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New Journal Featuring Article on PACE Project Data

The inaugural issue of Second Language Research & Practice, the open-access journal of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC), is now available! The issue celebrates 30 years of AAUSC publications with six research articles from former editors of Issues in Language Program Direction and includes a special section on postsecondary language education in times of crisis.

Antidote Web Available for French Language Students

Thanks to two Academic Innovation Grants awarded from LATIS, third-year French language students have been making use of Antidote software installed in the Language Center's Multimedia Lab and Walter Library for the past three years. Antidote has improved students' writing samples, giving them a set of tools for self-assessment and independent learning adaptable to their own time, speed, and learning curve. Antidote helps students correct their common mistakes and allows instructors to focus student­ contact time on proven pedagogical strategies for improving writing.

Language Collaboratory: Advancing Intercollegiate Dialogue on the Teaching of...

The Language Center is very pleased to announce the creation of The Language Collaboratory, a partnership for the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures, driven by language centers and institutes at the University of Minnesota, as well as the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Who are University of Minnesota Korean Students?

The goal of the Proficiency Assessment for Curricular Enhancement (PACE) project, which collected second language proficiency test data between 2014 and 2017, was to learn more about second language learners at the University of Minnesota and what methods and experiences are effective in helping them improve their proficiency in a second language. In an effort to share some insights from the PACE data, the Language Center is publishing a series of short articles that will highlight some of the findings of PACE researchers. We hope that these articles will provide information useful to instructors today.

Using the Private Chat as a Planning Tool

The Language Center would like to hear your stories of successful online instructional activities, connections with students, teaching experiences, encounters with technology, and the like to share with our community. No success story is too small to share! See below for our most recent success story about connecting with students and gauging their understanding of class material. Please send your success stories and any questions to Kate Paesani at kpaesani@umn.edu.

From the Language Center Director: The Return of Tip of the Day

Welcome to a new academic year, starting with a semester that will be primarily remote for the Language Center, and for many of you. As a way of providing connection, we are bringing back the Tip of the Day blog. The plan is to continue to describe manageable chunks or tips that support online or remote learning environments. The primary focus will be the teaching and learning of languages, but these tips may be useful for more general audiences as well. We are aiming to publish three posts per week.

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