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TELLfolio
Web

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E-portfolios aren’t just for students, and they’re not the only ones who benefit from reflective practice. We as educators can benefit, too. Research shows that reflective practice facilitates a growth mindset. Those who believe they can develop their intelligence outperform those who believe intelligence is fixed. We’ve been providing e-portfolios for students since 2008. In partnership with Professionals in Education Advancing Research and Language Learning (PEARLL), we’re now developing a professional e-portfolio for educators. Set professional goals, self-assess progress, showcase work, and reflect on your career path. Our professional e-portfolio, TELLfolio, also includes learning resources, which we’ll expand in the next four years to include a one-on-one peer mentoring system. With TELLfolio, educators can: - Compare their current practices to the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) framework, a research-based set of characteristics and behaviors that model world language teachers exhibit - Set and monitor goals for professional growth - Upload work samples such as videos and planning documents - Connect with professional learning resources, including peer-to-peer mentoring

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Intercultural Pragmatic Interactional Competence (IPIC) Measure
Web
Mobile & Tablets

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The Intercultural, Pragmatic, and Interactional Competence (IPIC) Measure helps assess students’ abilities to use the target language appropriately in multilingual interactions. It is the first assessment of its kind to combine intercultural, pragmatic, and interactional constructs. The IPIC Measure uses digital simulations to determine students’ abilities to navigate intercultural encounters with varying power and social distance using the target language. The intercultural assessment simulation allows for an individualized experience and accounts for language variation. It then creates a learner profile based on four dimensions critical to language competence: knowledge, analytical abilities, subjectivity, and awareness. An intercultural assessment alone cannot help students develop the type of communicative proficiency we believe is the heart of language learning. The IPIC Measure’s accompanying professional development materials, which will be posted here as they become available, support educators in creating a classroom environment that allows learners the opportunity to practice the art of communication.

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Language Training (VAuLT)
Mobile & Tablets

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VAuLT applies AR and VR technology to language learning, situating learners in immersive environments so they can gain the language skills they need in their careers. Learners select a module that matches the second language they are studying and their professional domain. Each module contains vocabulary, grammar, and communication strategies. Most importantly, they include a focus on how to navigate real-life communication, build rapport with others, and interpret meaning.

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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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Each LRC has a unique story and mission, but all LRC work is organized around eight basic areas:
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