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Language Variety

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Welcome to the NFLRC professional development series on Online Learning Pedagogy: Materials Development for Online Language Courses. This lesson focuses on how to adapt materials when they do not represent L2 speaking communities or language varieties that the instructor would like to highlight as part of the bigger speech community, or that the learners would be more interested in learning about.

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These are a few resources that may help you learning about dialects, pragmatic variation and how to include them in your language classroom

About dialects and language varieties

http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/supp orting-ells-mainstream-classroom-language-tips. This is a site for teachers of bilingual students learning English but many of the suggestions and tips are excellent for world languages also.

Douglas Demo’s site about Dialects in Education http://www.cal. org/twi/rgos/dialects.html


Pragmatics in the foreign language classroom

Félix-Brasdefer, Cesar & Cohen, Andrew D. (2012). Teaching Pragmatics in the Foreign Language Classroom: Grammar as a Communicative Resource. Hispania, 95(4), 650-669.

Kasper, G. (1997). Can pragmatic competence be taught? (NetWork #6) [HTML document]. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i, Second Language Teaching & Curriculum Center. Retrieved from the World Wide Web: http://www.nflrc.hawaii.edu/NetWorks/NW06/

Teaching pragmatics and speech acts Resources from the Center for the Advanced Research on Language Acquisition http://carla.umn.edu /speechacts/index.html


For Arabic

Recognizing Dialects: Arabic (AVI)- NFLC, U of Maryland http://www.nflc.umd.edu/projects/language/avi

A multimedia resource designed to help foreign language professionals and students who have attained a minimum of ILR level 2 proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic build their awareness of similarities and differences in Arabic dialects.

For Spanish

Dancing with words. A site with multimedia-presented strategies for learning pragmatics. http://carla.umn.edu/speechact s/sp_pragmatics/home.html


For Japanese

Strategies for Learning Speech Acts in Japanese from CARLA: Apologies in Japanese, Compliments/Responses to Compliments in Japanese, Refusals in Japanese, Requests in Japanese, Thanks in Japanese.
Given the importance that talking within the correct register and respecting the sociopragmatic norms of an L2 has, what do you think you could do in your class to integrate some content on your L2 varieties and pragmatic norms that may be essential for your learners?
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