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Teaching Portuguese to Spanish-Speaking Learners (L1, L2 and Heritage): A Structured/ Enhanced Input Approach
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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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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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Speech Acts in Japanese
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The speech act learning module for learners of Japanese features a series of introductory exercises and is followed by five units of exercises to learn about and practice several speech acts in Japanese. Includes the following sections: Apologies in Japanese, Compliments/Responses to Compliments in Japanese, Refusals in Japanese, Requests in Japanese, Thanks in Japanese

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Jul
2019
22 - 27
North Carolina
Institute
Summer Workshop in Language Pedagogy, Technologies, Research and Proficiency Testing

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer workshop from July 22 to July 24, 2019 on Language Pedagogy, Research & Proficiency Testing, and is pleased to call for papers by interested scholars, graduate students, and professionals on workshop-related topics and that focus on teaching/learning ANY language. There is an additional session devoted exclusively to Russian language proficiency testing training and certification in CEFR proficiency testing from July 25-27, 2019. Workshop topics have included, but are not limited to: • Neuroimaging and multilingualism • Teaching language and culture through film • Language proficiency testing • Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels • The use of technology in the language classroom • Integrating heritage students in the language classroom • Addressing the needs of differently-abled students • Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials • The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction • Popular culture and language instruction • Web resources for language teachers Papers on other related topics are most welcome. Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes in length and in English. The workshop will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Modest financial support to defray presenters’ travel expenses may be available. All presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication in SEELRC’s online peer-reviewed journal Glossos. For further information, please email Michael Newcity at mnewcity@duke.edu Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the workshop should submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to Michael Newcity at mnewcity@duke.edu no later than March 15, 2019. Individuals will be notified whether their papers have been accepted for presentation at the workshop by April 1, 2019.

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Jul
2019
22 - 26
Minnesota
Institute
2019 Summer Institute: Exploring Project-Based Language Learning

Language teachers! Thinking you might have missed the boat on Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)? It's not too late! Come catch our Summer Institute on the road in Minnesota, July 22-26, 2019! This Institute is designed for educators with little or no background in PBLL. This summer institute is a special collaboration with the NFLRC and the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota. Project-based language learning (PBLL) connects the language classroom to the world beyond through learners’ focus on challenging problems or questions as an organizing principle for learning. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine established principles and standards for high-quality project-based learning (HQPBL) as well as issues and concerns specific to PBLL, such as how to apply the concept of “sustained inquiry” at the Novice level. Participants will engage in guided project idea generation and peer critique, exploring how better to connect with community partners and a public audience. In the second part of the institute, the participants will choose one of their favorite project ideas and flesh it out by aligning to standards, establishing learning outcomes and corresponding assessments, developing one or more assessment rubrics, and designing scaffolding for language, content, interactions, process, product, and use of technology. After this institute, you will be able to: • Develop and outline a compelling and contextualized project-based language learning project; • Foster language proficiency development through appropriate communicative events embedded in project-based language learning experiences; • Employ effective scaffolding strategies that contribute toward final achievement of learning outcomes; • Use the 7-category observational checklist that describes best practice in Imm/DL classroom instruction to improve teaching and learning; • Design and implement effective assessments; and • Use appropriate technology for locating project partners and culturally authentic materials.

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Aug
2019
1 - 2
Texas
Workshop
Games2Teach Collaboratory

An interactive workshop where teachers play technology-mediated games, learn how game design principles promote language acquisition, and learn to implement games in their classrooms. Based on the Games2Teach project from CASLS (University of Oregon) and CERCLL (University of Arizona). We will post more information about this workshop as we continue to organize it. Sign up for COERLL's newsletter to receive updates: https://goo.gl/5zPVze.

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