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LinguaFolio Online
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LinguaFolio Online, an e-portfolio for language learning, helps students show that they CAN actually use the language they are studying. Even better, it allows students to set their own goals, track their progress toward accomplishing those goals, concretely view opportunities for growth, and upload work samples to showcase their abilities. LinguaFolio Online also allows students to document their intercultural experiences and reflections, which enhances language learning and cultural understanding. Organized around the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, the e-portfolio provides a standardized, concrete framework for talking about language proficiency. This means that students can show teachers and their parents what they can do in the target language. And educators can share student outcomes of their programs with principals and superintendents. - Flexible, adaptable e-portfolio tool LinguaFolio Online provides a place for learners of any language and skill level to set goals, showcase their proficiency, and track their second language skills. - Centered on learner proficiency Organized around the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, the e-portfolio provides an effective framework for documenting language progress across communicative modes. - Support for instructors and districts LinguaFolio Online has the power to guide language programs in addressing students’ strengths and needs while facilitating articulation among programs. - Facilitate and capture learning outside of the classroom Learners can easily capture evidence when and where they use the target language: in local stores, in restaurants, or even online. Easily upload evidence using the free companion iOS and Android mobile application, LFO to Go.

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Test Development Set: Workbook
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This workbook and companion DVD (available separately) are designed to assist language instructors who develop their own tests. Explanations of different possible test items are accompanied by a variety of examples. The video introduces basic concepts involved in language test development, while the workbook explains these concepts in more detail. This valuable resource supplies more than a thousand models for test items. Workbook chapters with a brief description of each follow. For the inexperienced language test writer, these materials provide a solid introduction to language test development. For the experienced test writer, they offer an extensive variety of possible language test items.

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Foreign Languages: Doors to Opportunity (Discussion Guide)
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This guide accompanies the video (available separately), which is designed in two parts of approximately twelve minutes each. The first part is intended for use with middle and high school students of foreign languages. The second part is designed for K-12 educators, including teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and parents. This Discussion Guide accompanies the video (available separately) and contains preview and postview activities to help educators in facilitating discussion of both parts of the video.

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Upcoming Events
Oct
2020
3
Arizona
Workshop
Webinar: Transformative Learning in a Social Justice Oriented Language Classroom

Webinar presented by Stacey Margarita Johnson (Vanderbilt University). Instructors building social justice into their language teaching often report that they hope their language classrooms will be sites of transformative learning and personal growth. As teachers, we want our teaching to make the world better and inspire students to become engaged citizens. Although we might hope for transformative learning, we don’t always know how it happens or how to guide our students through the process of transformation. This webinar will explore the steps in transformative learning, its connection to critical pedagogy and social justice, and, most importantly, ways language teachers can promote transformative learning through instructional choices that align with research and best practices in second language acquisition.

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Oct
2020
17
Arizona
Workshop
Webinar: Some Considerations for Social Justice Teaching in a World Language Setting: From Self to Students to World

Webinar presented by Michelle Nicola (Portland Public Schools). What do we mean when we say that we are social justice educators? What are concrete actions that social justice educators take? What beliefs or mindsets do we adopt? This webinar will help educators define what they mean by social justice education, and offer suggestions for how to incorporate self-reflection, relationship building & curriculum design as tools to recognize and interrupt inequitable patterns and practices in our world language classrooms and beyond. Participants will also receive a few lesson plan ideas that they can build on to meet their own communities’ social justice goals.

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Oct
2020
19 - 24
Arizona
Workshop
L2DL 2020: Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange

Accessible entirely online, the L2 Digital Literacies Symposium (L2DL) is a biennial international event offering an array of synchronous and asynchronous sessions that allow academics to make connections across the globe. In 2020, the conference focuses upon the theme of Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange, and explores intersections between international education, digital literacies, and virtual exchange. Virtual presentations selected from submitted proposals will be available during the week of October 19-24, and attendees are encouraged to participate in synchronous and asynchronous discussion that will take place through October 23; professional development credentials will be provided for presenters and attendees who participate in these activities. The symposium will culminate in livestreamed, invited presentations that will take place on October 23 and 24. The symposium schedule and presentation details are on the L2DL website. Access all the details and the link to registration there.

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