Guided online workshop modules describing: (i) specific research-based findings that are useful to achieve pedagogical objectives, and (ii) procedures to put them into actual teaching practice.
About this workshop Introduction In this workshop, Glenn Martinez (Ohio State University) discusses how to introduce the topic of language variation and language varieties into the second language (L2) curriculum. He addresses this topic across all levels of L2 instruction.
About this workshop Introduction Dr. Richard Young (University of Wisconsin-Madison) discusses the concept of Interactional Competence (IC), situating it historically among different understandings of competence as have been defined in linguistics, and defining it based upon what language users have
About this workshop Introduction Communication strategies have been defined in Second Language Acquisition as compensating for a lack of linguistic competence, and as requiring planning. This workshop problematizes this view, suggesting that a focus on interaction as action (as presented
About this workshop Introduction This workshop focuses on open-ended role plays that center around interactionally / pragmatically sensitive situations, with two goals in mind: 1) To provide examples to show how being polite or impolite is done (including phenomena such
About this workshop Introduction This workshop focuses on creating Goals, Objectives, and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) related to teaching topics related to interaction and pragmatics by focusing on a number of exercises designed to encourage reflection upon what teachers expect
Liang Fu (CLIC, Rice University): 1) shares her approach to a Chinese language course for health professionals (CHIN 319), with an emphasis on interactional competence (IC); 2) explains how the students were guided to discover the interactive features and social
Victoria Abad (CLIC, Rice University): 1) showcases the Spanish language course for health professionals, with emphasis on the incorporation of interactional competence (IC); 2) addresses the challenges of introducing IC; 3) guides languages teachers through the process of introducing IC; 4) presents lesson
Understanding Learning Processes
About this workshop Introduction In the time since S. P. Corder’s article, “The Significance of Learners’ Errors,” was published, we have come to understand that errors are not necessarily indications that students have learned something incorrectly, but rather evidence regarding
Assessment & Testing
Assessing Interactional Competence in the Classroom: The Challenges of Applying a Rubric and Approaching Performance with an Eye toward Interactional Detail
About this workshop Introduction Developing rubrics to assess Interactional Competence (IC) and then applying them to student interaction poses challenges for language teachers in terms of fairness and validity on one hand, and practicality on the other. This workshop aims
Maryam Emami: 1) discusses how IC can be assessed in the second language classroom; 2) demonstrates her methods of assessment of IC, including her rubric; and 3) provides examples of the cycle of instruction and assessment of IC that she implements
Scott Walters (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): 1) introduces and defines test specs; 2) discusses the reasons for using test specs in L2 assessment; 3) analyzes some existing test specs and sample items; 4) provides an example of and opportunities
About this workshop Introduction In this workshop, Silvia Kunitz discusses multipart oral exams and how they can be analyzed through a conversation analytic lens. She introduces the rationale behind multipart-oral exams, i.e., a testing format that allows the assessment of