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PErCOLATE: Topic-based Modules for Preparing the Future FL Professoriate to Teach with a Multiliteracies Approach across the Undergraduate FL Curriculum
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The long-standing collegiate FL teacher training paradigm with its short-term focus on methodologies and techniques for teaching lower-level language courses has been viewed–particularly by Language Program Directors (LPDs)–as woefully inadequate for preparing tomorrow’s professoriate to teach in increasingly diverse programmatic contexts. Further, given the 2007 MLA Report calling for a more coherent curriculum in which “language, literature, and culture are taught as a continuous whole” (p. 3), shifts in the content of FL graduate students' professional development as teachers are overdue. As a response to the shortcomings previously noted, this project will develop a set of modules for professional development of teaching assistants (TAs) in several languages that will supplement the model of professional development already in place by adding flexible materials and activities that focus on language teaching at higher levels and provide an alternative structure for professional development in programs where there is either a Language Program Director (LPD) with no applied linguistics background or no LPD at all (the norm in most LCTL language programs). The approach to FL teaching and learning foregrounded in these modules will be based on multiliteracies. Lesson study, a self-directed, collaborative, inquiry-based learning approach will provide a framework to guide FL TAs’ reflective examination of their instructional practices and students’ learning as they work through a module. On this website (work in progress), the authors will be posting modules and related webinars and bibliographies. They will also be announcing workshops and conferences where they will be presenting the project and its outcomes. They will be watching for other related resources on the professional development of foreign language teaching assistants and adjunct instructors and will bring them to the website visitors' attention as they become available.

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Games To Teach: Developing Digital Game-Mediated Foreign Language Literacies
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Digital games are socio-cultural practices and products, and gaming has become a mainstream, global cultural force. Applied linguists and FL educators have noted that gameplay is mediated by language use and social interaction, thereby also making it a potentially rich context for language acquisition. Off-the-shelf and online digital games are produced by a diversity of countries in a variety of languages. Despite the interest in and availability of these games, ways in which their benefits can be harnessed to enhance FL learning have yet to be fully explored. The primary goal of this blog is to provide FL educators the resources (both material and pedagogical) needed to design, implement, and assess digital game-mediated learning activities that have the potential to develop FL multiliteracies.

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CERCLL Native Speakers Series
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This is a series of short video clips in which native speakers of Arabic and Chinese talk about various topics. These clips can be used by FL teachers for a variety of listening comprehension activities.

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