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Sidomo Brochure
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Sidamo is an Afro-Asiatic language, belonging to the Cushitic branch, part of the Highland East Cushitic group. It is spoken in parts of southern Ethiopia. Sidamo can alternatively be referred to as Sidaama, Sidaamu Afoo, Sidaminya or Sidámo ’Afó. Sidaamu Afoo is the ethnic autonym for the language, while Sidaminya is its name in the Amharic. Although it is not known to have any specific dialects, it shares over 50% lexical similarity with the Alaba-K’abeena, Kambaata, and Hadiyya, all of which are the other languages spoken in southwestern Ethiopia. Over 100,000 people use it as a second language. In terms of its writing, Sidamo used an Ethiopic script up until 1993, from which point forward it has used a Latin script.

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Soninke Brochure
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The Soninke (also called Sarakole, Seraculeh, or ‘Serahuli) are a Mandé people who descend from the Bafour and are closely related to the Imraguen of Mauritania. They speak the Soninke language, a Mande language. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. 750-1240 CE. Subgroups of Soninke include the Maraka and Wangara. After contact with Muslim Almoravid traders from the north around 1066, Soninke nobles of neighboring Takrur were among the first ethnic groups from Sub-Saharan West Africa to embrace Islam. When the Ghana empire dispersed, the resulting diaspora brought Soninkes to Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau.

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Susu Brochure
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The Susu are believed to be descendents of the 13th century Mali Empire. They migrated to the Fouta Djallon, a lush mountainous region in Middle Guinea. It is believed that at this time, the Susu and the Yalunka were a homogenous ethnic group due to a high degree of similarity between the two languages. The two groups split apart when the Susu were driven out in 1725 by the Fulani in a Jihad. The Susu then migrated to the coastal regions of Guinea where they currently reside and the Yalunka relocated farther north towards present day Senegal.

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2018
24 - 26
Arizona
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Reading Globally: Critical Issues in Global Literature for Children and Adolescents

Presented by Kathy Short (University of Arizona) with experts and authors in global literature. We live in a world where our lives are interconnected in complex ways across global cultures as well as fractured with tensions that divide us. Global children’s literature provides one means of facilitating intercultural understanding, but issues of availability, access, authenticity, and classroom use must be addressed for this potential to be realized. In this institute, participants will explore current trends in global literature for children and adolescents, examine critical issues and approaches to analyzing these books, and experience strategies for critically engaging with global literature. Participants will use the Worlds of Words collection (http://wowlit.org) to be immersed in a wealth of global literature as well as to delve deeply into key books to develop critical understandings and to consider how to invite students into a critical reading of the word. An additional component will be interactions that pair classic, well-known texts often used in elementary and secondary classrooms with global children’s and adolescent literature to expand the curriculum and include global perspectives.

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Designing Articulated Performance Assessment in the Three Modes of Communication

This workshop will guide participants in designing performance assessment tasks in the three modes of communication, articulated across three levels. We will explore Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational mode tasks and design integrated assessment around a theme and context. We will also develop specific Can-Do Statements from them, a key implementation piece, keeping transfer and intercultural competence in mind. Examples of integrated tasks with novice high, intermediate mid, and advanced low performance targets will be presented and explored.

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2018
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Michigan
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Increasing proficiency through World Language Core Practices

Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this two-day make-and-take workshop (an expanded version of last year's one-day) can expect to explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, the how-to of using them, and spend time creating their own activities and/or plans for nurturing more proficient world language students.

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