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Foreign Language Program Evaluation Project
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Foreign language (FL) educators are asked to engage in evaluation of many kinds and for many reasons, such as traditional program reviews, federal accountability requirements, and accreditation pressures to assess student learning outcomes. Often, however, evaluation within FL education is perceived primarily as an onerous bureaucratic task that is imposed from the outside and lacking in any clear value for ensuring educational effectiveness or other valued program/project outcomes. Furthermore, distinctions between student assessment and program evaluation are poorly understood, as are the links between evaluation and the improvement of curriculum, instruction, and other aspects of program implementation. This project is designed to help FL educators build their capacities to engage in evaluation and assessment for understanding, improving, and ensuring FL program quality across US educational settings.

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PBLL: Promoting Child Literacy in Brazil
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In this video, you'll meet Rachel Mamiya Hernandez (University of Hawai‘i at Manoa) who has applied principles of project-based learning (PBL) in a Portuguese language class. Key characteristics of her exciting project promoting child literacy in Brazil include real-world impact, student voice and choice, flexibility, and design thinking.

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Vietnamese through Project-Based Language Learning
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Here, you will find activities and resources for real-world projects designed for the application of language knowledge and skills learned in Vietnamese language courses. Each course contains three language learning projects that can be carried out in groups or as a class.

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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.

LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for language instructors, and conduct and disseminate research on foreign language learning. All LRCs engage in efforts that enable U.S. citizens to better work, serve, and lead.

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