Anton T Brinckwirth
Betsy LouisBetty Rose Facer
Claudia Guidi (Stiers)
Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia
Noreen La Piana
Who: a collective of scholars- practitioners of basic online language course/program design & delivery
What: collecting, reviewing and sharing best practices and resources
Where: in the emerging field of basic online language teaching and learning
For Whom: for teachers, designers, administrators, supervisors, trainers, and learners
How: through the deployment of performative, agile social media (currently Google apps), with deliverables of an online Guide and training opportunities (regional/national conventions, conferences, workshops) and through the auspices of or in conjunction with national, regional and local organizations that include: ACTFL, CALICO, CARLA, COERLL, FLAVA, MERLOT, NECTFL, SCOLT, UPenn Language Symposium, among others.
Why: to establish means by which to create and disseminate new knowledge about and guidance in this critical, rapidly expanding field of online language teaching and learning at the foundational, i.e., basic, levels of language acquisition, corresponding roughly to ACTFL Novice Low through Intermdiate Low and CEFR A1 and A2.
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