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Culture as the Core
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Two collections of CARLA conference papers on the very important issue of integrating culture into the second language classroom were merged into one volume that was published by Information Age Publishing

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Developing Classroom Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages
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This book provides both principles and practical guidelines for LCTL teachers of all levels and languages to transform raw materials into activities for the language classroom. Grounded in research, the author lays out a series of principles that serve to remind teachers of the possibilities that exist when they consider using authentic materials in the classroom. Each principle in the book is accompanied by numerous practical examples in a wide variety of languages created by the author and by teachers who have participated in a summer institute led by Bill Johnston and Louis Janus at CARLA since 1999.

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Maximizing Study Abroad: An Instructional Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use
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Created as a companion to the Students' Guide, the new Instructional Guide provides language teachers and study abroad professionals with both a solid understanding of language and culture learning theory and concrete ways to use this knowledge to support students in their skill development. The guide is written with the busy professional in mind and features a "tool kit" of more than 100 hands-on activities that are ready for use in pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry initiatives for study abroad programs, as well as in language classrooms at home and abroad. With its creative activities, practitioner-friendly theory sections, teacher-tested tools, and professional advice, this user-friendly guide will allow you to quickly and easily integrate or adapt these new ideas to meet the unique needs of your classroom or study abroad program. Samples of the book are included on the website.

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