The NCLRC Language Resource
VOL. 14, NO.6


June/July 2010
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Global Competence: Where Do World Languages Fit In?
by Michele Aoki, Ph.D.

Over the past decade, a number of leaders in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector have come together to articulate a vision for global education in our country. Much of the impetus for this new-found focus on internationalizing curriculum and preparing students P-20 (preschool to graduate school) for today's interconnected world has come from funding and advocacy efforts of the Asia Society and the Longview Foundation, beginning with the first States Institute on International Education in 2002 and currently supported by the Partnership for Global Learning, established in 2008.


redstar_white_bg Classroom Solutions: YANA

Edited by Sheila Cockey. YANA stands for 'You are Not Alone.' Your questions on challenges in your classrooms are answered by an expert on languages and culture teaching.

This month's article:

Dear YANA,

I will be doing a 30-minute demo lesson. I would like to know what key elements make a successful demo. In other words, what does the observer look at and for? These students are beginners.



Read YANA's response...

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Monthly Question
This month's question is: "If your school would pay for it what would you most like to do to improve your language teaching ability during the summer vacation?" Click here to answer the Question.

Last month we asked "How do you integrate global awareness with standards based teaching?" Read responses here.

This month's poll asks about: "What do you do in the summer that contributes to your language teaching practice?" Click here to participate in the poll.

Last month, we asked, "Which of these global issues have you explored in your language class?" Click here to see the responses

We would love to hear your thoughts and feelings regarding this month's questions! All insights are welcome!

NCLRC announces new podcasts in Chinese, Russian and Arabic. These are drawn from twice-monthly webcasts with student activities. See Chinese, Russian and Arabic home pages.
Chinese Webcasts
Arabic Webcasts
Russian Webcasts
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edited by Christine Meloni

The Culture Club is an online environment that provides instructors with materials and articles to assist them in teaching culture in their foreign language classrooms. New lesson plans, reviews of films and books, mystery photos, teen interviews, and articles on various aspects of culture will be added regularly. Visit the Culture Club at

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Un petit Tour du Recherche - From why to how and back by B. A. Sauret, Ph.D.

A kind-hearted teacher who taught Algebra in the room across the hall from mine mused aloud while we stood watching the copier churn that if he were to move to another country he would make sure that his children spoke only the language of the new home country.

"Really," I asked, making my eyes as round in astonishment as I could. "So, you wouldn't let them talk to their grandparents? You wouldn't let them talk to you?" Read more...

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Getting More from What You Have: Productivity Tools by John Ross

Productivity tools are those software applications developed for the business world and so called because they make us more productive. They are also very prevalent in schools today. They include applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. Along with some Internet applications like e-mail and web browsers, these are the applications that most teachers and students will be familiar with outside of the classroom, but not necessarily to support teaching and learning beyond their basic functionality. Read more ...

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World Languages and Global Education
by Victoria Nier

"Global education" has become a buzzword in the news. Whether this should be seen as a sea change or one end of an unstoppable pendulum swing between isolationism and engagement is up for debate; the reality is that in the United States, right now, there's a push for our children to get a "global education" that will prepare them to participate in the international marketplace of ideas and economics. For people who teach languages, this new or renewed push could be a very good thing. The push toward global education could be our chance to institute world language programs and principles in our local, state, and federal level educational policies — but we will only be able to accomplish our goals as language educators if we are smart about planning. Read more...


redstar_white_bg Professional Development, Conferences and Funding Opportunities

Find out about all of the upcoming local and national conferences in one easy-to-access place, the Teachers' Calendar. We also list fellowship and grant opportunities and teacher exchange and study programs, along with student scholarships for foreign language study.


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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