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Pakinggan At Unawain: Comprehending Intermediate Filipino
Audio-Visual

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Watching while listening promotes understanding and makes learning Filipino a lively and engaging experience. Pakinggan at unawain: Comprehending intermediate Filipino includes 42 video dialogs to help students move beyond the beginning level in mastering Filipino structures and functions. The units cover nine thematic areas: meeting people, food, household activities, service, social interactions, office transactions, education, visiting the health clinic, and crime.

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An Interactive Digital Reader and Grammar for Elementary Tamil
Web

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The current project comprises the first of four phases envisioned in creating a comprehensive and interactive digital reader and grammar for Tamil learning. The fist phase is an interactive reader and grammar for Elementary Tamil to be delivered in three media namely Web, CD ROM (with Windows software), and Printed Book. The second, third and fourth phase of this project will develop similar materials for intermediate, advanced and superior levels of Tamil. The CD ROM and Web formats will be enhanced with interactive multimedia components including audio, video, pictures and interactive exercises. Overall, a multimedia enhanced instructional material will be targeted to provide students an opportunity for "learning by doing" by implementing the feature of interactivity as much as possible. The web materials will be developed in such a way that an online interaction among the Tamil students from other institutions is carried out in a collaborative manner. The CD ROM medium will be sought for the use of audio and video materials more effectively than the web medium, which would require high bandwidth to deliver them.

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Rehabilitation of Hindi Video Materials, Volume 1
Web

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This project rehabilitated selected Hindi video materials listed on the priority list formulated by the teachers of Hindi at the Hindi & Urdu workshop organized by SALRC in January, 2003. We restored and enhanced the quality and pedagogic utility of the following widely used Hindi materials by converting them into digital format and adding new exercises (including pre and post activities) and multimedia learning tools. These preserved and enhanced the quality of fading video materials. Also, it enhanced their pedagogic value because students can now interact with the materials in a fashion suitable to their learning styles. Moreover, they will be able to move at their own pace and use them from any location. Although, the main objective of the selected materials is to develop speaking and listening skills, they will enhance reading and writing skills also. Students now have the opportunity to read the Hindi transcriptions and some of the tasks would require them to write in Hindi. For easy distribution, finished materials will be made available on CD-ROM (PC format) and Web formats.

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2018
23 - 27
Minnesota
Institute
Using Authentic Materials to Develop 21st Century Literacies

Preparing students for participation in the globalized communities of the 21st century entails out-of-the-box thinking on the part of foreign language teachers. How do we move beyond preparing students to order coffee or buy train tickets, and instead encourage them to be reflective, culturally aware language users? To answer this question, this institute focuses on how to develop students’ 21st century literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual, visual, and digital materials. Using conceptual and pedagogical understandings gained during the institute, participants will collaboratively evaluate and analyze existing materials and then create learning objectives, select authentic materials, and design lessons that develop students’ communicative abilities, encourage cross-cultural connections, foster critical thinking and problem solving, and facilitate engagement with the world outside of the classroom.

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2018
23 - 27
Minnesota
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Growing Learner Language: A Hands-On Approach to Developing the Language Learners Produce

The focus of this institute is on the growth and development of the language learners produce, and how that growth may be enhanced by ongoing pedagogical innovation. This institute (described by past participants as “a veritable spa for language teachers”) uses the problem-solving framework of Exploratory Practice to create a culture of instructor initiative that promotes and responds to learner language development in the classroom. Participants begin with a brief review of theories of second language acquisition, and then work together to reflect on videos of learner language as it is produced by different kinds of learners. Institute participants work with instructors to identify specific features in these learners’ language. Participants then apply those insights to their own classrooms by learning how to set up engaging, puzzle-solving activities that stimulate growth in learner language. Finally, participants learn how to design pre- and post-course measures that demonstrate the impact of their innovations in instruction on the growth of specific features and dimensions of learner language in their own classrooms.

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2018
23 - 27
Minnesota
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Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development

This institute has been specifically designed for K-16 foreign language teachers who want to familiarize themselves with and implement Content-Based Instruction (CBI) in the second language classroom. During this institute, teachers will learn how to create CBI materials and tasks to enhance students’ language proficiency and content learning. Participants will also learn how to expand their own existing curricula by weaving in varied academic/cultural content, navigating and utilizing the Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) online resources, and planning appropriate assessments for CBI.

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