pastas, pizzas, soups, a full salad bar, a vegetarian and vegan station and much more.

Do I need to bring anything like linens, cooking utensils, etc?
No. We’ve been told you need only show up with your personal belongings. Everything else is provided. You will be given the following linens to use during CoLang: fitted sheet, flat sheet, blanket, pillow and pillow case, towel, washcloth, and soap. At the time of check out all linens should be returned. Laundry rooms are located in the residence halls and machines are available at no cost, although you must provide your own laundry detergent. There is a fully equipped community kitchen located in the lobby of the residence halls. In the past, many participants have also brought their favorite towel, pillows or soap to add to the ambience and comfort of a room.

Can I bring family members if I'm in the instructor housing?
The housing we have is not set up for families. If you decide to bring your family, you will need to find your own off-campus housing. Due to liability concerns, CoLang participants must be 18 years of age or older on June 16, 2014.

Will there be a meal plan or will I be shopping and cooking?
We will provide meals at several major events (opening reception, closing reception). For participants choosing the meal plans, days with meal plans will cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Monday through Friday, and then brunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday. The meal plan is valid to be used at the Connection Cafe located in the Hereford University Center. The Connection Cafe offers an all-you-can-eat buffet and features home-style cooking, burgers, pastas, pizzas, soups, a full salad bar, a vegetarian and vegan station and much more.

Can I bring family members if I'm in the instructor housing?
The housing we have is not set up for families. If you decide to bring your family, you will need to find your own off-campus housing. Due to liability concerns, CoLang participants must be 18 years of age or older on June 16, 2014.

If not, can you make suggestions for where I could stay?
Of course! Our official conference hotel is Holiday Inn . More information can be found here. If you have any questions, just write to us and we will help make arrangements on an individual basis. Or, you can visit the Experience Arlington (http://www.experiencearlington.org) website that offers hotel discounts and packages with UT Arlington guests in mind. t

Is there an option to rent a car on campus?
Yes! Information can be found here

What will the weather be like?
Summer temperatures in Arlington will be in the mid to upper 90s with extreme highs reaching the 100s; humidity is often high. Everybody is advised to increase fluid intake throughout and following activities.
There is also a possibility of tornadoes. The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing weather warnings to the public. When weather conditions develop which may produce severe local storms, a WEATHER WATCH is issued. Two types of watches are issued and one warning:
--Severe Thunderstorm Watch is an alert for a thunderstorm with damaging winds or either sustained speed or gusts up to 50 knots (58 mph) or greater and/or hail of ¾ inch or more in diameter.
--Tornado Watch is an alert that tornadoes are expected and implies that thunderstorm activity, usually severe, is expected also.
--Tornado Warning is when a tornado has been sighted or is indicated by radar. When a Tornado Warning is issued, persons in the path of the storm should take the following immediate safety precautions. An outdoor siren will sound to alert those who are outside. You may also hear an announcement over the hall’s PA system. Move quickly to interior hallways, basements, or other designated areas. (Stay away from windows). Safe areas are designated in each residence hall by red signs with the image of a tornado. Protect yourself by lying face face down with your knees drawn up under you and and your hands and pillow covering the back of your head. After the danger has passed, listen to the staff for further instructions.
You may choose to download a weather app, such as those from Weather.com or NOAA, to stay up to date with extreme weather warnings. The following local stations also provide extensive weather coverage during extreme weather: 4 (KDFW – FOX), 5 (KXAS – NBC), 8 (WFAA – ABC), and 11 (KTVT – CBS).

Is smoking allowed on campus?
UT Arlington is a tobacco free campus, including the residence halls. Effective August 1, 2011, the use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products) by students, faculty, staff, and visitors are prohibited on all UT Arlington properties. You can visit the webpage on our tobacco free policy (http://www.uta.edu/tobaccofree/policy.php) for more information.

What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
Please email us. We really enjoy getting messages from our participants, so don’t hesitate to write!