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LINGUIST List 18.1817

Fri Jun 15 2007

FYI: CASL Research Director to Speak at Roundtable

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        1.    Pamela Morse, CASL Research Director to Speak at Roundtable


Message 1: CASL Research Director to Speak at Roundtable
Date: 14-Jun-2007
From: Pamela Morse <pmorsecasl.umd.edu>
Subject: CASL Research Director to Speak at Roundtable


Who: Joseph Danks, Director of Research at the University of Maryland
Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), scholar, author and dean
emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University.

What: CASL Research Projects on Language Learning and Cultural
Understanding presentation at the 2007 Interagency Language Roundtable
Showcase: Advances in Language Learning and Cultural Understanding

When: June 15, 2007 at 4pm (CASL exhibit in the Grand Ballroom from 8:30 am
– 4:30 pm)

Where: George Washington University’s Marvin Center Auditorium

CASL has several research projects on adult language learning and the use
of cultural knowledge in government work. Dr. Danks’ presentation will
describe the following projects, drawing specific application to the work
of various government agencies:

- The Linguistic Correlates of Proficiency project – aimed at improving the
teaching, learning and testing of high-level listening and speaking
abilities in critical foreign languages (Arabic, Korean, Persian, and Russian).
- Another project will provide a thick description of the language-learning
environment of military linguists in the Defense Language Institute Foreign
Language Center (DLIFLC) Basic Course, paying special attention to the role
of class size and technology use in class and in self-study assignments.
- The Hi-Level Language Aptitude Battery project will develop a test that
predicts successful language learning by adults, particularly learning of
difficult languages, and particularly to very advanced proficiency.
- The Cultural Skills Guide project will bring into immediate use language
and cultural resources to support operational needs for U.S. Military
Attachés.

The ILR members will present on the themes of: language policy issues,
translation and interpretation, training/enhancing four skills proficiency,
assessment, technology/distance education and other relevant research
topics. The complete conference program is available online at
http://nclrc.org/profdev/ilr/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics



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