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Globalizing the Common Core State Standards
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This project addresses the outdated and ethnocentric cultural perspectives in the lists of exemplars of text complexity used in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), lists which are often used as core reading lists that do not reflect the kinds of cultural and global literacy needed in today’s world. The project created carefully constructed grade-level lists of global fiction and nonfiction literature that match the required lexile levels. Of particular interest are books that include some use of a world language through codeswitching in dialogue or in terminology for objects, events, etc., since these books can foster interest in LCTLs (which are rarely taught in elementary schools) even at this young age. Books that can be used as paired texts with the existing books in the exemplar lists have been identified so that teachers required to use the original CCSS lists would be able to still use the global texts alongside them. The new book lists are free for download, and in-service professional development opportunities for local teachers and a summer institute for a national audience will support teachers in integrating these books into their curriculum while meeting the CCSS.

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LLC Commons
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This portal is focused around open educational resources that can be used for online, hybrid/blended, or technology-enhanced courses in Slavic language, literature, and culture. The website also hosts a map of Slavic programs and courses in the United States as well as a list of resources related to online and technology-enhanced teaching. The LLC Commons initiative aims to grow a sustainable culture of sharing high-quality recorded interactive lectures and materials among Slavists and language educators at all levels. The portal offers an infrastructure for searching our growing database of online lessons and embedding online modules into a variety of course management platforms across the globe. Contributing to the LLC Commons is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other language and culture educators at the forefront of a new education era of online and hybrid teaching.

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Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing & Speech (MACAWS)
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Learner corpora can support exciting new SLA research and applications to language teaching. Although there are numerous learner corpora of English, less commonly taught languages still lack resources of this sort to support delivery of “high-quality, pedagogically sound, and cost effective instruction”. The MACAWS project will create a digital resource and eventually an online platform where researchers and instructors will have access to an online repository of students’ assignments (texts, spoken discourse, and multimedia products such as blogs) and pedagogical materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment sheets, lesson plans) from language programs at the University of Arizona, starting with Russian and Portuguese.

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Feb
2020
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Texas
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OER Hangout: Creating inclusive open resources for language learning

4pm CST (2pm PST / 3pm MST / 6pm EST) Presenter(s): Carlos Pio (University of Pennsylvania) Eduardo Viana da Silva (University of Washington) Language students and instructors, and speakers of any given language, come from all different backgrounds and identify with a variety of races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, languages, body types, and socio-economic statuses. However, this wide-ranging human experience isn’t always represented in traditional language-learning materials. If it is, it's often as a sidebar and not an integral part of the materials. In this discussion-based webinar, Eduardo Viana da Silva and Carlos Pio will share examples from an inclusionary e-textbook they are developing for language classes with the collaboration and feedback from Portuguese speakers of several economic and cultural backgrounds. By focusing on listening to the language of a given community and committing to reproduce it, minority groups are not portrayed as ‘curiosities’, but as an integral part of the cultures being represented, and the range of language registers, from formal to informal, reflects that. There will be 20 minutes of presentation time, and the rest of the hour will be dedicated to your questions and to conversation between participants and panelists.

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2020
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North Carolina
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6th Annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian, Carolinas District

Participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their proficiency in Russian conversation, poetry recitation, and Russian civilization at various levels of study. In addition, every third or fourth year outstanding contestants at regional ACTR Olympiada contests have the opportunity to participate in an international Olympiada contest that takes place in Moscow and brings together winners of Russian Olympiada contests from throughout the world to compete for international medals and engage in a rich program of cultural activities.

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2020
4
Texas
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OER Hangout: Stories from teachers who have adopted and adapted OER

6pm CST (4pm PST / 5pm MST / 7pm EST) Presenter(s): Alexandra Gouirand (South Puget Sound Community College) Dawn Michael (Reynoldsburg City Schools) Valérie Morgan (California State University San Bernardino) Open educational resources (OER) are free to access. Open Creative Commons licenses allow teachers to legally make copies, adapt, and share these resources in order to meet the specific needs of their students. Celebrate Open Education Week by attending this discussion-based webinar, where you will have a chance to chat with two instructors who have adopted OER and creatively adapted the content for their language classes. Dawn Michael has been teaching French since 1991, and is currently a high school French teacher in Ohio. She uses the open curriculum Français interactif to teach blended French 1 and 2 courses and creates her own supplements to accompany the resources. Valérie Morgan is a French lecturer. She uses the open curriculum Français interactif to teach Levels 1, 2, and 3 French. To supplement the textbook she uses Google Classroom, Google Tools, Flipgrid, and Padlet. There will be 20 minutes of presentation time, and the rest of the hour will be dedicated to your questions and to conversation between participants and panelists.

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