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Learner Language: Tools for Teachers Website--Multimedia Activities


The learner language website provides a wealth of information for teachers of all languages on learner language, error analysis, interlanguage, referential communication, and complexity. Another section gives practical information on designing interactive communication tasks that invite learners to use their second language in meaningful, unrehearsed communication. This site also showcases video recordings of learners using Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Spanish in unrehearsed interaction. Eight videos for each language show two language learners perform 6 communication tasks, plus individual interviews. Multimedia activities guide language teachers to study and reflect on learner language from five perspectives. The activities in this section provide video recordings of 10 language learners doing communication tasks -- two learners each in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian and Spanish. Teachers are guided in analyzing video clips of learner language through multimedia interactive activities, and asked to consider the implications of their analysis for their own pedagogy. These multimedia activities are designed to provide language teachers with a better understanding of the way learner language develops. This understanding will help them adjust their teaching to maximize student achievement. This approach, first used for teachers of English in Tarone & Swierzbin (2009), is extended here to support teachers of five languages: Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi), and Spanish.

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Developing Classroom Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages website


To address the challenges LCTL teachers face in developing instructional materials, the LCTL Project created a new website offering LCTL teachers the background and tools needed to create high quality materials. The site features videos of leading language teacher educator Bill Johnston presenting concepts for material development from a variety of resources, as he interacts with LCTL teachers. The videos show pairs of LCTL teachers as they work through example activities using the materials as if they were students, and then discuss those activities from the teacher viewpoint. Each video segment is accompanied by pre-viewing questions for teachers, and includes additional questions for reflection after watching. The website is organized into units focused on using written texts, literature, audio, video and pictures. The Developing Classroom Materials for LCTLs website is available free of charge at: http://www.carla.umn.edu/lctl/development/index.html

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Examples of Strategies-Based Instruction: A Teacher-Training Video


This teacher-training video illustrates how strategies-based instruction has been applied at the University of Minnesota. The videotape contains seven different examples of strategies-based activities, taught by four university-level language instructors. It was originally created as a companion piece to the Strategies-Based Instruction: A Teacher-Training Manual (1997) which was revised and retitled Styles-and Strategies-Based Instruction: A Teachers' Guide (2006). The video is now available free of charge on the CARLA website: http://www.carla.umn.edu/strategies/video/strategies.html

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