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Maximizing Study Abroad: An Instructional Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use
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Created as a companion to the Students' Guide, the new Instructional Guide provides language teachers and study abroad professionals with both a solid understanding of language and culture learning theory and concrete ways to use this knowledge to support students in their skill development. The guide is written with the busy professional in mind and features a "tool kit" of more than 100 hands-on activities that are ready for use in pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry initiatives for study abroad programs, as well as in language classrooms at home and abroad. With its creative activities, practitioner-friendly theory sections, teacher-tested tools, and professional advice, this user-friendly guide will allow you to quickly and easily integrate or adapt these new ideas to meet the unique needs of your classroom or study abroad program. Samples of the book are included on the website.

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Maximizing Study Abroad: Research study
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The overarching research question was: "To what degree and in what ways can a strategies-based approach to developing language skills and enhancing ability to function in a new culture, transmitted by means of a set of integrated study abroad guides for students, program professionals, and instructors respectively, promote language gain and cultural adaptation by students abroad?" Maximizing study abroad through language and culture strategies: Research on students, study abroad program professionals, and language instructors, an extensive report on this research project, is available as PDF file.

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Includes resources for learning and teaching LCTLs, including listservs for LCTL teachers, a list of LCTL Organizations and 'Ask the Experts'- a list of volunteers willing to answer questions about their language(s) of expertise by e-mail.

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12pm CDT (10am PDT / 11am MDT / 1pm EDT) Presenter(s): Melinda Boland (Director, OER Services at ISKME & OER Commons) Kevin Hawkins (Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of North Texas Libraries) Patricia Mulroy (Supervisor, World of Learning Institute) Anita Young (World Language Instructor & Virtual Learning Specialist World of Learning Institute) 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. OER repositories make it easier to find, evaluate, and share these resources. In this discussion-based webinar, gain tips about how to use OER repositories to find high-quality openly licensed educational resources to use in the language classroom, and to share your own creations with other teachers. 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. Melinda Boland directs development of OER Commons and all partner implementations, including professional learning programs and community building efforts with a team of trainers, project managers, librarians, and designers who together produce all of ISKME's OER products and services. Anita Young and Patricia Mulroy work on a team at the World of Learning Institute at Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, a program that provides face-to-face world language instruction in a virtual environment for students who cannot access them in their school. They have made the open resources they developed for their Spanish and German courses available for other teachers to use on OER Commons. At the UNT Libraries, Kevin Hawkins and his team help educate members of the UNT community about OER and partner with others on campus to run some programs in support of OER.

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The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS)

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS) The Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa invites scholars working on Southeast Asian linguistics to the 30th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS), May 18-20, 2020, to be held on the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Plenary speakers: • Gary Holton, University of Hawai'i at Manoa • Kitima Indambarya, Kasetsart University • Peter Jenks, UC Berkeley • Aldrin Lee, University of the Philippines - Diliman The SEALS Conference will be immediately preceded by the International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL) and the International Symposium on the Languages of Java (ISLOJ) on May 14-16, as well as a series of workshops on various topics and a special lecture by Dr. Robert Blust (University of Hawai'i at Manoa) on May 17, 2020. Important Dates: Online Pre-registration: February 04 – April 15, 2020 Online Regular Registration: April 16 – May 12, 2020 For more information about the conference, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/seaconfs/ Questions? Contact us at seaconfs@hawaii.edu The conference is co-sponsored and co-organized by the National Foreign Language Resource Center.

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2020 Summer Institute: Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)

2020 Summer Institute: Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) June 10-16, 2020 This Summer Institute is designed for world language educators who have some knowledge of Project-Based Learning (PBL) as well as some practice in generating project ideas. During the Institute, participants will flesh out their ideas for a project design they have already subjected to critique. Applicants must complete the prerequisite NFLRC MOOC (massive open online course) Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning and earn a badge in order to qualify for consideration for the Institute. Participants who fulfill requirements outlined in an associated course syllabus may opt to receive two (2) graduate course credits (tuition fee). DURATION: 5 instructional days (Wed., Th., Fri., Mon., and Tue.) LOCATION: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT SPONSORS: Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) and National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) PREREQUISITE: Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning MOOC (https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/126/) APPLICATION TIMELINE: Envisioning PBLL MOOC Completion Deadline: February 28, 2020 Summer Institute Application Period Opens: March 1, 2020 Summer Institute Application Period Ends: March 20, 2020 Notification of Participant Selection Decisions: March 31, 2020 For more information, visit https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/127/

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