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Investigating Assessment Perceptions and Practices in the Advanced Foreign Language Classroom
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Report on the research results of a survey conducted by CALPER iin 2005-06 to examine issues relating to advanced language proficiency (ALP) and its assessment in classroom settings. Specifically, it focuses on the views of language teachers of varied backgrounds (in Foreign Languages, and English as a Second Language, at both high schools and universities) on assessment of ALP, and on these teachers' actual assessment practices. The report is divided into three components: 1) survey of current thinking about ALP and its assessment in classroom instruction; 2) results of survey that assessed testing perceptions and practices of ALP; 3) conclusions from the theory and research reviewed and recommendations for the direction of future research and practices relating to the assessment of ALP.

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Dynamic Assessment in the Language Classroom
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CALPER Professional Development Document - 8pp. In very clear language, the authors provide a basic account of Dynamic Assessment (DA) and trace its origins to Vygotsky's theory of development. They explain the concepts of mediation and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), as well as the two main approaches used in DA. They also include three examples detailing what DA looks like in the classroom and conclude the document by providing a glimpse of what the future holds for DA, such as using it with groups and integrating computer technologies to DA procedures.

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Heritage Language Journal
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HLJ, an online, blind-refereed journal, was established in 2002 to provide a forum for scholars to publish the results of their research and to advance knowledge about educating heritage speakers. HLJ is published jointly by the Center for World Languages of UCLA and the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching and is housed on a server hosted by the UCLA International Institute. The journal seeks submissions from researchers and practitioners in: - linguistics & applied linguistics -psychology - sociology - language education - language policy - other relevant fields The editors also welcome proposals for special issues focused on a single language or topic.

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