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Research Spotlight: Center for Language Education Research at MSU

     Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) was founded in 1996 as part of Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters. One of sixteen currently funded Title VI Language Resource Centers, CLEAR’s primary objective is to promote, improve, and support language teaching and learning in the US. To meet this objective, CLEAR’s activities and projects integrate the various constituencies involved in language teaching and learning. Though its federal mandate specifies that CLEAR’s initiatives should focus on less commonly taught languages and languages of strategic importance to the US, a number of projects can also serve the TESOL and TEFL communities. [continue reading]

Cambridge English Launches New Title on Learning-Oriented Assessment

     The Research and Thought Leadership Group of Cambridge English, who have a long-standing relationship with TIRF, continue their mission to disseminate innovative and interdisciplinary research with the latest publication in the Studies in Language Testing (SiLT) series, published jointly with Cambridge University Press. Learning Oriented Assessment: A Systemic Approach (SiLT 45), written by Neil Jones and Nick Saville, presents an ecological approach to integrating learning and assessment. [continue reading]

MLJ to Name New Editor, Now Accepting Applications

The Modern Language Journal (MLJ) recently announced that its current editor, Dr. Heidi Byrnes, will soon be stepping down from her position. In search of the prestigious journal’s next editor or team of co-editors, MLJ has released an announcement detailing issues such as qualifications, applications procedures, and more. [continue reading]

Online Conference on Research into Using Technology for Language Learning  

     Laureate International Universities, Cambridge University Press, and IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group are collaborating to offer an exciting online conference concerning research into the use of technology for language education. According to the conference website, “researchers from around the world will share their work into investigating the impact of technology to support language learning. We will review the evidence for what happens when technology and language learners meet.”
      The conference will be held on October 6-7, 2016. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, July 4th at 10:00am British Standard Time. [continue reading]

British Council Seeking Contributions for English across the Fracture Lines

     The British Council intends to create a new publication, to join its growing collection of global publications, on the theme of English across the Fracture Lines: The Contribution and Relevance of English to Security, Safety and Stability in the World. 
Proposals no longer than 300 words must be sent by July 5th. Contributors will be paid a one-time fee of £200. [
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TIRF Trustee Joe Lo Bianco's Bangkok Post Editorial Opinion

     From the article: "The Asean nations are characterised by an immense diversity and richness of languages and cultural traditions. In addition to their unique official languages and scripts, and now their common use of English, many hundreds of ethnic languages are spoken across the 10 countries. In the Philippines, and most recently in Myanmar, a mature and progressive attitude of balanced multilingualism is being felt in policy, opening up new possibilities for cohesive societies. [continue reading]

Chair’s Report— Singing with Friends

     I was recently rehearing for a musical performance with my friend, Tim Marquette. We were working hard but we were also having a lot of fun with the timing, the wording, the harmony, and the narrative between the songs. At some point it occurred to me that singing with friends has some parallels to fundraising for a foundation. How so? [continue reading]
TIRF's 2015 Musical Mid-year Appeal
TIRF Today is edited by Ryan Damerow, Chief Operating Officer, TIRF.
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