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7th Language Technology Industry Summit

Adding Variety to Reading and Vocabulary Lessons
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7/21/2011 to 7/23/2011
When: 7/21-23/2011
Where: Center for Language Education and Research
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 
United States
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Adding Variety to Reading and Vocabulary Lessons
Workshop leader: Dr. Charlene Polio
Workshop times: 9:00am-4:00pm each day

Most language textbooks in their reading sections offer some schema-building and vocabulary exercises followed by comprehension questions. This workshop will suggest a much wider variety of activities, focusing on both language and content, that can be completed before, while, and after reading. In addition, we will look at way to supplement your texts with authentic materials, even for beginners, and how to teach vocabulary for use and retention, not just to help students understand reading material. Finally, we will examine methods for encouraging learner independence through extensive reading and strategies for vocabulary learning. The use of technology in all of these areas will be demonstrated. This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR's free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. The only computer skills that these tools require are point and click, copy and paste, and drag and drop. You get to concentrate on teaching, and don't have to worry about programming, uploading, downloading, or installing The tools can be used with any language, any textbook, and any level. Learn how to make web pages where your students can record audio files that are automatically uploaded to your virtual dropbox. Make a "mashup" that combines your text, pictures, video, and interactive language exercises into one web page. Create virtual conversations for your students where they listen to questions, and the program captures their responses automatically. All of these functions are available to you from within a web browser, with no special hardware or software needed. Come and experience the next generation of web-based language teaching! This workshop is limited to 20 people.

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