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New York State Seal of Biliteracy: Leveraging growth for CUNY language programs

Room 9205
The Graduate Center, CUNY
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Dr. Jennifer Eddy
Associate Professor of World Language Education at Queens College
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained at least an Intermediate High (ACTFL scale) level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.
The New York City region represents 17% of all NYSSB students, with participating schools increasing each year. Students have earned the Seal in 47 languages.
These students represent growth opportunities for our CUNY programs.
Dr. Eddy will explain the NYSSB and described strategies to leverage this large pool of candidates into our programs for growth of CUNY language minors and majors.

Lecture and Conversation with Guadalupe Valdés, Ph.D.

April 24th, 2020  
Skylight Room, 9th floor
The Graduate Center, CUNY
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Open to the public

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites Dr. Guadalupe Valdés for a lecture and conversation on an online program developed for college-age volunteers to prepare to work with adult English learners in a nearby community. 

Dr. Valdés will speak on the theory and practice involved in supporting adult learners who have enrolled and attended traditional adult ESL 1 courses over many years. She is currently revising the online course to emphasize that students view themselves as language “coaches” rather than as “teachers” or “tutors” who curricularize language.

Dr. Valdés is the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her research explores many of the issues of bilingualism relevant to teachers in training, including methods of instruction, typologies, measurement of progress, and the role of education in national policies on immigration. Specifically, she studies the sociolinguistic processes of linguistic acquisition by learners in different circumstances–those who set out to learn a second language in a formal school setting (elective bilingualism) and those who must learn two languages in order to adapt to immediate family-based or work-based communicative needs within an immigrant community (circumstantial bilingualism). Her research in these areas has made her one of the most eminent experts on Spanish-English bilingualism in the United States.

Fall 2018 ILETC Events

We are pleased to offer the following workshops in Fall 2018:

Workshops

Error Correction in Language Classrooms: Balancing Research and Realities
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October 29, 2018
Room 9207
The Graduate Center, CUNY
4:30 – 5:30pm

Lourdes Ortega, a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University and a Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center, discusses best practices for correcting language students’ errors, balancing research findings with the realities of foreign language education.

Crossing Major Borders: ACTFL Workshop
     (Register using link below)
November 9, 2018
Room TBD
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
9:30am – 5:30pm

This workshop provides an overview of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Rating Scale and a description of the functions, contexts/content areas, discourse type and accuracy features appropriate to each level. Participants discuss the curricular implications of the proficiency scale and explore strategies and activities that enable students to cross proficiency level borders (i.e., Intermediate to Advanced, Advanced to Superior).

Registration for this event is required. Click here to register.

For more information on any ILETC event, email ILETC@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-2083.

Workshops 2018-2019

We at the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) are excited to announce two professional development opportunities for language instructors in the 2018-2019 academic year. Please click on the title of each workshop for additional details, including how to apply.

Collaborative Curriculum Development: Workshop for Heritage Spanish Courses

Project-Based Language Learning for the Chinese Classroom

General Information

As is the case with all professional development activities conducted by ILETC, the workshops offered  during this academic year are guided by a combination of theoretical and pedagogical frameworks that are applicable to both L2 and heritage language education:

  • Language Acquisition. We adhere to the theory that acquiring a language entails the development of an implicit linguistic system and that such development does not take place without input (Krashen, S. D. (1982). Acquiring a Second Language. World Englishes, 1: 97-101.)
  • Proficiency. We understand language proficiency within the framework of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, 2012 (https://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012.)
  • Intercultural Communicative Competence. We approach the teaching of culture in the language class as the development of a person’s ability to successfully navigate between more than one language and cultural system (Byram, M. (2000). Assessing intercultural competence in language teaching. Sprogforum, 18(6), 8‐13.)
  • Critical Pedagogy. We recognize the centrality of curricula informed by sociolinguistic principles regarding language and power, language varieties, and language and identity. Critical pedagogy approaches provide effective classroom practices to understand, reflect on, and analyze such principles (Leeman, J. & Serafini, E. (2016). Sociolinguistics and heritage language education: A model for promoting critical translingual competence. In Marta Fairclough and Sara Beaudrie (Eds.) Innovative Strategies for Heritage Language Teaching. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 56-79.)

Project-Based Language Learning for the Chinese Classroom

Workshop Description

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites CUNY full- and part-time Chinese language instructors to participate in a year-long workshop aimed at acquiring the tools to design project-based language learning (PBLL) curricula. PBLL is a student-centered pedagogy that focuses on meaning making in the target language. PBLL courses are organized around a complex question or problem. Learners develop linguistic and cultural competence by working toward addressing the question or problem. For sample PBLL projects, visit http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/pebbles/.

We at ILETC consider collaboration to be a key aspect of improving language education. The workshop sessions offer organized spaces for participants to work with and learn from each other. There will be group meetings to discuss progress with colleagues, reading groups and lectures from experts to keep ourselves up-to-date on the changing dynamics of language education, and structured activities to facilitate curriculum development. This professional development activity will be led by Dr. Megan M. Ferry, Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies at Union College in Schenectady, NY, and assisted by a graduate student.

The workshop entails six 2-hour long sessions, which will take place over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year. Most of the meetings will be virtual, although two of them will take place in person at the Graduate Center. The first meeting will be in person, tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 21, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and the last in May 2019. In addition, we will invite ACTFL to offer a day-long workshop to participants in early November. The complete schedule for this workshop will be available in early September.

There are a limited number of spots available. To apply, please fill out the application form (found hereno later than August 30, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to ILETC@gc.cuny.edu.

Workshop Facilitator

Megan M. Ferry is Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Union College (Schenectady, NY). She received her B.A. in Asian Studies and German from Mt. Holyoke College, M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature (Chinese and German, with an emphasis on modern Chinese literature and culture) from Washington University in St. Louis. The results of her studies have yielded a diverse body of research and courses. In addition to Chinese language at all levels, she teaches Chinese and Asian American film, Gender and Sexuality on Modern China, East Asian literature and culture, Media China, as well as co-teaches an interdisciplinary course with a civil engineer on China’s Three Gorges Dam and development. She has written on Chinese women writers and the literary field in 1920s and 1930s China, advertising, consumerism, and sexuality in contemporary China, and China-Latin America and China-African relations. In addition to these publications, she has written the Chinese curriculum for the Schenectady Public Schools District and served as evaluator for several K-16 Chinese language programs.

Collaborative Curriculum Development: Workshop for Heritage Spanish Courses

Workshop Description

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites CUNY Spanish language instructors who teach heritage or mixed L2/heritage courses to participate in a year-long workshop aimed at revising curriculum, discussing pedagogical approaches, and evaluating materials and assessment tools.

We at ILETC consider collaboration to be a key aspect of improving language education. The workshop sessions offer organized spaces for participants to work with and learn from each other. There will be group meetings to discuss progress with colleagues, reading groups and lectures from experts to keep ourselves up-to-date on the changing dynamics of language education, and structured activities to facilitate curriculum development. This professional development activity will be led by ILETC Director, Alberta Gatti, and assisted by a graduate student.

Meetings will take place at the Graduate Center on Fridays, with the first meeting scheduled for Friday, September 21st. The group will meet three times in the Fall and three in the Spring, with the last meeting scheduled for May 2019. Additionally, ACTFL will be invited to offer a day-long workshop for participants. The complete schedule will be available in early September.

There are a limited number of spots available. To apply, please fill out the application form (applications now closed) no later than August 30, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to ILETC@gc.cuny.edu.

Workshop Facilitator

Alberta Gatti is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she directs the Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC, a National Language Resource Center) and the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Competence (ILETC, a research and resource center for language education at CUNY). For the past four years she has been conducting research on the proficiency of heritage speakers, which resulted in two publications and multiple conference presentations. Previously, she conducted work on Early Modern Spanish literature. Alberta Gatti holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University and a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Buenos Aires.

ACTFL Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design

October 6, 2017
10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Room 9204

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

This workshop focuses on how to build a curriculum that is designed to keep students making steady progress in terms of overall proficiency. ACTFL will customize the workshop to focus on achieving Intermediate level of proficiency in various skills (Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening) and modes (Interpersonal, Presentational, Interpretive) depending on the needs and aims of your program, faculty and students. The integration of Study Abroad experiences into the program of study will also be considered.

Facilitator: Cynthia L. Martin, University of Maryland
Biography/more information.

Registration for this workshop is now closed. Watch the ILETC website for the next workshop opportunity!

Fall 2017 ILETC Events

Here’s what we have on the ILETC calendar for Fall 2017:

Workshops

ACTFL Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design
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October 6, 2017
Room TBA
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

This workshop focuses on how to build a curriculum that is designed to keep students making steady progress in terms of overall proficiency.

For more information on any ILETC event, email ILETC@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-2083.

PBL Workshop with Dr. Julio Rodriguez

ILETC is pleased to announce that it will host a Workshop on Project-Based Learning (PBL), led by Dr. Julio Rodriguez, Director of the Center for Language & Technology and National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Dr. Rodriguez will give a presentation of approximately two hours, after which participants will develop their own ideas for lessons and activities using the PBL methodology in consultation with him. Participants are expected to bring a laptop (or other device to use in activities), as well as an idea for a lesson, project, or activity to be developed during the workshop.

We invite you to secure your registration using this form. Since space is limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email us if you have any questions about the workshop. 

We hope that you will take advantage of this valuable opportunity to learn more about PBL pedagogy!

Developing the Writing Skills of Spanish Heritage Learners

Who? Instructors of Spanish heritage learners who have completed the ACTFL Writing Guidelines Familiarization Workshop

When? Half-day: 6/2

What? This workshop delineates recommendations for the teaching of writing to Spanish heritage writers who fall within two ranges of proficiency: Intermediate and Advanced. It combines (i) discussion of the results of a study of the writing of 77 heritage writers of Spanish, conducted by the Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC)* in collaboration with ACTFL, and (ii) guided, hands-on work by participants.

Space is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served!​

Click here to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/Lflz85TPKF497M3p2

*CILC is funded by a Title VI Grant from the US DOE.