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KÀN NA! Authentic Chinese reading & video (PC only)
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Ten reading lessons from a variety of sources, including: • a newspaper report of a hijacking • a family letter to Chinese students in the US • a letter of agreement between two institutions These materials are designed for advanced learners, approximately third year level or above. All of them are based on authentic or simulated-authentic materials, in other words, materials created by native speakers for native speakers (or a close imitation), including newspaper articles, personal letters, and informational brochures. KÀN NA! Authentic Chinese reading & video offers twenty lessons based on clips selected from Chinese Language Video Clips. Filmed on location in Beijing, these naturalistic video clips consist chiefly of unrehearsed interviews of ordinary folk. The learner is led through a series of activities aiding comprehension and learning that sharpen communication strategies and linguistic skills. KÀN NA! and HANGUL-RO BOJA! are multimedia lessons that guide the user step by step through a five-stage series of activities designed to approximate the strategies used by native speakers to comprehend text and video. The stages are: • pre- activities: the user is invited to predict and make guesses about the material, and to activate background knowledge • global activities: the user identifies sections of the material and the topics that belong to them • specific information activities: the user gets detailed information about individual topics • linguistic activities: the user works with vocabulary and linguistic structures that have enabled comprehension • post- activities: the user integrates new language into a productive activity PC version ONLY available; you may download the files for PC here. DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK WELL ON NEWER OPERATING SYSTEMS. WE ARE GIVING OUR REMAINING STOCK AWAY FREE UPON REQUEST, CONTACT NFLRC.

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Expanding Our Horizons: Language Teacher Education in the 21st Century: Selected papers from the 6th and 7th International Language Teacher Education Conferences
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This edited volume on language teacher education includes fourteen refereed papers based on presentations at either the 6th International Conference on Language Teacher Education (held in Washington DC in May 2009) or 7th International Conference on Language Teacher Education (held in Minneapolis, MN in May 2011). The papers showcase research and practice related to the education of language teachers from many different national and international contexts including foreign language education, English as a Second/Foreign Language, and heritage language instruction. This sharing of ideas and insights into language teacher education in such diverse international, national, and disciplinary contexts is truly intended to help all language teacher educators to expand their horizons and improve their practice.

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Making Multiliteracies Real: A Tool for Analyzing Instructional Materials
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Check out this videorecording of a recent presentation given by Kate Paesani and Mandy Menke on their study that documents the process of implementing a tool for analyzing literacies-based teaching materials.

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2020
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2020 Summer Institute: Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)

2020 Summer Institute: Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) June 10-16, 2020 This Summer Institute is designed for world language educators who have some knowledge of Project-Based Learning (PBL) as well as some practice in generating project ideas. During the Institute, participants will flesh out their ideas for a project design they have already subjected to critique. Applicants must complete the prerequisite NFLRC MOOC (massive open online course) Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning and earn a badge in order to qualify for consideration for the Institute. Participants who fulfill requirements outlined in an associated course syllabus may opt to receive two (2) graduate course credits (tuition fee). DURATION: 5 instructional days (Wed., Th., Fri., Mon., and Tue.) LOCATION: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT SPONSORS: Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) and National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) PREREQUISITE: Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning MOOC (https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/126/) APPLICATION TIMELINE: Envisioning PBLL MOOC Completion Deadline: February 28, 2020 Summer Institute Application Period Opens: March 1, 2020 Summer Institute Application Period Ends: March 20, 2020 Notification of Participant Selection Decisions: March 31, 2020 For more information, visit https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/127/

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2020
24
Texas
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Configure Get Your Students Speaking! Intentionally Raising Oral Proficiency in the Language Classroom

Participants will leave this workshop with practical, easy-to-use strategies that increase the use of the target language in their classrooms. Through experiential learning, participants will gain practical tools to add to their toolkits that increase student motivation, time on task and build proficiency. We will discuss the rationale behind each strategy, tool and activity, supported by brain-based research and proven through experience in the secondary LOTE classroom. This will be a hands-on workshop with expectations of sharing, learning and gaining from each participant in the room. This workshop is open to foreign language instructors of all languages and all levels (K-12 teachers, higher ed faculty and graduate students).

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2020
25 - 26
Texas
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Effective methods to advance Heritage Spanish teaching

Sessions will include information on using technology to create with students, creating promotional materials for your program, vertical curricular alignment, mixed classes and differentiation, assessment, and reading with heritage students. Session facilitators will be from universities and high schools across Texas. The workshop is intended for language instructors of all levels and all contexts: K-12, community college, 4-year colleges and universities.

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