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K-16 Chinese Dual Immersion Research
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For two decades, Portland Public Schools (PPS) (Portland, Oregon) has offered a Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program with preschool and kindergarten entry points. In the last decade, PPS has partnered with the University of Oregon to build a well-articulated K–16 Mandarin immersion and world language program. Our ethnography study, funded by The Language Flagship, examines the historical development of the PPS program, sets forth key components of the PPS model that other districts may replicate, and examines catalysts and disruptors to the language immersion model.

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LingroToGo
Mobile & Tablets

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Designed by gamers and linguists, LingroToGo utilizes game-based play to inspire users to learn Spanish on their mobile device. Game-based play teaches learners to tolerate the ambiguity needed for language learning and rewards them for time on task, accuracy, speed, and problem-solving abilities. The more time learners spend with language, the more they learn! LingroToGo is designed to make that time as productive and enjoyable as possible. Each topic gives learners the skills they need to carry out a specific communicative task in Spanish, and deep thinking helps create the automaticity needed for greater fluency in the language. Learning Spanish in context helps users understand how meaning is constructed and conveyed based on much more than word choice. How Learners Play: - Watch videos. Play games. Play games. Watch videos. It's completely up to learners. They pick the topics, the tasks, and the way they learn best. - Earn coins and XP to level up, unlock great new content, boosts, and other fun prizes. Can learners get all the gold medals, or are they satisfied with silver and bronze? - Play each game once, twice, or more. Remember, the more learners practice, the better they will be at Spanish! Co-created with LingroLearning, LingroToGo is based on the latest learning science and inspires learners to master the second most spoken language in the world.

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LCTL Virtual Oral Interview Classroom-based Exam System (VOICES)
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Educators can sign up to allow their classes to take two online virtual assessments per semester, with 16 assessments available for each language (allowing two tests per semester for first through fourth year language study). LCTL VOICES is currently available in 34 languages, with more being added as native speakers are available to record prompts.

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Feb
2020
29
North Carolina
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6th Annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian, Carolinas District

Participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their proficiency in Russian conversation, poetry recitation, and Russian civilization at various levels of study. In addition, every third or fourth year outstanding contestants at regional ACTR Olympiada contests have the opportunity to participate in an international Olympiada contest that takes place in Moscow and brings together winners of Russian Olympiada contests from throughout the world to compete for international medals and engage in a rich program of cultural activities.

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Mar
2020
4
Texas
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OER Hangout: Stories from teachers who have adopted and adapted OER

6pm CST (4pm PST / 5pm MST / 7pm EST) Presenter(s): Alexandra Gouirand (South Puget Sound Community College) Dawn Michael (Reynoldsburg City Schools) Valérie Morgan (California State University San Bernardino) Open educational resources (OER) are free to access. Open Creative Commons licenses allow teachers to legally make copies, adapt, and share these resources in order to meet the specific needs of their students. Celebrate Open Education Week by attending this discussion-based webinar, where you will have a chance to chat with two instructors who have adopted OER and creatively adapted the content for their language classes. Dawn Michael has been teaching French since 1991, and is currently a high school French teacher in Ohio. She uses the open curriculum Français interactif to teach blended French 1 and 2 courses and creates her own supplements to accompany the resources. Valérie Morgan is a French lecturer. She uses the open curriculum Français interactif to teach Levels 1, 2, and 3 French. To supplement the textbook she uses Google Classroom, Google Tools, Flipgrid, and Padlet. There will be 20 minutes of presentation time, and the rest of the hour will be dedicated to your questions and to conversation between participants and panelists.

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Mar
2020
12
Texas
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OER Hangout: Making your language curriculum more inclusive

3:30pm CDT (1:30pm PDT / 2:30pm MDT / 4:30pm EDT) Presenter(s): Kia London Jenniffer Whyte Language students and instructors, and speakers of any given language, come from all different backgrounds and identify with a variety of races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, languages, body types, and socio-economic statuses. However, this wide-ranging human experience isn’t always represented in traditional language-learning materials. In this discussion-based webinar, panelists and participants will share ideas for developing classroom activities that include perspectives from a more diverse group of people, especially from populations not traditionally represented in textbooks. Kia London and Jenniffer Whyte will share examples of how they have incorporated Afro-Latino culture into their K-12 Spanish classrooms, but we hope instructors of all languages and levels will join for this universally applicable discussion! There will be 20 minutes of presentation time, and the rest of the hour will be dedicated to your questions and to conversation between participants and panelists.

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