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2012 Standard Workshop

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, the National African Languages Resource Center in collaboration with the Center for Language of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) put on a hands-on four-hour interactive workshop on the Introduction to Standards Development for Less Commonly Taught Languages. The workshop was attended by 21 language instructors from 6 different departments, servicing 11 different languages (Arabic, Dari, Estonian, Hungarian, Kiswahili, Pashto, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Wolof) and led by Professor Antonia Schleicher, Executive Director of the IU Joint LRCs.

This workshop was the first of a series of workshops on Standards being offered jointly by these two centers. The next two workshops in the series will focus on the implications of Standards in Instruction and Materials Development.
Workshop participants first learned about the 5 Cs of Standards (Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Community), the history of Standards, what Standards are and what they are not, and how Standards are different from proficiency guidelines. They discussed how Standards are established and defined, and then examined copies of the draft version of the Kiswahili Standards while discussing the properties of its Sample Progress Indicators (SPI). Finally, participants were split into small groups where they practiced creating sample Learning Scenarios which they took turns presenting to the rest of the group.
The post-workshop survey evaluation showed that overall the participants said they were “Very Satisfied” with their attendance at the workshop, and that their knowledge of Standards after the workshop was much higher than before. All of the workshop participants indicated that they planned on attending the next two workshops in the series.
Here is what some of the participants had to say about the Standards Workshop:
“Can’t wait for next session!”
“I loved this workshop; it helped me to understand better the standards and how to plan my classroom materials in order to have a better outcome from learners.”
“I appreciate National African Language Resource Center and Center for Languages of the Central Asian Regions for holding such a great and beneficial workshop.”