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Enhancing Academic Language Proficiency in a Fifth-Grade Spanish Immersion Classroom
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This technical report outlined the results of a study aimed to promote the development of more complex academic language and linguistic structures by giving immersion students the opportunity to enhance their inner voice in that language. Since the development of L2 inner voice in elementary immersion students has not been investigated to any extent, this study set out to determine how the enhancement of the students' L2 inner voice in the immersion classroom might influence linguistic knowledge and the ability to comprehend and produce language. It was posited that it might be possible to stimulate increased use of the immersion language by students while also enhancing the academic vocabulary and grammatical structure of the language that they use for specific tasks. More specifically, the pedagogical intervention included: (1) modeling by the teacher and the research assistant (RA) in the use of Spanish academic language to solve problems in science and history, and (2) supporting the students in developing their own L2 inner voice in Spanish through modeling and follow up activities.

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Culture as the Core
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Two collections of CARLA conference papers on the very important issue of integrating culture into the second language classroom were merged into one volume that was published by Information Age Publishing

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Developing Classroom Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages
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This book provides both principles and practical guidelines for LCTL teachers of all levels and languages to transform raw materials into activities for the language classroom. Grounded in research, the author lays out a series of principles that serve to remind teachers of the possibilities that exist when they consider using authentic materials in the classroom. Each principle in the book is accompanied by numerous practical examples in a wide variety of languages created by the author and by teachers who have participated in a summer institute led by Bill Johnston and Louis Janus at CARLA since 1999.

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OER Hangout

Planning an OER project for language learning? Looking for new materials or culturally relevant media for your class? Wondering about copyright and licensing? You can get ideas for all of this in COERLL’s OER hangout! We’ll share some basic information about OER, then you’ll break into groups to work on assigned tasks related to searching, licensing, remixing, creating and sharing OER. It’s a chance to meet and talk to other language teachers from across the US and the world. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits available for teachers who attend for the entire duration.

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Global Languages Leadership Meeting

Interested in joining us and other Atlanta business, government, and education industry leaders? Contact cultr@gsu.edu As an intimate luncheon, this event is tailored to foster conversation and learning about topics related to cultural competency, language learning, and essential skills for an emerging global workforce. Past organization attendees includes the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Atlanta Public Schools, Cox Automotive, French Consulate in Atlanta, Marriot International, Office of Congressman John Lewis, Peace Corps, Telemundo Atlanta, and many more. Whether you’re looking to build your network, gain industry insight, or listen to inspirational experiences of renowned peers, there’s something unique waiting for you at GLLM19. CULTR is delighted to feature on this year’s program, Tim Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer of Global Chevrolet & Global GM Marketing Operations Leader, as the 2019 plenary speaker.

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Spanish Heritage Language Workshop

This is a workshop for Spanish teachers of heritage speaking high school and university level students. We will post more information about this workshop as we continue to organize it. Sign up for COERLL's newsletter to receive updates: https://goo.gl/5zPVze.

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