Past Workshops

2016 Summer Workshops

Speaking activities for oral proficiency development

Presenter: Dr. Julie Foss
We want our students to become proficient speakers of the target language, but what exactly is proficiency, and how can we help students achieve it? We will begin answering these questions by identifying what speakers at different levels and sublevels of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines can do, and how the Guidelines can be used to set realistic oral performance and proficiency goals for your learners. After exploring considerations for developing and implementing speaking activities for Novice to Advanced levels and evaluating a variety of sample activities, you will begin creating activities that target your learners’ oral proficiency goals.

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: Differentiated instruction in the language classroom

Presenter: Dr. Julie Foss
Each of our students has different needs, levels of readiness, interests, learning styles, and motivations. This one-day workshop is designed to help language teachers meet the challenge of anticipating and responding to these differences. We will examine a variety of ways to differentiate content, process, and product in the language classroom, including planning differentiated units, lessons, activities, and assessments. You will begin putting some of these techniques into action by creating materials for your learners.

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: Keeping student and teacher talk in the target language

Presenter: Dr. Charlene Polio
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL; NO MORE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
This one-day workshop will demonstrate ways to increase teacher and student talk in the target language. For beginners, we will focus on teacher strategies for staying in the target language and observe sample lessons for teaching grammar and giving instructions for complex activities. For more advanced students, we will focus on getting the students to use more complex language in a variety of speaking and writing activities.

Teaching language with technology: Basic tools and techniques

Presenter: Dr. Betsy Lavolette
Technology can help teachers engage language students and develop 21st century skills, for example, through classroom language exchanges via the internet. Technology can also help teachers assess students' progress, keep them motivated toward learning goals, and provide students with timely feedback--without burdening teachers with extra grading. In this workshop, you will learn about tools for accomplishing these purposes, such as language exchange apps, in-class response systems, language games, and CLEAR's Rich Internet Applications. You will also have the opportunity to work with these tools hands-on to develop assessments and activities for your classroom. No tech skills? No problem! You will work with an experienced teacher-trainer who can walk you through the basics.

Writing in the foreign language classroom

Presenter: Dr. Charlene Polio
This workshop will look at writing from two perspectives: writing to learn and learning to write. First, we will examine activities that facilitate the learning of grammar and vocabulary as well as activities that enhance speaking, listening, and reading. Second, we will examine activities that help students learn to write various genres, from simple to complex, in the target language. Participants will evaluate activities that can be modified for a wide range of levels and languages.

2017 Summer Workshops

Assessment in a proficiency-based language classroom

Presenter: Mr. Matt Kanefsky and Mr. Walter Hopkins
Are you teaching for proficiency but still giving discrete-point grammar tests? At a loss for determining if your students are meeting proficiency goals? Just interested in better ways to assess your students’ proficiency? If so, this is the workshop for you! In this three-day foray into ways of assessing proficiency, we will look at not only how to develop better formal tests, but also how to integrate oral instruments like can-do statements and oral proficiency interviews (OPIs). Further, we will discuss how testing fits in with the ACTFL standards and what levels of proficiency can be realistically attained in both standard high school and university programs. As participants, you are encouraged to bring assessments that you have used in the past as this will be a hands-on workshop on developing proficiency-based assessments.

Increasing proficiency through World Language Core Practices

Presenter: Ms. Erin Parris-Dallia
Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this full-day workshop will explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, and the how-to of using them, and planning for nurturing more proficient world language students.

Reaching 21st century learners through unit design (Section 1)

Presenter: Ms. Kellye Guzik
How do you design units that are relevant and engaging for your students? Is it sometimes a challenge? In this workshop, participants will hear about a successful unit design model used in the language department at a Midwestern high school that decided to ditch their text. The presenter will walk you through the essential questions you need to ask before embarking on unit design, cover performance-based and formative assessments you can use to make sure the students are on track, and discuss authentic activities to keep students engaged. Effective tools including Interactive Notebooks and the TALK system (Talk, Accuracy, Listen, Keep it going) will be introduced. Finally, the presenter will offer suggestions on how to convince colleagues to come on board with creative unit design, and how to implement unit design techniques while still using a preordained text. Come ready to learn and share!

Teaching language with technology: Basic tools and techniques

Presenter: Dr. Betsy Lavolette
Technology can help teachers engage language students and develop 21st century skills, for example, through classroom language exchanges via the internet. Technology can also help teachers assess students' progress, keep them motivated toward learning goals, and provide students with timely feedback--without burdening teachers with extra grading. In this workshop, you will learn about tools for accomplishing these purposes, such as language exchange apps, in-class response systems, language games, and more. You will also have the opportunity to work with these tools hands-on to develop assessments and activities for your classroom. No tech skills? No problem! You will work with an experienced teacher-trainer who can walk you through the basics.

Increasing proficiency through World Language Core Practices (Section 2)

Presenter: Ms. Erin Parris-Dallia
(NOTE: This workshop is a repeat of one taught in June.) Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this full-day workshop will explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, and the how-to of using them, and planning for nurturing more proficient world language students.

Reaching 21st century learners through unit design (Section 2)

Presenter: Ms. Kellye Guzik
(NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment. The same content is still being offered in our June 30 workshop.) How do you design units that are relevant and engaging for your students? Is it sometimes a challenge? In this workshop, participants will hear about a successful unit design model used in the language department at a Midwestern high school that decided to ditch their text. The presenter will walk you through the essential questions you need to ask before embarking on unit design, cover performance-based and formative assessments you can use to make sure the students are on track, and discuss authentic activities to keep students engaged. Effective tools including Interactive Notebooks and the TALK system (Talk, Accuracy, Listen, Keep it going) will be introduced. Finally, the presenter will offer suggestions on how to convince colleagues to come on board with creative unit design, and how to implement unit design techniques while still using a preordained text. Come ready to learn and share!

2015 Summer Workshops

Reading and Listening in the Language Classroom: Focus on the Interpretive Mode

Presenter: Dr. Julie Foss
We will begin by defining interpretive communication and examining the various processes, reader- and text-based factors involved in reading and listening. We will also look at what readers and listeners are able to do and the types of written and spoken texts they are able to interpret at different ACTFL proficiency levels and sublevels. After exploring process-oriented approaches to reading and listening, you will find authentic written and spoken texts and use them to develop activities for your learners. We will also consider how to promote effective reading and listening strategies, as well as using technology to help develop interpretive communication skills.

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques

Presenter: Dr. Angelika Kraemer
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing. The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, and video into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

The Basics of Assessment: Applying Proficiency-Based Approaches to the Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Margaret Malone
This workshop will allow language instructors to learn about the basic principles of assessment (reliability, validity, practicality and wash back) and how these principles apply to busy language classrooms. Participants will develop proficiency-based tasks to use with their own students. All participants should bring at least one syllabus and two lesson plans to use in workshop activities.

Using Short Stories and Young Adult Literature in Literature Circles to Facilitate ESL/EFL Reading

Presenter: Ms. Amy Kroesche
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn to utilize short stories and Young Adult (YA) literature in the second language classroom. You will develop an understanding of how and why short stories and YA literature can and should be incorporated into second language reading contexts, especially through using literature circles. You will also receive hands-on training on how to select appropriate reading materials, incorporate relevant activities, and evaluate their effectiveness. This workshop is designed specifically for ESL or EFL teachers. Though FL teachers are welcome to attend the workshop and apply the principles to their own target language context, the materials used and examples given will be from an ESL context.

2014 Summer Workshops

Using Authentic Materials in all Levels of Foreign Language Classes

Presenter: Dr. Charlene Polio
This workshop will show you how to supplement your classes with a range of authentic materials. We will try examples of activities that can be used to supplement textbooks and look at ways to create thematic units around authentic materials. We will discuss principles for choosing materials to increase student motivation. A large focus of the workshop will be on tasks involving authentic materials that can be used with lower level students. For the more advanced levels, we will focus on fully exploiting materials to maximize a focus on language. Participants will be encourage to bring materials from the languages that they teach.

Speaking Activities for Oral Proficiency Development

Presenter: Dr. Julie Foss
We want our students to become proficient speakers of the target language, but what exactly is proficiency, and how can we help students achieve it? In this workshop, we will begin answering these questions by identifying what speakers at different levels and sublevels of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines can do, and how the Guidelines can be used to set realistic oral proficiency goals for your learners. After exploring considerations for developing and implementing speaking activities for Novice to Advanced levels and evaluating a variety of sample activities, you will create activities that target your learners? oral proficiency goals.

Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques

Presenter: Dr. Angelika Kraemer
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing. The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, and video into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

The Basics of Creating Assessments: From Principles to Practice

Presenter: Dr. Margaret Malone
This workshop is for language instructors who want to learn the basic principles of developing assessments for classroom use. Workshop participants will be asked to respond to an online survey prior to the workshop to help plan activities. Participants will learn about the basic concepts of language assessment, including national standards for foreign language assessment, reliability, validity and practicality and how these principles apply to their own classrooms. Each participant will complete a needs assessment to determine their most salient assessment needs. Based on the results of each needs assessment, participants will work to conduct online searches for existing assessments. Then, participants will work together and in small groups to create assessment activities to meet their specific classroom needs.

2013 Summer Workshops

Assessing Speaking: For Placement Testing, Classroom-based Assessment, and Midterm and End-of-term Proficiency Exams

Presenter: Dr. Paula Winke
Advances in technology and developments in the field of oral skills assessment come together in this workshop, which is designed for teachers of all languages. The workshop has three goals. One is for teachers to learn CLEAR technology (Audio Dropbox, Conversations, and Mash-ups) for various types of online, oral skills assessment. Second, teachers will learn how to assess sociocultural skills during peer-to-peer, group interaction during classroom-based tasks. Third, teachers will learn basic statistical concepts (no math prerequisite!) and learn step-by-step how to run the statistics on real test data using Excel. The basic statistics can be used for placing students into classes and/or for evaluating the effectiveness and appropriateness of the given tests. Special emphasis will be placed on aligning oral skills assessments with state and national standards. At the end of the workshop, teachers will be able to conduct online oral assessments and face-to-face group oral assessments (in addition to the more-commonly used OPI-like tests) so that their programs assess multiple components of oral communication skills. This workshop will be particularly helpful for any teachers involved in the creation or maintenance of placement tests for their schools or districts.

RIAs for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques

Presenter: Dr. Angelika Kraemer
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, video, and interactive language exercises into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Charlene Polio
This workshop will look at writing from two perspectives: writing to learn and learning to write. First, we will examine activities that facilitate the learning of grammar and vocabulary as well as activities that enhance speaking, listening, and reading. Second, we will examine activities that help students learn to write various genres, from simple to complex, in the target language. Participants will evaluate activities that can be modified for a wide range of levels.

Revisiting the Learning and Teaching of Vocabulary

Presenter: Dr. Susanne Rott
Many students feel overwhelmed learning vocabulary in another language. The sheer amount of words they need to learn, the necessity to retain words long-term, the importance of pronunciation to comprehend words in speech, the significance of orthography to read fluently, and the understanding of contextual factors to use words effectively in speaking and writing are only some aspects students need to master. While most textbooks and the corresponding on-line learning centers present new vocabulary in semantic sets, with pictures, and meaningful practice activities to enhance learning, they lack a clear program that guides students form learning individual words to develop a functional lexicon of advanced language users. In this workshop we will explore how the different aspects of an advanced lexicon need to be addressed during the course of language studies from beginning to advanced stages. Based on the analysis of what textbooks are currently offering, workshop participants will learn how to develop supplemental vocabulary materials for all four skills. Additionally, we will make a distinction between vocabulary activities best used in class and outside the classroom. For vocabulary activities that can be completed outside the classroom, we will look at effective (and less-effective) computer-based materials available online and have a hands-on session on free, easy-to-use shareware.

2012 Summer Workshops

Teaching Language in a Blended Environment: Tools and Best Practices (Section 2)

Presenter: Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
When applied appropriately, technology can enhance language teaching and improve learning outcomes. Blended learning – a mix of online and conventional instruction – has been shown to be more effective than learning in a single environment. A combination of teacher-fronted instruction with online learning can enhance the learning experience in many ways. This workshop focuses on integrating best practices in language instruction with successful models of applying technology to online language learning. Specifically, the workshop will address the following key points: The relevance of best practices in language teaching to technology-enhanced instruction; general trends and current issues in technology; important considerations for blending a language class, such as planning activities, dividing in-class and online work, assessment and feedback; restructuring existing courses for a blended model; and applying Rich Internet Applications and other technologies to language teaching scenarios. Informed by research, based on best practices, this workshop will focus on hands-on technology skills that teachers need in order to convert their classes to a blended format. The workshop will be held in a computer lab, and participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, textbooks, and other resources that they may want to use as they develop their course materials. This workshop is intended to be an extension of the workshop Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques. Participants are expected to have a sound working knowledge of the RIAs in order to benefit from this workshop.

Integrating Communicative Speaking Activities into Your Other Lessons

Presenter: Dr. Charlene Polio
Teachers and students are often concerned that students do not get enough talking time in class. Furthermore, many researchers have argued for the importance of language production in the development of overall language proficiency. This workshop will begin with a framework for developing and evaluating communicative speaking activities. This will then be followed by examples of how to incorporate speaking activities into the teaching of reading and writing. In addition, the participants will observe and develop activities that target specific grammar and vocabulary so that instructors can better supplement their textbooks with communicative speaking tasks. An emphasis will be placed on how to structure activities to get student to talk and to use more advanced language and how to make sure students receive feedback. In the workshop, participants will learn to first evaluate activities by trying them in demonstration lesson. They will then develop similar activities for their specific teaching contexts.

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques (Section 2)

Presenter: Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, video, and interactive language exercises into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

Teaching Language in a Blended Environment: Tools and Best Practices (Section 1)

Presenter: Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
When applied appropriately, technology can enhance language teaching and improve learning outcomes. Blended learning – a mix of online and conventional instruction – has been shown to be more effective than learning in a single environment. A combination of teacher-fronted instruction with online learning can enhance the learning experience in many ways. This workshop focuses on integrating best practices in language instruction with successful models of applying technology to online language learning. Specifically, the workshop will address the following key points: The relevance of best practices in language teaching to technology-enhanced instruction; general trends and current issues in technology; important considerations for blending a language class, such as planning activities, dividing in-class and online work, assessment and feedback; restructuring existing courses for a blended model; and applying Rich Internet Applications and other technologies to language teaching scenarios. Informed by research, based on best practices, this workshop will focus on hands-on technology skills that teachers need in order to convert their classes to a blended format. The workshop will be held in a computer lab, and participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, textbooks, and other resources that they may want to use as they develop their course materials. This workshop is intended to be an extension of the workshop Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques. Participants are expected to have a sound working knowledge of the RIAs in order to benefit from this workshop.

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques (Section 1)

Presenter: Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, video, and interactive language exercises into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

2011 Summer Workshops

Using Video to Promote Language Development in the Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Angelika Kraemer & Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
Enhance your learning environment with the rich, contextualized input that video materials can provide. The combination of aural and visual cues naturally makes video input more comprehensible, but video can be used for much more than listening comprehension. You can also use it to teach sociolinguistic competence, and promote output (both oral and written). This workshop will consider multiple uses of video as well as techniques for adapting authentic materials to learners of various proficiency levels.

Project-Based Learning in the Language Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Senta Goertler
Are you bored with the same textbook activities? Are your students laughing at the outdated pictures in the book? You can spice it up or even replace the textbook with project-based learning. Students are engaged, learn teamwork, develop their computer and technology literacy, and develop their language skills while engaged in fun projects. Projects can be short-term or long-term, involve written and/or oral language production, be completed individually or in teams. In this workshop you will learn how to design good projects, how to structure project presentations, and how to evaluate the project and the language learning during project-based learning. The introduction to project-based learning will include many example projects (with assignment sheets, sample student work, and evaluation criteria). Most of the examples will be from a variety of levels in German language classes. Participants will also design their own project ideas and create a sample project for their students. Basic computer skills are a must for this course. Familiarity with RIAs, file sharing programs, and/or web publishing through wikis/blogs/web sites is a plus. To maximize the benefits of this workshop, participants are encouraged to also participate in the workshop entitled “Using Video to Promote Language Development in the Classroom,” which immediately follows this one.

Adding Variety to Reading and Vocabulary Lessons

Presenter: Dr. Charlene Polio
Most language textbooks in their reading sections offer some schema-building and vocabulary exercises followed by comprehension questions. This workshop will suggest a much wider variety of activities, focusing on both language and content, that can be completed before, while, and after reading. In addition, we will look at way to supplement your texts with authentic materials, even for beginners, and how to teach vocabulary for use and retention, not just to help students understand reading material. Finally, we will examine methods for encouraging learner independence through extensive reading and strategies for vocabulary learning. The use of technology in all of these areas will be demonstrated.

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques

Presenter: Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, video, and interactive language exercises into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

2010 Summer Workshops

Using Video to Promote Language Development in the Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Paula Winke & Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
Teachers and researchers agree that video materials can enhance the learning environment in foreign language classrooms by providing rich, contextualized input. The combination of aural and visual cues naturally makes video input more comprehensible than audio alone. However, there are several uses of video that extend beyond listening comprehension. For example, video can be effectively used to teach sociolinguistic competence and in promoting output (both oral and written). This workshop will consider multiple uses of video as well as techniques for adapting authentic materials to learners of various proficiency levels. The workshop will address the following topics: choosing appropriate video (authentic versus scripted video materials and appropriate uses of each; sequencing a lesson with video, pre-viewing, during viewing, post-viewing); top-down and bottom-up activities for video use; creating selective listening activities for video segments; interactive, and communicative uses of video. This workshop also shows teachers how to use digital video recorders and computers to shoot and edit video projects. Topics include camera techniques, dubbing audio and adding subtitles, and output options. During the workshop, participants will learn how to copy their projects onto internet. Although computers and some video equipment will be available for participants to use during the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring their own camcorders or digital video cameras, so that they can become familiar with their equipment.

Blending Language Classes 101

Presenter: Dr. Angelika Kraemer & Dr. Scott Schopieray
In light of continuing budget cuts, many schools and universities are re-evaluating foreign language programs and some language programs face elimination. Particularly in urban districts, foreign languages play an increasingly prominent role where schools serve diverse ethnic communities and teaching languages remains critical. Research, such as a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education, shows that blended learning – a mix of online and face-to-face methodologies – can be more effective than either online or face-to-face learning by themselves. Blended learning can enhance quality of teaching and learning while at the same time help to cut costs and better prepare our students for their professional future. This workshop will walk participants through the steps of blending a language class that they bring with them to the workshop. We will start with our existing face-to-face courses and move through the process of blending them, along the way exploring how blended courses and learners differ from face-to-face, what makes a compelling blended environment, and considerations for teaching a blended course. We will also introduce you to different ways of incorporating digital content, using open-source learning management systems, and implementing Web 2.0 technologies. Participants in this workshop would also benefit from the Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques workshop for specifics on some Web 2.0 programs.

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques

Presenter: Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, video, and interactive language exercises into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching!

Rich Internet Applications for Language Assessment

Presenter: Dr. Paula Winke & Dr. Dennie Hoopingarner
This workshop is intended for teachers who are already familiar with and are actively using CLEAR's Rich Internet Applications tools and are interested in using the tools for formative (i.e. portfolio) language assessment. Participants from this summer's Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques workshop will also benefit from this workshop. The workshop will focus on integrating RIA materials with course management system (CMS) tools and other online environments that schools are using and application of the tools for formative language assessment. In particular we will focus on oral assessment and using RIAs to track oral proficiency gains over time (over an academic year or over the course of four years, for example). Part of the time will be devoted to consultation with instructors on their individual testing projects or applications of the tools for specific testing purposes. Prerequisite: Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques workshop OR already actively using RIAs.

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