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ERIC Number: ED598264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 167
Abstractor: ERIC
Unlock the Gateway to Communication. Selected Papers from the 2014 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Dhonau, Stephanie, Ed.
Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
The 2014 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages took place in St. Louis, Missouri with the cooperation of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri. The 2014 conference focused on ways in which foreign language teachers, "unlock" or help to open up lines of communication between their students and people who speak a language other than the native language of their students. Foreign language teachers do so not only by helping students to learn how to express themselves through oral and written communication, but also through cultural knowledge of the target culture. For students to become globally competent citizens, they need to know not only how to communicate through oral and written communication; they must also understand the nuances of a culture. An understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives of a culture are equally important to function in a given culture. The CSCTFL 2014 conference featured 28 workshops and more than 170 sessions. Nine of the 17 central states were represented by "Best of…" sessions. Several presenters from the 2013 conference returned to re-present their session as an "All-Star." The sessions and workshop topics represented at the 2014 conference included the connection to Common Core in the foreign language classroom, the use of technology, teaching for communicative competency, lesson planning, assessment, the integration of culture in the curriculum, and the use of literature, art, music, and film in language classes. The articles in this report pertain to developing communicative competency and cultural competency. By focusing on developing communicative competency and cultural competency, foreign language teachers are able to shape their students into citizens who will be globally competent and be able to communicate and interact effectively in a global society. The authors explain how to achieve these goals through the use of technology in teaching, studying abroad, the use of target language in the classroom, and the role of a textbook in the classroom while promoting communication.
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A