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Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing & Speech (MACAWS)
Audio-Visual

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Learner corpora can support exciting new SLA research and applications to language teaching. Although there are numerous learner corpora of English, less commonly taught languages still lack resources of this sort to support delivery of “high-quality, pedagogically sound, and cost effective instruction”. The MACAWS project will create a digital resource and eventually an online platform where researchers and instructors will have access to an online repository of students’ assignments (texts, spoken discourse, and multimedia products such as blogs) and pedagogical materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment sheets, lesson plans) from language programs at the University of Arizona, starting with Russian and Portuguese.

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Dorm Talk Project
Web

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The purpose of this project is to design supplementary Chinese learning materials for teachers and students based on Chinese L2 learners’ actual engagement in authentic language use outside of classroom. Foreign language textbooks are very poor representations of authentic discourse that second language (L2) learners engage in when they interact with peers who speak the target language (Grant & Starks, 2001; Mori, 2005). Therefore, we base our modules on the actual conversations between American study abroad students and their Chinese roommates. All conversations here came from a corpus of American study abroad students’ conversations with their Chinese peers in the dormitory (the Dorm Talk corpus). Eighteen dyads consented to record their routine conversations and submitted a total of 1,929 minutes or audio recorded conversations. Based on these coanversations, we identified recurring topics and patterns of organization. We then compared these topics and patterns with popular Chinese language textbooks to determine what is missing in the model dialogs in elementary and intermediate Chinese language classes. This comparison enabled us to design the modules here for teachers and students to use as supplementary resources for the learning and teaching of Chinese.

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Foreign Language Program Evaluation Project
Web

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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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