Developing students’ intercultural competence: An introductory lesson plan

June 9th, 2014 | Posted by Merica McNeil in culture | professional development | resources | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Developing students’ intercultural competence: An introductory lesson plan)

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Want to talk about culture with your students, but not sure how to break the ice? As a starting point, it can be helpful to find out about their ideas regarding culture and the basis for these ideas. For example, what experiences have they had encountering other cultures? What challenges did they have? How did they deal with these challenges? What were the results? If they knew then what they know now, would they have dealt with the situation differently? If so, how? Discussing questions such as these, especially involving critical incidents, can help set the stage for starting to develop intercultural competence.

Since I had attended CERCLL’s Language Teacher Symposium led by Dr. Carmen King de Ramírez on March 8 on cultural intelligence activities (see details), I knew it was important to engage students in the discussion and find out the origins of their beliefs about other cultures. For example, are their beliefs based on their own experiences or from what they have heard others say about another culture? Carmen kept workshop participants engaged by providing a variety of practical activities that can be used to increase students’ cultural intelligence. She explained and demonstrated a variety of activities, and she also provided a packet of handouts to help teachers be able to implement activities in their classes.

When a colleague was looking for somebody to guest teach a lesson on the link between language and culture, I jumped at the opportunity. Instead of lecturing this class of university students on the chapter on this topic in their course textbook (Basics of Language for Language Learners), their teacher and I decided it would be more appropriate to help this group of students activate their background knowledge of culture based on their experiences. My lesson plan and Powerpoint are attached. Feel free to adapt them to suit your needs.

LessonPlan_CultureAndLanguage

Powerpoint: Language_and_Culture

Reference

Culicover, P. & Hume, E. (2010). Basics of language for language learners. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press.

Image:

Penston, J. (n.d.). Visualising the iceberg model of culture. Retrieved from http://opengecko.com/interculturalism/visualising-the-iceberg-model-of-culture.  James Penstone / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Upcoming Workshops on Engaging Chinese Students

May 29th, 2014 | Posted by Merica McNeil in Chinese | professional development | summer workshops | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Upcoming Workshops on Engaging Chinese Students)

Places are currently still available for CERCLL’s summer workshops on engaging Chinese students, which will be held next Friday, June 6, 2014, in Tucson at the University of Arizona. The workshops are free to attend, but registration is required. There are a limited number of spaces, so register as soon as possible to secure your place.

An overview of the sessions and a link to registration is below:

Session 1: Engaging Chinese Language Students through Instructional Strategies, Activities and Relationships (9 am to noon)

Session 2: Engaging Chinese Language Students using Technology and Multimedia (1 pm – 4 pm)

The presenter for both of these workshops is Eric Chipman (University of Utah Confucius Institute).

This event is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona.

For more details and to register for these or other workshops offered by CERCLL next week, go to the following website and click on “Register Now”: http://cercll.arizona.edu/development/workshops/2014

Upcoming workshop on Innovative Technology in the Language Classroom

December 7th, 2013 | Posted by Merica McNeil in culture | professional development | SLAT - (Comments Off on Upcoming workshop on Innovative Technology in the Language Classroom)

Next Saturday, December 14, a free workshop will be offered at The University of Arizona on Innovative Technology in the Language Classroom. It is open to faculty and instructors of all languages.

The University of Arizona is a new member of several Arabic Flagship programs in the U.S. which are designed to improve the way Americans learn languages using innovative approaches to promote advanced language education.

According to Dr. Sonia Shiri, who is the Academic Director for the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program as well as Assistant Professor and Middle East Language Coordinator at the University of Arizona, the purpose of the workshop is to share cutting edge work using technology and encourage sharing ideas with the whole campus.

For more information about this event on December 14, see details here: http://cercll.arizona.edu/development/workshops/arabic.flagship

Location: The University of Arizona in Tucson, Marshall Building Room 490

The event is free, but an RSVP is required by December 10th in order to attend. RSVP here.

Download the flyer for full details.

The workshop is organized for the University of Arizona’s Arabic Flagship program by the Flagship Program, CERCLL, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, and the School of Middle East and North African Studies.

SWCOLT Conference Deadline Approaching

November 14th, 2013 | Posted by jtparry in professional development - (Comments Off on SWCOLT Conference Deadline Approaching)

The deadline for submitting a proposal to this conference is fast approaching (11/15)! See details below:

Southwest Conference on Language Teaching
2014 Conference at Snowbird Resort, Utah – April 24–26
Deadline to Submit a Proposal Approaching – November 15, 2013

Reaching New Heights Through Proficiency

SWCOLT/UFLA Accepting Session Proposals for 2014 Conference
Visit our site for the proposal form and more information about the conference: http://www.swcolt.org/#!conference/c1o4a

SWCOLT is currently accepting Session Proposals for our 2014 regional conference. The Utah Foreign Language Association is hosting the conference with us at the beautiful Cliff Lodge in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City.

The theme of the conference is “Reaching New Heights Through Proficiency”. We encourage proposals that reflect the principal strands of the program:

  •  Teaching to Proficiency
  •  Teaching in the Target Language
  •  Dual Immersion Teaching Strategies
  •  Content-based Teaching
  •  Comprehensible Input Strategies
  •  Connecting to the Common Core
  •  Embedding Culture in the Curriculum
  •  Engaging Students in the WL Classroom
  •  Technology in the WL Classroom

You may submit proposals for a 60-minute session, and/or a 10-minute One Idea presentation.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for SWCOLT 2014 in Snowbird, Utah is November 15, 2013.

Half-day and full day workshops will be Thursday, April 24, 2014.
60-minute sessions and 10-minute One Idea Presentations will be on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Excellence in Classroom Teaching Awards

SWCOLT Awards
Visit our site to nominate a teacher to receive an award at the SWCOLT 2014 conference in Utah:
http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

The Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teachers of Languages Other Than English.  One individual may be recognized at each of the following levels:  elementary, secondary, and post-secondary. Any teacher residing in the nine state SWCOLT area can nominate or apply.

The Friend of the Profession Award recognizes an individual or organization not directly involved in the teaching of second languages that has made a significant contribution to the profession. Any teacher residing in the SWCOLT region may nominate/apply.

Honorary Lifetime Memberships are awarded to members who have made significant contributions to SWCOLT and to the language teaching profession.  Any teacher residing in the SWCOLT region may nominate/apply.

SWCOLT Teacher Scholarships Available 2014
Visit our site to apply for a scholarship:
http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

The Centro MundoLengua Scholarship offers a wonderful opportunity for a high school Spanish AP Teacher to participate in Centro MundoLengua’s AP Summer Institute for Teachers in Sevilla, Spain, from June 22 to July 5, 2014. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board with a Spanish family (an individual room), course materials, completion certificate, cultural activities in Sevilla, and a welcome breakfast and farewell dinner.

The Universidad Internacional-The Center for Linguistic Multicultural Studies Scholarship offers a two-week opportunity to study language and culture in Cuernavaca, Mexico anytime in 2014. The scholarship includes registration and two weeks of course work. Transportation and lodging expenses are not included.

The Cemanáhauc Educational Community Scholarship offers Spanish language classes and intensive study of the arts and history of Mexico in an atmosphere of total immersion in the language and culture in colonial Cuernavaca, México. It is designed for a K-16 Spanish teacher who has had few previous opportunities to travel to Latin America, and who needs an opportunity to increase his/her oral fluency.

Sincerely,
SWCOLT Board of Directors
Bonnie Flint (UT), President
Joyce Pitt (OK), Past-President
Judy Cale (CO), Program Chair, President-Elect
Natalie Figueroa (NM), Vice-President
Jocelyn Raught (AZ), ACTFL Representative
Paula Hirsch (CA), Evaluations
T. J. Troche (NV), Awards and Scholarships
Lynette Fujimori (HI) Teacher of the Year Program
Arron Wheeler (UT) Local Arrangements Chair
Mike Wood (UT), Newsletter Editor
Jody Klopp, Executive Director

Report on the USDE’s Roundtable Visit

September 30th, 2013 | Posted by jtparry in cercll project | cercll staff | games to teach | professional development | title vi - (Comments Off on Report on the USDE’s Roundtable Visit)

From left to right: Dr. Jonathon Reinhardt, Dr. Béatrice Dupuy, Dr. Dann-Messier, Dr. Linda Waugh, and Dr. Kathy Short

We at CERCLL had something to celebrate this September 11: Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education and Acting Assistant Secretary of Education, and Dr. Sharon Lee Miller, Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, came to a roundtable held in their honor at The University of Arizona on the southwest leg of the U.S. Department of Education’s Back-to-School Bus Tour. The event began with Drs. Béatrice Dupuy and Linda Waugh providing an overview of CERCLL, explaining the purpose of the roundtable, and recognizing key guests including the University of Arizona’s Deans of Humanities and Education, leaders of the two National Resource Centers on campus, and other department and program Heads.

Dr. Dann-Messier served as the moderator of the roundtable and asked participants to introduce themselves and their work in the CERCLL projects. Then Dr. Kathy Short talked about how CERCLL’s Global Cultures project has been successfully implemented in many K-8 schools, expanded to produce additional materials for pre-school and elementary aged children, and also shared lessons learned. Next Dr. Jonathon Reinhardt explained about his two CERCLL projects: 1) Games To Teach: Developing Digital Game-Mediated Foreign Language Literacies and 2) a project sponsored by a National Science Foundation Cyberlearning Grant titled Partnerships in Indigenous Knowledge and Digital Literacies, which will include a symposium on game-based learning with invited participants from Native American communities that will be held this November in Tucson.

After these overviews, Dr. Dann-Messier asked the international consultants who work with Dr. Short’s project and take the culture kits into K-8 schools to share their experiences using these materials as they interact with students, teachers, and parents. It was exciting to hear about how kids eagerly ask the international consultants questions and enjoy learning about their cultures while also interacting with the cultural artefacts and colorful books in the toolkits. One of the consultants working with the Arabic materials noted that many of the students using the kits had gone on later to take language courses.

Dr. Dann-Messier concluded the ceremonies and thanked everybody for their hard work and dedication to these educational projects; she added that one of the reasons for this event was to help make connections between relevant parties, and she is helping to connect people with similar interests. Several members of CERCLL’s core team attended a conference in Washington D.C. last week and were approached by others within the U.S. Department of Education who had heard about our activities because of the roundtable. In short, it was a successful visit as those in attendance got to hear inside perspectives about the two exciting educational projects at CERCLL, ideas were shared, and connections were made.