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Intercultural Pragmatic Interactional Competence (IPIC) Assessment
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A national emphasis on high-stakes testing has fueled the development and expansion of proficiency assessments. IPIC adds to this repertoire through the creation of a validated assessment to evaluate students’ intercultural, pragmatic, and interactional competence in multilingual interactions. Utilizing digital simulations, the assessment guides students though three scenarios with varying power and social distance factors to generate a learner profile based on four dimensions critical to competence in this area: knowledge, analytical abilities, subjectivity, and awareness. The three scenarios entail a peer-to-peer interaction, a service encounter between strangers, and a teacher-student or boss-employee interaction. The simulation allows for an individualized experience validated across learners, examines a set of macro-level skills used to interface with other linguistic abilities, and provides a context adept at considering language variation. Using this assessment, IPIC will aid educators in evaluating students’ ability to navigate multilingual interactions. IPIC is a partnership with the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at Georgetown University.

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Place- and Experience-based Database Language Learning (PEBLL)
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Helping students make the connection between their language study and their daily lives can increase both their motivation and their proficiency. Place-based programs are an excellent option for helping students identify how language intersects with lives outside of the classroom. PEBLL, a curated database of place-based experiences relevant to language learning, helps educators expand learning to happen outside of the classroom. PEBLL ensures that high-quality projects are easily accessible to language educators from all over the world. Each project included in PEBLL is geo-tagged and categorized by language, level, and content area so that educators can find existing programs and services for immediate classroom use or for adaption to their own local contexts. PEBLL is a joint project between CASLS and the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).

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Games2Teach
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By creating an exciting learning environment, teachers can help motivate students to learn languages and to use the language outside of the classroom. Incorporating digital games into the classroom is one powerful way to create such an environment. Games2Teach helps teachers take the leap and build games into their curriculum.The website includes: - Reviews of current games and their application to the language learning classroom - Curricular resources and activities to accompany third-party games - Professional development posts on how incorporate games into the curriculum The site began as a collaborative project between CASLS and the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL).

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Jun
2020
10 - 16
Utah
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2020 Summer Institute: Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)

2020 Summer Institute: Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) June 10-16, 2020 This Summer Institute is designed for world language educators who have some knowledge of Project-Based Learning (PBL) as well as some practice in generating project ideas. During the Institute, participants will flesh out their ideas for a project design they have already subjected to critique. Applicants must complete the prerequisite NFLRC MOOC (massive open online course) Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning and earn a badge in order to qualify for consideration for the Institute. Participants who fulfill requirements outlined in an associated course syllabus may opt to receive two (2) graduate course credits (tuition fee). DURATION: 5 instructional days (Wed., Th., Fri., Mon., and Tue.) LOCATION: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT SPONSORS: Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) and National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) PREREQUISITE: Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning MOOC (https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/126/) APPLICATION TIMELINE: Envisioning PBLL MOOC Completion Deadline: February 28, 2020 Summer Institute Application Period Opens: March 1, 2020 Summer Institute Application Period Ends: March 20, 2020 Notification of Participant Selection Decisions: March 31, 2020 For more information, visit https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/127/

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Jun
2020
24
Texas
Workshop
Configure Get Your Students Speaking! Intentionally Raising Oral Proficiency in the Language Classroom

Participants will leave this workshop with practical, easy-to-use strategies that increase the use of the target language in their classrooms. Through experiential learning, participants will gain practical tools to add to their toolkits that increase student motivation, time on task and build proficiency. We will discuss the rationale behind each strategy, tool and activity, supported by brain-based research and proven through experience in the secondary LOTE classroom. This will be a hands-on workshop with expectations of sharing, learning and gaining from each participant in the room. This workshop is open to foreign language instructors of all languages and all levels (K-12 teachers, higher ed faculty and graduate students).

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Jun
2020
25 - 26
Texas
Workshop
Effective methods to advance Heritage Spanish teaching

Sessions will include information on using technology to create with students, creating promotional materials for your program, vertical curricular alignment, mixed classes and differentiation, assessment, and reading with heritage students. Session facilitators will be from universities and high schools across Texas. The workshop is intended for language instructors of all levels and all contexts: K-12, community college, 4-year colleges and universities.

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