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Language Policy, (Anti-)Racism, and Change

webinar by Jeff Bale
This session begins with findings from a policy genealogy (Gale, 2001) of the Heritage Languages Program (HLP) in Ontario and the racialized conflicts over it between 1977–1987. Heritage-language education policies emerged across Canada in the 1970s, just after federal policies for official bilingualism (1969) and multiculturalism (1971) were established. As Haque (2012) argues, official bilingualism was only possible by excluding demands of Indigenous and other racialized communities for their own linguistic and cultural rights. The HLP challenged the logic of official bilingualism, and thus became the site of extended, racialized conflicts over fundamental questions of (1) whose language and culture ...
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Copyright Basics: Understanding Copyright in the Context of Language Teaching

webinar by Julie Evershed
The purpose of this session is to give you tools and strategies to become comfortable making basic decisions regarding materials usage and copyright considerations in the pursuit of language teaching and learning. There are many of the more traditional ways that copyright impacts our work: Public Performance Rights, conversion of “obsolete” materials, and duplication of language learning media. However, with the evolution of technology and the advent of the user as creator, we are facing many new situations where the law has not caught up with reality. The paradigm shift in publishing and distribution contributes to the confusing nature of ...
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Machine Learning and Grammar Instruction: The Case of German Nominal Gender (IALLT webinar)

webinar by Simon Zuberek
Language learners often struggle with particular grammar topics, but with limited instructional time, sometimes these topics do not receive in-depth attention in the classroom. One example of this phenomenon is the gender of German nouns. This presentation showcases a software solution that supplies the reasoning behind the gender of German nouns, aiming to help learners understand the underlying rules. The presentation will highlight the program’s potential for assisting students with background knowledge, and will emphasize that AI solutions extend beyond ChatGPT, offering innovative solutions to language learning challenges.

Cultivating Inclusivity in Language Teaching and CALL: A Deep Dive into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

webinar by Klimanova, Liudmila
In the realm of language teaching, the intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) assumes a pivotal role in shaping effective pedagogical approaches and cultivating an inclusive, equitable learning environment. This presentation aims to establish the profound relevance of DEI principles in the context of second language learning and teaching, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between cultural diversity, social class, varying experiences, and linguistic proficiency. Drawing on the principles of Culturally Sustainable Pedagogies, we will provide recommendations and practical tips for ensuring DEI support in your second language class. The latter part of the talk will specifically delve into DEI issues ...

Python Series Special Topic: Multilingual Natural Language Processing with spaCy

workshop by Richard Medina
Familiarity with writing Python scripts would be useful but not necessary to benefit from the workshop. This workshop demonstrates the use of the spaCy (, a multilingual Python library for carrying out common natural language processing tasks. The session consists of a walkthrough of using spaCy for two or three illustrative NLP use cases. The objective is to provide a basic introduction to the library and how it can be used for many different tasks. This session is a special topic in the Programming Essentials for Studies in Human Language & Technology series.

Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)

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Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is a 5-module open-enrollment self-study course for language educators beginning to learn about Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL), offered by the National Foreign Language Resource Center. Successful learners will be able to describe essential features of high quality PBLL and to generate high-quality ideas for projects using the Product Square. A digital badge is available for candidates fulfilling course requirements. Registration and the content for this MOOC (massive open online course) are FREE: Registration open: November 15, 2023 – April 30, 2024 Course open: January 8, 2024 – May 31, 2024 Register today!
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Teaching & Learning Languages in the United States (TELL-US)

The NFLRC is pleased to announce its new Teaching & Learning Languages in the United States (TELL-US) podcast series. The interviews in this professional learning resource for novice LCTL teachers focus on two broad categories: language pedagogy and school culture. The content is designed for professionals who find themselves teaching in a culture and education system that is different from the one they experienced growing up. This year’s series centers on Designing and Delivering Proficiency-Focused Target-Language Input and is hosted by Nicole Naditz (2015 ACTFL Teacher of the Year).  
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Mastering Mentoring: Conversations with Accomplished Mentors

Mastering Mentoring: Conversations with Accomplished Mentors provides a valuable resource for individuals interested in improving their mentoring skills. Drawing on interviews with experienced mentors of online language teachers, the six TED-Ed lessons illustrate strategies and provide useful tips for helping mentees achieve their goals. The lessons focus on the following key areas: What’s in it for Mentors?: Benefits include gaining broader perspectives, inspiration from new challenges, problem-solving partnerships, reciprocal learning from mentees, and deeper insights into educational strategies, to name a few. Ground Rules for a Successful Mentorship: Learn about the importance of resources, authenticity, active listening, trust, and transparent ...
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Teaching Intercultural Communicative Competence with the Regional Flagship Language Initiative Culture Initiative (IALLT webinar)

webinar by Felecia Lucht & Deanna Clement
In this webinar, we will introduce online materials to teach intercultural communicative competence (ICC) developed at UW-Madison as part of the Regional Flagship Language Initiative – Culture Initiative (RFLI-CI). This includes Culture App scenarios (Anishchenkova, V., 2019) and supplemental resources for students and instructors of Hindi, Urdu, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Indonesian. Considerations for teaching culture and language with these materials will be discussed. RFLI-CI is sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) of the Department of Defense and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). It is part of a system designed to foster ICC in participants preparing ...

Getting Started with Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)

demo by Rachel Mamiya Hernandez
Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) offers a framework for designing powerful, culturally contextualized experiences that create opportunities for learners to use their language to address real world needs that are personally meaningful to them. It engages learners in investigating, over an extended time, a complex real-world issue to benefit an authentic audience. This presentation will go through the basics of getting started with PBLL.

Assessing the effects of AI-assistance on L2 writing: A comparative study of ChatGPT use among multilingual Mandarin learners

demo by Alexander Tang & Naiyi Xie Fincham
This study investigates the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), specifically ChatGPT, on Second Language (L2) writing in the context of Mandarin Chinese language learning. The aim of this study is twofold: Firstly, to discern the differential impacts of AI on L2 writing performance; and secondly, to understand student reliance on AI tools in the language learning process. A quasi-experimental design, employing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, has been utilized. By probing the potential of AI in supporting L2 writing, we contribute to the understanding of how technology can be leveraged to improve the teaching and learning of less commonly taught ...