CERCLL was created as a Language Resource Center in 2006 with its first round of funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Each grant cycle since then has had a set of projects, some of which have continued from one four-year grant cycle to the next. The following is a list of projects that were completed during earlier grant years, with links to resources they created.
Games to Teach
Project Directors: Drs. Jonathon Reinhardt (U. Arizona) and Julie Sykes (U. Oregon)
As mainstream socio-cultural practices and products, digital games are now a viable medium for foreign language instruction. The primary goal of this project is to provide educators the resources (both material and pedagogical) needed to design, implement and assess digital game-mediated learning activities. Explore the project on the website available here.
Study Abroad: The Assessment of Cultural Intelligence
Project Director: Dr. Peter Ecke (U. Arizona)
The development of “cultural intelligence” is a key outcome of study abroad programs, yet few instruments exist to assess this quality. This project addressed the need for ready-to use, easily adaptable instruments and tasks to assess students’ development of cultural intelligence during study abroad. These are available on the project website.
Projects Directors: Drs. Heather Allen (U. Wisconsin–Madison) and Beatrice Dupuy (U. Arizona)
Existing foreign language teacher training models focus on lower-level language acquisition, failing to prepare graduates for a world where language, literature and culture are inseparable in nature and significance. This project developed modular, multiliteracy-based professional development frameworks for teaching assistants that focuses on language teaching at higher levels, available on the project website, and resulted in a textbook, A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (Pearson Higher Education, 2015).
Modern Persian Textbook Series: Intermediate and Advanced
Project Director: Dr. Kamran Talattof (U. Arizona)
Despite the growing popularity of Persian courses on American campuses, the instructional materials currently available are either dated or unsuitable for English-speaking second language learners. This project will produce the last two volumes in a series of six, designed to teach Persian to college students or independent learners. The new textbooks will assist FL teachers of Persian in teaching students to read, write, listen and speak at the intermediate level and provide a foundation for an increased understanding of colloquial Persian.
Educating Global Citizens through Global Simulation
Project Director: Dr. Beatrice Dupuy (U. Arizona) [In collaboration with CMES and Department of Russian and Slavic Studies]
This project will provide teachers of intermediate-level FL students with a systematic way of integrating Global Simulation (GS) into their instruction with the goal of promoting language and culture learning and critical thinking to better prepare their students to become global citizens.
Hypermedia Multimodal Text Annotation
Project Director: Dr. Robert Ariew (U. Arizona) [In collaboration with CMES and Department of French and Italian]
This project annotates different types of texts with multimedia hyperlinks (hypermedia) to facilitate linguistic as well as cultural comprehension of reading texts for language learners. Hypermedia can clarify, explain and illustrate not only the meanings of words and expressions, but also rhetorical, socio/cultural, historical and other concepts embedded in the text.
Teaching Portuguese to Spanish-Speaking Learners
Building on the language skills of Spanish speakers (native speakers, heritage speakers, FL/SL learners of Spanish), this project focuses upon teaching Portuguese through the early introduction of reading authentic texts. This project provides a rich source of authentic materials for Portuguese teachers and learners through a website offering both classroom tasks and web-based language learning materials online.
Games to Learn
This project will facilitate the learning of FL skills by teaching language instructors how to inexpensively design and implement custom FL games using off-the-shelf computer game development tools that permit in-game FL dialogues between game characters and the player, in-game FL texts (such as found documents, journals, maps, and other game clues), and FL puzzles that the player must solve in order to advance the narrative of the game.
Arabic Learners Written Corpus
Project Director: Dr. Samira Farwaneh (U Arizona) [In collaboration with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research(CALPER) at Pennsylvania State University]
This project will develop an extensive Arabic learner corpus comprising numerous written samples produced by L2 and heritage students, collected over 15 years of teaching. They will be transcribed into a database with cross-referenced categories according to level (beginning, intermediate, advanced), learner (L2 vs. heritage), and genre (description, narration, instruction). You can learn more on the project website.
Writing Systems of the World
Project Director: Dr. Timothy Vance (U Arizona)
The goal of this project is to introduce students to the variety of writing systems that have been and are used around the world. This project will result in a carefully designed survey of the types of diverse writing systems that different cultures have developed.
Summer Institute in LCTL Literacy
Project Directors: Drs. David Yaden and Yetta Goodman (U Arizona)
A summer institute in 2009, bringing together professionals in literacy development and linguistics with K-16 teachers, was central to this project. Teachers worked with authentic materials in East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) to enhance and expand their understanding of the development of literacy and cultural knowledge related to these languages.
Introducing Children and Adolescents to the World
Project Director: Dr. Kathy Short (U Arizona). [In collaboration with Worlds of Words, U Arizona]
By bringing an International Consultant and a Language and Culture Kit into K-8 schools to encourage language exploration, this project aims: 1) to make K-8 teachers more confident and comfortable with integrating a broader range of cultural and linguistic perspectives into their classrooms as well as become more familiar with the literature, instructional strategies and electronic resources by providing them with the support of an international consultant; 2) to introduce K-8 students to less commonly taught languages and cultures in order to encourage them to pursue these languages in high school and university context.
The Online Language Environment Board
Project Director: Garry Forger (U Arizona) [In collaboration with the Learning Technologies Center]
The Online Language Environments (OLE) Board is a web based threaded discussion instructional tool that utilizes voice, video and text to replicate the functions of a language lab.
MaxAuthor Training and Support
Project Director: Scott Brill (U Arizona) [In collaboration with the Critical Languages Program and the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs]
This project produced a training video for use with the MaxAuthor language software and provides technical support for those using MaxAuthor.
Bringing Global Cultures and World Languages into K-8 Classrooms
Project Director: Dr. Kathy Short (U. Arizona).
Only 50% of U.S. high school students study any foreign language and most K-8 students have little or no opportunities to study a language other than English or learn about a culture different from that of the U.S. This project exposes young learners to world languages and cultures by bringing an International Consultant and a Language and Culture Kit into K-8 schools, encouraging language exploration and benefiting both students and educators.
Professional Development for Foreign Language Educators
Project Director: Dr. Linda R. Waugh (U. Arizona)
This project responds directly to the needs of K-16 language educators, as assessed by a survey previously developed and administered by CERCLL. Educators will be empowered to explore new, different and often technology-enhanced approaches to teaching language and culture. CERCLL will offer workshops at the University of Arizona during the academic year, as well as in-service workshops at local and regional schools, and an annual 2-week summer workshop series.
Conferences, Roundtables and Colloquia
Digital Literacies Symposium
Digital Literacies in and beyond the Classroom: A Hybrid Symposium on Research and Practice
Project Coordinators: Drs. Jonathon Reinhardt (U. Arizona) and Chantelle Warner (U. Arizona)
Sharing practices is crucial to the continuing development of established fields, and critical to the growth of new fields. As a culmination of and extension to the CERCLL Games to Teach project, a hybrid symposium, both real and virtual, will be held in Fall 2014.
Intercultural Competence Conference
International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
Project Directors: Drs. Beatrice Dupuy and Linda Waugh (U. Arizona)