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Download the Envisioning PBLL MOOC

Download the Envisioning PBLL MOOC

NFLRC Resources on ScholarSpace

NFLRC Resources on ScholarSpace

High-Leverage Teaching Practices

High-Leverage Teaching Practices

Project-Based Language Learning

Project-Based Language Learning

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Download the Envisioning PBLL MOOC

Download the Envisioning PBLL MOOC

This resource is an exported Moodle course, designed for installation in a Moodle course. The Envisioning Project-Based Language ...
Identifying and responding to evaluation needs in college foreign language programs

Identifying and responding to evaluation needs in college foreign language programs

Our goal is to build the capacity of college foreign language educators to engage with a variety of evaluation, assessment, and ...
E Komo Mai :: info for visitors

E Komo Mai :: info for visitors

This is the most recent update of NFLRC’s info guide for visitors to Honolulu. It includes information about local transportation, ...
NFLRC 2017 Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Intensive Summer Institute: Pathways to PBLL

NFLRC 2017 Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Intensive Summer Institute: Pathways to PBLL

This document reports on, and evaluates the NFLRC 2017 Intensive Summer Institute more...
NFLRC 2015 Intensive Summer Institute: Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) in Action

NFLRC 2015 Intensive Summer Institute: Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) in Action

This document reports on, and evaluates the NFLRC 2015 Intensive Summer Institute more...
LRC Brochure

LRC Brochure

This brochure highlights work of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers.
4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) evaluation report

4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) evaluation report

This document reports on, and evaluates the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) held at the ...
2014 NFLRC  Summer Institute: Language for Specific Purposes evaluation report

2014 NFLRC Summer Institute: Language for Specific Purposes evaluation report

This document reports on, and evaluates the 2014 NFLRC Summer Institute: Language for Specific Purposes held at the University of ...
2013 NFLRC  Summer Institute: Language for Specific Purposes evaluation report

2013 NFLRC Summer Institute: Language for Specific Purposes evaluation report

This document reports on, and evaluates NFLRC 2013 Summer Institute:“Language for Specific Purposes” at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa...
Ideal Classmates and Reciprocal Idealizing

Ideal Classmates and Reciprocal Idealizing

Tim Murphey describes an easy action research/activity done in the spring of 2012 with 488 students in four Tokyo area Japanese ...
Present Communities of Imagination (PCOIz)

Present Communities of Imagination (PCOIz)

Using group dynamics as an umbrella term for overlapping literatures on community, cooperative, and collaborative practices, I introduce ...

Language Resource Centers bringing worlds together (LRC joint brochure 2011)

Overview of the fifteen Language Resource Centers nationwide (for the 2010–2014 grant period)...
Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign language programs

Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign language programs

The goal of this guide is to help language educators develop surveys that produce useful information for evaluation in language programs....
The role of consciousness in second language learning

The role of consciousness in second language learning

Richard Schmidt presents on the role of consciousness in second language learning at the 1988 SLRF Forum held in at the University of ...
Inviting altruistic agency among students

Inviting altruistic agency among students

Agency is normally understood as the capacity to act, to have a degree of self-determination and control over one’s self and the world.
Agency and student voice

Agency and student voice

In this video, Dr. Murphey explains how listening to what students say works and doesn't work in their own second-language education can ...

2009 NFLRC summer institute: Web-based two-week intensive language course for non-native teachers of Japanese evaluation report.

This document reports on, and evaluates the 2009 NFLRC summer institute: Web-based two-week intensive language course for non-native teac...
Young learner development with co-learning adults

Young learner development with co-learning adults

If we just depend on occasional lessons in schools, we are not realizing the potential of our everyday learning environments for allowing...
Hoping and language learning

Hoping and language learning

To what degree do our methods provide productive pathways and confidence to aid our language learners? During this sixth annual presentat...

Evaluation of the Language Learning Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Evaluation of the Language Learning Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Developing useful evaluation practices in college foreign langauge programs: Showcase session

This booklet summarizes three immediate outcomes of the authoring group’s work during the Developing Useful Evaluation Practices in Colle...
Evaluation of the NFLRC summer institute 2007: Developing Useful Evaluation Practices in College Foreign Language Programs

Evaluation of the NFLRC summer institute 2007: Developing Useful Evaluation Practices in College Foreign Language Programs

Evaluation of the NFLRC summer institute 2007: Developing Useful Evaluation Practices in College Foreign Language Programs

Usability test report for the National Foreign Language Resource Center Website

Usability test report for the NFLRC website update completed in December 2005. Includes description of the methodology plus results obtained.

Foreign language program evaluation: An annotated bibliography of resources for foreign language educators

The project's mission is to enable useful evaluation in support of foreign language programs. This is the annotated bibliography ...

Reanalysis of discernment from a social constructivist perspective: Academic consultation sessions in Japanese universities

From the social constructivist perspective, this paper examines speech style shifts in academic consultation sessions between professors ...

2005 NFLRC workshop: Designing Effective Foreign Language Placement Tests

Final report on the 2005 NFLRC workshop, Designing Effective Foreign Language Placement Tests. During this two-week workshop participant...
2004 selected papers from the NFLRC symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning and Language Instruction

2004 selected papers from the NFLRC symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning and Language Instruction

These eight papers were presented at the Distance Education, Distributed Learning, and Language Instruction Symposium held July 27-30, 2...
Las voces de las mujeres de Xelajú

Las voces de las mujeres de Xelajú

Listen to the authentic voices of twenty ordinary Guatemalan women as you watch these interviewees share their unique views regarding ...
Song and music in language learning

Song and music in language learning

Tim demonstrates ways in which music and song can facilitate language acquisition, healthy living, and positive group dynamics...
Juggling with language learning theories

Juggling with language learning theories

Learning to juggle has become popular among corporate training programs as it shows participants how to appreciate mistakes and use ...
2004 NFLRC symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning & Language Instruction: Reports from the field

2004 NFLRC symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning & Language Instruction: Reports from the field

Final report on the 2004 Symposium, Distance Education, Distributed Learning & Language Instruction: Reports from the Field
2004 NFLRC conference: Cultural Diversity & Language Education

2004 NFLRC conference: Cultural Diversity & Language Education

Final report on the 2004 NFLRC Cultural Diversity & Language Education Conference co-sponsored by the University of Hawai`i Center for Se...
Listenership in Japanese: An examination of overlapping listener response

Listenership in Japanese: An examination of overlapping listener response

This study focuses on a particular listening pattern in Japanese which occurs by overlapping with the current speaker's incrementing utte...
Online Chinese for minority-serving institutions

Online Chinese for minority-serving institutions

This video reports on an experimental two-year introductory course sequence in Mandarin Chinese is being developed and taught to ...
NPRM – Near Peer Role Modeling

NPRM – Near Peer Role Modeling

Here's a sample. For more, visit our Tim Murphey Tips playlist."Near peer role models" are people near to us in possibly several ways, ...
Group dynamics in the language classroom

Group dynamics in the language classroom

Here's a sample. For more, visit our Tim Murphey Tips playlist.Group dynamics is one of the most, if not the most, important areas for...

New technologies and language learning: Cases in the less commonly taught languages (ONLINE VERSION)

In recent years, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) has supported an increasing number of programs for teaching languages usi...

KÀN NA! Authentic Chinese reading & video (PC only)

A variety of authentic sources, including a newspaper report of a hijacking, a family letter to Chinese students in the US...

HANGUL-RO BOJA! Authentic Korean reading & video

A variety of authentic sources, including notes found on the family refrigerator, traditional folk tales, modern poetry...
Mind, language, and epistemology: Toward a language socialization paradigm for SLA

Mind, language, and epistemology: Toward a language socialization paradigm for SLA

Karen Watson-Gegeo’s plenary talk lays out the issues involved and argues for a language socialization paradigm for second language ...

2000 Summer Institute evaluation: Computer-based tests for less commonly taught languages

Evaluation of the 2000 NFLRC Summer Institute, Computer-Based Tests for Less Commonly Taught Languages .

Motivation, reported strategy use, and preferences for activities in foreign language classes at the UHM: Reliability and validity of instruments

NFLRC carried out a series of large scale data collection at undergraduate level foreign language classrooms in the university. The ...
Four perspectives on L2 pragmatic development

Four perspectives on L2 pragmatic development

An increasing body of research examines the development of L2 learners' pragmatic ability. While some earlier longitudinal studies ...
Shadowing and summarizing

Shadowing and summarizing

Shadowing and summarizing are deceptively simple tasks that can greatly enhance learning. This video shows an actual class going through ...

Explicit instruction and JFL learners’ use of interactional discourse markers in extended tellings

Study of the explicit instruction of Japanese discourse markers to English-speaking, intermediate learners of Japanese as a Foreign ...

Japanese language needs analysis 1998-1999

The results of the first stage of an on-going curriculum development project aimed at creating performance based tests for the first ...
Explicit and incidental instruction and learner awareness

Explicit and incidental instruction and learner awareness

Explicit instruction can facilitate learner awareness of the surface features of a language, but does not guarantee it. Similarly, learne...
Integration of national standards in a Japanese language classroom

Integration of national standards in a Japanese language classroom

This 20-minute video plus guidebook familiarizes pre-service and in-service teachers of Japanese with the "five C" goals of the Japanese ...
Introducing action research into post-secondary foreign language teacher education

Introducing action research into post-secondary foreign language teacher education

The teaching of foreign languages at the post-secondary level in the USA increasingly reflects an interest in developing communicative ...
UG access in L2 acquisition: Reassessing the question Colloquium papers from the Second Language Research Forum 1998 October 15–18, 1998 at the University of Hawai‘i

UG access in L2 acquisition: Reassessing the question Colloquium papers from the Second Language Research Forum 1998 October 15–18, 1998 at the University of Hawai‘i

Reexamine the assumptions that went into the original UG-access research of the 1980s. Is the original access question a reasonable one
Checklist: Evaluative criteria for computer-delivered language learning systems

Checklist: Evaluative criteria for computer-delivered language learning systems

The Multimedia Language Learning Software website was developed as a follow-up to the 1998 Invitational Symposium on Assessing and Advanc...
Foreign language partnership

Foreign language partnership

US policy makers and educators have tended to view immigrant languages as a "problem" rather than recognize these languages as "resources...
Can pragmatic competence be taught?

Can pragmatic competence be taught?

The plenary at the 1997 TESOL Convention explores the 'teachability' of pragmatic ability in a second or foreign language. It is ...
Acquisition of Italian grammatical gender: L2 learners

Acquisition of Italian grammatical gender: L2 learners

This study investigated the sensitivity to gender cues exhibited by L2 learners of Italian. The participants were 64 students in first- a...

1996 New technologies and less commonly taught languages: Abstracts and other information from the NFLRC Symposium

This page includes abstracts and other information from the NFLRC Symposium held at the University of Hawai‘i, July 8-12, 1996.
Bilingualism and early literacy

Bilingualism and early literacy

1996 lecture presented at the University of Hawai‘i by Ellen Bialystok, Sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center.
Motivation for learning foreign languages

Motivation for learning foreign languages

This DVD offers an informative and entertaining discussion of several studies on the role of motivation in second and foreign language le...
Chinese language video clips for classroom use (video version)

Chinese language video clips for classroom use (video version)

Filmed on location in Beijing, mostly at Peking University, these naturalistic video clips, ranging from less than one minute to eight mi...
Motivational aspects of using computers for writing and communication

Motivational aspects of using computers for writing and communication

This sample chapter from Telecollaboration in Foreign Language Learning: Proceedings of the Hawai`i Symposium (Technical Report #12) desc...
Computer-mediated communication in foreign language education: An annotated bibliography

Computer-mediated communication in foreign language education: An annotated bibliography

This literature review is designed to be an online resource to aid teachers and researchers seeking information on computer technology an...
A lesson in learning Hawaiian

A lesson in learning Hawaiian

Lise Winer of Southern Illinois University discusses her experiences learning both Hawaiian and hula, focusing on cognitive learning ...
Integrating language and content instruction

Integrating language and content instruction

Students who participate in immersion programs not only become proficient in the immersion language, they also achieve academically...
Performance and portfolio assessment (1985–1995): An extended annotated bibliography of sources useful for language teachers

Performance and portfolio assessment (1985–1995): An extended annotated bibliography of sources useful for language teachers

This bibliography offers a collection of extended article summaries drawn from the performance and portfolio assessment literature of the...
Pragmatik im Fremdsprachenunterricht [Pragmatics in foreign language teaching]

Pragmatik im Fremdsprachenunterricht [Pragmatics in foreign language teaching]

Pragmatic competence has long been recognized as an important component of communicative competence. How can foreign language instruction...
Hawaiian Immersion Curriculum Development Project

Hawaiian Immersion Curriculum Development Project

This is a preview of a 1996 video documenting the progress of the project "Model Hawaiian Immersion Curriculum."

Mandarin Chinese: Four-year instructional goals, curriculum outline, and institutional measures

This curriculum outline includes student profiles, objectives, and an instructional outline for a Chinese language core program which uti...