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Project-Based Language Learning: Inspiring Teachers, Transforming Learning (2016 Online Symposium)
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On January 12-15, 2016, the Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Symposium brought together experts, educational leaders, and world language teachers to foster the conversation on the potential for PBLL to transform and enhance language education. PBLL's intersections with content-based instruction, task-based language learning, and performance assessment make it an ideal conduit to ground language learning on real needs and measurable outcomes. We invited language educators, policymakers, researchers, and innovators to join the conversation and help further refine the PBLL framework by anchoring it to issues and ideas that are relevant to language education. This unique FREE online event provided attendees not only invaluable opportunities to access expertise in PBLL and engage in thought-provoking and constructive dialogues, but also a chance to network with professionals who are passionate about this topic. Eight engaging presentations were distributed across four days (i.e., two sessions per day) and recorded. The videos and presentation slides are available below as open educational resources (OERs).

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Korean for Professionals Volume 3
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The Korean Language Flagship Center aims to produce professionals who can function in Korean in their chosen fields. After two years of intensive Korean language training customized to their fields, graduates of this program are expected to take their place among the next generation of global professionals as Korea specialists, commanding professional-level proficiency in Korean. Successful completion of the program and demonstration of the ability to use Korean at a professional level (ILR 3, ACTFL Superior) lead to the Master of Arts degree in Korean for Professionals. This monograph series is a compilation of the students’ research critical and controversial issues in Korea or Korea-US relations.

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South Asian Language OER
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The South Asia Institute works closely with instructional faculty for South Asian languages taught at the University of Texas. Like all teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages, these instructors have produced classroom materials, curricular plans, lesson plans, and other resources to facilitate teaching and learning Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Tamil, Sanskrit, and Bangla. The Hindi-Urdu Flagship project set a new standard for the kinds of resources available for South Asia languages. Building on their success, and in collaboration with the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), we are working to share resources used at UT for other South Asian languages as open educational resources (OER).

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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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