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Greeting for June 2015

Welcome to our last newsletter. The end of the academic year brings with it the end of the NCLRC. A bitter-sweet occasion for us, we nevertheless, have brought together our regular columnists for one more fabulous issue of sharing great ideas. Don't miss the announcement of the posting of the 2nd edition of our most recent free educational resource, Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide. Also, be sure to read the comments from our Director, Dr. Anna U. Chamot. As always, we wish you a good summer for renewal and expansion, and a future of reaching and stretching to meet the needs of your students with fun and meaningful learning for proficiency. A full pdf version of this newsletter is available here.



redstar_white_bg The Director's Column

25 years: A Retrospective
Anna U. Chamot, Ph.D., Director, NCLRC, The George Washington University

Established in 1990, the NCLRC's focus has been on meeting the national need for the expansion and improvement of foreign language education by reaching out to all foreign and world language teachers and instructors across the United States. … For its first six years, this Language Resource Center was operated by Georgetown University and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), with the late James E. Alatis as its founding Director. … In 1996, the George Washington University joined the consortium, with three Co-Directors: Dr. Alatis for Georgetown University, Dr. Dorry Kenyon and later Dr. Margaret M. Malone for CAL, and Dr. Anna Uhl Chamot for GWU. … All of [our] publications and resources [are] available at no cost on the NCLRC website at the George Washington University (www.nclrc.org). … A warm and heartfelt thank you to all of you who have made it possible for the NCLRC to fulfill its mission "to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States."Read more... (PDF)

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Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide 2nd edition
Sheila W. Cockey, Editor

A second edition of our popular free educational resource has just been posted on the website. Divided into two sections, Principles and Practices, this easy-to-use book has chapters that focus on areas of interest to foreign language teachers. It is designed to meet the needs of all language teachers, regardless of the number of years or the language taught, and incorporates current best practices, including the application of the Foreign Language Standards of Learning© and the Can-Do Statements©. The focus is on ways in which the teacher can usher students along the pathway to increased proficiency. Read more... (PDF)

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"Schnapp.." to it!: Authentic Materials in the Classroom
Cynthia Kelly, Spotsylvania County VA Public Schools

The language in authentic material has a purpose, is functional and up-to-date, contextualized, and often exposes students to a wide variety of vocabulary and structures, selecting the materials yourself allows you to zoom in on what will most interest and be applicable to your student community. All of these are important things in keeping your students excited and learning happily! At the same time, you'll keep yourself "fresh" while tantalizing your students, no mean feat for those of us not surrounded by large communities offering vibrant cultural activities and frequent meaningful interaction with native speakers. Once you've selected your material, questions you may find helpful to answer include when to use the material, for what purpose and how to implement it. In other words, make your material selection and then design backwards. Read more... (PDF)

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The End of the Year
YANA: Sheila W. Cockey

The End of the Year brings with it bittersweet feelings: pride in how much our students have accomplished, concern over how much more might have been accomplished had things been different, eagerness about how they will fare in their next course of language study, and even a bit of melancholy over the good byes that are always a part of the end of the year.

It is at such a time that a review of the past puts us in a good frame of mind for what is to come…beyond the freedom that summer often offers, that is. And so it is with this column that we look back to remember what we've talked about and shared. Read more... (PDF)

redstar_white_bg Sound Bites for Better Teaching

Planning for Authentic Instruction
Marcel LaVergne, Ed.D.

… teachers need to plan instruction that will guarantee success beyond the classroom by creating an environment wherein students use disciplined inquiry to construct meaning and produce knowledge, products, and performances that have value or meaning beyond success in school. They have identified the following five criteria necessary for authentic instruction: higher-order thinking, depth of knowledge, connectedness to the world beyond the classroom, substantive conversation, and social support for student achievement. To be considered as authentic, they distinguish between achievement that is meaningful and significant and that which is trivial and useless Read more... (PDF)

redstar_white_bg Business Language in Focus

Looking Back, then Looking Forward
Margaret Gonglewski, The George Washington University
Anna Helm, The George Washington University

Summer 2012, exactly three years ago, I was asked to write a feature article for the July/August issue of The Language Resource. The article, "Going global: Connecting foreign languages with business" kindled the spark, and shortly thereafter I started a regular column called Business Language in Focus. In this final issue of The Language Resource, we'll take a retrospective look at what we've covered in those three years in this column and invite you to continue the journey in a new context this fall. Read more... (PDF)

redstar_white_bg Using Technology for Language Learning

Ready to Jump Into Blended Learning?
Carol Marcolini, CITT for Hampton City Schools
Laurie Smith, Retired CITT from Hampton City Public Schools

The advantages of creating a blended online class outweigh the time investment. Naturally, creating something new and making it work, personalizing it for you and your students will take time but once that initial investment is made, the benefit to you and your students make it worth the effort. Students will always know where to find the assignments, due dates, notes, and project descriptions. No more lost papers, or excuses for ignorance of assignments. Train your students to check the online class for assignments for when they are absent. Show your parents how to access the site so they can be part of your instructional home team. Advantages are easier grading and fewer papers/folders/stuff to carry home and back to school as well as less copying, less frustration for both you and your students. You will have increased time to spend in the classroom, devoting it rather to speaking and listening in the target language, which is the goal of every foreign language teacher. Read more... (PDF)

The Language Resource is a bi-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.

® 2015, National Capitol Language Resource Center

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