The NCLRC Language Resource
VOL. 13, NO. 1


LTE 2009 Conference

February 2009
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Each month this year we are looking at at theme from the Language Teacher Education Conference. This month's theme is Collaborations in Language Teacher Education. Discover the government language initiative in the National Language Service Corps in our Feature Story. See collaboration at work in the Proficiency Oriented Curriculum Handbook with sample lessons. Teacher's Diary finds Anita dealing with difficult students. This month’s Testing Tips focuses on a new, free (!) resource for language instructors. Our Critical Languages news announces the 2009 Chinese Guest Teacher Program and much more. The newest edition of the NEALLT newsletter is available in Tech for Teachers. Dora and friends answer a question about successful early language learning programs. Culture Club is updated with new music reviews, a photo contest, an Italian recipe, and book reviews. Be sure you check out our Arabic and Russian Webcasts, which we're podcasting, too.


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Patriotic Opportunities for Critical Language Speakers - Language for the Good of All
The government continues to introduce initiatives that highlight the importance of foreign language programs among teachers, students and the U.S. population as a whole. In 2006, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) created the congressionally mandated pilot program-- the National Language Service Corps (NLSC) in an effort to gauge the interest of multi-lingual Americans willing to serve language communities and the government in times of national need. Read more...

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Anita is a first year Spanish teacher in a suburban school near Chicago. She is sharing her thoughts and experiences all this year with our readers.

Dear Diary,
It’s February! One semester down, one to go! I am totally looking forward to this semester. I am more comfortable in my teacher skin, my bag-o-tricks is growing, I know how to use the gradebook and other programs, and I have good working relationships with everyone in the building. There’s only one problem I wish I knew how to deal with...Read more...

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Root Words: Ninging the praises of My Friends - Spanish for Native Speakers - An interview with Sara Urquhart by Belinda A. Sauret
So, why are you reading about Spanish for Native Speakers on the Internet? Wouldn’t it be faster to go to the teacher next door and ask her what to do with the students who struggle to tell “hogar” from “ahogar” when they read? Why not just turn to the new and fun SNS activities section of your regular Spanish textbook? In your dreams, right? In my dreams, come to think about it. And, as it turns out, in Sara Urquhart’s dreams too. Read more...
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Monthly Question
What have you learned from the experience of being observed? Who observed you? In what context? Click here to answer the Question.
How do you feel about being observed as a teacher? Click here to answer the Poll.
We would love to hear your thoughts and feelings regarding this month's questions! All insights are welcome!

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Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction and Assessment: A Curriculum Handbook for Teachers
Diane J. Tedick, Editor, The Minnesota Articulation Project

This marvelous resource has both classroom tasks and thematic units. Each task and unit appears in a standard format or template that stipulates the corresponding theme, standards, level, purpose, functions, language structures, cultural aspects, and modalities. We sample two lessons this month. Read more...

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Bring a Chinese Guest Teacher to Your School!
The College Board, in partnership with National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), announces the 2009 Chinese Guest Teacher Program. Opportunities for Summer Institutes, Foreign Teaching Assistants and Exchange teachers are announced, and we link to a wide range of resources for students and teachers of Arabic Read more...

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Best wishes to our intern, Mary Claire, who is leaving for a new job! Another intern, Erica, is on her way to Santiago, Chile and will be blogging from there. Stay tuned! - The NCLRC Staff

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A new Where in the World? Mystery Photo Contest has been launched in the Photo Gallery, and the photos of the November contest have been successfully identified. (Teachers of Spanish, please note!) In the Music Room Spanish Film Editor Andrea Varricchio recommends “Lo mejor de Andrea Bocelli-Vivere” for the Spanish classroom. An Italian recipe for a pasta dish, Pasta al Forno alla Pio, is featured in the Banquet Hall. Check out the Culture Shocks blog for new stories about coping with cultural differences (focus: When in Rome). The Library features reviews of three books (German, Italian, and Norwegian).

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The newest edition of the Northeast Association of Language Learning Technology (NEALLT) newsletter is out. Click here to access the document.

redstar_white_bg Professional Development, Conferences and Funding Opportunities
We've compiled the conference announcements in one easy-to-access place, the Teachers' Calendar where you can find out what conferences are coming your way in 2009.
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Dora Johnson is a Program Associate at Center for Applied Linguistics, and answers reader's questions related to languages.
This month question:

  • I know that the earlier one starts learning a language the better, but I need the research to show a committee. Do you know where I could find some? Is there any research that focuses on Non-western languages specifically, namely Arabic and Chinese?
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small guitarGuitars in the Spanish Language Classroom
Music helps students integrate what they have learned in a world language. Participants in this NCLRC Summer Institute who had never played the guitar learned how to play simple chords to accompany Spanish songs to enhance and enrich the classroom experience. This Guitars in the Spanish Language Classroom institute will be offered again from June 25 - 26 and is generously sponsored by Godin Guitars, Dunlop Manufacturing, and The John and Joan D'Addario Foundation. Participants take home a free guitar. Watch an online version of the highlights or download in iTunes.Read more...

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Introducing the Foreign Language Assessment Directory and companion tutorial, Understanding Assessment
This month’s Testing Tips focuses on a new, free (!) resource for language instructors. The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is pleased to launch the Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD) and its companion tutorial, Understanding Assessment. The goal of these two resources is to provide foreign language instructors and administrators with free, online access to information on hundreds of available language tests as well as the tools and concepts needed to select an appropriate assessment. Read more...
CAL, NCLRC, and the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association offer a SOPI workshop. Details and application form.

NCLRC announces new podcasts in Russian and Arabic. These are drawn from twice-monthly webcasts with student activities. See Russian and Arabic home pages.

Arabic Webcasts

Russian Webcasts

The Language Resource is a monthly publication of the National Capital Language Resource Center to provide practical teaching strategies, share insights from research, and announce professional development opportunities for all foreign language educators.

Funded by the US Department of Education through Title VI, we are a consortium of Georgetown University , The George Washington University, and the Center for Applied Linguistics.

Also available on our website
Culture Club Elementary Immersion Learning Strategies Resource Guide
Arabic K-12 Teachers' newsletter The Essentials of Language Teaching
Sailing the 5 Cs with Learning Strategies:
A Resource Guide for Secondary Foreign Language Educators
Developing Autonomy in Language Learners: Learning Strategies Instruction in Higher Education
Portfolio Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom Russian for Russians
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