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Modern Persian Textbook Series: Intermediate
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The political and educational climate of the world in the year 2010 speaks most clearly to the extreme need to develop instructional materials in Persian (aka Farsi), the official language of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan and is also spoken in other communities in Central Asia. Despite the growing popularity of Persian courses on American campuses, the instructional materials currently available are either dated or unsuitable for English-speaking second language learners. This publication introduces two volumes from a series of six, designed to teach Persian to college students or independent learners (the first two volumes, at the introductory level, were published by the Yale University Press in 2005, and the last two, at the advanced level, are currently in progress and will be published by CERCLL). These textbooks will assist FL teachers of Persian in teaching students to read, write, listen and speak at the intermediate level and provide a foundation for an increased understanding of colloquial Persian. The textbooks teach both spoken and written formats and provide students with information about aspects of Iranian culture so that the language and culture are connected. The Intermediate Texts (Volumes I and II) offer extended vocabulary, grammar, and essays on aspects of Iranian culture. They expose learners to an extended vocabulary and grammatical range in both spoken and written formats, while teaching all levels of formality and informality. Both volumes are available for purchase.

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Arabic Learners Written Corpus: A Resource for Research and Learning
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This project introduces an extensive Arabic learner corpus comprising numerous written samples produced by L2 and heritage students, collected over 15 years of teaching. They are transcribed into a database with cross-referenced categories according to level (beginning, intermediate, advanced), learner (L2 vs. heritage), and genre (description, narration, instruction). The corpus can serve as a source of empirical data for hypothesis testing as well as a resource for developing materials for teaching Arabic. A Spring 2010 workshop/demonstration took place at the Western Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers' Language Workshop.

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Teaching Portuguese to Spanish-Speaking Learners (L1, L2 and Heritage): A Structured/ Enhanced Input Approach
Web

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Building on the language skills of Spanish speakers (native speakers, heritage speakers, FL/SL learners of Spanish), this project focuses upon teaching Portuguese through the early introduction of reading authentic texts. This project provides a rich source of authentic materials for Portuguese teachers and learners through a website offering both classroom tasks and web-based language learning materials online. By using learning tools available on the web, the tasks are designed so as to enhance learners’ exposure to authentic input in the target language and draw learners' attention to form and how structural aspects of the target language (syntax, vocabulary, pragmatics, and morphology) differ from Spanish. Authentic texts, arranged in thematic units, have been compiled and placed online; it also developed a wide range of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) tasks for learners of Portuguese for this purpose. The texts and other online materials were piloted in language classes at the University of Arizona and a web discussion board was created for learners to react to the readings and reflect on the target language. A workshop was held in 2009 for grade 9-16 teachers to familiarize them with the web-based products, and presentations were given at ACTFL and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).

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Oct
2019
25 - 26
Pennsylvania
Presentation
CALPER Materials and Resources

CALPER is co-sponsoring this year's 100th conference of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA). Please come visit us in the exhibit area and see our new materials and resources.

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Nov
2019
13
Texas
Workshop
OER Hangout: Joining a teaching community

In this discussion-based webinar, you will have the chance to talk with three educators who manage or are involved with teacher professional learning communities: Meredith White (#langchat), Oscar Joya (COERLL's Heritage Spanish community), and Una Daly (Community College Consortium for OER). There will be 20 minutes of presentation time where you will hear about how their communities started and evolved, how people communicate and collaborate within the community, and how you can get involved in these communities or start your own. The rest of the hour is for you to ask questions, talk to presenters, and share information about your own communities.

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Nov
2019
16
Arizona
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LaTeS: Genre Matters in Contextualized World Language

Genre Matters in Contextualized World Language Learning Francis John Troyan (Ohio State University) This workshop introduces participants to a genre theory and pedagogy that views spoken and written texts as genres that can be made visible and systematically taught to students. Participants will learn how to integrate genre into a backward design approach for the assessment and instruction of language that is centered on the development of the learner’s ability to communicate in written and spoken genres. Francis John Troyan, Assistant Professor of World Language Education at The Ohio State University, specializes in world language teacher development, genre and functional linguistics in K-12 world language education, and teacher practices in dual language immersion education. —————————— CERCLL’s biannual Language Teacher Symposium (LaTeS) is a professional development opportunity geared towards K12 educators. Registration is free. A certificate for Arizona Continuing Education is provided.

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