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December Holiday Greetings to Our Readers!

A busy time of year for all of us: a time of rejoicing, renewing friendships, reconnecting with family, and revitalizing our teaching. We share some thoughts with you about traveling from one room to another, how authentic texts lead to authentic language, using Flippity to create games, and new business language programming at GWU. In addition, our SoundBites author highlights some changes at the local level that would impact the success our students have in learning another language.

Remember, all articles appear under individual tabs on the website and in full pdf file ready for download. http://www.nclrc.org/newsletter/Archive/Dec14-LR.pdf

We at NCLRC@GW have been successful in locating, on a limited basis, the funding to keep us going through the end of June 2015. Programs and projects slated for 2014-2015 include 6 issues of our newsletter, the Spanish Immersion Institute, migrating the website to GWU, and the possible presentation of some podcasts. We are a small group now, with 4 very part-time people all of whom have other jobs as well, with a small budget, so we can't be too overly ambitious. However, we do want to hear from you about what we might be able to do to help you in your classroom. Now we start to look further into the future. Please contact us! swcockey@nclrc.org

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If you have something you would like us to list, please contact the editor: swcockey@nclrc.org and she will be happy to include your professional event in our calendar.

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One Strategy for a National Foreign Language Framework: Begin at the Local Level
Marcel LaVergne Ed.D.

For the past 50 years, various surveys, national panels, and presidential commissions have all concluded that the United States is deficient, if not negligent, in the importance it places in foreign language education and the need to create a bilingual or multilingual populace. Consider the following statements that encourage the inclusion of foreign languages in our schools The formulation of a national foreign language framework depends very much for its success on the local level programs. This article will list conditions prevalent at the local level that need to be addressed if we are to establish a national rationale for foreign language proficiency in America and offer solutions for its implementation. To be successful on the national level requires great changes at the local level. Read more... (PDF)

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Creating Flashcards and Jeopardy from Flippity
Carol Marcolini, CITT for Hampton City Schools
Tracy Smith, Retired CITT from Hampton City Public Schools

Are you looking for a site with ideas and apps? Every day the blog Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com provides teachers with free websites and resources that they can use in their classrooms. … Flippity can be used for many things, including making flashcards and a Jeopardy-style game. Read more... (PDF)

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The Travelling Teacher
YANA: Sheila W. Cockey

I have more than one teacher this year in my department that is moving from one room to another within the building all day long. They are frazzled with trying to keep track of all of the materials necessary for each class. What can I do to help them? Cyndie, Department Chair

Travelling teachers have a very difficult life and it is unfortunate that teachers who pull this duty often are new to the teaching profession and therefore don't have a lot of experience in keeping track of multiple lesson plans, papers, and materials. Here are some practical ways in which to lower the frustration level for the floating teachers. Read more... (PDF)

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Authentic Texts Lead to Authentic Language
Marcel LaVergne, Ed.D.

Three types of texts are used in the classroom. Created text generally is designed for the novice learner; semi-authentic text is material adapted from original language text but adapted for the learner; authentic text is created by native speakers for a native speaker audience and is not changed for the learner. Each provides entry into the language and culture of the target language at a level appropriate to the student's knowledge and skill. Read more... (PDF)

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Good News for Language Teachers: A New Grant Cycle for Centers for International Business Education and Research
Margaret Gonglewski, The George Washington University

This fall marks the start of a new four-year grant cycle for the Centers for International Business Education and Research, and the George Washington University was among the 17 institutions of higher education awarded funding. Our Business Language in Focus column this month will feature a sneak peek at the exciting programs that the "GW-CIBER" will offer foreign language educators over these four years to help them prepare "career-ready" students. Read more... (PDF)

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NCLRC@GW
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Also available on our website
Culture Club
A space to share multicultural and multilanguage resources for teachers and students alike
Elementary Immersion Learning Strategies Resource Guide
Sailing the 5 Cs with Learning Strategies:
A Resource Guide for Secondary Foreign Language Educators
The Essentials of Language Teaching
Portfolio Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom Developing Autonomy in Language Learners Learning Strategies Instruction in Higher Education