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Foreign language teaching and language minority education
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This volume seeks to examine the potential for building relationships among foreign language, bilingual, and ESL programs towards fostering bilingualism. Part I of the volume examines the sociopolitical contexts for language partner-ships, including: obstacles to developing bilingualism implications of acculturation, identity, and language issues for linguistic minorities. the potential for developing partnerships across primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions. Part II of the volume provides research findings on the Foreign Language Partnership Project designed to capitalize on the resources of immigrant students to enhance foreign language learning.

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Language learning motivation: Pathways to the new century
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This volume chronicles a revolution in our thinking about what makes students want to learn languages and what causes them to persist in that difficult and rewarding adventure. Topics in this book include the internal structures of and external connections with foreign language motivation; an exploration of adult language learning motivation, self-efficacy, and anxiety; a comparison of the motivations and learning strategies of students of Japanese and Spanish; and an enhancement of the theory of language learning motivation from many psychological and social perspectives.

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Language learning strategies around the world: Cross-cultural perspectives
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Language learning strategies are the specific steps students take to improve their progress in learning a second or foreign language. Optimizing learning strategies improves language performance. This book presents new information about cultural influences on the use of language learning strategies. It also shows innovative ways to assess students' strategy use and useful techniques for helping students improve their choice of strategies, with the goal of peak language learning.

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In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at U.S. universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. Now, twenty-five years later, Title VI of the Higher Education Act supports sixteen LRCs, creating a national network of resources to promote and improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for language instructors, and conduct and disseminate research on foreign language learning. All LRCs engage in efforts that enable U.S. citizens to better work, serve, and lead.

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