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Umbundu Brohcure
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The Umbundu language was formed from different groups of people who slowly moved from the North and formed the local/regional groups there today, and have formed political units. They have developed a sophisticated agriculture, which includes the breeding of small animals and cows. In the 16th century they took advantage of the Portuguese communities being established and formed trading routes/ agreements. With each of the routes (caravans), each group became even more independent than they had been. They appointed professional leaders and diviners. The trade thrived on slavery. When slavery decreased around 1904, so did the trade, and finally ended in 1910. This also had somewhat to do with the way trade was conducted. Since the major railway was also built in 1904, the caravans began to die out which meant that the leaders and diviners were not needed anymore.

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Austin ISD World Language Badges
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COERLL collaborated with Austin Independent School District (AISD) on Open Digital Badges for K-12 Professional De-velopment, a professional development badge system based on the TELL Project framework. Using the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning framework, which contains comprehensive indicators of behaviors that effective teachers exhibit, the World Languages department used the seven domains (Environment, Planning, Learning Experience, Performance & Feedback, Learning Tools, Collaboration, Professionalism) to determine foundational criteria that teachers needed to meet to earn a digital badge in each respective domain.

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Student learning outcomes assessment in college foreign language programs
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Changes in accreditation policies and institutional practices have led to the emergence of student learning outcomes assessment as an important, increasingly common expectation in U.S. college foreign language programs. This volume investigates contemporary outcomes assessment activity, with a primary focus on useful assessment, that is, assessment that is put to use proactively by foreign language educators. Authors approach the topic from distinct perspectives, ranging from a study of national trends in outcomes assessment practices, to reflections on assessment experiences by program leaders, to case studies highlighting language educators’ implementation and uses of outcomes assessment for diverse curricular and pedagogical purposes. 1 The Usefulness of Accreditation-Mandated Outcomes Assessment: Trends in University Foreign Language Program | John McE. Davis 2 The Uses of Use-Focused Assessment: Two Chairs’ Perspectives | Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. & Peter C. Pfeiffer 3 “Centering” Collegiate Foreign Language Departments Around Useful Outcomes Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities | Lance R. Askildson & Hiram H. Maxim 4 The Uses of Accountability | Amanda Randall & Janet Swaffar 5 Formulating Effective Student Learning Outcomes Through Utilization-Focused Evaluation: A Case Study of a University Japanese Program | Shoko Sasayama 6 Developing Learning Outcomes for First-Year Arabic at the University of Notre Dame | Ghada Bualuan & Amaya Martin 7 Assessing the Intermediate Level: A Critical Juncture in German Outcomes Assessment | Hannelore Weber 8 Journey Greater Than the Destination: A Department and Program Perspective on Utilization-Focused Assessment | Alessia Blad & Shauna Williams 9 A Tale of Two Cultures | Anna De Fina & Donatella Melucci 10 Foreign Language Curriculum as a Means of Achieving Humanities Learning Goals: Assessment of Materials, Pedagogy, and Learner Texts | Marianna Ryshina-Pankova

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