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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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2018 Intercultural Competence Conference Remote Presentations - Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical
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Virtual presentations prepared for the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical. (http://icc.arizona.edu) Kevin Anzzolin, Dickinson State University, "Intercultural Communication in Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude" Robert Godwin-Jones, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Designing a Collaborative OER Textbook for Intercultural Communication" Christiane Heemann, Rodrigo Schaefer, Margarete Belli, Universidade do Vale do Itajai (UNIVALI), "The Contribution of Telecollaboration to the Development of Academic Mobility" Brianna Janssen Sanchez, University of Iowa, "Exploring Approaches to Talking About Culture in Telecollaborative Tandem Exchanges" Maria Kostromitina, Northern Arizona University, "Pragmatics of Service Encounter Requests in English, German, and Russian" Florence Le Baron-Earle, Marta Giralt, University of Limerick, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, "Authenticity and Multimodal Communication in Online Intercultural Exchanges" Yenny-Lisbeth Mora, Universidad El Bosque, "Comunidades Indígenas en la Competencia Intercultural" Rodrigo Schaefer, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, "The Construction of Interculturality in Teletandem Sessions" Theresa Schenker, Yale University, "Maximizing Language and Intercultural Learning in Short-Term Study Abroad" Kelly Torres, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, "Developing Intercultural Competence through Study Abroad Experiences" Adnan Yilmaz, Dicle University, "Communication Across Cultures: Research on Apologies and Refusals" William Walker, Maria Cristina Montoya, Chilton Reynolds, SUNY Oneonta; Luis Humberto Benavidez, Elizabeth Nuñez, Universidad del Valle–Cali, Colombia, "Utilizing Dialogue Methodology to Structure Collaborative Online International Learning"

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2016 Intercultural Competence Conference - Virtual Presentations
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Virtual presentations prepared for "Intercultural Competence: Traditions and Transitions," the fifth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, are archived in this playlist. Amani Alageel, University of Arizona, "Language Practices, Transcultural Identity, and Negotiating Membership in Social Media" Adriana Brandt, Dixie State University, "Between and Beyond the Lines: Interculturality in STARTALK Student Programs" Margarida Morgado, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco; Kay Livingston, University of Glasgow, and María del Carmen Arau Ribeiro, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, "Lessons Learned: Intercultural Education through Children’s Fiction and Picture Books" Elba S. Ramirez, University of Auckland, "An Intercultural Communicative Teaching Lens on Language Teachers’ Practices" Paola Rivieccio, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, "The Autobiographies of Intercultural Encounter: A Co-Constructed Account of International Relationships"

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Webinar: Transformative Learning in a Social Justice Oriented Language Classroom

Webinar presented by Stacey Margarita Johnson (Vanderbilt University). Instructors building social justice into their language teaching often report that they hope their language classrooms will be sites of transformative learning and personal growth. As teachers, we want our teaching to make the world better and inspire students to become engaged citizens. Although we might hope for transformative learning, we don’t always know how it happens or how to guide our students through the process of transformation. This webinar will explore the steps in transformative learning, its connection to critical pedagogy and social justice, and, most importantly, ways language teachers can promote transformative learning through instructional choices that align with research and best practices in second language acquisition.

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Webinar: Some Considerations for Social Justice Teaching in a World Language Setting: From Self to Students to World

Webinar presented by Michelle Nicola (Portland Public Schools). What do we mean when we say that we are social justice educators? What are concrete actions that social justice educators take? What beliefs or mindsets do we adopt? This webinar will help educators define what they mean by social justice education, and offer suggestions for how to incorporate self-reflection, relationship building & curriculum design as tools to recognize and interrupt inequitable patterns and practices in our world language classrooms and beyond. Participants will also receive a few lesson plan ideas that they can build on to meet their own communities’ social justice goals.

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2020
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L2DL 2020: Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange

Accessible entirely online, the L2 Digital Literacies Symposium (L2DL) is a biennial international event offering an array of synchronous and asynchronous sessions that allow academics to make connections across the globe. In 2020, the conference focuses upon the theme of Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange, and explores intersections between international education, digital literacies, and virtual exchange. Virtual presentations selected from submitted proposals will be available during the week of October 19-24, and attendees are encouraged to participate in synchronous and asynchronous discussion that will take place through October 23; professional development credentials will be provided for presenters and attendees who participate in these activities. The symposium will culminate in livestreamed, invited presentations that will take place on October 23 and 24. The symposium schedule and presentation details are on the L2DL website. Access all the details and the link to registration there.

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