December 3, 2007

Interesting article

Check out this article on screening tests to identify children's reading problems:

October 29, 2007

Readings for Next Week

The syllabus link for the Grabe and Stoller article is incorrect. The correct link should be as follows:

In addition, although the McCollum link IS correct, I couldn't get the link to work by just typing it in. If you also have that problem, try typing the article title into .

October 22, 2007

Pei, Shannon, Sherri, Maureen Group Project

Use this space as needed to work on your group project.

Lillian, Colleen, Kirsten, Marina Group Project

Use this space as needed to work on your group project.

JoAnne, Robyn, Shen, Kristen Group Project

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Erica, Richie, Alsu, Linda Group Project

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Emilena, Julie, Erin, Alyssa Group Project

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Pei, Shannon, Sherri, Maureen Discussion 2

Please post your second blog discussion here.

Lillian, Colleen, Kirsten, Marina Discussion 2

Please post your second blog discussion here.

JoAnne, Robyn, Shen, Kristen Discussion 2

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Erica, Richie, Alsu, Linda Discussion 2

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Emilena, Julie, Erin, Alyssa Discussion 2

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September 30, 2007

Wilson Electronic Reserve

Update on the Wilson Electronic Reserve: the articles have all been sent to the library, but currently are not loaded on the course website. We're working on getting the articles available to you as quickly as possible. The library course site has a mechanism by which you can sign up for email notifications--you may want to check it out on the site and sign up. Then, you'll know right away when the articles are available.

In the meantime, you can always find the articles at the library the "old-fashioned way." They should be available in the stacks and/or online.

And remember, these discussions are somewhat flexible--that is, we want you to write about what interests you from the course materials. We're interested in deep conversation about the content, and that's always best when it's something that resonates strongly with the reader.

September 24, 2007

You've Found the Blog! Now What?

Welcome to our online blog for Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures! We'll be using the blog primarily for online group discussions, but also to share resources and announcements. A key guide to navigating the blog lies in the Categories to the right: Check out the links to News and Resources!

To get started on the blog discussion, you'll need to find your group. Directly to the right of this message is a section called Categories. You should be able to find your name (and the names of your group members) as a link in that list. Click on that link, and it'll take you to just the questions that your group designed.

This discussion should focus on your readings for the period indicated. You can refer to questions listed under Written Reader Responses to stimulate your thinking. For the first one, you might want to discuss myths about second language learning in your field, just to get the discussion started. You are expected to write one substantial entry and 3-4 detailed comments on other members’ entries. You're welcome to write more if you like.

To post an answer to a question, click on "comments." To leave a comment, be sure to include your first name. The form also asks for email address and URL. You do not need to fill these in. Then, type your posting, and click "post." That's all there is to it!

You won't be able to edit your posting once you submit it, so make sure you're happy with what you've written before clicking "post."

You may want to read what other groups are discussing. Feel free to browse their discussion, and comment on any that you like, but remember that you'll get credit only for the ones you post to your own group's discussion.

If you have any questions or difficulty with posting to the blog, feel free to email Laurene.

Have fun! We're looking forward to reading your thoughts!

Important Websites and Resources

CI 5651 Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education
Fall, 2007
Important Websites and Resources

American Council on Immersion Education
Previous ACIE articles and Bridge articles are available at this website.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
A National Language Resource Center based at the University of Minnesota, with resources for language educators, teacher educators and the wider community related to language learning, language teaching and language education programs.

Center for Applied Linguistics
CAL is an outstanding resource and provides many excellent readings and other resources related to immersion, ESL instruction, and dual language instruction.

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education

Review of Research and Best Practices on Effective Features of Dual Language Education Programs (Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, 2005)

Directory of Two-Way Bilingual Programs

Center for Research on Education,Diversity, and Excellence
CREDE is a federally funded research and development program focused on improving the education of students whose ability to reach their potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty.

CoBaLTT - Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology
Developed by UM faculty member Diane Tedick, CoBaLTT provides professional development and online resources that help foreign language and immersion teachers create content-based lessons/units using technology to enhance students' language proficiency and content or cultural knowledge.

Georgetown University German Department Multiple Literacies Curriculum:
Provides detailed information on program philosophy, curriculum development (including syllabi), and assessment practices associated with the content-oriented, task-based multiple literacies curriculum at the undergraduate level.

Linguistic Minority Research Institute
Provides professional development and research information to educators concerning language minority student access and achievement.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition,and Language Instruction Educational Programs
U. S. Department of Education office that addresses issues of ESL, Bilingual Education,and Language Minority Education Issues. Glossary of terms related to the education of linguistically and culturally diverse students
A particularly useful glossary is available at:

International/National Professional Organizations

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

National Association for Bilingual Education

State of Minnesota – English Language Learners

General information on ELL programs and options in Minnesota

Case Studies of Somali, Bosnian, and Liberian Students