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Understanding Teachers of Heritage and Domestic Language Learners


Understanding Teachers of Heritage and Domestic Language Learners combines case-based learning with multimedia technology. It is organized around five conceptual strands: <br> Teachers as Learners of Languages <br> Beliefs about Language Learning <br> Challenges of Teaching LCTLs <br> Perception of Heritage and Domestic Students <br> Explorations <br><br> The resource provides a window into actual language classrooms, showcasing the complexities of addressing the needs of both heritage and domestic learners in the same language classroom.

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Corpus Tutorial


Using Authentic "Real Language" in Teaching and Learning, is CALPER's online tutorial, which guides users step-by-step through the basics of collecting and analyzing "real" language using corpus methods.

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Dynamic Assessment and the Problem of Validity in the L2 Classroom


CALPER Working Paper No. 10 <br> This paper begins with the premise that classroom-based assessment often carries high stakes for teachers and learners but that the important matter of validating these assessments has not been fully addressed in the literature. The author argues that the work of L.S. Vygotsky and his colleagues, through the dynamic model of assessment, offers a principled approach to integrating teaching and assessment as well as a theoretical framework for reflections on the validity of this activity.

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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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