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CERCLL Native Speakers Series
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This is a series of short video clips in which native speakers of Arabic and Chinese talk about various topics. These clips can be used by FL teachers for a variety of listening comprehension activities.

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PErCOLATE: Topic-based Modules for Preparing the Future FL Professoriate to Teach with a Multiliteracies Approach across the Undergraduate FL Curriculum
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The long-standing collegiate FL teacher training paradigm with its short-term focus on methodologies and techniques for teaching lower-level language courses has been viewed–particularly by Language Program Directors (LPDs)–as woefully inadequate for preparing tomorrow’s professoriate to teach in increasingly diverse programmatic contexts. Further, given the 2007 MLA Report calling for a more coherent curriculum in which “language, literature, and culture are taught as a continuous whole” (p. 3), shifts in the content of FL graduate students' professional development as teachers are overdue. As a response to the shortcomings previously noted, this project will develop a set of modules for professional development of teaching assistants (TAs) in several languages that will supplement the model of professional development already in place by adding flexible materials and activities that focus on language teaching at higher levels and provide an alternative structure for professional development in programs where there is either a Language Program Director (LPD) with no applied linguistics background or no LPD at all (the norm in most LCTL language programs). The approach to FL teaching and learning foregrounded in these modules will be based on multiliteracies. Lesson study, a self-directed, collaborative, inquiry-based learning approach will provide a framework to guide FL TAs’ reflective examination of their instructional practices and students’ learning as they work through a module. On this website (work in progress), the authors will be posting modules and related webinars and bibliographies. They will also be announcing workshops and conferences where they will be presenting the project and its outcomes. They will be watching for other related resources on the professional development of foreign language teaching assistants and adjunct instructors and will bring them to the website visitors' attention as they become available.

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Video podcasts from the Second Intercultural Competence Conference (2010)
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These are the video podcasts of the keynote address (by Claire Kramsch, UC Berkeley) and two plenary addresses (by R. S. Zaharna, American University, and Jun Liu, University of Arizona) delivered at the 2010 Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence - Aiming for “The Third Place”: Intercultural Competence through Foreign Language Teaching and Learning - organized by CERCLL.

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2018
14 - 19
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L2DL - Participation, Equity and Inclusion: L2 Digital Literacies (L2DL) Symposium

Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power. This is the third event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning; presentations and resources from the 2014 and 2016 symposia can be found on the website and CERCLL's YouTube channel.

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