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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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Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power. This is the third event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning; presentations and resources from the 2014 and 2016 symposia can be found on the website and CERCLL's YouTube channel.

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