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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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An Operational Framework for Constructing a Computer-Adaptive Test of L2 Reading Ability: Theoretical and Practical Issues
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This paper considers the issues in developing a principled, theory-based, computer adaptive test (CAT) of second language (L2) reading proficiency. The paper reviews a variety of models and scales and discusses an operational framework for text selection and item development.

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Reformulation of Written German From the Second Language Learner's Perspective
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Reformulation is a second language writing technique in which a non-native's work is rewritten by a native in order to look more native-like. This diary study of a lower-intermediate learner of German shows how the technique can be used as an effective learning strategy by second-language learners.

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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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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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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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