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Deadline: CLEAR 2016 summer workshops
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When: Friday, June 3, 2016
Where: Center for Language Education and Research at Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 
United States

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Application deadline: June 3, 2016 (early application deadline May 6, 2016) 


Below are descriptions of the summer workshops CLEAR will offer in 2016. We like to offer a blend of new topics and "encore workshops," and this summer we are also excited to be trying a couple of one-day workshops for the first time.

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Speaking activitites for oral proficiency development - Dr. Julie Foss
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
We want our students to become proficient speakers of the target language, but what exactly is proficiency, and how can we help students achieve it? We will begin answering these questions by identifying what speakers at different levels and sublevels of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines can do, and how the Guidelines can be used to set realistic oral performance and proficiency goals for your learners. After exploring considerations for developing and implementing speaking activities for Novice to Advanced levels and evaluating a variety of sample activities, you will begin creating activities that target your learners’ oral proficiency goals.

Differentiated instruction in the language classroom - Dr. Julie Foss
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Each of our students has different needs, levels of readiness, interests, learning styles, and motivations. This one-day workshop is designed to help language teachers meet the challenge of anticipating and responding to these differences. We will examine a variety of ways to differentiate content, process, and product in the language classroom, including planning differentiated units, lessons, activities, and assessments. You will begin putting some of these techniques into action by creating materials for your learners.

Keeping student and teacher talk in the target language - Dr. Charlene Polio
Friday, July 15, 2016
This one-day workshop will demonstrate ways to increase teacher and student talk in the target language. For beginners, we will focus on teacher strategies for staying in the target language and observe sample lessons for teaching grammar and giving instructions for complex activities. For more advanced students, we will focus on getting the students to use more complex language in a variety of speaking and writing activities.

Teaching Language with Technology - Dr. Betsy Lavolette
Monday, July 18, 2016 - Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Technology can help teachers engage language students and develop 21st century skills, for example, through classroom language exchanges via the internet. Technology can also help teachers assess students' progress, keep them motivated toward learning goals, and provide students with timely feedback--without burdening teachers with extra grading. In this workshop, you will learn about tools for accomplishing these purposes, such as language exchange apps, in-class response systems, language games, and CLEAR's Rich Internet Applications. You will also have the opportunity to work with these tools hands-on to develop assessments and activities for your classroom. No tech skills? No problem! You will work with an experienced teacher-trainer who can walk you through the basics.

Writing in the Foreign Langauge Classroom: Dr. Charlene Polio
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Saturday, July 23, 2016
This workshop will look at writing from two perspectives: writing to learn and learning to write. First, we will examine activities that facilitate the learning of grammar and vocabulary as well as activities that enhance speaking, listening, and reading. Second, we will examine activities that help students learn to write various genres, from simple to complex, in the target language. Participants will evaluate activities that can be modified for a wide range of levels and languages.

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