The NCLRC Language Resource
VOL. 13, NO. 5

ABC in Roman alphabet and Hindi

September 2009
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Welcome Back to School! The start of the new school year is always full of excitement and anticipation for what the year will hold. At NCLRC we are busy planning our year and the South Asian Languages K-12 Research Study is reaching out to national scholars, heritage leaders, and educators to kick off the three year project. For updates on our activities, follow us on Twitter!

This month's newsletter features an article by Jack Richards on Second Language Teacher Education Today. We're looking for a new author for the Teacher's Diary. Read about Erica's accomplishments and adventures in Chile in the Study-abroad Blog, Érica En Sudamérica. There have also been many updates made to the Culture Club that cannot be missed.

Jack Richards at the LTE Conference 2009Jack Richards at LTE 2009

redstar_white_bg Announcements:

  • The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education announces the launch of a new website, which highlights the urgent need for international and foreign language education to become part of the core mission of the U.S. education system from K-12 through graduate school.
  • National Council Of Less Commonly Taught Languages is seeking nominations for the 2010 Walton Award. See here for more details.
  • Educational Seminar grants are available for teachers and principals to participate in international exchange. For host countries and applications, please visit American Councils
  • The Academy for Educational Development, the US State Department, and iEARN USA are seeking applicants for the Fulbright Teacher Classroom Exchange and the Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.
  • The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. Read more.
  • The Department of Education is now accepting applicants interested in graduate school study for the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. More information is at the US Ed website.
  • The Spencer Foundation is now accepting doctoral candidate applicants for the 2010 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education.
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Second Language Teacher Education Today
by Jack Richards
Editor's note: Jack Richards was a plenary speaker at the 2009 Language Teacher Education Conference and to read more about his research and presentation please visit the LTE Web Portal featured in the Tech for Teachers section.

The growth of Second Language Teacher Education Jack Richards

Second Language Teacher Education (SLTE) is a relatively new specialization within language teaching and, in the form that we know it today, dates from the 1960s. It was during the 1960s that language teaching began a major period of expansion worldwide and that new methodologies emerged to reinvigorate the field of second and foreign language teaching. The origins of specific approaches to teacher training for language teachers began around this time with training programs designed to give prospective teachers the practical classroom skills needed to teach the new methods. The discipline of applied linguistics dates from the same period, and with it came a body of specialized academic knowledge and theory that provided the foundation of the new discipline. The relationship between practical teaching skills and academic knowledge, and their representation in SLTE programs has generated a debate ever since.


redstar_white_bg Teacher's Diary

Teacher's Diary reflects on the experiences of the past year. We're looking for a new author for this section. Please send information on where you teach and a writing sample to Jill. Include the language you teach and how many years of experience you have. A small honorarium is provided at the end of the year.

Read an example...

redstar_white_bg Classroom Solutions: YANA

Sheila 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 question:

  • I would like to have some forms or check lists to help me assess my own EFL teaching and classroom management. I teach Reading to college level students overseas.

Read Part II of YANA's Answer...

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Monthly Question
This month's question is: What collaborations have you found most valuable in your teaching practice? Click here to answer the Question.

Last month we asked "If your school would pay for it, what would you most like to do to improve your language teaching ability during the summer vacation?" Read responses here.

This month's poll asks about: Which collaborative approaches to learning does your school use for teacher development? Click here to participate in the poll.

Last month, we asked, "What do you do in the summer that contributes to your language teaching practice? Click here to see the responses

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

redstar_white_bgCritical Languages
  • The US Department of Education announces the Title VI 2009 International Research and Studies awards.
  • Michigan State University, Arabic Language Flagship Program is hosting a full day teacher training workshop on Arabic K-12 Language Teaching on Nov. 7th. For information or to register, contact Wafa
  • Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce announces the next trip of their fellowship program, Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH) for Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan. 3, 2010. More information here.

See the critical languages announcements...

Read More at the new DesiLearn page

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


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edited by Christine Meloni

New for this month: Every room in the Culture Club has been updated! Visit the Current Directory to see what each room has to offer.

We are pleased to announce the Third Annual Culture Club Scavenger Hunt. You can win a scholarship to an NCLRC 2010 Summer Institute by completing the Hunt in Spanish, French, or Italian. Read more about the instructions and prizes here.

redstar_white_bgAsk Dora

Dora Johnson is a Program Associate at Center for Applied Linguistics, and answers reader's questions related to languages.

This month's question:

  • I am trying to find some reliable statistics on the number of Chinese language learners in K-12 and higher education in the United States. Could you direct me to resources where I may obtain this information?
redstar_white_bgTech for Teachers

Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology & New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology Joint Fall Conference
Yale University's Center for Language Study is hosting the NEALLT/NERALLT Joint Fall Conference on October 30-31, 2009. The theme of the conference is "Distance and blended learning environments." The deadline to submit proposals is September 18, 2009. Click here for more details.

Language Teacher Education Conference Highlights in Tech for Teachers Portal

LTE Conference Group Discussion with Simon BorgIf you missed our conference, several tech-oriented presentations can be viewed online via the LTE Web Portal. We're collaborating with MERLOT's World Languages Web Portal to publicize this information, so you can see us there, too. Click here to see pictures from the conference.

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.
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Erica In South America [Érica En Sudamérica]
by Erica MantaErica's photo

Erica has returned from Chile! Her updated blog posts compare two universities in Chile and share her thoughts and feelings about doing a home stay. The universities she attended were La Universidad Católica, a private, Catholic university, and La Universidad de Chile: a public university. On staying with a host family, Erica says:

"In the first 48 hours our group arrived in Chile before we met our host families, they were all we could talk about. Everyone was excited and nervous and anxious, myself included. Read more...

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LTE Staff NCLRC Staff (pictured left: Rebecca, Danielle, and Mike) enjoying the LTE Conference.
LTE Staff Photo 2

The Jills photo staff welcome Dr. Jill Robbins in her new role as Project Director. Dr. Robbins has conducted research and authored books and articles on learning strategies for second and foreign language speaking and listening comprehension. Her teaching experience includes ESL, EFL, and teacher preparation in the US, China, and Japan. Dr. Robbins holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University


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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