News From Our Sponsors
NEWS FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
University of Hawai„i National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)
Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
University of Hawai‘i National Foreign Language Resource
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
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
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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
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
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
July 9–11, 2009
Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques
July 13–15, 2009
Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Advanced Techniques
July 16–18, 2009
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The Second “C”: Culture Teaching in the Language Classroom
July 20–22, 2009
Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom
July 23–25, 2009
Revisiting, Reinventing, and Restarting a Language Program: A Step-by-Step Approach
July 27–29, 2009
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
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
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
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
? 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
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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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
CAL Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
Visit our CAL50 Web site devoted to information about CAL's history, new resources, and special
? 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
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.
? 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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