There is a notorious shortage of teaching materials for the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)— defined as all languages except English, French, German, and Spanish.
To address the challenges LCTL teachers face in developing instructional materials the LCTL Project created a new website to give teachers the background and tools needed to create high quality materials. The site features videos of leading language teacher educator Bill Johnston presenting concepts for material development from a variety of resources.
The website is an outgrowth of two well-known CARLA initiatives for LCTL teachers.
A summer institute entitled Developing Classroom Materials for LCTLs was created by Bill Johnston from Indiana University and Louis Janus, the LCTL Project Coordinator.
A book--also entitled Developing Classroom Materials for LCTLs--provides principles, practical guidelines, and actual examples for LCTL teaching of all levels and languages to develop raw materials into activities for the language classroom.
Go to http://carla.umn.edu/lctl/development/index.html to watch the video series and for links to the book and information about the summer institute.