Below are descriptions of the summer workshops CLEAR offered in 2014. Please check back later in October to see the new offerings for 2015!
The Basics of Creating Assessments: From Principles to Practice
This workshop is for language instructors who want to learn the basic principles of developing assessments for classroom use. Workshop participants will be asked to respond to an online survey prior to the workshop to help plan activities. Participants will learn about the basic concepts of language assessment, including national standards for foreign language assessment, reliability, validity and practicality and how these principles apply to their own classrooms. Each participant will complete a needs assessment to determine their most salient assessment needs. Based on the results of each needs assessment, participants will work to conduct online searches for existing assessments. Then, participants will work together and in small groups to create assessment activities to meet their specific classroom needs.
Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques
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, and video 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.
Speaking Activities for Oral Proficiency Development
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? In this workshop, 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 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 create activities that target your learners’ oral proficiency goals.
Using Authentic Materials in all Levels of Foreign Language Classes
This workshop will show you how to supplement your classes with a range of authentic materials. We will try examples of activities that can be used to supplement textbooks and look at ways to create thematic units around authentic materials. We will discuss principles for choosing materials to increase student motivation. A large focus of the workshop will be on tasks involving authentic materials that can be used with lower level students. For the more advanced levels, we will focus on fully exploiting materials to maximize a focus on language. Participants will be encourage to bring materials from the languages that they teach.