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Foreign Language Teaching Methods
Professional development modules for foreign language teachers.
An online, video-based methods course focusing on best practices for foreign language instruction at the high-school and college levels. It features 12 interactive media-rich modules taught by different professors from the University of Texas at Austin. Modules include Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pragmatics, Culture, The Language Learner, Technology, Classroom Management, and Assessment.
These modules are an ongoing TeCHS project aiming to provide relevant information and resources to promote, expand and celebrate heritage Spanish teaching and learning. Each self-paced module includes two to four lessons, presenting video clips from the workshops, reading assignments, activities, and resources, as well as self-graded quizzes. Viewers are invited to reflect on the different aspects that impact the teaching of heritage Spanish in diverse settings, and to participate in the growing community of language instructors dedicated to support heritage language education.
The Tadriis site is a multimedia online Arabic teacher training intended for Arabic teachers in the U.S. and abroad. It expands on COERLL’s Foreign Language Teaching Methods (http://coerll.utexas.edu/methods) course by covering the latest in K-16 Arabic language pedagogy. With Tadriis, users can access video samples of teacher-student interactions in actual Arabic language classrooms, pedagogical demonstrations and teaching tips, samples of L2 Arabic language production, a glossary of key teaching terms, and suggestions for further reading. The entire site is presented in Arabic and available as a free online Open Educational Resource.
Free practice modules for Spanish language educators
Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels is a free open educational resource that can help Spanish teachers gain a foundational understanding of how to evaluate Spanish speakers. The resource includes 17 video-based practice modules designed to strengthen your understanding of the ACTFL Speaking Proficiency Guidelines and to help you evaluate the speaking levels of your language students.
A refereed journal for second and foreign language scholars and educators.
LL&T focuses on issues related to language learning and language teaching, and how they are affected by the use of digital technologies. LL&T has an editorial board of scholars in the fields of second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. Due to the open nature of the journal, LL&T readers have expanded access to the articles. The journal is co-sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and Center for Language & Technology at the University of Hawai’i, and COERLL.
Spanish Proficiency Training Website and Learner Corpus
Videos and activities teachers of Spanish in their assessment of learners’ levels of proficiency.
The purpose of these materials is to help future public school teachers of Spanish in their assessment of learners’ levels of proficiency. These materials not only present videos of learners interacting with an interlocutor, but also direct the viewer to notice features about the learners’ language and proficiency levels. The website also presents information on proficiency levels to help the viewer develop a greater awareness of differences in learner language.