CAREERS FOR LINGUISTS IN THE FBI
The FBI is hiring! FBI Linguists use their linguistic knowledge and skills to support the mission of the FBI. Contract Linguists, Contract Testers, Contract Test Raters--learn about these roles and how you can apply. Presented by Shana Semler, Chief, Language Testing and Assessment Unit, FBI, and Rachel Brooks, Language Testing Specialist, FBI.
EXTENDING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF PRAGMATIC COMPETENCE IN MULTILINGUALS: APPLYING A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL, DYNAMIC MODEL TO DIGITAL AND NON-DIGITAL CONTEXTS
Presenter: Dr. Julie Sykes, University of Oregon
The study of multilingual language learning necessitates a global perspective that considers a multiplicity of contextual variables concurrent with frameworks capable of operationalizing various dimensions of human interaction. Adding to this necessity is the continual emergence of digital technologies that have expanded the possibilities for communication in ways never before imagined (Taguchi & Sykes, 2013; Thorne, Sauro, & Smith, 2015). Moreover, the patterns for communicating and interpreting meaning are increasing difficult to define, isolate, and teach; however, they are, simultaneously, more accessible to multilinguals.
This presentation will explore an empirically-based framework for addressing the pragmatic learning of multilinguals in global contexts. Utilizing digital and non-digital examples, the presentation will use the framework to synthesize instruction and assessment in four critical areas – (1) knowledge, (2) analysis, (3) subjectivity, and (4) awareness. The model places skill development at the forefront of instructional necessity and, in combination with emerging digital tools, offers a means to overcome barriers to instruction and assessment of multilingual pragmatics in world language contexts. Implications for teaching and research will be presented.
About the speaker:
Julie Sykes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is the Director of CASLS and an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses on applied linguistics and second language acquisition with an emphasis on technological and pedagogical innovation for interlanguage pragmatic development and intercultural competence.
THE CONSORTIUM ON USEFUL ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE AND HUMANITIES EDUCATION (CUALHE) 2019
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
The Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education (CUALHE) is an inter-institutional collaborative effort that aims to share and to enhance useful assessment practices developed by college language and humanities programs and to develop a cadre of scholars who can serve as assessment experts/facilitators. The Consortium fosters a culture of reflective teaching in higher education and supports research into student learning, making useful assessment a regular part of the academic modus operandi.
The goals of the annual meeting and conference are: (a) to provide a forum for those working on outcomes assessment (and related endeavors) to present and exchange ideas, and (b) to enable strategic planning of the Consortium organization and activities.
EAST COAST ORGANIZATION OF LANGUAGE TESTERS (ECOLT) CONFERENCE 2019
Date: September 13-14, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
The East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) represents an East Coast group of professionals, scholars, and students who are involved in language testing projects and research. One of the organization's goals is to support connections between academia, K-12 education, government, and for-profit and not-for-profit testing organizations. In addition to providing a forum for continued learning and networking, ECOLT strongly supports the work of graduate students. The eighteenth annual conference will be held in Fall 2019, and will be hosted by the AELRC at Georgetown University.