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Selected Proceedings of the Second Intercultural Competence Conference (2010)
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Selected proceedings of the 2010 Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence - Aiming for "The Third Place": Intercultural Competence through Foreign Language Teaching and Learning - organized by CERCLL. Available for download.

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PErCOLATE: Topic-based Modules for Preparing the Future FL Professoriate to Teach with a Multiliteracies Approach across the Undergraduate FL Curriculum
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The long-standing collegiate FL teacher training paradigm with its short-term focus on methodologies and techniques for teaching lower-level language courses has been viewed–particularly by Language Program Directors (LPDs)–as woefully inadequate for preparing tomorrow’s professoriate to teach in increasingly diverse programmatic contexts. Further, given the 2007 MLA Report calling for a more coherent curriculum in which “language, literature, and culture are taught as a continuous whole” (p. 3), shifts in the content of FL graduate students' professional development as teachers are overdue. As a response to the shortcomings previously noted, this project will develop a set of modules for professional development of teaching assistants (TAs) in several languages that will supplement the model of professional development already in place by adding flexible materials and activities that focus on language teaching at higher levels and provide an alternative structure for professional development in programs where there is either a Language Program Director (LPD) with no applied linguistics background or no LPD at all (the norm in most LCTL language programs). The approach to FL teaching and learning foregrounded in these modules will be based on multiliteracies. Lesson study, a self-directed, collaborative, inquiry-based learning approach will provide a framework to guide FL TAs’ reflective examination of their instructional practices and students’ learning as they work through a module. On this website (work in progress), the authors will be posting modules and related webinars and bibliographies. They will also be announcing workshops and conferences where they will be presenting the project and its outcomes. They will be watching for other related resources on the professional development of foreign language teaching assistants and adjunct instructors and will bring them to the website visitors' attention as they become available.

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Games To Teach: Developing Digital Game-Mediated Foreign Language Literacies
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Digital games are socio-cultural practices and products, and gaming has become a mainstream, global cultural force. Applied linguists and FL educators have noted that gameplay is mediated by language use and social interaction, thereby also making it a potentially rich context for language acquisition. Off-the-shelf and online digital games are produced by a diversity of countries in a variety of languages. Despite the interest in and availability of these games, ways in which their benefits can be harnessed to enhance FL learning have yet to be fully explored. The primary goal of this blog is to provide FL educators the resources (both material and pedagogical) needed to design, implement, and assess digital game-mediated learning activities that have the potential to develop FL multiliteracies.

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The National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon are pleased to announce the 2022 Pragmatics and Language Learning Conference (PLL 2022) which will take place online on September 12-14, 2022. The conference main theme will be Teaching and Learning Interactional Pragmatics in a Digital World, but we welcome a broad range of topics in pragmatics, discourse, interaction, and sociolinguistics in their relation to second and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. We hope this conference brings together scholars and educators from all around the world who are interested in discussing both established and innovative approaches to teaching and learning pragmatics to strengthen our understanding of principles and practices in PLL and push the field to new and exciting directions in research and practice. Plenary talks will be live and we have tried to schedule them so that a large part of our audience can access at least half of them. The rest of the presentations will be simulive (pre-recorded 20 minute presentation with live interaction by the presenters) or poster sessions (5-7 minute-pre-recorded presentation within Zoom breakout rooms for interaction). CALL FOR PROPOSALS The conference main theme will be Teaching and Learning Interactional Pragmatics in a Digital World, but we welcome a broad range of topics in pragmatics, discourse, interaction, and sociolinguistics in their relation to second and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. ONLINE ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 via EasyChair Visit our website [ https://bit.ly/PLL2022 ] for more information and instruction on how to prepare your abstract proposal.

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