The NCLRC Language Resource
VOL. 17, NO.6

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July/August 2014
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Greeting for July/August 2014

It's now officially summer! While summer means some time off from the rigor of the "academic year," summer also offers us the time to investigate new topics, methods, tools, and ideas that we may want to implement next year. We've pared down our newsletter to include just our regular authors, who have written interesting and thought-provoking columns for you to consider. We hope you enjoy the more casual and lazier days of summer while you prepare yourself to return to the classroom in the fall, energized and ready to go. As always, we are eager to hear your thoughts about the ideas presented in the newsletter, or about ideas that you wish us to explore in a future edition.

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  • July 7 - August 10, 2014. (Various Dates) CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers. Minneapolis MN.
    • 7/7-8/10 - Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning and Professional Development [online course]
    • 7/14-7/18 - Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
    • 7/14-7/18 - Focusing on Learner Language: Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
    • 7/14-7/18 - Improving Language Learning: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
    • 7/21-7/25 - Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
    • 7/21-7/25 - Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
    • 7/28-8/1 - Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
    • 7/28-8/1 - Language and Culture in Sync: Teaching Pragmatics of a Second Language
    • 7/28-8/1 - Developing Materials for Language Teaching

  • July 8 - 11, 2014. AATSP Annual Conference. Panama City, Panama

  • July 19 - 22, 2014. AATF Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA

  • July 21 - August 1, 2014. (Various Dates) CARLA Summer Institutes for Immersion Teachers. Minneapolis MN.
    • 7/21-7/25 Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching for Chinese and Japanese
    • 7/28-8/1 Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching

  • August 3 - 8, 2014. International Society for Business Education Conference 2014. Service Design. Helsinki, Finland

  • For the complete Calendar listing, Click Here!

If you have something you would like us to list, please contact the editor: and she will be happy to include your professional event in our calendar.

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Announcing a New NCLRC Publication:
Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide

Sheila W. Cockey

This new guide provides insight into the teaching of world languages principally for K-12 teachers, although instructors at the university level will also find this a valuable resource. It is based on current best practices, Standards for Foreign Language Learning (2006) and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements (2013).

Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide is written as a series of stand-alone chapters, divided into three sections: Principles, Practice, and References and Resources. The five chapters in the Principles section address Essential Concepts in Language Teaching and the seven chapters in the Practice section are designed to provide you with practical examples and classroom activities. Each Practice chapter addresses one of the Standards. Examples are provided throughout each of the chapters to demonstrate the implementation of the content. The final section provides a compilation of references, resources, credits, and appendices from each of the content chapters. Read more... (PDF)

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Business Japanese Immersion Seminar: Intensive Learning from and with Colleagues, Students, and the Business Community
Rachel Crawford and Margaret Gonglewski, The George Washington University

For many instructors, May heralds the end of a school year and temporary reprieve from lesson plans and preparation, but through this year's GW-CIBER Business Language Immersion Seminar, instructors of Japanese from around the Northeast have already begun their curricular development for the coming year. "Teaching Business Japanese in the 21st Century: Professional Development Seminar for Japanese Instructors" was organized by GW Professors Shoko Hamano and Mitsuyo Sato and marks the ninth Business Language Immersion program held on the George Washington University campus. The well-attended event-the topic of this issue's Business Language in Focus column-brought together participants from all levels of instruction (K-12 to university faculty and members of professional institutions) and from local Washington, DC, to distant Colorado and Canada for a day of business-language-focused learning, sharing, and networking. Read more... (PDF)

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An Introduction to Backward Design
Nicole DeMarco, Center for Applied Linguistics

This month's Testing Tips offers an overview of backward design in the context of the Understanding by Design® (UbD) framework, as understood from the perspective of a graduate student conducting an internship in language testing. Backward design, a concept with which I was unfamiliar before beginning a summer internship at CAL, offers a framework that enhances instruction by approaching curriculum and assessment in innovative ways. Read more... (PDF)

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How do You Spend your Personal Reading Time?
YANA: Sheila W. Cockey

This is a follow-up to YANA's previous column about finding reading materials for students. The reading habits of teens have shifted considerably over the last 10 years: they are reading less paper-based and more electronically-based selections now. Helping them find a comfortable media to use for their reading will go a long way toward encouraging them to read for all kinds of purposes.

Do you read in more than one language? What percentage of your reading time is spent not reading in your mother tongue? How did you develop this skill? Whatever that language is and however you may distribute it in your reading time, chances are that you do a lot of reading everyday of your life, and probably in more than one language. In addition to being essential to our job and daily routine, reading enriches our life. Read more... (PDF)

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Teaching Foreign Languages as a Life Skill
Marcel LaVergne, Ed.D.

Is a foreign language an academic subject or a life skill? If time in the classroom is spent mostly on vocabulary development and grammar rules, if assessment consists in testing word knowledge and verb conjugations, then foreign language is treated as an academic subject in an achievement-based curriculum. If, on the other hand, some time is given to developing language functions in simulated real-life situations, if the focus is on developing and assessing the four language skills, then foreign language is considered a life skill in a proficiency-type curriculum. Read more... (PDF)

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Ingredient 6: Reflection at the End of the School Year
Sylvia Lillehoj, Howard County MD Public Schools

When people find out that I write a column on teacher reflection, one of the first things I am asked is, "How do you reflect?" Some ask simply because they are curious to know if I walk the talk and align my words with my actions, making time to self-reflect and examine the relation between my actions and their effects. Others ask because they want to use the same method in their own practice, believing that I have crafted a self-reflection formula that is profoundly successful. While I do have a formula, it may surprise you. Read more... (PDF)

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Digital Citizenship
Carol Marcolini, CITT, Hampton City VA Public Schools,
Laurie Smith, CITT Retired from Hampton City VA Public Schools

However you use technology in the classroom, every teacher needs to teach their students how to be good digital citizens. Just like we want students to become active and thoughtful participants in the physical classroom, we need to include in our instruction our expectations for becoming successful and responsible users of technology. Read more... (PDF)

The Language Resource is a monthly publication of the National Capital Language Resource Center that provides 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.

® 2014, National Capitol Language Resource Center

Also available on our website
Teaching World Languages
Principles and practices with resources and examples
Culture Club
A space to share multicultural and multilanguage resources for teachers and students alike
The Essentials of Language Teaching Elementary Immersion Learning Strategies Resource Guide
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