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Fluency in Play: Computer Game Design for Less Commonly Taught Language Pedagogy
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Fluency in Play was written to provide K-16 teachers with an introduction to designing and building computer games for the foreign language classroom. At the heart of the book is the fact that computer games make excellent teaching tools. They combine two of the fundamental processes of new language acquisition—play and exploration—with the power and pleasures of fun. Computer games are also dynamic, scalable, and ductile; they can be drawn out and shaped to fit an infinite number of classroom sizes, subjects, and settings. Computer games are thus ideal for foreign language instruction, especially when that instruction involves less commonly taught languages, which are notorious for being difficult to learn quickly and efficiently at the intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency. Fluency in Play is meant as both an introduction and a prompt, that is, as an overview of the process of educational computer game design and a provocation to language teachers excited about the pedagogical possibilities of that process. It is not hard to envision the interesting, ground-breaking, and useful strategic language games that a little elbow grease could produce, and we hope that Fluency in Play will serve as a guiding and animating force for teachers interested in that kind of production. The entire guide can be purchased at Lulu Press.

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Modern Persian Textbook Series: Intermediate
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The political and educational climate of the world in the year 2010 speaks most clearly to the extreme need to develop instructional materials in Persian (aka Farsi), the official language of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan and is also spoken in other communities in Central Asia. Despite the growing popularity of Persian courses on American campuses, the instructional materials currently available are either dated or unsuitable for English-speaking second language learners. This publication introduces two volumes from a series of six, designed to teach Persian to college students or independent learners (the first two volumes, at the introductory level, were published by the Yale University Press in 2005, and the last two, at the advanced level, are currently in progress and will be published by CERCLL). These textbooks will assist FL teachers of Persian in teaching students to read, write, listen and speak at the intermediate level and provide a foundation for an increased understanding of colloquial Persian. The textbooks teach both spoken and written formats and provide students with information about aspects of Iranian culture so that the language and culture are connected. The Intermediate Texts (Volumes I and II) offer extended vocabulary, grammar, and essays on aspects of Iranian culture. They expose learners to an extended vocabulary and grammatical range in both spoken and written formats, while teaching all levels of formality and informality. Both volumes are available for purchase.

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Arabic Learners Written Corpus: A Resource for Research and Learning
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This project introduces an extensive Arabic learner corpus comprising numerous written samples produced by L2 and heritage students, collected over 15 years of teaching. They are transcribed into a database with cross-referenced categories according to level (beginning, intermediate, advanced), learner (L2 vs. heritage), and genre (description, narration, instruction). The corpus can serve as a source of empirical data for hypothesis testing as well as a resource for developing materials for teaching Arabic. A Spring 2010 workshop/demonstration took place at the Western Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers' Language Workshop.

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From design to success: Spanish Heritage Language teaching practices for engaging and empowering our students

This workshop will provide Spanish instructors with hands-on guidance for engaging heritage students based on their individual needs and local context. A variety of facilitators will share their expertise on integrating critical pedagogies, building writing skills, and engaging with the community. K-12 teachers, higher ed faculty, grad students can apply to present a poster at the poster session (deadline May 17, 2021) This workshop is intended for both K-12 and higher ed language instructors. CPE credits are available for those who attend the workshop in its entirety. Please notify us by June 22, 2021 of accessibility needs for the workshop, by emailing coerll@austin.utexas.edu. Sponsored by the Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish (TeCHS), Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), and Texas Language Center (TLC).

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Games2Teach collaboratory

Presenter(s): Julie Sykes (CASLS, University of Oregon) Stephanie Knight (CASLS, University of Oregon) An interactive, online workshop where language teachers experience collaborative, game-oriented play, learn how game design principles promote language acquisition, and learn to implement games in their classrooms. Tuesday 6/29 and Friday 7/2 are synchronous, and Wednesday 6/30 and Thursday 7/1 involve supported, asynchronous prototype development. Based on the Games2Teach project from CASLS (University of Oregon) and CERCLL (University of Arizona). - Participants will be able to explain how game design principles promote language acquisition. - Participants will articulate at least one lesson in which learning opportunities are extended and enhanced with intentional use of game design principles. - Participants will demonstrate understanding of the connection between cognitive processes, play, and how play enhances learning. - Participants will demonstrate understanding of how play can promote interactional competence. This workshop is intended for both K-12 and higher ed language instructors. CPE credits are available for those who attend the workshop in its entirety. Cost: $50 for teachers & faculty, $25 for students Please notify us by June 22, 2021 of accessibility needs for the workshop, by emailing coerll@austin.utexas.edu.

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2022 Intercultural Competence Conference

ICC 2022: Decentering Mobility in Intercultural Education: Engagement, Equity and Access Extended Proposal Submission Deadline June 21, 2021 A hybrid event, in Tucson, Arizona, and online, with plenary speakers: * Uju Anya, Pennsylvania State University, USA * Maria Dasli, University of Edinburgh, Scotland * Jennifer Pipitone, College of Mount Saint Vincent, USA In January 2022, the eighth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence (ICC) will be a hybrid event on the theme of "Decentering Mobility in Intercultural Education: Engagement, Equity and Access." Presentations will focus on the ways in which intercultural communication and the teaching and learning thereof have been shaped through mobility – both virtual and physical. Of particular interest are contributions that address how the changing state of intercultural communication has been shaped by a world that is simultaneously more and less mobile, for example, due to differences in access among learners or to changing circumstances, such as the current global health crisis. Proposals will be submitted as one of five types: paper presentation, symposium, roundtable discussion, poster, and workshop. See the complete submission guidelines for more about the conference theme and the format of these presentations, proposal restrictions and limitations, access to the online proposal submission form, and notification dates, etc. Proposal Submission Deadline: June 4, 2021. Full Call for Proposals and Submission Guidelines: https://icc.arizona.edu/2022cfp/ Registration for ICC 2020 will open in the Fall.

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