CALPER March Update - Language Advocacy - CLTNet - Workshops

Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER)
at The Pennsylvania State University  - a national Language Resource Center (LRC)
CALPER Update - March 2016

German Modal Particles

If you are teaching modal particles in your intermediate and advanced German courses, you can now download our worksheets with accompanying answer keys and handouts. Originally published as a small workbook by CALPER Publications; now available for free.

Go to Teaching German Modal Particles on the CALPER Website to download PDFs of worksheets and answer keys. 
Our Summer Workshops at University Park

Professional development opportunity in June.
We will offer three workshops for foreign language teachers this summer. One is specifically designed for teachers of Chinese. Registration is open now. Accommodation information. Please go to our webpage for more details:

Discourse Analysis and the Teaching of L2 Writing
June 13 & 14, 2016
203 Willard Building
Presenters: Susan Strauss and Jungwan Yoon (Penn State)
Early registration: $50 

How to Integrate Explicit Knowledge in the Second Language Classroom: Concept-based Language Instruction (CBLI)
June 15 & 16, 2016
203 Willard Building
Presenters: Jim Lantolf (Penn State) and Adam van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon)
Early registration: $50

Teaching Chinese with Authentic Cultural Texts and Materials
June 18, 2016
009 Sparks Building
Presenters: Allison Lai (University of Scranton)
Free registration - made possible by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State. If you are interested in taking this workshop, you must register to secure a space. Only limited seats available.

All workshops will be held at The Pennsylvania State University - University Park campus.
CALPER Language Advocacy Site
In the face of many program cuts and threats to minimize language education, it becomes more important than ever to advocate for the value of learning another language and international education. Therefore, we expanded our CALPER Language Advocacy site from a page of links to a searchable site. We invite you to browse the site and find the information that you need that fits your own purposes.
As new resources become public, we will add them to our site. 
  • information from FL state organizations
  • pages from colleges & universities
  • blog posts
  • articles in the press
  • op-ed pieces
  • initiatives
  • and more
   We invite you to browse CALPER's Language Advocacy Site

If you would like to suggest a resource, please contact Gabi Appel <> with the reference.

CALPER at Conferences

American Association for Applied Linguistics
April 9, 2016 --- 1:30pm
Factors affecting L2 writing syntactic complexity and implications for assessment
Presenter: Xiaofei Lu (The Pennsylvania State University)

April 9, 2016 --- 1:30pm
What is black and white and gray all over? Academic integrity policies and definitions of plagiarism 
Susan Strauss and Jungwan Yoon (The Pennsylvania State University)

April 9, 2016 --- 1:30pm
L2 concept-based pragmatics instruction of Spanish tú and usted
Presenters: R. Adam van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon) and others

April 9, 2016 --- 2:05pm
Developing awareness and use of compliments in the Chinese homestay: A longitudinal case study
Presenter: Sheng-hsun Lee (The Pennsylvania State University)

April 10, 2016 --- 2:00pm
The relationship between vocabulary learning strategies and breadth and depth of vocabulary knowledge
Presenters: Xian Zhang (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies) and Xiaofei Lu (The Pennsylvania State University)

April 11, 2016 --- 8:00am Poster Presentation
Genre and the visual, tactile, and cultural realms of taste in Korean and US online recipes
Presenters: Hee Sun Chang (University of Georgia) and Susan Strauss (The Pennsylvania State University)

April 11, 2016 --- 2:00pm - 5:00pm Colloquium Presentation
From L2 dynamic assessment to learner receptivity: Considering time as a dimension in classroom assessment validation
Presenters: Matthew E. Poehner (The Pennsylvania State University) and R. Adam van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon)

April 11, 2016 --- 2:00pm - 5:00pm Colloquium Presentation
Language awareness and concept-based instruction in study abroad contexts
Presenter: Celeste Kinginger (The Pennsylvania State University)

April 11, 2016 --- 4:10pm - 4:40pm
Chinese heritage language speakers' epistemic stance taking: Evidence from learner corpora
Presenter: Jie Zhang (University of Oklahoma)

April 12, 2016 --- 11:25am - 12:30pm
DSSA Award: On the (in)commensurability of sociocultural theory and dynamic systems theory
James P. Lantolf (The Pennsylvania State University)

 American Association for Applied Linguistics Website

Information of interest to teachers of Chinese in Pennsylvania.

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