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PErCOLATE: A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching
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Existing foreign language teacher training models focus on lower-level language acquisition, failing to prepare graduates for a world where language, literature and culture are inseparable in nature and significance. This project developed modular, multiliteracy-based professional development frameworks for teaching assistants that focuses on language teaching at higher levels, available on the project website, and resulted in a textbook, A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (Pearson Higher Education, 2015).

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Globalizing the Common Core State Standards
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This project addresses the outdated and ethnocentric cultural perspectives in the lists of exemplars of text complexity used in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), lists which are often used as core reading lists that do not reflect the kinds of cultural and global literacy needed in today’s world. The project has created carefully constructed grade-level lists of global fiction and nonfiction literature that match the required lexile levels. Of particular interest are books that include some use of a world language through codeswitching in dialogue or in terminology for objects, events, etc., since these books can foster interest in LCTLs (which are rarely taught in elementary schools) even at this young age. Books that can be used as paired texts with the existing books in the exemplar lists have been identified so that teachers required to use the original CCSS lists will be able to still use the global texts alongside them. The new book lists are available free for download, and in-service professional development opportunities for local teachers and a summer institute for a national audience in 2018 will support teachers in integrating these books into their curriculum while meeting the CCSS.

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Reading Globally: Connecting Classrooms to the World
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An extension of CERCLL’s “Introducing Children and Adolescents to the World” project of 2006-2010, and the “Bringing Global Cultures and World Languages into K-8 Classrooms” project in 2010-2014, the new project again brings International Consultants and Language and Culture Kits into K-8 schools. The project will: (1) make K-8 teachers more confident and comfortable with integrating a broader range of cultural and linguistic perspectives into their classrooms—including materials created by this project and its earlier iterations; (2) respond to research that shows that early connection of students to foreign language and culture is imperative by bringing materials to K-8 students in order to encourage them to pursue these languages in high school and university contexts; and (3) contribute to the professional development of elementary preservice and inservice teachers, by influencing their instruction and expanding their perspectives on global education and intercultural competence. The project has created new kits on the following languages/cultures/regions: a. West Africa (Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria)/Bambara, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, b. India/Hindi, and c. Maori/New Zealand (each kit includes: 12-15 picture books, 3-5 novels, language study materials for the targeted culture, with teaching strategies and information on web sites and electronic resources), in addition to the previous kits created for Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. The project has also offered a series of on-site workshops/study groups at requesting schools, and refined the assessment tools to measure teachers’ and students’ intercultural competence in elementary and middle schools (developed in the previous iterations of this project).

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Jun
2020
10 - 16
Utah
Institute
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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