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Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices in Language Instruction, Univ. of Chicago, April 16-17

The Center for the Study of Languages in the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago
together with The Council on Language Instruction and The Multimedia Learning Center at Northwestern University and The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center

Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices in Language Instruction
April 16-17, 2010
at the University of Chicago, Hyde Park Campus, Center for the Study of Languages

Join us on Friday evening for an opening keynote address and dinner.

Motivated Students = Skilled Communicators
Donna L. Clementi, Director of Education & Research
Concordia Language Villages, Moorhead, Minnesota
Saturday’s program features 10 presentations in morning and
afternoon sessions.
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For more information visit:
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Questions? Contact:
Catherine Baumann <>
The Early Registration deadline is April 2, 2010. Please make checks payable to: Center for the Study of Languages.
Credit/Debit card payments cannot be accepted. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact: Steven Clancy

The CSL will cover the pre-registration fee for graduate students who register by the Early Registration deadline of April 2, 2010. All those registering after the deadline will be responsible for their own registration fees and should make checks payable to: Center for the Study of Languages. Credit/Debit card payments cannot be accepted. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact: Steven Clancy <>.

Symposium Schedule of Events
All events: Center for the Study of Languages
Cobb Hall, 2nd Floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue
Friday, April 16
5:00 PM Facility Tours, Center for the
Study of Languages
5:30 PM Registration and Wine Reception)
6:30 PM Keynote Address (CSL)
8:00 PM Catered Dinner (CSL)
Saturday, April 17
8:30AM-9:00AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00AM-10:30AM Session One
10:30AM-11:00AM Break
11:00PM-12:30PM Session Two
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM-3:30 PM Session Three
3:00PM-4:30 PM Closing Reception

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Annual Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) Conference in Kansas City, March 26-28

The Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) will  hold its annual conference in Kansas City, MO at the Marriott Hotel  March 26-28.  This year’s event features two prominent guests:  1)  Russian Poet Evgeni Evtushenko (Poet in Residence at Tulsa  University), who will read his poetry Friday Evening March 26th,  opening the conference.  On Saturday, March 27th, Academic Kostomarov  from Moscow will be the plenary speaker, addressing issues dealing  with Russian Language–his specialization for decades.  This occasion  yearly draws scholars from across the United States as well as from  many European countries (Austria, Ukraine, Russia etc.).  Workshops,  films, exhibits further highlight this amazing attraction.

On-site registration is available.

For more information, and to pre-register, please contact Prof. Mara Sukholutskaya:
Phone: (580) 559-5293
Fax: (580) 436-3329

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Russian Language Teaching (K-16) Methodologies Seminar, Concordia Language Villages (Bemidji, MN), June 27-July10

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for  STARTALK Russian Teachers Grades K- 16
Dates:  June 27 – July 10, 2010
Location:  Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota

Description:  The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this four-credit graduate level course.  A residential program designed for K-16 teachers of Russian, the participants will enhance their understanding of best practices in teaching Russian through participation in language learning groups and activities at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages.  Active participation in the Russian Language Village program will be accompanied by class discussions about the methods observed and current research on second language acquisition.  Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action at Lesnoe Ozero will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy.  The use of music to teach Russian will be highlighted in the program with discussions facilitated by guest presenter, Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson.   Because of the building configuration of the Russian Language Village, participants will be able to live on-site for this experience, participating in the daily schedule as observers and co-leaders of activities as appropriate.  They will also have their own classes to discuss professional readings, share observations, and prepare materials for use at Russian Language Village and in their classrooms.  The seminar will be led by Donna Clementi, Director of Education and Research at Concordia Language Villages.  Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Director of Russian Studies and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, will be a guest presenter.   Lara Ravitch, Dean of the Russian Language Village, will serve as the program director.  Four graduate credits will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Program costs:
$1680  Tuition for the four-credit graduate course ($420/graduate credit)
$500    Housing and all meals at the Russian Language Village

Full scholarships in the amount of $2180 are available to all participants.  In addition, each participant will receive up to $300 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

Donna L. Clementi
Director of Education and Research
Concordia Language Villages
901 Eighth Street South
Moorhead, Minnesota  56562

You may reach me at my home office:
14 Penbrook Circle
Appleton, WI  54913
home phone:  920.734.1170
cell:  651.341.9445

Preparing young people for responsible citizenship in our global community

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Call for Proposals: Campus Competition for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grants, Deadline: March 26

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, March 26, 2010

The Winter/Spring Quarter deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, March 26, 2010. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in April, 2010.

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video tapes or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

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Call for Proposals: “Best Practices in Language Instruction,” Language Symposium 2010 (UChicago), Deadline: February 22

Language Symposium 2010
“Best Practices in Language Instruction”
April 16-17, 2010
University of Chicago

A yet-to-be-named keynote speaker will speak on Friday night.

On Saturday the Symposium will continue with presentations on innovations in all areas of language instruction.  Topics may include:

Curricular or instructional innovations in the four skills or grammar or vocabulary
Creative uses and integration of multimedia
Meaningful fusion of culture and language learning
Content-based instruction or language across the curriculum models

Integration of language and culture with other disciplines

Assessment models with an impact on instruction

Research with implications on curricula or instruction
Innovative articulation models
Integration of study abroad

Language instructors at all levels are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome.
For more information, visit
Proposal submission deadline: Monday, February 22, 2010
Early registration deadline: Friday, April 2, 2010


Friday, April 16, 2010

5:00 p.m. Tours, Center for the Study of Languages
5:30 p.m. Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker and Discussion

Saturday, April 17, 2010

9:30-11:00 a.m. Session 1
11:00-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Session 2
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3
3:30-4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Reception

For a copy of the proposal form and/or for more information, please contact either Catherine Baumann ( or Steven Clancy (

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International Studies Summer Institute (for Teachers), Indiana University

International Studies Summer Institute
Indiana University
July 7-15, 2010   ***NEW DATES***

Indiana University’s 15th annual International Studies Summer Institute for teachers of grades six and above will take place *JULY 7-15, 2010* (NEW DATES!!! One week only!).

What:  U.S. teachers, grades 6 and up, join colleagues from around the world to explore the complex and interrelated topics of global food security, international trade and economics, and global migration issues.  Teachers exchange views with international experts through a variety lectures, simulations, panels, and interactive communication technologies, as well as address methods for integrating global issues into their own classes.  Special events include evening cultural experiences of film, food, and music.   The program concludes with an international banquet.

Why:  As a result of ever-increasing global interdependence and the extraordinary political, economic, social, and technological changes taking place throughout the world, the need for clear, innovative thinking about global issues has never been greater. With major programs for the study of all the major world regions, IU is uniquely qualified to offer international studies institutes of the highest quality.

Details:  Teachers receive free resources on a memory stick, certification for professional education credits, and may elect to earn education graduate credits at in-state tuition rates.  Participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  A $200 registration/technology fee is required and covers all costs – see  website for further details.

For more information:  Visit the International Studies Summer Institute website: , or email

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Summer Teaching Positions in Russian, Beloit College

Beloit College: Summer Teaching Positions in Russian

Senior instructors and graduate teaching assistants are needed for Beloit
College’s summer intensive Russian language program (June 9 – August 6,
2010).  In 2010, we expect to offer first- through fourth-year Russian. Each
level, with maximum enrollments of twelve students, has one instructor and
one graduate teaching assistant.  Instructors collaborate with each other,
the language coordinator, and the CLS director on curriculum, syllabi, and
instruction. Duties include classroom teaching and evaluation, and
assistance with organizing cultural activities for the program. Instructors
will be expected to live on campus (single occupancy), share lunch and
dinner with the students in the dining commons, and be available to students
evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications for senior instructors include an M.A., teaching
experience preferably in an immersion environment, native or near-native
proficiency in Russian, and advanced proficiency in English. An advanced
degree in Russian, applied linguistics, or foreign language education is
desirable.  For graduate teaching assistants, an M.A. in progress is
required.  Salary is competitive, and includes room and board. Employment is
contingent upon new employees providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship
or, for non-citizens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the
United States.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of
recommendation to Patricia L. Zody, Center for Language Studies, Beloit
College, 700 College Street, Beloit WI 53511.  Applications will not be
accepted by e-mail.  Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2010,
and will continue until positions are filled.
For more information about
the summer language programs, please call 608-363-2277 or visit our Web site
at Beloit College is committed to the
education benefits of diversity, and urges all interested individuals to
apply. AA/EEO Employer.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program

The 2010 program is open to secondary school teachers
and full-time community college faculty. From July 11-16,
2010, the Museum will host up to 15 educators to begin
what has been a career and life-changing experience for
nearly 250 secondary teachers since 1996. Participants
spend a week at the Museum working with staff historians,
archivists, and educators and return the following summer
for a three day follow up conference. The program is fully-
funded through donations to the Museum, including travel
expenses, teaching resources, and a generous stipend for
books from the Museum Shop.

Pete Fredlake
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW 20024
Visit the website at

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IREX: Virtual Cultural Exchange Program with Kyrgyzstan

A message to educators from IREX about a virtual cultural exchange project between the US and Kyrgyzstan:

My name is Swathi Balasubramanian and I work at the International
Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in Washington, DC and in particular,
on a program that connects youth in the United States with youth
overseas through educational online projects and discussions.  I am
contacting you to see if you would be interested or if you know of
educators who would be interested in participating in our projects that
connect classrooms in the US with classrooms in Kyrgyzstan.  In brief,
our projects take place in English on monitored forum boards, where
students discuss a variety of issues, from their hometowns and national
traditions to current events.  We are willing to work with teachers on
developing projects that match their curriculum goals.

Our program – Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) – Kyrgyzstan – is
funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In the past, IREX implemented this project
in Uzbekistan and in Turkmenistan.  Through online discussions, students
learn about their partners’ culture, educational system, national
cuisines, hometowns and opinions on current events.

In addition to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, this year, for the first
time, we will be conducting online projects with schools in Kyrgyzstan.
We are currently looking for the teachers who would be interested in
doing online projects starting this fall and continuing throughout the
academic year. Here’s a link to one of our projects that focused on art
& diplomacy for your reference:  We would prefer to
conduct shorter, 3-4-week projects, but would be happy to implement
several projects with the same classroom(s).

Also visit:

Our online projects employ various technologies but all the online
projects are either hosted on our forum board or on our
closely-monitored social networking (ning) site. Usually, all you need
to have are access to computers and an internet connection to
participate in our projects.  I’ve attached a factsheet with more
information about our program in Kyrgyzstan.

If you are interested in participating in our projects, please contact
me via email at (or or by phone at 202-628-8188 x140, and I
would be happy to share with you more details about our projects and
information on how to enroll.  Please feel free to forward this email
and information to any interested teachers you may know.

I look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully working with you and
your students.


Swathi Balasubramanian
Program Coordinator, Civil Society Division

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

2121 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
T: +1 202 628 8188 x140
F: +1 202 628 8189

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Intensive Summer Language Institute for Russian Teachers, Deadline: March 1

This program is designed to strengthen critical need foreign language
instruction at U.S. schools by providing intermediate and advanced level
teachers of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian as a Foreign Language with the
opportunity for intensive language study abroad. The summer 2010 program is
open to current K-12 teachers as well as community college instructors of
Arabic, Chinese, and Russian; university students enrolled in education
programs intending to teach these languages are also eligible to
participate. The program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs (ECA) of the U. S. Department of State, and administered by American
Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS.

Program Benefits:
*Academic program in Changchun, China; Alexandria, Egypt; or Kazan, Russia;
*Round-trip airfare;
*Housing and meals;
*Educational and cultural excursions;
*Peer tutors for conversation practice;
*Stipend for the purchase and shipping of teaching materials;
*Pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.;
*Visa support;
*Health insurance; and
*10 graduate credit hours through Bryn Mawr College.

The program is open to educators who meet the following eligibility
*Teach Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian as a Foreign Language in a
K-12 school, community college, or are enrolled in a program leading to
teaching of critical languages;
*Speak Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian at the intermediate or
advanced level;
*Are a non-native speaker of the target language: Arabic, Chinese
(Mandarin), or Russian. For participation in this program, a native speaker
is someone who finished high school (or equivalent) in an Arabic, Chinese
(Mandarin), or Russian speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who
speaks the target language at home, but has not spent an extended period of
time in a country where the primary language is Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin),
or Russian. Heritage Speakers may be eligible if they do not possess native
fluency in the target language.
*Possess U.S. citizenship; and
*Submit a complete application.

More information can be found at:

Applications: Available at:

Deadline: March 1, 2010

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