New ACTFL LSP SIG!

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Thanks to all who supported the formation of the ACTFL SIG for Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP).  We welcome and thanks the LSP SIG officers: Natalia Santamaria Laorden, Chair, Ramapo College of New Jersey;  Julie Wilhem as vice-chair, Iowa State University; and Maria Macias as secretary, University of Florida. We look forward to creative and innovative advances with an ACTFL LSP SIG supoorting the field of LSP. https://www.actfl.org/connect/special-interest-groups/languages-specific-purposes
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Spanish for Healthcare text

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  Spanish for Health Care and Human Services: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Intermediate and Advanced Speakers underscores the importance of the integration of the arts and intercultural communication within medical training and well prepares students to competently and compassionately serve Spanish-speaking clients and patients.The book prioritizes students’ development of intercultural communication, recognizing that the ability to mediate between a patient and health practitioner is at the core of the health care fields. Rather than grouping content into lists of words and expressions grouped by semantic fields, it employs a more systematic, research-based approach, using communicative tasks to actively engage students with spoken and written texts, while promoting their linguistic and intercultural skills. Student projects, based and inspired by authentic materials, give learners the opportunity to explore topics of interest while also…
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Business Language Research and Teaching Grants-Call for Proposals

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The Business Language Research and Teaching grants were established in 2010 by a consortium of 13 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) who pledged a portion of their Title VI funding from the US Department of Education to encourage faculty and graduate students in foreign language departments to add a business-language dimension to their teaching and research. During the 2022–2026 grant cycle, all 16 CIBERs have continued support of this important initiative with competitions scheduled in 2023 and 2025. In 2023, two $4,000 and one $5,000 awards will be made to research or teaching projects in foreign languages (excluding ESL and ASL). The 2023 BLRT recipients will present their research findings at the spring 2024 International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes. Recipients will also receive a travel…
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CATAPULT: Computer Assisted Training And Platforms to Upskill LSP Teachers

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Summary from the CATAPULT website:  "CATAPULT  is a three-year project co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union. It aims to offer training and tools to language teachers teaching Languages for Specific Purposes (LSPs) in adult and higher education, and to therefore make sure they are equipped with the necessary professional skills to train LSP learners in the digital era. This objective will be reached through a collaborative European project undertaken by Higher Education Institutions, an international language association involved in the promotion of quality assurance in language learning and teaching, and independent partners in 6 different countries, which strive to contribute to the improvement of the quality of the teaching and learning of Languages for Specific Purposes in Europe. The consortium’s collaborative work will lead to the provision…
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Global Business Languages Journal

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  Read the latest issue of the Global Business Languages (GBL) journal. It was founded in 1996 at Purdue University and published through 2014. In 2020, GBL was officially relaunched by faculty members Margaret Gonglewski and  Mohssen Esseesy of George Washington University with fundingsupport from the USDOE Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). GBL is published annually online and is open access.
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Business Language Research and Teaching Awards

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In order to encourage faculty, lecturers and graduate students in foreign language departments to add a business-language dimension to their research and teaching, the 17 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) have pledged a portion of their Title VI CIBER grant funding to support the Business Language Research and Teaching (BLRT) Awards. In 2017, grants will be awarded to three language professionals at U.S. colleges or universities. One grant of $3,000 will be awarded to a project in a critical or less commonly taught foreign language and two awards of $2,000 will be awarded to research or teaching projects in other foreign languages (excluding ESL and ASL). 2017 BLRT winners will present their research findings at the 2018 International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes to be hosted…
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New LSP Publication

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We are happy to share with you the release of the volume "Technology-Enhanced Language Learning for Specialized Domains: Practical Applications and Mobility," published in the series "Routledge Research in Education.' This book edited by Elena Martín-Monje, Izaskun Elorza and Blanca García Riaza provides an exploration of the latest developments in technology-enhanced learning and the processing of languages for specific purposes. Combining theoretical and applied research from an interdisciplinary perspective, chapters cover key issues related to learning languages with computers, assessment, mobile-assisted language learning, MOOCs, corpus-based research, and computer-assisted aspects of translation. The initial pages, including the table of contents, foreword and introduction to the book can be accessed here. You can also download a 20% discount flyer.
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Duolingo: Fluency in Five Days!

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By Steven Sacco Don't get excited! I'm being facetious when it comes to flash fluency in a foreign language. Yesterday, while watching the Super Bowl, I decided to start German lessons on Duolingo. Tim Ferriss, of THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK fame, claims it's the best online language learning method he has ever used and he's studied 10+ languages. I like Tim Ferriss' books so I decided to give Duolingo a shot. During the four hours of the Super Bowl, I experienced an acid flashback taking me back to my high school days grinding through a Grammar-Translation method textbook used in Father Harold Ostdiek's French 1 and 2 class in 1969. With Duolingo I translated over 100 sentences and phrases from English to German and German to English in those 4 hours. There was, however, a smudge of dictation…
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The benefits of connecting

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By Beatriz Sedano, PhD Student, Open University of Spain My first contact with NOBLE was less than one year ago in CIEFE, International Congress of Spanish for Specific Purposes. Since I connected with the NOBLE team, other graduates and phd students like Carolina, I have found so many benefits of connecting. DISCUSSING AND LEARNING First of all, NOBLE is a professional learning community. Therefore, as students and teachers of LSP, the most important thing is to learn and discuss specialized language education. In our virtual meetings, personal meetings in conferences, webinars and continuous contact through NOBLE social networks and personal email, we have been discussing a lot of issues related to my research field such as: LSP Teaching, Teacher Training, Language and Globalisation, IT Language Teaching and E-Learning, last Tendencies like…
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Embedding leadership in language & literature

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By Sheri Spaine Long Right now I am working on a study with my Graduate Research Assistant, Liane She, that embeds leadership in a Spanish literature course at UNC Charlotte by hybridizing the traditional approach to teaching literature through a focus on leadership. Through special activities, materials, and reflection, students think critically and creatively about literary content relating it to their overall leadership experiences. We consider questions like: Do students connect literature and leadership? Can students make personal connections to fictional leaders? Do they uncover similarities and differences across cultures in leaders/leadership? We plan to present our findings at SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching 2016) as we examine approaches to fusing leadership and literature. We had a number of sources of inspiration during the project. One book in particular…
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