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Maximizing Study Abroad: Research study
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The overarching research question was: "To what degree and in what ways can a strategies-based approach to developing language skills and enhancing ability to function in a new culture, transmitted by means of a set of integrated study abroad guides for students, program professionals, and instructors respectively, promote language gain and cultural adaptation by students abroad?" Maximizing study abroad through language and culture strategies: Research on students, study abroad program professionals, and language instructors, an extensive report on this research project, is available as PDF file.

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Styles-and Strategies-Based Instruction: A Teachers' Guide
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Styles- and strategies-based instruction helps students become more aware of their learning style preferences and gives them a set of strategies to maximize their language learning ability. This guide helps teachers to identify the individual needs of their students and incorporate opportunities for students to practice a wide range of strategies for both language learning and language use. Each chapter in this guide begins with background material on topics related to styles- and strategies-based instruction and provides a bridge from theory to practice by including fun, hands-on activities for teachers to use in their own classrooms. This guide is a complete revision of Strategies-Based Instruction: A Teacher-Training Manual (1997). While it is now more explicitly targeted at the classroom teacher, it also includes important information for professionals engaged in research and teacher development.

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Virtual Assessment Center (VAC)
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The VAC is a series of web-based learning modules that provides teachers with background information, step-by-step guidance, and many practical resources on developing proficiency-based second language assessments for the classroom. The modules include: Why Assess?, What am I Assessing, The Modes of Communication, Creating an Assessment Unit, Evaluation, Research and Theory, and Resources.

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Jul
2018
23 - 27
Minnesota
Institute
Using Authentic Materials to Develop 21st Century Literacies

Preparing students for participation in the globalized communities of the 21st century entails out-of-the-box thinking on the part of foreign language teachers. How do we move beyond preparing students to order coffee or buy train tickets, and instead encourage them to be reflective, culturally aware language users? To answer this question, this institute focuses on how to develop students’ 21st century literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual, visual, and digital materials. Using conceptual and pedagogical understandings gained during the institute, participants will collaboratively evaluate and analyze existing materials and then create learning objectives, select authentic materials, and design lessons that develop students’ communicative abilities, encourage cross-cultural connections, foster critical thinking and problem solving, and facilitate engagement with the world outside of the classroom.

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2018
23 - 27
Minnesota
Institute
Growing Learner Language: A Hands-On Approach to Developing the Language Learners Produce

The focus of this institute is on the growth and development of the language learners produce, and how that growth may be enhanced by ongoing pedagogical innovation. This institute (described by past participants as “a veritable spa for language teachers”) uses the problem-solving framework of Exploratory Practice to create a culture of instructor initiative that promotes and responds to learner language development in the classroom. Participants begin with a brief review of theories of second language acquisition, and then work together to reflect on videos of learner language as it is produced by different kinds of learners. Institute participants work with instructors to identify specific features in these learners’ language. Participants then apply those insights to their own classrooms by learning how to set up engaging, puzzle-solving activities that stimulate growth in learner language. Finally, participants learn how to design pre- and post-course measures that demonstrate the impact of their innovations in instruction on the growth of specific features and dimensions of learner language in their own classrooms.

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2018
23 - 27
Minnesota
Institute
Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development

This institute has been specifically designed for K-16 foreign language teachers who want to familiarize themselves with and implement Content-Based Instruction (CBI) in the second language classroom. During this institute, teachers will learn how to create CBI materials and tasks to enhance students’ language proficiency and content learning. Participants will also learn how to expand their own existing curricula by weaving in varied academic/cultural content, navigating and utilizing the Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) online resources, and planning appropriate assessments for CBI.

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In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at U.S. universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. Now, twenty-five years later, Title VI of the Higher Education Act supports sixteen LRCs, creating a national network of resources to promote and improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

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