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  • Levels: Elementary school, middle school, high school, university
  • Languages: Any
  • Cost: Free of charge

We know teachers have so much to do. Many of us at CASLS have been in your shoes: long nights grading, meeting with parents, attending planning meetings with colleagues, and somehow finding time to support students’ interpersonal and intellectual development. We want to make finding quality teaching materials a little easier and a whole lot less time consuming.

InterCom is a bi-weekly email digest that offers just-in-time information in easy-to-digest portions. We monitor professional online communications such as listservs, blogs, and organizational websites to find the most relevant, useful information and resources for language professionals.

Each InterCom issue includes:

  • Topic of the Week: A video and ideas for implementation about an issue relevant to language teaching and learning
  • Links We Like: Links to carefully selected publications, language-specific resources, and professional development opportunities
  • Quick Takes: Conversation starters and infographics about contemporary issues
  • CASLS Spotlight: A highlight of Title VI Language Resource Center activities

Additional Resources

Methods instructors find InterCom a helpful resource to include in their curriculum. Learn more about integrating InterCom into the curriculum by downloading our PDF brochure.

InterCom Issues

Volume 1: Artificial Intelligence
Issue 1: Welcome to InterCom 3.0!
Issue 2: A Closer Look at AI and Language Learning
Issue 3: AI Image Generators and Thinking Routines

Volume 2: Communication is Wonderfully Complex
Issue 1: Pragmatics 101 (Updated YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/Bbc-7DvChqA)
Issue 2: Language Variety
Issue 3: Language and Power

Volume 3: Multimodality
Issue 1: How to Make Meaning
Issue 2: How Can Multimodality Improve Your Intercultural Communicative Competence?
Issue 3: Using Multimodalities to Tell a Story

Volume 4: Professional Learning Communities
Issue 1: Establishing Collaborative Communities
Issue 2: Stress, Rest, and Accountability
Issue 3: Digital Tools for Collaboration

Volume 5: Best Practices for Assessment
Issue 1: Effective Assessment Practices
Issue 2: Difficulties in ICC Assessment
Issue 3: Three Ideas for Assessing Intercultural and Pragmatic Competence
Issue 4: Writing Rubrics

Volume 6: Folktales
Issue 1: Learning Language and Culture through Folktales
Issue 2: Multiculturalism and Folktales

Volume 7: Retrospective
Issue 1: 2023 Recap

Volume 8: Language as a Way of Knowing
Issue 1: Introduction
Issue 2: Use Language to Create as You Learn
Issue 3: Linguistic Landscapes
Issue 4: Found Poetry
Issue 5: Remixed Feedback
Issue 6: Collage Comparisons

Volume 9: Human & Extended Intelligences
Issue 1: Human Intelligences + AI
Issue 2: Picking the Right AI Tool for You
Issue 3: Articulating Clear Expectations of Use for AI
Issue 4: AI and Interculturality
Issue 5: AI and 21st Century Skills

For InterCom Issues prior to April 27, 2023, click here

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