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Assessing Language Development
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Updated 10/2016 This site is intended for language educators, especially those new to the profession. It will familiarize you with a range of approaches towards language assessment, including those that are often termed "alternative forms of assessment". The forms of assessment described here are not particular to any given language but can be used with learners of any language, including Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and Korean as well as more commonly taught languages like Spanish, French, and German and English as a Second Language.

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CALPER Language Advocacy Site
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CALPER collected and compiled materials that will help language educators, administrators, parents, and students to advocate for language learning and filed them under several categories: opinion pieces and news stories published in the press; websites advocating for a particular language; web pages from departments in colleges and universities; flyers, brochures, infographics; videos.

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Example Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Statements from U.S. College Language Programs
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This resource presents a collection of student learning outcome (SLO) statements (i.e., language knowledge, skills, and dispositions) from college world/foreign language programs. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Classical languages, Persian, Arabic, and Hebrew. SLO statements are grouped by program level: major, minor, first year sequence, second year sequence, and general education language requirement.

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Upcoming Events
Oct
2018
14 - 19
Arizona
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L2DL - Participation, Equity and Inclusion: L2 Digital Literacies (L2DL) Symposium

Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power. This is the third event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning; presentations and resources from the 2014 and 2016 symposia can be found on the website and CERCLL's YouTube channel.

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In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at U.S. universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. Now, twenty-five years later, Title VI of the Higher Education Act supports sixteen LRCs, creating a national network of resources to promote and improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for language instructors, and conduct and disseminate research on foreign language learning. All LRCs engage in efforts that enable U.S. citizens to better work, serve, and lead.

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Each LRC has a unique story and mission, but all LRC work is organized around eight basic areas:
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  • Professional development
  • Less commonly taught languages initiatives
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  • Outreach and dissemination

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