Upcoming Events

Spanish, French and German K-16 Workshops (Summer/Fall 2020)

Originally planned as face-to-face workshops focused on Open Education Resource projects in these three major languages. Currently being re-planned for online delivery.  More information to follow.

KSWLA/FLAM Joint 2020 Conference (October 23-24, 2020)

The Kansas World Language Association and the Foreign Language Association of Missouri will hold a joint annual conference in Kansas City, MO.  For more information, visit the KSWLA website or the FLAM website.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2019 Convention (November 20-22, 2020)

ACTFL will hold its annual convention and world languages expo in San Antonio, TX.  The OLRC will join the other National Foreign Language Resource Centers in a joint presentation session and at a shared space in the world languages expo.   For more information, see the ACTFL website

World Languages Fair (Fall 2020 / Spring 2021)

Working in collaboration with KU's Area Studies Centers and the KU Office of International Programs, and in partnership with the Foreign Language Association of Missouri, the Kansas World Language Association and the Kansas Department of Education, the OLRC will host the second annual World Languages Fair. The event will bring middle- and high-school students to campus for a day focused on exploring world languages and cultures. Sessions will include mini-lessons in a range of languages, presentations on target cultures, and discussions of how intercultural competence can enhance different fields of study.  Scheduling for the event is currently on hold. Details to follow as they become available.

Midwest Association of Language Learning Technology 2021 Conference (February 2021)

A multi-site conference with presentations shared by teleceonference between the University of Kansas, the University of Iowa, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota.  Attend the conference at one of the four host sites, 3 hub sites or virtually. For more information see the MWALLT website.

JCCC Spanish Immersion Retreat 2021 (March 26-28, 2021)

OLRC partner Johnson County Community College will host an immersive weekend retreat for Spanish instructors at the Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, Kansas. Thanks to Johnson County Community College, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at KU, and McGraw-Hill Publishing, the total cost for the weekend retreat is only $70! This cost includes: five cafeteria-style meals, two nights' lodging (double occupancy), and all activities at the Tall Oaks Converence Center. Details to follow as they become available.

ACTFL Proficiency and Assessment Workshops (Spring 2021)

One-Day Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Familiarization workshop and/or one-day ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Familiarization workshop to be held at KU or at another site in the region. Each workshop holds up to 25 participants,  All costs covered by the OLRC. Details to follow as they become available.

Language OER Conference (Spring 2021)

Working in collaboration with the KU Libraries, the OLRC will host a Language OER Conference as part of the broader Open Education Week events on campus.  This one-day event will feature invited keynote speakers with (inter)national profiles in the OER movement, as well as a range of panel discussions, 20-minute presentations, and shorter lightning talks, all with extended time for discussion. 

Spanish, French and German K-16 Workshops (Summer 2021)

Workshops focused on OER to be held at KU and partner institutions across the region to maximize access.

World Languages Fair (Fall 2021)

Working in collaboration with KU's Area Studies Centers and the KU Office of International Programs, and in partnership with the Foreign Language Association of Missouri, the Kansas World Language Association and the Kansas Department of Education, the OLRC will host the third annual World Languages Fair. The event will bring middle- and high-school students to campus for a day focused on exploring world languages and cultures. Sessions will include mini-lessons in a range of languages, presentations on target cultures, and discussions of how intercultural competence can enhance different fields of study.

ACTFL Proficiency and Assessment Workshops (Spring 2022)

One-Day Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Familiarization workshop and/or one-day ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Familiarization workshop to be held at KU or at another site in the region. Each workshop holds up to 25 participants,  All costs covered by the OLRC. Details to follow as they become available. 

Language OER Conference (Spring 2022)

Working in collaboration with the KU Libraries, the OLRC will host a Language OER Conference as part of the broader Open Education Week events on campus.  This one-day event will feature invited keynote speakers with (inter)national profiles in the OER movement, as well as a range of panel discussions, 20-minute presentations, and shorter lightning talks, all with extended time for discussion. 

Spanish, French and German K-16 Workshops (Summer 2022)

Workshops focused on OER to be held at KU and partner institutions across the region to maximize access.


Past Events

AAPPL Workshop (March 7th, 2020)

Working in collaboration with Pittsburg State University, the Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas co-hosted an ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) workshop at Pittsburg State University on Saturday, March 7h. This one-day workshop, free to participants, focused on the AAPPL web-based assessment that has been approved by both Kansas and Missouri for the Seal of Biliteracy.

Le Mardi gras: Une journée d'immersion en français (February 29, 2020)

Full-day immersion experience co-sponsored by the Kansas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and the KU Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies and hosted by the OLRC. For more information see the Kansas AATF website or contact Katrina Carey, President of Kansas AATF, at klcarey@olatheschools.org

Midwest Association of Language Learning Technology 2020 Conference (February 8, 2020)

A multi-site conference with presentations shared by teleceonference between the University of Kansas, the University of Iowa, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota.  Attend the conference at one of the four host sites, 3 hub sites or virtually. Presenters will include Amy Rossomondo speaking about the new edition of Acceso and Nina Vyatkina and Schirin Kourehpaz speaking about Incorporating Corpora.  For more information see the MWALLT 2020 conference website.

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Conference (February 6-9, 2020)

AATSEEL will host is annual conference in San Diego, CA.  Oleksandra Wallo, project director for Dobra forma, will present on this new resource for learners of Ukrainian.  For more information, see the AATSEEL conference website.

Modern Language Association 2020 Convention (January 9-12, 2020)

The MLA hosted its annual convention in Seattle. Nina Vyatkina, project director of Incorporating Corporaspoke about the new resource in a session entitled "Corpora as Open Educational Resources for Language Teaching".  Fore more information see the MLA Convention website.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2019 Convention (November 22-24, 2019)

ACTFL held its annual convention and world languages expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.  OLRC co-Director Jonathan Perkins presented on the #GoOpen Launch Packet with Carl Blyth, Director of the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at the University of Texas. The OLRC also joined the other National Foreign Language Resource Centers in the world languages expo at exhibit #1232.   For more information, see the ACTFL website.

Kansas World Language Association 2019 Conference (November 1-2, 2019)

OLRC Partner KSWLA held its annual conference on the campus of Wichita State University.  The program included a presention on Open Educational Resources by OLRC Co-Director Jonathan Perkins.  For more information and presenter materials from the conference, visit the KSWLA website.

World Languages Fair (October 19, 2019)

Working in collaboration with KU's Area Studies Centers and the KU Office of International Programs, and in partnership with the Foreign Language Association of Missouri, the Kansas World Language Association and the Kansas Department of Education, the OLRC hosted its first annual World Languages Fair on October 19th. The event brought middle- and high-school students to campus for a day focused on exploring world languages and cultures. Sessions included mini-lessons in a range of languages, presentations on target cultures, and discussions of how intercultural competence can enhance different fields of study.  Click on the World Language Fair tab above for details about the fair and stay tuned for announcements about the World Languages Fair 2020 next spring!

Foreign Language Association of Missouri 2019 Conference (October 18-19, 2019)

OLRC Partner FLAM held its annual conference at the St. Charles Convention Center. For more information about the presentations at the conferense, see the FLAM website.  

AAPPL Workshop (10 August 2019)

Working in collaboration with Missouri State University and the Foreign Language Association of MIssouri, the Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas co-hosted an ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) workshop at MIssouri State University in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday August 10th. This one-day workshop, free to participants, focused on the AAPPL web-based assessment that has been approved by both Kansas and Missouri for the Seal of Biliteracy.

2018 Joint Conference of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri and the Kansas World Language Association (October 26-27)

OLRC partners FLAM and KSWLA will host their joint conference in Overland Park.  Participants will engage in quality, content specific, professional development; focusing on research driven best practices through a variety of topics at the forefront of language education. During this two day event, teachers gather to collaborate and network with other professionals so that they may continue to  provide students with highly effective and engaging language instruction.  For more information, see flamnet.org/kswla-flam2018.

2018 MidWest Association for Language Learning Technology Conference (October 13)

MWALLT will host its annual conference on work at the intersection of language and technology at three sites: the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota and Michigan State.  Presentations from all three sites will be shared on two simultaneous online streams with the ability for individuals and small groups to participate through teleconference.  For more information see mwallt.org/event-2894486.