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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.

Upcoming Conferences

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

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
New Orleans, LA, November 16-18, 2018

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Columbus, OH, March 14-16, 2019

Potential RIA Alternatives

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 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.

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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