Resources: Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Language and Research

The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has a number of wonderful resources on the web.  Check out this link to its publications page, which focuses highlights publications that use culturally based, spoken interaction as a tool for teaching language.  Publications here include those for Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian acquisition, but they also have publications that discuss processes more generally, including acquisition activities that might be done on computers.

Teachers in k-12 might not think that this page is for you, but it’s still worth a look. Although you may not be teaching your students Korean, you may find that the same techniques that facilitate second language acquisition (SLA) also work to heighten your students awareness of English language patterns.  Especially if you have students who are learning English as a Second Language (ESL), these publications may help you to better understand the processes those students are going through.

CALPER: Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Language and Research.

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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