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CLE Workshop: Using the Target Language 90% or more of the Time at All Levels of Foreign Language Instruction

RSVP Deadline: January 30th

The Center for Language Excellence (CLE)
at Indiana University,
cordially invites you to attend our workshop entitled
Using the Target Language 90% or more of the Time at All Levels of Foreign Language Instruction
(Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone in the IU language community who may want to attend!)

In 2010, ACTFL issued the following position statement on target language usage in the foreign language classroom:

Research indicates that effective language instruction must provide significant levels of meaningful communication and interactive feedback in the target language in order for students to develop language and cultural proficiency. The pivotal role of target-language interaction in language learning is also emphasized in the K-16 Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. ACTFL therefore recommends that language educators and their students use the target language as exclusively as possible (90% plus) at all levels of instruction during instructional time and, when feasible, beyond the classroom.

Furthermore, in classrooms where maximum target-language use takes place, instructors use a variety of strategies in order to facilitate and support students’ semantic comprehension. Some of such strategies include: Providing comprehensible input towards communicative goals; using body language, gestures, and visual support to illustrate meaning; elicit talk that gradually evolves into increased fluency, accuracy, and complexity; conduct frequent comprehension checks; encourage self-expression and spontaneous language use; provide students with strategies for requesting clarification and assistance; and offer frequent student feedback to facilitate their ability to interact orally in the target language. This workshop will provide you with tools which will help you incorporate these strategies into your language classroom even from the first day of class.

Mark your calendars for CLE’s upcoming Workshops/Presentations:

February 2017
- Video Use in an (Online) Language Course
March 2017
- Research and Evidence-Informed Teaching: Developing L2 Reading Skills
- Why Are Proficiency Targets Important for Planning Instructional Objectives?

Using the Target Language 90% or more of the Time at All Levels of Foreign Language Instruction
by Dr. Antonia Schleicher
CLE Executive Director

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
RSVP with your Name, IU Title, IU Department, Language Teaching, and IU Email
by Tuesday, January 30th to

Global and International Studies Building GISB 2067
355 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405