Upcoming Events

The OLRC plans a range of public outreach and professional development activities.  Please check back regularly for updates. 

World Languages Fair (Saturday 19 October 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 will host an annual K-12 World Languages Fair starting in Fall 2019,  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.

Click on the World Language Fair tab above for details about the upcoming fair on October 19th!

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

Workshops focused on OER to be held at KU and at partner institutions Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and Johnson County Community College (JCCC) during Years 2-4 of the grant.  The annual workshops will have a maximimum number of 25 participants and will rotate among the three institutions during summers 2020-22 to maximize access.

Language OER Conference (Fall 2020)

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.  Specific proposals will be solicited from OLRC project leaders, partner institutions Fort Hays State University and Johnson County Community College, as well as from colleges and universities of all sizes, K-12 institutions, and anyone else involved in open education or open pedagogy.

Past Events

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. (Photos of the workshop below courtesy of Dr. Tonia Tinsley)

Foreign language instructors attend workshop 


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.