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K-8 Language and Culture Classroom Teaching Kits
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The kit present a collection of teaching strategies, lesson plans, teacher vignettes and related resources to help language teachers expose students in K-8 classrooms to global cultures. There are also specific resources for teaching literature, language and culture in the following languages and world areas: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. The kit was created by the CERCLL-funded project "Bringing Global Cultures and World Languages into K-8 Classrooms", in collaboration with the University of Arizona World of Words.

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Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence (2010)
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The Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence - Aiming for "The Third Place": Intercultural Competence through Foreign Language Teaching and Learning - include twenty papers by intercultural competence scholars from Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, and the United States. Through this publication, they share their research, approaches, strategies, materials, and ideas.

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Fluency in Play: Computer Game Design for Less Commonly Taught Language Pedagogy
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Fluency in Play was written to provide K-16 teachers with an introduction to designing and building computer games for the foreign language classroom. At the heart of the book is the fact that computer games make excellent teaching tools. They combine two of the fundamental processes of new language acquisition—play and exploration—with the power and pleasures of fun. Computer games are also dynamic, scalable, and ductile; they can be drawn out and shaped to fit an infinite number of classroom sizes, subjects, and settings. Computer games are thus ideal for foreign language instruction, especially when that instruction involves less commonly taught languages, which are notorious for being difficult to learn quickly and efficiently at the intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency. Fluency in Play is meant as both an introduction and a prompt, that is, as an overview of the process of educational computer game design and a provocation to language teachers excited about the pedagogical possibilities of that process. It is not hard to envision the interesting, ground-breaking, and useful strategic language games that a little elbow grease could produce, and we hope that Fluency in Play will serve as a guiding and animating force for teachers interested in that kind of production. The entire guide can be purchased at Lulu Press.

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Webinar: Crafting Compelling Experiences: The Power of Stories, Scaffolding, & Sharing

Presented by Cherice Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Spanish Pedagogy at Brigham Young University. Filmmakers are experts at producing memorable movies that educate, entertain, and inspire their audiences. Teachers have similar goals, but sometimes hesitate to engage learners with authentic texts or “real life issues,” fearing that the necessary language will be too complex for them to understand. During this 90-minute, interactive webinar, you will: (1) learn a step-by-step process for skillfully integrating culturally authentic texts into meaningful interpretive communication activities; (2) explore effective techniques for supporting learners’ comprehension; (3) experience interactive activities for assessing learners’ understanding. Bring your textbook, a lesson you’d like to improve, and your creativity!

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Webinar: Multimodal Pedagogies in the L2 Classroom: Moving from Language to a Communication Paradigm

Presented by José Aldemar Álvarez Valencia, Ph.D., professor of applied linguistics in the School of Language Sciences at Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. The current communication landscape shows that communication is multimodal by nature. This new perspective on language and communication impacts directly second language acquisition and pedagogical practices. Multimodal pedagogies intend to bring this perspective into second/foreign language classrooms by highlighting the centrality of modes of communication and transmodal practices in the design of tasks that engage learners in processes of language/communication appropriation. By looking at language as one more semiotic resource among many others that make up communication ecologies, multimodal pedagogies recognize and look for ways to articulate and rearticulate students’ cultural semiotic resources, including their languages, their embodied communicative practices, and their identity affiliations. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the main concepts of multimodal pedagogies such as design, modes, semiotic resources, and transmodality. Likewise, the presenter will discuss the main principles of this new approach, followed by some examples on how it can be implemented in a language/communication classroom.

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Webinar: Re-Envisioning Writing Instruction Using a Design Approach

Webinar presented by Heather Willis Allen (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Writing is a critical skill in personal, educational, and professional domains, yet its role in L2 (second language) education in the United States is unclear and several recent studies have identified presentational writing as the most difficult modality to teach and the one that students struggle with the most. In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore the principles of Design writing instruction and discuss pedagogical examples of how this approach can be used to integrate L2 reading and writing, to facilitate learners’ familiarity with and use of appropriate L2 writing conventions, and to foster dialogue around the process and products of L2 writing. For the application stage of this workshop, please bring a presentational writing assignment that you have used in the past and want to improve or revise.

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