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     News From Our Sponsors

    NEWS FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

    Sponsors

    University of Hawai„i National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)

    Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)

    Co-Sponsor

    Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

University of Hawai‘i National Foreign Language Resource

    Center (NFLRC)

    The University of Hawai„i National Foreign Language Resource Center engages in research and materials

    development projects and conducts workshops and conferences for language professionals among its

    many activities.

    CULTURA: WEB-BASED INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGES (OCTOBER 10-11, 2009) The Cultura project, pioneered at MIT by Gilberte Furstenberg and her colleagues, has inspired a variety

    of online cultural exchanges based on a set of principles and best practices. The Cultura: Web-Based

    Intercultural Exchanges pre-conference event will feature presentations by a variety of educators who

    have created exchanges based on the Cultura model.

    LANGUAGE LEARNING IN COMPUTER MEDIATED COMMUNITIES (LLCMC)

    CONFERENCE (OCTOBER 11-13, 2009)

    Once, computers were seen as thinking machines or electronic tutors. Now the computer has become one

    of many devices that people use to form virtual communities of all kinds. In the field of language

    education, computer mediated communication (CMC) enables students to interact with one another free

    of space and time constraints and to participate in communities of learning with their counterparts in the

    target culture. The Language Learning in Computer Mediated Communities (LLCMC) Conference

    explores the use of computers as a medium of communication in language learning communities.

    Conference highlights will include a plenary talk by Dr. Gilberte Furstenburg (MIT), a special panel

    presentation showcasing online cultural exchanges based at the University of Hawai„i, and a variety of

    intriguing concurrent sessions. Preregistration deadline September 15, 2009. NEW NFLRC PUBLICATIONS

    Talk-in-interaction: Multilingual perspectives

    Edited by Gabriele Kasper and Hanh Thi Nguyen, this first volume in NFLRC's

    new series Pragmatics & Interaction offers original studies of interaction in a

    range of languages and language varieties. These include Chinese, English,

    Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, and Vietnamese; monolingual and

    bilingual interactions, and activities designed for second or foreign language

    learning. Conducted from the perspectives of conversation analysis and

    membership categorization analysis, the chapters examine ordinary conversation

    and institutional activities in face-to-face, telephone, and computer-mediated

    environments.

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Check out our many other publications.

    OUR ONLINE JOURNALS SOLICIT SUBMISSIONS

    Language Learning & Technology is a refereed online journal, jointly sponsored by the University of Hawai„i NFLRC and the Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research

    (CLEAR). LLT focuses on issues related to technology and language education. For more information on

    submission guidelines, visit the LLT submissions page. Language Documentation & Conservation is a fully refereed, open-access journal sponsored by NFLRC and published exclusively in electronic form by the University of Hawai„i Press. LD&C publishes papers

    on all topics related to language documentation and conservation. For more information on submission

    guidelines, visit the LD&C submissions page. Reading in a Foreign Language is a refereed online journal, jointly sponsored by the University of Hawai„i NFLRC and the Department of Second Language Studies. RFL serves as an excellent source for

    the latest developments in the field, both theoretical and pedagogic, including improving standards for

    foreign language reading. For more information on submission guidelines, visit the RFL submissions

    page.

Michigan State University Center for Language Education

    and Research (CLEAR)

    CLEAR's mission is to promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States.

    Projects focus on materials development, professional development training, and foreign language

    research.

    SUMMER WORKSHOPS

    The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University is offering

    several low-cost summer professional development workshops in July. These workshops offer hands-on

    experience and concrete ideas for language teachers, and are appropriate for foreign language teachers as

    well as ESL teachers.

    CLEAR has been offering workshops since 1997, and foreign language teachers from all over the country

    have come to East Lansing to attend them. The workshops offered this year cover a wide range of topics,

    appropriate as refreshers for experienced teachers or as reinforcement on topics in language teaching

    for newer and pre-service teachers.

    Each workshop is three full days, and there are discounts for those attending multiple workshops.

    Full descriptions, dates, pricing information, and workshop applications are available here.

    An Online Language Portfolio Approach to the Development of Speaking and Listening

    Proficiency

    July 911, 2009

    Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques

    July 1315, 2009

    Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Advanced Techniques

    July 1618, 2009

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    The Second C: Culture Teaching in the Language Classroom

    July 2022, 2009

    Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom

    July 2325, 2009

    Revisiting, Reinventing, and Restarting a Language Program: A Step-by-Step Approach

    July 2729, 2009

    MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

    Selected Products

    The list below comprises just some of our free and low-cost materials for language educators. Be sure to

    visit our Web site occasionally for updates and announcements on new products: http://clear.msu.edu.

    ? CLEAR‟s Rich Internet Applications initiative has been underway for over a year. RIA is a

    research and development lab where our programmers are working on free tools that language

    teachers can use to create online language teaching materials or have their students create

    activities themselves!

    o NEW! Revisions (process writing and feedback tool)

    o NEW! Broadcasts (create your own podcasts)

    o Worksheets (add multimedia elements to online worksheets)

    o Audio Dropboxes (put a dropbox in any Web page; students‟ recordings get put into your

    dropbox automatically)

    o Conversations (record prompts for students to do virtual interviews and conversations)

    o Mashups (combine media elements to create a new resource for language teaching)

    o Viewpoint (record or upload videos to link from other sites or embed inside your own

    Web pages)

    o SMILE (tool for creating interactive online exercises)

    ? NEW! Introductory Business German (CD-ROM) This CD-ROM provides a condensed,

    highly-focused set of activities intended for use by business professionals who conduct business

    with Germans and German companies and wish to learn more about the German business and

    economics environment.

    ? Celebrating the World‟s Languages: A Guide to Creating a World Languages Day Event (guide)

     This publication provides a step-by-step guide to planning World Languages Day, a

    university event for high school students designed to stimulate interest in learning languages and

    to highlight the importance of cultural awareness.

    ? La phonétique française (CD-ROM) This cross-platform multimedia program consists of

    interactive lessons that can be used by French teachers to learn how to teach pronunciation, or by

    advanced students working independently.

    ? MIMEA: Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment (German, Chinese,

    Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian; online video clips and activities)

    Coming Soon! ? More Rich Internet Applications

    ? Introductory Business Chinese

    CONFERENCES

    CLEAR exhibits at local and national conferences year-round. We hope to see you at ACTFL, CALICO,

    MiWLA, Central States, and other conferences.

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NEWSLETTER

    CLEAR News is a free biyearly publication covering FL teaching techniques, research, and materials.

    Download PDFs of back issues and subscribe at http://clear.msu.edu/clear/newsletter/.

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.

    CAL Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

    Visit our CAL50 Web site devoted to information about CAL's history, new resources, and special

    anniversary events.

    Featured Resources:

    ? CAL News

    CAL News is our electronic newsletter created to provide periodic updates about our projects and

    research as well as information about new publications, online resources, products, and services of

    interest to our readers. Visit our Web site to sign up.

    ? Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages

    The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages (the Alliance) consists of individuals and

    organizations who share a commitment to advancing language development for heritage language

    speakers in the United States. The work of the Alliance is carried out through publications, the

    ongoing development of its Web site, a newsletter, and a discussion list.

? Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language

    Learners (CREATE)

    Visit the CREATE Web site to learn more about CREATE, its research and upcoming events,

    including the October 2009 CREATE conference. To keep current on CREATE activities sign up to

    receive an electronic newsletter and periodic announcements.

? SIOP Model Professional Development Services

    CAL works with schools, states, and districts to design and deliver high-quality, client-centered

    professional development services on the SIOP Model.

? CAL Services: Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

    CAL is offering institutes in 2009 featuring our What’s Different? professional development program.

    CAL provides a variety of professional development and technical assistance services related to

    language education and assessment needs.

    Featured Publications:

    ? Refugees from Iraq (Expanded Refugee Backgrounder)

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? An Insider’s Guide to SIOP Coaching

    ? Developing Reading and Writing in Second Language Learners

    ? Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, Second Edition

    ? Realizing the Vision of Two-Way Immersion: Fostering Effective Programs and Classrooms ? What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

Visit CAL‟s Web site to learn more about our projects, resources, and services.

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