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Monday, February 29, 2016

PACE Swap Shop: Authentic Listening Activities into Practice - Where, What, Why, and How

Thursday, March 3, 2016
10:10-11:00 a.m.
Bruininks Hall 512A.
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Maybe you’ve heard that “authentic texts” are a hot topic in language teaching and learning, but are wondering: What constitutes an authentic text? Why should I use authentic listening texts, especially if my textbook comes with recordings? Perhaps you are considering using authentic listening activities in your classroom, but wonder: Where do I begin searching for authentic texts? How much time will this search take? How can I tell what will make a good listening text? What if my students can’t understand everything in the text? And, what about using videos? If you’re confident about finding texts: How do you create level-appropriate activities for a given text? Can texts be reused at multiple levels.

While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we’re excited to share the processes and experiences we have in answering these questions for our own classrooms with you and to facilitate conversations on this topic among language instructors. We will focus both on finding appropriate and engaging recordings as well as on things to keep in mind as you tailor these activities to meet your course and students’ needs. Bring your experiences, intuitions, and questions about this topic (and your laptop) to our interactive swap shop!

Presenters: Stephanie Hernandez and Ana Anderson, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
This event is open to the university community. Coffee will be served.

The PACE PD Peer Team is planning two additional swap shops for the Spring semester. Please bring your questions and ideas and be ready to share them. If you would like to present and share your experiences and projects, please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu

Upcoming Swap shops:
  • April 5, 2016, 12:00 p.m. BOSSA in the Language Classroom, Nolte Hall, room 140. Join us to learn about successful stories and challenges from four experienced BOSSA users. Pizza will be served.
  • April 21, 2016, 2:30 p.m. Vocabulary Acquisition (note date change)

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