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New technologies and language learning: Cases in the less commonly taught languages
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In recent years, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) has supported an increasing number of programs for teaching languages using different technological media. This compilation of case study initiatives funded through the NSEP Institutional Grants Program presents a range of technology-based options for language programming that will help universities make more informed decisions about teaching less commonly taught languages. The seven chapters describe how different types of technologies (e.g., Web, ITV, and audio- or video-based materials) are used to support language programs, discuss identifiable trends in e-language learning, and explore how technology addresses issues of equity, diversity, and opportunity. This book offers many lessons learned and decisions made as technology changes and learning needs become more complex.

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Motivation and second language acquisition
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This volume -the second in this series concerned with motivation and foreign language learning- includes papers presented in a state-of-the-art colloquium on L2 motivation at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (Vancouver, 2000) and a number of specially commissioned studies. The 20 chapters, written by some of the best-known researchers in the field, cover a wide range of theoretical and research methodological issues and also offer empirical results (both qualitative and quantitative) concerning the learning of many different languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) in a broad range of learning contexts (Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Spain, and the US).

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Language learning strategies around the world: Cross-cultural perspectives
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Language learning strategies are the specific steps students take to improve their progress in learning a second or foreign language. Optimizing learning strategies improves language performance. This book presents new information about cultural influences on the use of language learning strategies. It also shows innovative ways to assess students' strategy use and useful techniques for helping students improve their choice of strategies, with the goal of peak language learning.

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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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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.

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