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"You can define a net two ways, depending on your point of view. Normally you would say it is a meshed instrument designed to catch fish. But you could, with no great injury to logic, reverse the image and define the net as a jocular lexicographer once did: he called it a collection of holes tied together with string." Julian Barnes

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ALTEC's first SLA Reading Group meeting for AY2015

Mark Knowles - Thursday September 11th

ALTEC is very much looking forward to this coming year's discussions and to our first SLA Reading Group meeting, which will be on the following day and date, and will be meeting at the following location: (read full blog)


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VoiceThread in Desire2Learn

Courtney Fell - Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 3:30 PM

In this workshop, you will learn how to create media-based conversations with your students using the online program VoiceThread. Learn how to upload images and digital video clips into your VoiceThread digital slideshow, record comments and then share the conversation with your students. We will then explore the current VoiceThread integration with Desire2Learn and participants will be given the option to add VoiceThread to their Desire2Learn course.

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Fall Non-Credit Language Classes!

Courtney Malone - September 22, 2014

There's still time to sign up for one of our non-credit language classes! Classes start next week, so sign up now!

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Dealing with Information Overload

Alison Hicks - Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to keep on top of all the changes in your field? Having trouble keeping track of your teaching materials, new publications, websites, blogs and social media? In this workshop, you will learn a variety of techniques and tools to simplify and streamline your process and conquer information overload.

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Blend, Flip, Adapt

Lauren Rosen - Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Blend, Flip, Adapt: Wisconsin's Distance Language Program for Critical Languages. With guest speaker Lauren Rosen, Ph.D., Director of the Collaborative Language Program of Wisconsin.

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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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