CALPER November Update - CALPER ePortfolios - Study Abroad - Conferences

Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER)
at The Pennsylvania State University  - a national Language Resource Center (LRC)
CALPER e-News - November 2017

Celebrate International Education Week
November 13-17, 2017

In time for the start of International Education Week, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released it 2017 Open Doors report. 

Here are a few numbers about Penn State and PA:

The Pennsylvania State University ranks 10th in the nation hosting international students.

51,129 international students are studying in Pennsylvania (rank 6th in the U.S.). 30.6 % of the students come from China, 15.4% from India, and 7.0% from Saudi Arabia.

Go to the Open Doors website to find information about your state:

Study Abroad - International Education

Now available as a downloadable PDF

Contemporary Study Abroad and Foreign Language Learning

Celeste Kinginger

The guidebook offers specific suggestions for ways to prepare students for their stay, to enhance their chances of success while abroad, and to nurture the abilities they have developed outside the classroom.

The author explains why language educators and study abroad professionals should develop an activist stance in promoting language in study abroad programs.
CALPER Publications 
Download a PDF at:
Updated Website 

CALPER's CORPUS Portal was updated recently and has a new URL.
We are creating a new Resource Website

CALPER ePortfolios

CALPER ePortfolios is intended to help language instructors explore what portfolio assessment in language courses is about and how one can get started with using portfolio assessment in classrooms and programs. The site is still under development; it will be fully released in Spring.

Authors are Gabriela Appel (Penn State) and Mary Toulouse (Lafayette College). Mary Toulouse is the 2017 Winner of the ACTFL/Cengage Learning Faculty Development Programs Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (Postsecondary), which she will receive at this year's conference in Nashville.

You can take a look at some pages here:
Come meet us at ACTFL this week

ACTFL 2017 in Nashville, November 16-19

CALPER will exhibit its resources and materials at booth #1333 in the Language Resource Center (LRC) space. Look for the large LRC banner hanging from the exhibit hall ceiling.
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On Saturday, November 18, from 2:45 pm - 2:55 pm, Jim Lantolf, CALPER Director, will give a mini-presentation on Concept-based language instruction (CBLI), one of CALPER's projects in this funding cycle. The title of the presentation is "How to enhance explicit instruction." If you are interested in the topic and would like to hear what CBLI is about, chat with Jim.

CALPER Project Coordinators and Affiliates and Penn State Faculty will also make several presentations. Here is a list:

The relevance of explicit instruction for successful language development, James P. Lantolf (CALPER, Penn State) and Kevin McManus (Penn State), Friday, Nov 17, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Towards research-based heritage language pedagogy, Irina Dubinia (Brandeis) and Olesya Kisselev  (Penn State), Saturday, Nov 18, 2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Strategies for building local and global communities, Reham Aly (Penn State), Sunday, Nov 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Teaching French for change: Social entrepreneurship in the FSP classroom, Heather McCoy (Penn State) and Deborah Reisinger (Duke), Sunday, Nov 19, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Designing a methods course for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Yuanhao Hua (U Pittsburgh) and Richard Donato (CALPER, U Pittsburgh), Sunday, Nov 19, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Also upcoming is

NECTFL 2018 in New York City
We will exhibit our resources and materials at the annual NECTFL conference, which will be held February 8-10 in NYC. If you are attending, please come by our booth and look what's new. 5 NECTFL attendees will have a chance to win free registration for one of our summer workshops.

On Saturday from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Jim Lantolf and Kevin McManus will hold a session at NECTFL entitled "Concept-based teaching for effective learning of complex learning features".
The preliminary conference information is available on the NECTFL website

Announcing Our 2018 Summer Workshops

It is not too early to think about your summer PD. In June, we will offer six workshops at University Park. Here is our list:

Designing Tasks, Prompts, and Feedback Protocols in L2 Writing 
June 18, 2018
This workshop provides hands-on interactive activities for teachers to use in guiding L2 students to take more risks in their writing and to venture out beyond the comfort of convention, structure, and basic grammatical rules. To this end, we explore the importance of writing task development, writing prompt design, and instructor/peer feedback. Using actual L2 writing samples and multi-modal materials for teaching and thinking, participants will engage in activities that zero-in on all three areas of writing pedagogy.
Presenter: Susan Strauss (Penn State) 

Project Work in Language Courses
June 19, 2018
In this workshop we present the fundamentals of project work as a way of creating student-centered learning environments that allow to strengthen the link between content and language instruction. We address the rationale, design, development, and implementation of project work. Participants will begin to construct a project work learning unit for their own instructional contexts.
Presenter: Gabriela Appel (Penn State)

Language ePortfolios, Badges, and Seals 
June 20 & 21, 2018
In this workshop we will explore an innovative approach to assessing communicative and cultural proficiency using ePortfolios and mini-credentials. We will discuss Lafayette College's LaFolio initiative and showcase samples of transcurricular student ePortfolios, the badges awarded for achievement, and their corresponding assessment rubrics, as well as the technologies employed to construct, implement, and disseminate these learning materials. Special attention will be paid to the use of ePortfolios and corresponding rubrics as an important part of the new Seals of Biliteracy initiative. Small presentations and hands-on activities. Info on "How-to set-up portfolios" using free or open-source technologies will be provided
Presenter: Mary Toulouse (Lafayette College)

Effective Use of Technology in K-16 Chinese Classrooms
June 22 & 23, 2018 
This two-day workshop introduces a wide range of resources and tools that are useful for Chinese language learning and teaching, facilitates discussions and provides hands-on practice on how to apply the technologies effectively in K-16 Chinese language classrooms for the purpose of improving student Chinese proficiency and empowering them with 21st century world language skills.
This is a CLTNet workshop
Presenter: Shijuan Liu (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Designing Articulated Performance Assessments in the Three Modes of Communication
June 25 & 26, 2018
This workshop will guide participants in designing performance assessment tasks in the three modes of communication, articulated across three levels. We will explore Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational mode tasks and design integrated assessment around a theme and context. We will also develop specific Can-Do Statements from them, a key implementation piece, keeping transfer and intercultural competence in mind. Examples of integrated tasks with novice high, intermediate mid, and advanced low performance targets will be presented and explored.
Presenter: Jennifer Eddy (Queens College, CUNY) 
Evidence-based Grammar Teaching in the Language Classrooms
June 27 & 28, 2018
In this workshop, we will address the current debate about grammar teaching and the different ways in which teachers can design classroom activities to increase the effectiveness of learners' grammatical development. Participants will learn about critical research evidence about grammar learning with an emphasis on what we know about how learners' process and use language. We will implement this research evidence to explore with examples how evidenced-based grammar teaching can significantly benefit learners' grammatical development in the language classroom.
Presenter: Kevin McManus (Penn State)  

Early registration fees are $60 for a two-day workshop and $35 for a one-day workshop. Early registration ends June 1, 2018.

All workshops are going to be held at The Pennsylvania State University-University Park campus.
Registration opens on February 1, 2018. Housing information for 2018 and registration forms will be posted at that time also.

And last but not least ...

Congratulations to our director! 

We are very pleased to announce that the School of Foreign Studies of Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an (China) established the Lantolf Research Center for Second Language Studies. In a ceremony in late Spring, the Vice-president of the university dedicated the center, which will fund high quality scholarship in second language research. Congratulations, Jim and much success to the new center!

CALPER is one of the national Language Resource Centers (LRCs) funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
CALPER develops innovative teaching materials, conducts critical research to inform teaching practice, and creates professional development resources.

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