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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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Language OER Network
Web

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The Language OER Network (LOERN) showcases the work of open educators in the field of language learning and teaching.

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2022
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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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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.

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