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Effective language teaching and learning is key to student proficiency in the target language. The presenters frame effective teaching in six core practices that help develop language proficiency plus literacy and critical thinking skills. 

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In this lesson, the presenters define the term “core practice” and they explain why core practices are vital in order to be an effective world language educator. Furthermore, they describe six core practices in detail and they provide examples of how to enact these practices in the online environment.

The following six core practices are presented in this lesson: (1) facilitate target language comprehensibility, (2) guide learners through interpreting authentic resources, (3) design oral interpersonal communication tasks, (4) plan with  backward design model, (5) teach grammar as concept and use in context, and (6) provide appropriate oral feedback.

The presenters suggest some specific technology tools and resources that practitioners may employ in the online environment to enact the core practices listed above. It is important to note that the core practices described in this presentation are not the only core practices that are necessary for the effective instruction of a world language; however, the core practices described in this lesson are among the most fundamental ones for successful classroom language acquisition to take place.

Here are some further links to explore on this topic:

https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/tle/TLE_MarApr17_Article.pdf

https://www.actfl.org/enacting-the-work-language-instruction

https://www.actfl.org/publications/books-and-brochures/enacting-the-work-language-instruction-high-leverage-teaching-practices

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1944-9720.2012.01180.x/abstract  

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