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Impact of Interlocutor and Task on First and Second Language Use in a Spanish Immersion Program
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This CARLA Working Paper features a study of L1 (English) and L2 (Spanish) use by three 5th graders in an immersion classroom, identifying the contexts in which the L1 and L2 are used.

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Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) Units
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The Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) is a cluster assessment featuring three tasks, each of which reflects one of the three modes of communication--Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational--as outlined in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners (1998) and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards for Foreign Language Education Project, 1999). The three tasks are aligned within a single theme or content area, reflecting the manner in which students naturally acquire and use the language in the real world or the classroom. Each task provides the information and elicits the linguistic interaction that is necessary for students to complete the subsequent task. IPAs are designed for students at the novice-, intermediate-, and pre-advanced levels of proficiency. They are standards-based; performance-based; developmental in nature; integrative; designed to be used with scoring rubrics that rate performance in terms of whether it meets expectations, exceeds expectations, or does not meet expectations for the task; and valid and reliable. The IPA section of the Virtual Assessment Center includes step-by-step guidelines for creating IPAs and over 30 examples of fully development IPAs.

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Learner Language: Tools for Teachers Website--Multimedia Activities
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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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Reading Globally: Critical Issues in Global Literature for Children and Adolescents

Presented by Kathy Short (University of Arizona) with experts and authors in global literature. We live in a world where our lives are interconnected in complex ways across global cultures as well as fractured with tensions that divide us. Global children’s literature provides one means of facilitating intercultural understanding, but issues of availability, access, authenticity, and classroom use must be addressed for this potential to be realized. In this institute, participants will explore current trends in global literature for children and adolescents, examine critical issues and approaches to analyzing these books, and experience strategies for critically engaging with global literature. Participants will use the Worlds of Words collection (http://wowlit.org) to be immersed in a wealth of global literature as well as to delve deeply into key books to develop critical understandings and to consider how to invite students into a critical reading of the word. An additional component will be interactions that pair classic, well-known texts often used in elementary and secondary classrooms with global children’s and adolescent literature to expand the curriculum and include global perspectives.

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Designing Articulated Performance Assessment in the Three Modes of Communication

This workshop will guide participants in designing performance assessment tasks in the three modes of communication, articulated across three levels. We will explore Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational mode tasks and design integrated assessment around a theme and context. We will also develop specific Can-Do Statements from them, a key implementation piece, keeping transfer and intercultural competence in mind. Examples of integrated tasks with novice high, intermediate mid, and advanced low performance targets will be presented and explored.

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Increasing proficiency through World Language Core Practices

Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this two-day make-and-take workshop (an expanded version of last year's one-day) can expect to explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, the how-to of using them, and spend time creating their own activities and/or plans for nurturing more proficient world language students.

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