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Short-cut proficiency assessments (C-tests)
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Since 2014, the AELRC has developed and piloted eight short-cut proficiency assessments, also referred to as C-tests. These instruments are useful for estimating global proficiency quickly and accurately with diverse populations (such as university, community college, high school, and heritage learners). The AELRC is working to finalize the validation of the Mandarin C-test, develop and validate a C-test in Turkish, and improve the existing C-test in Russian. The AELRC will also develop a web-based system for sharing the instruments with the field. For more information on the development of C-tests across multiple languages, see John Norris (Ed.), Developing C-tests for estimating proficiency in foreign language resource. 2018.

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Language-Specific Materials for Heritage Learners
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Course materials have been developed for the summer high school heritage language courses that were taught at UCLA with STARTALK support. Most heritage languages are also less commonly taught languages, and few materials exist for teachers that are appropriate or can be adapted for heritage language instruction. NHLRC, with support from the National Foreign Language Center’s STARTALK Program, is committed to the development of materials that are suitable for heritage language instruction. DISCLAIMER: These materials are for sharing purposes only and do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by the National Heritage Language Resource Center. We welcome any suggestions and recommendations.

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Catalyst
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E-portfolios aren’t just for students, and students are not the only ones who benefit from reflective practice. We as educators can benefit, too. Research shows that reflective practice facilitates a growth mindset. Those who believe they can develop their intelligence outperform those who believe intelligence is fixed. We’ve been providing e-portfolios for students since 2008. In partnership with Professionals in Education Advancing Research and Language Learning (PEARLL), we’re now developing a professional e-portfolio for educators. Set professional goals, self-assess progress, showcase work, and reflect on your career path. Our professional e-portfolio, Catalyst, also includes learning resources, which we’ll expand in the next four years to include a one-on-one peer mentoring system. With Catalyst, educators can: - Compare their current practices to the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) framework, a research-based set of characteristics and behaviors that model world language teachers exhibit - Set and monitor goals for professional growth - Upload work samples such as videos and planning documents - Connect with professional learning resources, including peer-to-peer mentoring

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Nov
2021
6
Arizona
Workshop
Building Bridges Across Cultures through Global Inquiry with Children

A webinar presented by Kathy G. Short and Dorea Kleker (University of Arizona). In our interconnected world, an understanding of global cultures has become a necessity as children are challenged to think and act globally. Our inquiry as educators is on creating instructional strategies that encourage children to develop open-minded perspectives toward ways of living that differ from their own. We invite children to engage in inquiries around specific cultures, while trying to avoid the pitfalls of only exploring surface aspects of a culture and not the deeper values and beliefs that underlie easily observable traditions and actions. Our goal is that children develop an orientation on the world that balances reflection on the known through identifying their loyalties with reflection on the new through developing open-minded perspectives. In this webinar, we share the instructional strategies and frameworks we have developed in working with elementary children to explore their cultural identities and to engage them in inquiries on specific global cultures, such as Korea and India. These inquiries are supported through global children’s literature and a range of interactive experiences. We will provide examples of children’s use of thinking routines, instructional strategies, and children’s books as well as engage participants in trying out several strategies.

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2022
27 - 30
Arizona
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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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