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Ecopod
Mobile & Tablets

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Helping students make the connection between their language study and their daily lives can increase both their motivation and their proficiency. Ecopod expands the language classroom and brings languages to students living in the University of Oregon Global Scholars Hall. Students enroll in a yearlong course to explore being multilingual in a local, national, and international context. Through the course, students play a place-based, augmented reality game in which they are responsible for the health of their residence hall, also known as a pod. They engage in modules requiring them to use both language and content expertise to solve problems, find collaborators, and build community. For example, students work together to select proper resources to survive a pandemic, collaborate to save a region’s population from genocide, and ensure maximum sustainability in their community. Students also develop their own module in the target language to build proficiency through the creation of text, narrative, and tasks for others.

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Intercultural Pragmatic Interactional Competence (IPIC) Assessment
Web

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A national emphasis on high-stakes testing has fueled the development and expansion of proficiency assessments. IPIC adds to this repertoire through the creation of a validated assessment to evaluate students’ intercultural, pragmatic, and interactional competence in multilingual interactions. Utilizing digital simulations, the assessment guides students though three scenarios with varying power and social distance factors to generate a learner profile based on four dimensions critical to competence in this area: knowledge, analytical abilities, subjectivity, and awareness. The three scenarios entail a peer-to-peer interaction, a service encounter between strangers, and a teacher-student or boss-employee interaction. The simulation allows for an individualized experience validated across learners, examines a set of macro-level skills used to interface with other linguistic abilities, and provides a context adept at considering language variation. Using this assessment, IPIC will aid educators in evaluating students’ ability to navigate multilingual interactions. IPIC is a partnership with the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at Georgetown University.

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Place- and Experience-based Database Language Learning (PEBLL)
Web

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Helping students make the connection between their language study and their daily lives can increase both their motivation and their proficiency. Place-based programs are an excellent option for helping students identify how language intersects with lives outside of the classroom. PEBLL, a curated database of place-based experiences relevant to language learning, helps educators expand learning to happen outside of the classroom. PEBLL ensures that high-quality projects are easily accessible to language educators from all over the world. Each project included in PEBLL is geo-tagged and categorized by language, level, and content area so that educators can find existing programs and services for immediate classroom use or for adaption to their own local contexts. PEBLL is a joint project between CASLS and the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).

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Upcoming Events
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
Workshop
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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