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Virtual connections: Online activities & projects for networking language learners
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Computer networking has created dramatic new possibilities for connecting language learners in a single classroom or across the globe. This collection of activities and projects makes use of email, the World Wide Web, computer conferencing, and other forms of computer-mediated communication for the foreign and second language classroom at any level of instruction. Teachers from around the world submitted the activities compiled in this volume - activities that they have used successfully in their own classrooms.

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Telecollaboration in foreign language learning: Proceedings of the Hawai'i Symposium
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The Symposium on Local & Global Electronic Networking in Foreign Language Learning & Research, part of the National Foreign Language Resource Center's 1995 Summer Institute on Technology & the Human Factor in Foreign Language Education, included presentations of papers and hands-on workshops conducted by Symposium participants to facilitate the sharing of resources, ideas, and information about all aspects of electronic networking for foreign language teaching and research, including electronic discussion and conferencing, international cultural exchanges, real-time communication and simulations, research and resource retrieval via the Internet, and research using networks. This collection presents a sampling of those presentations.

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Chinese language video lessons for classroom use (text + videos)
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These fifteen lessons in Mandarin Chinese, comprising a book with instructions for the teacher and student worksheets for photocopying plus two accompanying video cassettes, are designed as supplemental material for students from Novice to Advanced level and may be integrated into existing curricula. The lessons model a performance-based five-stage scheme for lesson development, derived from natural reading/listening behaviors, which can be applied by teachers to other selections from Chinese Language Video Clips for Classroom Use, also available from NFLRC Publications.

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Jun
2019
25 - 27
Maryland
Workshop
PEARLL Summer Institute: Effective Unit Planning

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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Jul
2019
11 - 13
Maryland
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PEARLL Summer Institute: Facilitating Teacher Effectiveness

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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2019
22 - 27
North Carolina
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Summer Workshop in Language Pedagogy, Technologies, Research and Proficiency Testing

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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