Language Learning & Technology
Vol. 6, No.1, January 2002, pp. 11-16
NEWS FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
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This page includes announcements from the organizations sponsoring LLT.
University of Hawai'i National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)
Less commonly taught languages, particularly those of Asia and the Pacific, are the focus of the University of Hawai`i National Foreign Language Resource Center, which engages in research and materials development projects and conducts Summer Institutes for language professionals among its many activities.
2002 NFLRC SUMMER INSTITUTES
Heritage Learners and National Language Needs (June 20 - 21, 2002) This two-day symposium provides practical information, theoretical considerations, and program/curriculum models for language education that utilizes existing heritage language resources. Recently, there has been expanding interest among language scholars in capitalizing on the linguistic resources of language minority students through developing their heritage language skills. Such a "language as resource" approach has numerous benefits. This symposium will offer a range of language, culture, literacy, and technology workshops by experts who have extensive knowledge and experience in developing innovative K-16 heritage language programs.
Ia Faalautele Lau Gagana -- Samoan Pedagogy Workshop (June 24 - 28, 2002) Immediately following our Summer Institute symposium on heritage language, this 5-day workshop brings together experts in Samoan Language teaching, teacher training, materials development and Samoan Language content areas (e.g., oratory, grammar, literature) to share information and to discuss a range of Samoan Language curriculum development issues (e.g., community awareness, literacy education, resources, language structure and use)
Web-based Workshops for Advanced Reading & Writing Development & Maintenance (tentatively, July 22 - August 2, 2002) This workshop serves as an online professional development opportunity for non-native-speaking teachers of Chinese and Korean language at the K-16 level. As part of our mission to serve the development and enhancement of Asian language and area studies in the United States, we will offer 2 two-week intensive language courses in Chinese and Korean. The intensive courses, delivered entirely over the World Wide Web using a tested and proven pedagogic model, focus on the development and/or maintenance of communicative language skills at the advanced level, with strong emphasis on written communication meeting high standards of literacy.
For more information about the 2002 NFLRC Summer Institutes, visit http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/prodev_home.cfm.
NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM THE UH NFLRC
Developing Korean Language Performance Assessments, by J. D. Brown, T. Hudson & Y. Kim. This Research Note reports on a task-based performance assessment development project for Korean as a foreign language through the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai`i. It contains an overview of college-level Korean language teaching and testing in the United States as well as an introduction to task-based performance assessment in general and the design of performance assessment tasks using test and item specifications in particular. Questionnaire forms used and prototype tasks developed in English and Korean are presented in the appendices.
Community Language Resources: A Handbook for Teachers, by T. Menacker. The aim of the project described in this Research Note is to capitalize on community language resources in developing programs and products to improve foreign language education. Approaches were developed in Hawaii schools to serve as a model for similar projects and programs that can be carried out elsewhere in the US.
Mind, Language, and Epistemology Toward a Language Socialization Paradigm for SLA, by K. Watson-Gegeo. Karen Watson-Gegeos plenary talk, presented at the 4th Pacific Second Language Research Forum (PacSLRF) conference, lays out the issues involved and argues for a language socialization paradigm for second language acquisition that is consistent with and embraces new developments in second generation cognitive science, first language acquisition studies, cognitive anthropology, and human development research.
For more information or to order NFLRC publications online, visit the publications section of our Web site.
Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
CLEARs mission is to promote foreign language education in the United States. To meet its goals, projects focus on foreign language research, materials development, and teacher training.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE RESEARCH
- Feedback and Interaction
- Longitudinal Analysis of Foreign Language Writing Development
- Modules for Assessing Socio-Cultural Competence for German (CD-ROM)
- Pronunciación y fonética (CD-ROM)
- African Language Tutorial Guide (guide and video)
- Foreign Languages: Doors to Opportunity (video and discussion guide)
- Task-based Communicative Grammar Activities for Japanese and Thai (workbook)
- Test Development (workbook and video)
- The Internet Sourcebook for Business German
- The Internet Sourcebook for Business Spanish (online links from CLEARs Web site)
- Business Language Packets for High School Classrooms (French, German, and Spanish; PDF files from CLEARs Web site)
- Portuguese Pronunciation and Phonetics CD-ROM
- Modules for Assessing Socio-Cultural Competence for Russian (CD-ROM)
- Thai Tutorial Guide
- The Internet Sourcebook for Business French
The Game-O-Matic is a suite of wizards that create Web-based activities for language learning and practice. Teachers can make original Game-O-Matic games by visiting http://clear.msu.edu/dennie/matic/. Have a new idea for a Game-O-Matic activity? Contact Dennie Hoopingarner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLEAR News is a biyearly publication covering FL teaching techniques, research, and materials. Contact the CLEAR office to join the mailing list or see it on the Web at http://clear.msu.edu/clearnews/.
2002 Summer Workshops
CLEAR is offering eight summer workshops in 2002 for foreign language educators to help strengthen and expand their teaching skills. CLEAR offers stipends to help defray the workshop fees and travel/accommodation expenses.
The 2002 Summer Workshop offerings are
- Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom June 17-19, 2002
- Using Communicative Activities in a Grammar-Based Curriculum June 20-22, 2002
- Promoting Motivation and Interest in Foreign Languages Inside and Outside of the Classroom June 25-28, 2002
- Basic Web Pages for Late Bloomers July 9-12, 2002
- Beyond Web Pages July 15-19, 2002
- Putting Flash into Your Course July 22-26, 2002
- Materials Development Marathon: Creating Online Communicative Activities from Start to Finish July 29-August 2, 2002
- Developing and Managing a Tutorial-Based Language Program for LCTLs August 5-6, 2002
For more information on the Summer Workshops, go to http://clear.msu.edu/institutes/02institutes/.
For more information about CLEAR, contact
Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR)
A712 Wells Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
Apprentissage des Langues et Systèmes d'Information et de Communication (ALSIC)
ALSIC (Language Learning and Information and Communication Systems, http://alsic.org/) is an electronic journal in French for researchers and practitioners in fields related to applied linguistics, didactics, psycholinguistics, educational sciences, computational linguistics, and computer science. The journal gives priority to papers from the French-speaking community and/or in French, but it also regularly invites papers in other languages so as to strengthen scientific and technical exchanges between linguistic communities that too often remain separate. The editorial board of ALSIC invites you to contact them for any prospective contributions at the following electronic address: email@example.com.
The Australian Technology Enhanced Language Learning Consortium (ATELL)
Contacts: Dr. Mike Levy, The University of Queensland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Roly Sussex, The University of Queensland (email@example.com)
ATELL is an informal collaboration of Australian language teachers involved in technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. It has recently been moved to The University of Queensland, where Dr. Mike Levy and Professor Roly Sussex are developing the concept in collaboration with Mr. Greg Dabelstein, coordinator of the CALL special interest group of the Association of Modern Language Teachers' Associations of Australia (AFMTLA). We intend to establish a network of complementary and collaborating resources for teachers and learners in the TELL domain in schools and tertiary institutions. There will be a Web site, which will include information, collaboration, and resources such as
- a register of Australian TELL experts
- links to other sites with TELL-related information and materials
- links to reviews of hardware, software, courseware
- a section for FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- what's new -- ideas, research, materials
- a register of projects, current and past, in TELL research, development, implementation
- software modules, libraries, and related resources for developers
- audio and video files for language learning support
- policies and discussion
- special interest groups
In addition, we are reviving the ATELL mailing list, whose e-mail location is firstname.lastname@example.org. ATELL is supported by the Language Laboratory at the University of Queensland.
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota (CARLA)
CARLA is one of nine National Language Resource Centers whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively. Launched in 1993 with funding from the national Title VI Language Resource Center program of the U.S. Department of Education, CARLA's mission is to study multilingualism and multiculturalism, develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment by conducting research and action projects sharing research-based and other forms of knowledge across disciplines and education systems extending, exchanging, and applying this knowledge in the wider society.
CARLA's research and action initiatives include a focus on the articulation of language instruction, content-based language teaching through technology, culture and language studies, less commonly taught languages, language immersion education, second language assessment, second language learning strategies, and technology and second language learning.
To share its latest research and program opportunities with language teachers around the country, CARLA offers the following resources: a summer institute program for teachers; a database which lists where less commonly taught languages are taught throughout the country; listservs for teachers of less commonly taught languages and immersion educators; a working paper series; conferences and workshops; and a battery of instruments in French, German, and Spanish for assessing learners' proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the intermediate-low level on the ACTFL scale. Check out these and other CARLA resources on the CARLA Web site at http://carla.acad.umn.edu.
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes and improves the teaching and learning of languages, identifies and solves problems related to language and culture, and serves as a resource for information about language and culture. CAL carries out a wide range of activities in the fields of English as a second language, foreign languages, cultural education, and linguistics. These activities include research, teacher education, information dissemination, instructional design, conference planning, technical assistance, program evaluation, and policy analysis. Publications include books on language education, online databases of language programs and assessments, curricula, research reports, teacher training materials, and print and online newsletters.
Major CAL projects include the following:
- ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics
- National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education
- Refugee Service Center
- Pre-K-12 School Services
CAL collaborates with other language education organizations on the following projects:
- Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence
- Improving Foreign Languages in the Schools Project of the Northeast and Island Regional Laboratory at Brown University
- National Capitol Language Resource Center
- National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center
- National Network for Early Language Learning
News from theERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics
- Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource, edited by Joy Kreeft Peyton, Donald A. Ranard and Scott McGinnis is the latest in ERIC/CLL’s Language in Education series. This new book describes the population of heritage language speakers in the United States and outlines what needs to be done to preserve this important language resource.
- The new reportForeign Language Teaching: What The United States Can Learn from Other Countries is also now available from ERIC/CLL. This publication reports the findings of a three-month exploratory study that collected information from 19 countries and highlights eight core methodologies, policies, and strategies that language educators in other countries consider essential to success.
- Recent ERIC/CLL Digests cover a range of topics in ESL, foreign language, and bilingual education. New ERIC/CLL Digests include Teaching about Dialects, Implementing a Distrtict-Wide Foreign Language Program, Intgegrated Skills in the ESL/EFL Classroom, and English Language Learners With Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies.
News from the National Center for ESL Literacy Education
- The following new Digests are available from NCLE: Beginning to Work With Adult English Language Learners: Some Considerations and Library Literacy Programs for English Language Learners.
- Also new from NCLE: An Annotated Bibliography of Second Language Acquisition in Adult English Language Learners, including relevant reports and articles in the ERIC database that address second language acquisition and adult English language learners.
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
Since its inception in 1983, CALICO has served as an international forum for language teachers who want to develop and utilize the potential of advanced technology to support their teaching and research needs. Through its Annual Symposia, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), CALICO Journal, CALICO Monograph Series, CALICO Resource Guide, and numerous other publications, CALICO provides both leadership and perspective in the ever-changing field of computer-assisted instruction. The strength of CALICO derives from the enthusiasm, creativity, and diversity of its members. It comprises language teachers and researchers from universities, military academies, community colleges, K-12 schools, government agencies, and commercial enterprises. To learn more about CALICO activities and how to participate in them, visit the CALICO homepage at http://www.calico.org.
European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL)
EUROCALL is an association of language teaching professionals from Europe and worldwide aiming to
- Promote the use of foreign languages within Europe
- Provide a European focus for all aspects of the use of technology for language learning
- Enhance the quality, dissemination, and efficiency of CALL materials
EUROCALL's journal, ReCALL, published by Cambridge University Press, is one of the leading academic journals covering research into computer-assisted and technology-enhanced language learning. The association organises special interest meetings and annual conferences, and works towards the exploitation of electronic communications systems for language learning. For those involved in education and training, EUROCALL provides information and advice on all aspects of the use of technology for language learning.
Forthcoming EUROCALL conference
- EUROCALL 2002 will be at the University of Jyvskyl, Finland, 14 - 17 August 2002.
For full details, contact us at http://www.eurocall-languages.org/.
International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
Established in 1965, IALLT (formerly IALL) is a professional organization whose members provide leadership in the development, integration, evaluation, and management of instructional technology for the teaching and learning of language, literature, and culture. Its strong sense of community promotes the sharing of expertise in a variety of educational contexts. Members include directors and staff of language labs, resource or media centers, language teachers at all levels, developers and vendors of hardware and software, grant project developers and others. IALLT offers biennial conferences, regional groups and meetings, the LLTI listserv (Language Learning Technology International), and key publications such as the IALL Journal, the IALL Language Center Design Kit, and the IALL Lab Management Manual. The 2003 IALLT conference will be held at the University of Michigan, June 17 - 21. For information, visit the IALLT Web site at www.iallt.org/.
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