Archive for the ‘Languages’ Category

New Language Lab Facilitites in Lathrop – Oct 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The images of the drop-in area and the classroom and instructor’s meeting spaces.

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For the detail, please visit the language lab website


Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRCs) funding – CASLS InterCom news Oct 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Centers program for 2014-2018 has been announced.

Read more about the four new LRC’s that have been added in this four-year cycle at

Learn more about LRC’s at



From – CASLS InterCom

Volume 18 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is Now Available

Friday, June 6th, 2014



Volume 18 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is Now Available
We are happy to announce that Volume 18, Number 2, of Language Learning & Technology is now available at It is a special issue on “Game-Informed L2 Teaching and Learning” with guest editors Jonathon Reinhardt and Julie Sykes. The contents are listed below.

Please visit the LLT Web site and be sure to sign up to receive your free subscription if you have not already done so (


Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues, which should be done online at If you have questions about this process, check our guidelines for submission at:

CASLS interCom articles June 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014


International Dialects of English Archive
Source: IDEA
Are you exploring different dialects of English with your students? Are you looking for audio samples of speakers of different dialects? The International Dialects of English Archive is a repository of audio clips of native English speakers from all over the world. Each audio clip is well-documented with demographic information about the speakers.
Access IDEA at


May 2014 Issue of TESL-EJ
Source: TESL-EJ
The May 2014 issue of TESL-EJ is available at
In this issue:
Shogo Sakurai, Corrective Feedback and Student Uptakes in English Immersion Classrooms in Japan: Is the Counter-Balance Hypothesis Valid?
Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, Thai Elementary School Teachers’ English Pronunciation and Effects of Teacher Variables: Professional Development
Enas Abdullah Rajab Hammad, Palestinian EFL Teachers’ Attitudes Towards English Textbooks Used at the First Three Grades of Elementary School
Kay Hong-Nam, ELL High School Students’ Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategy Use and Reading Proficiency
James Buckingham, Open Digital Badges for the Uninitiated
Plus reviews of books and media articles.

News: Google debuts online education tool Oppia, UNI-Collaboraion, TandemPlus CLA Language Center

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Google debuts online education tool Oppia to let anyone create interactive activities for teaching others

Google today launched a new online education tool called Oppia, currently an open source project with the goal of making it easy for anyone to create online interactive activities that others can learn from. Called explorations, these activities can be built and contributed to by multiple people from around the world through a Web interface, without any programming required….[!xKqbJ]

UNI-Collaboration: This platform is aimed at supporting university educators and mobility coordinators to organise and run online intercultural exchanges for their students….

TandemPlus, CLA Language Center, Univ of Minnesota: he TandemPlus program organizes opportunities for language students to practice and improve their abilities in the foreign language they are studying. To meet the needs of as many students as possible, we make these practice opportunities available in a variety of formats…. []

CASLS – InterCom news: Sources for Authentic Audio on Spanish, French, and German

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Sources for Authentic Audio on Spanish, French, and German
Source: Language Teachers Collaborate
Language: French, German, Spanish

From languageteacherscollaborate

Here is a collection of links to online sources of authentic audio for Spanish, French, and German:

[CASLS InterCom Article]

InterCom News & Articles: French, Spanish, Arabic, and Bloom’s Taxonomy

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

CASLS InterCom


–New Learning Resource: French Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Source: French Embassy
Language: French


L’Art français au Musée d’art de Saint-Louis / French Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum is a new learning resource for teachers and students developed by the University of Missouri-St. Louis with the support of the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

It provides images and descriptive texts for nearly 100 works of art by French artists. The works are among the highlights of the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. This resource has been designed to facilitate teaching and learning about these works, for students of French language and culture as well as students of art. It includes information about the work, the historical moment, the artistic genre, and the artist.

All texts are provided in English and French, with audio recordings in French.

This resource is available at

–Phone Conversations

Source: Spanish Phone Conversations
Language: Arabic, Spanish

The Spanish Phone Conversations website contains over 300 casual phone searchable by level, country/dialect, and topic. It is available at Read a review of this resource at

There is a companion website, Arabic Phone Conversations, available at It was featured in a past InterCom article:


–Blog Post: Bloom’s Taxonomy and Language Proficiency

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Source: Amy Lenord’s Blog
Language: ANY

Spanish teacher Amy Lenord writes:

“Since my teaching assignment this year is only level 1, I have had a unique opportunity to really think about what it is we are teaching in that first level and the language tasks we ask our students to perform. One thing I have noticed is that most level one curricula focus heavily on getting students to describe people, places and things, and while I do believe this is extremely valuable, I think in level one we are missing some important every day communicative tasks in our lessons. …

“The other day I was cleaning out my portable hard drive when I ran across some jpegs of Bloom’s taxonomy I had tucked away and had an epiphany. When I read the verbage that was categorized by the taxonomy skills I realized that right before my eyes were great beginnings of real life language tasks waiting to be employed in my lessons. So, being the tinkerer that I am, I took the verbs and came up with a few ideas of my own…”

Read on for some ideas to get even beginning students using higher level thinking skills in their second language:

Webinar Announcement: CALPER/LARC webinar – Assessing Vocabulary with Dr John Read

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Webinar with Dr. John Read

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Date: Wednesday February 19, 2014
Time: 12:30-1:40 pm Pacific Time / 2:30-3:40 pm Central Time / 3:30-4:40 pm Eastern Time

Presentation Description:

Learners of second languages are very conscious that one of the key problems they face in becoming proficient users of the language is how to acquire an adequate knowledge of vocabulary. Thus, teachers need to be able to monitor their students’ vocabulary development and set realistic targets for learning the words that they need to know. At one level, this may simply mean giving regular progress tests on the vocabulary presented in the textbook or specified by the curriculum. But vocabulary tests can serve a variety of purposes in a language teaching program, such as placing students in the appropriate class, diagnosing difficulties with reading and other skills, and assessing the adequacy of the learners’ vocabulary knowledge for particular functional uses, especially when they need the second language for employment or higher education.

To see the detail and registration, please go to the webinar homepage.

[CALPER Facebook post]

Conference Announcement: CLTA (California Language Teachers’ Association)

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

CLTA (California Language Teachers’ Association) in San Diego! March 13 – 16, 2014

California Language Teachers Association Conference: This year’s focus is Common Core and Technology. There will be a workshop on implementing Common Core including emphases on ELL students. There will be a wide array of presentations that deal with not only Common Core but also new technologies, flipped classroom, QR Codes, iPads and Apps as well as many other topics that will help language teachers improve their craft….



To see the conference detail, please visit


[From: LARC_SDSU Twitter @LARC_SDSU]

News: MOOCs courses in foreign languages.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

It’d be interesting to see what kind of courses will be offered in foreign languages.

QuickWire: Coursera Joins Foundation to Offer MOOCs in Spanish

Coursera, a company that helps clients build massive open online courses, will soon expand its reach internationally by offering Spanish-language MOOCs. On Wednesday the company unveiled its latest partnership, with a Mexican philanthropic organization called the Carlos Slim Foundation, and announced plans to translate 50 Coursera courses into Spanish by the end of the year…