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Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
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This online tutorial serves as a companion resource to the Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD). It introduces key concepts in language testing to help with selecting tests and using test results appropriately and efficiently. Topics covered include: (1) practical considerations when selecting a test, (2) reliability and validity, (3) the use of test results, and, (4) the impact of testing in the classroom. A list of assessment resources and a glossary of assessment terms are also included in the tutorial.

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The Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
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The Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD) is a free, searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 90 languages. You can search for the test you need by language, grade level, proficiency level, intended test use, and skill tested. There is also a free online companion tutorial that introduces key concepts in language testing to support test selection. The tutorial explains concepts such as validity, reliability, practicality and impact to support the appropriate and efficient use of tests and test results.

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References on evaluation and SLO assessment in language education programs
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This annotated bibliography presents pertinent and useful research in the field of program evaluation and student learning outcome (SLO) assessment in language education programs.

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2020 International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

Seventh International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence. Internationalizing the Curriculum: The Role of Intercultural Competence on January 23-26, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona, and online. Invited Presentations: Adriana Diaz (University of Queensland – Australia) Marianne Larsen (Western University – Canada) Sharon Stein (University of British Columbia – Canada) This biennial event brings together researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices, and to foster meaningful professional dialog on issues related to the development and assessment of Intercultural Competence, especially in a foreign or second language. The 2020 ICC conference will take stock of current models for internationalizing curricula as well as the genealogies of these discussions. The organizers are interested in accounts of best practices as well as critical examinations of current trends and conceptual think pieces around what it might mean to internationalize higher education. Proposal submission deadline: May 31, 2019

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University of Arizona Language Fair

In Spring 2020, the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) launched the UA Language Fair, an event designed to raise the visibility of the wide range of languages that students study at The University of Arizona. The event was open to all students, faculty/staff, and visitors to campus. Departments, programs, and UA student clubs representing the languages and cultures taught at UA showcased the languages taught in their departments and spoken in their communities. Participants enjoyed free food, games and other activities that celebrate the benefits and opportunities that come from communicating in another language. In 2019, the following languages were represented: American Sign Language Ancient Greek Arabic Chinese English as a Foreign Language French German Hebrew Italian Japanese Kazakh Korean Latin Navajo Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish Tohono O’odham Turkish With representatives from the following programs on hand, to share information about their offerings as well: Critical Languages Program Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships for language study Global Studies Program UA Study Abroad Current students in language programs joined in the fun, and new ones were recruited for Fall classes!

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