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Research on Language Learning in Study Abroad (1998-2005)
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CALPER Professional Development Document. In this document, the author provides a concise bibliography of current research (1998-2005) on language learning in study abroad, divided into four sections: language development, the qualities of learners' interactions and experiences in the host community, writings on program design and intervention, and Web resources. For the first two sections and for each individual study, the bibliography lists a brief description of the participants, the language the study is based on, the focus of the study, and its major findings.

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Listening Comprehension in Foreign Language Instruction
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This document addresses a range of theoretical and practical issues concerned with the teaching of listening comprehension. It provides an overview of the processes involved in listening comprehension and reviews its most prominent models. In addition, this document presents an alternative model of L2 listening comprehension and examines three major approaches to listening comprehension. Finally, it discusses how teachers can make sound pedagogical choices on how to teach and assess students' listening comprehension skills. (CALPER Professional Development Document 0810)

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Assessment of Advanced Language Proficiency: Why Performance-based Tasks?
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In this document, the authors argue for the use of performance-based tasks in the assessment of advanced language proficiency. In this effort, they start by exploring the 'content/language continuum in language teaching programs' (p. 1) and by discussing performance tasks. They also address issues regarding the designing and scoring of performance-based tasks, including rubrics. The document ends with examples of integrated content and language performance tasks, as well as guidelines for designing a performance task and a sample task. CALPER Professional Development Document 0605)

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A thematic curriculum allows teachers to create meaningful, real-world contexts for standards-based teaching and learning. By building on learners’ interests and life experiences, their attitudes, skills and knowledge are developed in meaningful ways. What real-world contexts will guide what students will have to know and be able to do by the end of a unit? Participants will explore how the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements provide a focus on performance and language functions which are used to guide the development of thematic units while allowing teachers and learners to monitor and document student growth. Participants will have time to develop a thematic unit and will receive feedback at each stage of the development process. Access to model curricula in multiple languages will be provided.

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Districts and departments who are focused on developing and implementing a performance-based world language curriculum with district-wide assessments will consider how the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Framework provides guidance for more effective instruction resulting in accelerated learning for students. This in-depth professional learning opportunity for district and teacher leaders will engage with and create tools that will support the implementation of effective instruction and assessment. Participants will engage in collaborative work centered around a common definition for high-quality world language learning in order to support the professional growth and development of world language teachers. This workshop will be facilitated by Greta Lundgaard, Thomas Sauer and Laura Terrill. (Developed in collaboration with the National Association of District Supervisor of Foreign Languages)

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The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer workshop from July 22 to July 24, 2019 on Language Pedagogy, Research & Proficiency Testing, and is pleased to call for papers by interested scholars, graduate students, and professionals on workshop-related topics and that focus on teaching/learning ANY language. There is an additional session devoted exclusively to Russian language proficiency testing training and certification in CEFR proficiency testing from July 25-27, 2019. Workshop topics have included, but are not limited to: • Neuroimaging and multilingualism • Teaching language and culture through film • Language proficiency testing • Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels • The use of technology in the language classroom • Integrating heritage students in the language classroom • Addressing the needs of differently-abled students • Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials • The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction • Popular culture and language instruction • Web resources for language teachers Papers on other related topics are most welcome. Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes in length and in English. The workshop will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Modest financial support to defray presenters’ travel expenses may be available. All presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication in SEELRC’s online peer-reviewed journal Glossos. For further information, please email Michael Newcity at mnewcity@duke.edu Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the workshop should submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to Michael Newcity at mnewcity@duke.edu no later than March 15, 2019. Individuals will be notified whether their papers have been accepted for presentation at the workshop by April 1, 2019.

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