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Advanced Language Proficiency Bibliography
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Searchable database of research publications with a focus on "Advanced Language Proficiency".

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Digital Urdu Ghazal Reader
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The Digital Urdu Ghazal Reader is a digital version of a semester-long Urdu course reader created and used by Frances W. Pritchett at Columbia University. It can be used as the reader for a semester-long advanced Urdu class or as supplementary material for a first or second-year class. The interactive on-line reader aids students in orthography, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural and literary context. Printable versions of the ghazals are also available in order to accommodate classroom work. All the ghazals in this reader are complete, with no verses omitted. The ghazals are presented in roughly chronological order, and have been chosen according to a number of criteria. They are designed (1) to introduce work by as many as possible of the most important poets in the classical North Indian tradition; (2) to represent the full range of the Urdu ghazal, from the simple to the extremely complex and from the sufistic to the erotic; (3) to contain many memorizable verses and to work well in classroom settings. The reader consists of eighteen ghazals by ten poets: Vali, Dard, Mir, Jur'at, Atish, Momin, Zauq, Zafar, Ghalib, and Iqbal. Iqbal was included because of his great importance, and because although he's not part of the classical tradition his ghazals resonate with it in very interesting ways. This project was funded by a Pedagogical Materials grant 2005-6 from the South Asia Language Resource Center. The texts were edited and prepared by Frances Pritchett and A. Sean Pue. The recitations were provided by Dr. S. Nomanul Haq.

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Sindhi Online
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The overall goal of this project is to develop an online course in Sindhi at the beginning level using materials I created for a classroom-based intensive Sindhi course I co-taught at the University of Illinois in the summer of 2000. The course is designed to be used free of charge as a self-study course for anyone with Internet access. In the work proposed here, I will build on the course web-design and prototype lesson developed during Summer 2002, adding the text content for three complete lessons, with supporting audio and visual image files. The lessons will be implemented as interactive webpages using Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash web authoring tools. Each lesson will include a grammar overview, dialogue or narrative, tutorial, and quiz components. Sindhi words, phrases and sentences will be presented in text format (Sindhi Arabic and parallel roman transcription) with audio links. Other components to be developed are Cultural Notes, a Word List and Glossary. The present goal is to have a portion of the first-year Sindhi course fully implemented in web format, with audio and image components, to serve as a demonstration for a future proposal seeking funds for an assistant to complete the project. The complete first-year course, comparable to a university first-year foreign language course, will comprise approximately 30 lessons, out of which 15 were taught in the 2000 Intensive Sindhi course.

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