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Aswaat Arabiyya
Web

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An online resource designed for learners and teachers of Arabic. It provides listening materials and accompanying activities that are intended for the various levels of proficiency from Novice to Superior. These listening materials have been selected from television stations throughout the Arab world and they treat a wide variety of topics and listening genres.

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Bridging Project
Web

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Encouraging students with high levels of proficiency, especially those who graduate from immersion programs and heritage students, to continue language study has become increasingly more challenging. Attrition rates of these advanced-level students across the country continue to rise. The Bridging Project creates meaningful learning experiences to help motivate high school students with high levels of proficiency to continue studying language. Students work in teams to create a place-based, mobile experience for members of their local community using the target language. Each project is themed around engagement in a relevant content area such as sustainability, water rights, and global business. Each team has the option of submitting their project to a scholarship competition.

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Ecopod
Mobile & Tablets

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Helping students make the connection between their language study and their daily lives can increase both their motivation and their proficiency. Ecopod expands the language classroom and brings languages to students living in the University of Oregon Global Scholars Hall. Students enroll in a yearlong course to explore being multilingual in a local, national, and international context. Through the course, students play a place-based, augmented reality game in which they are responsible for the health of their residence hall, also known as a pod. They engage in modules requiring them to use both language and content expertise to solve problems, find collaborators, and build community. For example, students work together to select proper resources to survive a pandemic, collaborate to save a region’s population from genocide, and ensure maximum sustainability in their community. Students also develop their own module in the target language to build proficiency through the creation of text, narrative, and tasks for others.

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