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Teaching World Languages:
A Practical Guide

    English Version
Now in it's 2nd Edition, this guide provides insight into the teaching of all world languages and is based on current best practices. Organized by topic, each chapter is a stand-alone unit that treats both principles and practices of teaching world languages, and includes examples of activities, resources, and rubrics. The Principles section addresses essential concepts in language teaching while the Practices section places emphasis on the authenticity of the resources, experiences, and activities in which learners are engaged.

Teaching World Languages:
A Practical Guide

    Chinese Versions
The Teaching World Languages Chinese Edition is provided in both Traditional and Simplified versions.

Teaching World Languages:
A Practical Guide

    Arabic Version

The Essentials of Language Teaching
This is a how-to Web site for university-level language teachers who want to review or develop their skills in communicative language teaching. Whether you are just starting out in university-level language teaching in the United States, or are an old hand in the language classroom, we think you'll find useful material on this site.

Portfolio Assessment Guide
This free, web-based tutorial is designed to guide educators in creating and implementing a standards-based, foreign language portfolio assessment tied to their own curricula. It includes teacher and student questionnaires, FL standards checklists, planning worksheets, sample rating scales, self-assessment activities, and sample lessons.

Elementary Immersion Learning Strategies Guide
This is a guide to incorporating learning strategies into an existing immersion curriculum in Grades K-6. Included in the guide are chapters on teaching learning strategies, selecting strategies to introduce to students in language and content areas at each grade level, sample lessons, a model for developing a learning strategies lesson, learning strategies lists and definitions in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian.

Sailing the 5 Cs with Learning Strategies
This guide focuses on how the teaching learning strategies can aid the teacher meet the ACTFL Standards. It includes suggestions about how to teach learning strategies, suggestions about which strategies are appropriate to introduce at different stages, and a segment on FL learning strategies written specifically for the high school student.

Developing Autonomy in Language Learners
Learning Strategies Instruction in Higher Education: To learn a foreign language effectively, students need to know how to learn as well as what to learn. Having a repertoire of learning strategies can help students become better and more autonomous learners. This guide introduces 20 particularly useful learning strategies and demonstrates how teachers can present these strategies in the classroom.

Russian for Russians
This web-based interactive program is designed to help heritage Russian speakers develop their language, and learn to read and write in Russian. The site includes chapters on the Russian alphabet, business, and history.

Russian Web casts
bi-weekly, fifteen-minute web casts based on major news stories delivered in simplified standard Russian. Scripts are prepared based on media reports from radio and TV web outlets such as ORT, NTV and Mayak. The scripts are recorded by native speakers trained in pedagogical delivery, and come with pre- and post-script exercises on the website.

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  • Handouts from AATSP Conference - Denver, CO - July 20, 2015

        Authentic Classrooms: Leading Students Toward Proficiency.

    In authentic classrooms languages and cultures meet in a swirl of activity surrounding learners with sounds and meanings of the language. Materials of and from the culture are key to helping students become proficient in using their new language. Using the free educational resource Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide, this session examines principles supporting effective teaching practices and demonstrates how these practices can be applied to the 5 Cs and the Can-Do-Statements of language learning.

    Presented by Anna Uhl Chamot, Ph.D. and Sheila W. Cockey, MALS, M.Ed.

  • From the Director: 25 years: A Retrospective

  • The Future of NCLRC: October, 2014

  • Our Final Newsletter June, 2015 - Language Resource Newsletter is online! Read it here. Includes links to many previous newsletters.

  • Announcing an updated NCLRC Publication - Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition

    This guide provides insights into and suggestions for the teaching of world languages. Addressing both Principles and Practices with resources and examples, it is based on current best practices, the Standards for Foreign Language Learning (2006) and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements (2013).

  • Announcing Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide - Chinese Edition

    This guide follows the format of the English edition and is provided in both Chinese Traditional and Simplified versions.

  • Announcing Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide - Arabic Edition

    This guide is presented following the format of the English edition.



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