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Teaching Portuguese to Spanish-Speaking Learners (L1, L2 and Heritage): A Structured/ Enhanced Input Approach
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Building on the language skills of Spanish speakers (native speakers, heritage speakers, FL/SL learners of Spanish), this project focuses upon teaching Portuguese through the early introduction of reading authentic texts. This project provides a rich source of authentic materials for Portuguese teachers and learners through a website offering both classroom tasks and web-based language learning materials online. By using learning tools available on the web, the tasks are designed so as to enhance learners’ exposure to authentic input in the target language and draw learners' attention to form and how structural aspects of the target language (syntax, vocabulary, pragmatics, and morphology) differ from Spanish. Authentic texts, arranged in thematic units, have been compiled and placed online; it also developed a wide range of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) tasks for learners of Portuguese for this purpose. The texts and other online materials were piloted in language classes at the University of Arizona and a web discussion board was created for learners to react to the readings and reflect on the target language. A workshop was held in 2009 for grade 9-16 teachers to familiarize them with the web-based products, and presentations were given at ACTFL and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).

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Inviting altruistic agency among students
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Agency is normally understood as the capacity to act, to have a degree of self-determination and control over one’s self and the world. Altruistic agency is being able to act so that others might themselves have more agency and better chances to be self-determined even though it might mean we have less. While teachers seem to have such altruistic agency to varying degrees (as they attempt to agentize their students with knowledge and understandings that can change the world), it can also be stimulated in students themselves in such a way that they help each other learn more effectively. I will be looking at activities to encourage students to be more helpful to each other so they can learn in a more dynamic environment and be resources for each other in many ways. I will also look at external media and how it might also be used to create more altruistic agency. Angeles Arrien said, “I think the human spirit always wants to make a contribution. And I don’t think there are enough invitations” (Briskin et al, 2009:156). So how can our classes and teaching be more invitational?

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The role of consciousness in second language learning
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Richard Schmidt presents on the role of consciousness in second language learning at the 1988 Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) held in at the University of Hawai‘i.

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OER Hangout: Searching and Publishing in OER Repositories

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) 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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