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Checklist: Evaluative criteria for computer-delivered language learning systems
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The Multimedia Language Learning Software website was developed as a follow-up to the 1998 Invitational Symposium on Assessing and Advancing Technology Option in Language Learning. The goal of the Symposium was to develop a database of multimedia language learning programs. The project also resulted in the development of comprehensive criteria for evaluating computer-delivered multimedia language learning systems, available in this downloadable pdf document.

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Can pragmatic competence be taught?
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This paper, given as a plenary at the 1997 TESOL Convention, explores the 'teachability' of pragmatic ability in a second or foreign language. It is demonstrated that some aspects of pragmatic competence are not acquired without pedagogic intervention. Classroom-based research of instruction in different pragmatic aspects provides strong support for the teachability of pragmatic ability. Suggestions for consciousness-raising activities and communicative practice are offered, and the goals of pragmatic learning in language education are reconsidered.

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Acquisition of Italian grammatical gender: L2 learners
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This study investigated the sensitivity to gender cues exhibited by L2 learners of Italian. The participants were 64 students in first- and second-year Italian classes at the university level. Three tests were given to ascertain the students' ability to assign gender based on morphophonological, syntactic, and semantic cues. Results showed that the students were sensitive to cues in the word-final phonemes that reliably indicate gender, and implicational scaling demonstrated a clear order of difficulty among these endings. The students exhibited a low degree of awareness of the gender associations of certain derivational suffixes. When dealing with more than one cue, the students had no difficulty assigning gender when the cues were in accord, while coping with conflicting cues was more problematic. Nonetheless, in the majority of the cases, the students were able to use syntactic cues to override contradictory cues in the noun endings. While as a group, the students were reliant on a syntactic strategy, the implicational scaling performed on the results revealed the presence of subgroups following different strategies, i.e., morphophonological or semantic. Clear scales of difficulty among the various combinations of cue types also emerged.

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The Duke University Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center (SEELRC) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a weeklong internship (June, 2020) through TechTrans International Inc. at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Language Education Center (JLEC) in Houston, TX. The JLEC teaches Russian to members of the NASA Astronaut Corps who need to acquire a high level of Russian language proficiency in both everyday language and in relevant technical language. We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in Russian language and culture; those with backgrounds in STEM-related fields are especially encouraged to apply. The intern’s activities will include, but not be limited to: • working with the JLEC Russian-language teaching group • gaining experience in a variety of areas specific to the JLEC’s activities • The intern will have the opportunity to: • Observe and, possibly, participate in providing basic and advanced Russian language training for astronauts • Gain experience in the primary areas of the JLEC’s work in preparing American crew members to live and train in Russian The SEELRC/TTI internship provides: • funding for intern’s lodging and some local transportation • access to the JLEC, its staff, and some JLEC students • an overview of TTI as a company that specializes in language services Requirements: • currently enrolled in an undergraduate program pursuing a Russian major or area concentration • minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) • indication of career interest in teaching Russian • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident • minimum Russian language proficiency level of ILR (1) or CEFR/TRKI B1 • availability to work full-time for one week (40 hours) during June 2020 Application Process and Timeline: • If you are interested in this opportunity, please write to c.lewis@duke.edu by February 15, 2020 • Electronic applications deadline: March 6, 2020 • Finalists will have a 10-20 minute phone interview with the selection committee in both English and Russian (end of March, 2020) • Decision announced by April 15, 2020

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6th Annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian, Carolinas District

Participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their proficiency in Russian conversation, poetry recitation, and Russian civilization at various levels of study. In addition, every third or fourth year outstanding contestants at regional ACTR Olympiada contests have the opportunity to participate in an international Olympiada contest that takes place in Moscow and brings together winners of Russian Olympiada contests from throughout the world to compete for international medals and engage in a rich program of cultural activities.

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University of Arizona Language Fair

In Spring 2020, the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) launched the UA Language Fair, an event designed to raise the visibility of the wide range of languages that students study at The University of Arizona. The event was open to all students, faculty/staff, and visitors to campus. Departments, programs, and UA student clubs representing the languages and cultures taught at UA showcased the languages taught in their departments and spoken in their communities. Participants enjoyed free food, games and other activities that celebrate the benefits and opportunities that come from communicating in another language. In 2019, the following languages were represented: American Sign Language Ancient Greek Arabic Chinese English as a Foreign Language French German Hebrew Italian Japanese Kazakh Korean Latin Navajo Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish Tohono O’odham Turkish With representatives from the following programs on hand, to share information about their offerings as well: Critical Languages Program Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships for language study Global Studies Program UA Study Abroad Current students in language programs joined in the fun, and new ones were recruited for Fall classes!

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