|New Teaching Materials: Korean |
The CALPER Korean Project, headed by Project Director Dr. Susan Strauss (Penn State), has published two new units (3 & 4) in the series "Discourse, Genre, and the National Standards."
They are now available for download.Materials Overview:
The central theme of Units 1 - 4 are major Korean holidays: 설, 보름, 단오, and 추석. The units open with a brief description of each holiday and its importance within Korean culture. Each unit then branches off in directions that relate these events to other issues in Korean daily life: traditional culture, foods, health and well-being, cultural values and practices, family, travel, weather, and so forth. Each unit is designed to both provide a variety of discourse genres, e.g., expository writing, narrative, recipes, e-mail, interview, chat, blog, and so forth, and have students interact within these various genres. The final section of each unit discusses the specific types of discourse genres used as text in the unit, and isolates particular features of each genre for further study.
|Webinar: Glenn Fulcher on "Assessing Speaking" |
|Glenn Fulcher, Professor of Education and Language Assessment, University of Leicester, UK, will conduct our last webinar of this academic year. Dr. Fulcher will present on how to assess speaking. |
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon on the East Coast (EST)
Watch a short introduction on the webinar by Glenn Fulcher on YouTube. "Assessing Speaking - Putting the Pieces Together"
CALPER Summer Workshops for Teachers
Summer Workshop Registration is open. Institutional discount for groups are available.
Compiling and Analyzing Your Own Learner Corpus
Presenter: Xiaofei Lu, CALPER
July 16, 17, 18
Presenters: Gabi Appel, CALPER & Mary Toulouse, Lafayette College
July 16, 17, 18
The Interface of Language and Culture
Presenter: Jim Lantolf, CALPER
July 19, 20
Language Socialization in Study Abroad
Presenter: Celeste Kinginger, CALPER
July 19, 20
Discourse Analysis and L2 Teaching and Materials Development
Presenter: Susan Strauss, CALPER
July 23, 24
Presenter: Matt Poehner, CALPER
July 23, 24, 25
All workshops will be conducted from 9:30am - 4:30pm with an hour break for lunch.
Teachers in PA:
Please note that ACT 48 continuing education hours are not available in 2012. Since the PA Dept of Education issued a 2-year moratorium on ACT 48, the Pennsylvania State University is not able to absorb the costs for ACT 48 in 2012. We are working on restoring ACT 48 continuing education credits for 2013.
|LRC Summer Workshops|
For a list of all summer workshops that the LRCs offer this year, go to the LRC Common page.
|The latest NECTFL Review is online. The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) is the oldest (1954) multi-language association of pre-kindergarten through university teachers in the country. Although nominally a regional association, its activities, publications, and annual conference attract participants from around the country and the globe. Currently, about 40 states and 10 foreign countries send a total of 2,500 educators to the Northeast Conference each year.
Berks County Asian Studies Collaborative will hold its annual Spring conference on May 8, 2012 in Reading, PA.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Lori E. Murray, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of America. Dr. Murray is a national security expert and a longstanding member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Forum in Stamford, CT.
There will also be a presentation by Yo Azama, 2011 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year who teaches Japanese at all levels at North Salinas High School in California.The Asian Studies Collaborative is an educational initiative that represents the combined energies and efforts of a spectrum of K-12 and higher education institutions as they strive to introduce and incorporate Asian cultural and language curriculum in K-12 programs across Pennsylvania.
|Another Language besides English. The Modern Language Association (MLA) issued a statement urging all English departments to require doctoral candidates to demonstrate advanced competence in at least one other language besides English. |
Read the statement at the MLA site.
|Upcoming Conferences of Interest |
Northeast Conference (NECTFL), Baltimore, April 20-23, 2012 NCOLCTL
, Madison, WI, April 26-29, 2012Indiana University of PA Spring Methodology Conference
, Blairsville, PA, April 27, 2011Berk County Asian Studies Collaborative
, May 8, 2012
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