Joint Language Resource Center (JLRC) standards workshop
National African Language resource center (NALRC) along with Center for Languages of the Central Asian region ( CeLCAR) co-organized the 2013 standards workshop on the December 10th from 1pm to 5pm. Workshop participants consisted largely of language instructors in Indiana University. NALRC Executive Director, Professor Antonia Schleicher trained the teachers to use several tools effective in enhancing the teaching and learning of language.
The workshop aimed at delving deeper into the benefits of adopting Standards for curriculum development for less commonly taught language programs. During this third edition of the Standards workshop series, the instructor explained the benefits of using a Standards based approach for curriculum development give authentic examples to illustrate these advantages, and provide opportunities for instructors to participate actively.
The workshop was attended by instructors teaching more than 10 languages spread across Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Languages represented at the workshop include, but are not limited to, Wolof, Italian, Estonian, Hungarian, Tibetan, Uzbek, Mongolian, Farsi, Dari, Uyghur, Pashto, Russian, Turkish, Norwegian Language and Dutch.
In her presentation titled “Designing curricular Pathways that Lead to Proficiency Targets,” Professor Schleicher equipped the participants with skills of setting proficiency levels for their classes. Using a video, she demonstrated, the different proficiency levels of a language and how the instructors can best tell them apart. Over all, the goal was for instructors to be able to evaluate themselves according to the set proficiency targets.
At the end of the first presentation the instructors were divided in groups and tasked with setting up proficiency targets for their classes in order to practice what they had been taught in the workshop.
Fabienne N. Diouf
Italian Language Program
CEUS (Language Coordinator)
Slavic Languages and Literatures and
Intensive English Program
Norwegian Language and Scandanavian Culture