The NCLRC Language Resource
VOL. 14, NO.5


May 2010
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Language Skills in the Global Marketplace
by Mark Fryer, Ph.D.

In an increasingly connected, globalized world where marketplaces and cultures continue to integrate, the need for language skills has become ever more apparent. Cultures that were once separated by unimaginable distances and circumstances are now interdependent. This changing global dynamic asserts the need for individuals with cultural knowledge and language skills who can utilize their competencies to bridge communication gaps among the private and public sectors both domestically and internationally.


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 often have students who want to enter some sort of a contest. Even though I think their work is very commendable — even outstanding — they never seem to win any recognition. What am I missing? What should I be checking for to be sure they are competitive?


Looking for a Win

Read YANA's response...

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Monthly Question
This month's question is: How do you integrate global awareness with standards based teaching? Click here to answer the Question.

Last month we asked "How do you prepare your students to enter a language related career?" Read responses here.

This month's poll asks about: "Which of these global issues have you explored in your language class?" Click here to participate in the poll.

Last month, we asked, "What careers do you advise your language students to consider?" Click here to see the responses

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

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Critical Languages Announcements

See the critical languages announcements for more details...

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
redstar_white_bg Culture Club

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

redstar_white_bg Summer Institutes

Registration for NCLRC 2010 Summer Institutes is now available! Select from a variety of professional development opportunities in the nation's capital.

Brain, Language, and Bilingualism
June 14-15
Presenters: Michael Ullman, Ph.D.

Dr. Ullman is a leading researcher in bilingualism, language learning, and the brain. In this institute for language teachers and instructors, participants first learn about basic brain anatomy and how language is processed in the brain. On Day 2, the institute will focus on brain research with language learners and bilinguals. Activities will include presentations, demonstrations, discussion, and video and audio examples of illustrative cases.  

Arts Integration in the Foreign Language Classroom
June 28
Kristin Gomez, Arlington County Public Schools

In this workshop, language teachers will learn to build a framework for incorporating the arts into their teaching. Arts integration helps teachers draw the intellectual and creative potential from all students. Participants will learn Arts integration strategies that provide a wonderful way to wrap language content into a rich, creative, and cultural context. Any subject comes to life when students can participate in unique explorations of learning while using their hands and their minds. Hands-on activities will allow participating teachers to explore different arts integration strategies and learn how to balance rigorous content and personal expression. Among the art forms to be included are: poetry, mask-making, dance, and song.  

Click here for information on Summer Institutes!

redstar_white_bgTech for Teachers

Getting more from what you have: When free isn't free by John Ross

My friend Laurene and I used to work together until she went back to academia to pursue her doctorate. I'm really glad she has this opportunity, but I miss the conversations we used to have about some new technology we had seen or other developments in the EdTech world. Her former experiences using technology in classrooms and school districts have given her a healthy perspective in terms of the reality of technology integration and she taught me a lot. For example, I am confounded by the number of new technologies that we would find for free. "How can a company afford to give this product away?" I'd ask. "What kind of business model is that?" And Laurene would say, "Free like a beer? Or free like a puppy?" Read more ...

redstar_white_bgTesting Tips

How learning other languages got me temporarily stranded in an English-speaking country
by Margaret Malone

I had all sorts of grand ideas for this month's column, including serious references to the importance of testing students' performance in world languages in order to support world language programs. Then, I got stranded in England for six days at the tail end of the annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (my favorite conference, including ECOLT, because this year I was not LTRC chair) in Cambridge, England due to Eyjafjallajokul, also known as the Iceland volcano. Read more...

The Sign Language Assessment website has a fresh new look and also includes a number of added features, such as: Test examples, Forum, News.

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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