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Heritage Spanish
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This is an online community for finding and sharing resources for teaching Spanish to heritage speakers. View and contribute syllabi, activities, lessons, information about events, etc. to this growing community.

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Student learning outcomes assessment in college foreign language programs
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Changes in accreditation policies and institutional practices have led to the emergence of student learning outcomes assessment as an important, increasingly common expectation in U.S. college foreign language programs. This volume investigates contemporary outcomes assessment activity, with a primary focus on useful assessment, that is, assessment that is put to use proactively by foreign language educators. Authors approach the topic from distinct perspectives, ranging from a study of national trends in outcomes assessment practices, to reflections on assessment experiences by program leaders, to case studies highlighting language educators’ implementation and uses of outcomes assessment for diverse curricular and pedagogical purposes. 1 The Usefulness of Accreditation-Mandated Outcomes Assessment: Trends in University Foreign Language Program | John McE. Davis 2 The Uses of Use-Focused Assessment: Two Chairs’ Perspectives | Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. & Peter C. Pfeiffer 3 “Centering” Collegiate Foreign Language Departments Around Useful Outcomes Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities | Lance R. Askildson & Hiram H. Maxim 4 The Uses of Accountability | Amanda Randall & Janet Swaffar 5 Formulating Effective Student Learning Outcomes Through Utilization-Focused Evaluation: A Case Study of a University Japanese Program | Shoko Sasayama 6 Developing Learning Outcomes for First-Year Arabic at the University of Notre Dame | Ghada Bualuan & Amaya Martin 7 Assessing the Intermediate Level: A Critical Juncture in German Outcomes Assessment | Hannelore Weber 8 Journey Greater Than the Destination: A Department and Program Perspective on Utilization-Focused Assessment | Alessia Blad & Shauna Williams 9 A Tale of Two Cultures | Anna De Fina & Donatella Melucci 10 Foreign Language Curriculum as a Means of Achieving Humanities Learning Goals: Assessment of Materials, Pedagogy, and Learner Texts | Marianna Ryshina-Pankova

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4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) evaluation report
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This document reports on, and evaluates the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) held at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, from February 26–March 1, 2015.

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The National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon are pleased to announce the 2022 Pragmatics and Language Learning Conference (PLL 2022) which will take place online on September 12-14, 2022. The conference main theme will be Teaching and Learning Interactional Pragmatics in a Digital World, but we welcome a broad range of topics in pragmatics, discourse, interaction, and sociolinguistics in their relation to second and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. We hope this conference brings together scholars and educators from all around the world who are interested in discussing both established and innovative approaches to teaching and learning pragmatics to strengthen our understanding of principles and practices in PLL and push the field to new and exciting directions in research and practice. Plenary talks will be live and we have tried to schedule them so that a large part of our audience can access at least half of them. The rest of the presentations will be simulive (pre-recorded 20 minute presentation with live interaction by the presenters) or poster sessions (5-7 minute-pre-recorded presentation within Zoom breakout rooms for interaction). CALL FOR PROPOSALS The conference main theme will be Teaching and Learning Interactional Pragmatics in a Digital World, but we welcome a broad range of topics in pragmatics, discourse, interaction, and sociolinguistics in their relation to second and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. ONLINE ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 via EasyChair Visit our website [ https://bit.ly/PLL2022 ] for more information and instruction on how to prepare your abstract proposal.

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