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Featured Resource: LCTL Voices

Teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) and other languages can sign up to use CLEAR’s LCTL Virtual Oral Interview Classroom-based Exam System (VOICES) to assess or monitor their students’ progress in speaking. It’s free and easy to use! 

Educators can sign up to allow their classes to take two online virtual assessments per semester, with 16 assessments available for each language (allowing two tests per semester for first through fourth year language study). LCTL Voices is currently available in 34 languages, with more being added as native speakers are available to record prompts.

Fall Issue of CLEAR News Published

The Fall 2017 issue of CLEAR News is now available. Featuring a main article on project-based language learning, this issue also includes a review of our summer workshops and other announcements.

Upcoming Conferences

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Nashville, TN, November 16-18, 2017

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Milwaukee, WI, March 8-10, 2018

Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA)
Lansing, MI, October 18-19, 2018

Potential RIA Alternatives

We have created a list of websites and products that may serve as reasonable alternatives for the various Rich Internet Applications. This list was compiled by a group of people familiar with the RIAs and with current trends in education technology. We thank our users for your patience while we compiled this list, and hope it will assist you in finding useful alternatives.

RIAs Offline

We regret to announce that CLEAR’s RIAs are no longer available. We understand that as an educator and user of the technology, this is upsetting for you and your students, and we sincerely apologize for the distress and frustration this has caused our users.

MSU’s College of Arts & Letters reached the difficult decision to discontinue the RIAs in January 2017. Underlying technological issues (e.g., aging server infrastructure, potential vulnerabilities and compatibility issues inherent in Flash) required the College to act quickly and there was no warning to CLEAR or ability for CLEAR to notify our users prior to the shutdown.

Right now our first priority is figuring out a way to get our RIA users their materials. We will be posting announcements and instructions on our website as soon as we have further information about how this process will work. Your files are still on our server; nothing has been deleted or lost.

We have curated a list of alternate tools which may be used in place of some of the functionality the RIAs provided. We hope this will give our former RIA users a starting place to find alternatives.

 

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