On 19th February, 2009 CLS in conjunction with the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) held a one day orientation workshop on the harmonized orthographies for cross-border languages at Chancellor College. Participants to the workshop included linguists, language experts, curriculum developers, teachers, teacher educators and representatives of Malawi Writers Union. The workshop covered three main areas, namely the historical perspective of orthographic principles in general, a detailed presentation of the unified orthographies and how the orthographies would benefit adult literacy programmes in Malawi. At the end participants were called upon to write monographs and submit them to CASAS through CLS for publication. Three participants per language were identified to write primary school textbooks. The languages involved are Chichewa, Cilomwe, Ciyawo, Cisena and Citumbuka.