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Illinois joins California, New York, and Washington to offer a State Seal of Biliteracy

Mark Knowles - Thursday October 16th

Kudos to Illinois which is beginning to implement its State Seal of Biliteracy this year. According to the Chicago Tribune (digital subscription may be necessary), schools are ramping up to promote students to an Intermediate High level on the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) scale, which is one of the criteria for earning the seal. For those unfamiliar with the ACTFL scale, more specifically, an Intermediate High … (read full blog)


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SLA and Technology: The Theory in Practice

Mark Knowles - Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 3:30 PM

In this workshop, participants will learn about some of the intersections of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) pedagogy and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL). We will focus particularly on structured input and processing instruction, which are efficient ways to help students map form-to-meaning connections in their minds. We will then explore which technology programs are out there to help us design such exercises, thus bridging any potential gap between TELL and SLA. We will also look at VoiceThread, Voci, and digital storytelling software and connect SLA theory to their use. This workshop is designed especially for the widest audience imaginable, from complete novices on through advanced users.

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Flipped Tutorials with Voicethread

Edwige Simon - Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 3:30 PM


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