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Teaching German Modal Particles: A Corpus-based Approach
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This text offers an approach to the challenges of teaching the usage of modal particles to learners of German that emphasizes awareness raising activities. The worksheets and handouts are sequenced to move learners through a gradual process of inductively noticing patterns of modal particle use, to defining modal particle meanings and usages, to analyzing modal particle use in context, and finally, to deductively using modal particles in extended communicative interactions. All worksheets are followed by answer keys which offer additional explanations about appropriate modal particle usage.

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Celebrating the World's Languages: A Guide to Creating a World Languages Day Event
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This publication provides a step-by-step guide to planning "World Languages Day," a university event for high school students designed to stimulate interest in learning languages and to highlight the importance of cultural awareness. Exposing students to less commonly taught languages is a particular focus of the guide. Co-authored by personnel from CLEAR, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Minnesota, the guide gives perspectives and advice from three different universities. The guide is organized chronologically, outlining the steps needed to organize an event like World Languages Day at your institution. Every step of the way is covered, including: - Rationale - Laying the groundwork - Funding - Publicity - Presenters and sessions - Participating schools - Registration - Logistics - Exhibit area - Volunteers - Evaluations The appendices include sample budgets, programs, session descriptions, ads, timelines, letter templates, and other useful information.

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Thai Language and Culture for Beginners (Book 2+CD+DVD)
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Thai Language and Culture for Beginners aims to provide a basic foundation for conversational Standard Thai for beginning learners. It focuses on developing the learners' listening and speaking skills. Designed primarily for use in a Thai as a Foreign Language class in U.S. universities, this course book uses a proficiency-based approach to learning Thai and covers the daily real life topics and situations that a student might encounter. Each volume set consists of: • Coursebook • Companion Audio/Video CD (in mp3 and mpeg formats) • Companion Dialog Video clips DVD (NTSC format) The Thai Language and Culture for Beginners coursebook set (Book 1 and Book 2) consists of 31 lessons (20 lessons in Book 1 and 11 lessons in Book2) and appendix sections providing samples of songs and poems of Thailand, as well as an index to structural patterns introduced in the text and a vocabulary index in both Thai to English and English to Thai order, providing both IPA transcription and Thai script. The accompanying audio-CD provides the reading of the terms and expressions introduced in each lesson. The video-DVD provides video-clips of the enactment of the contextualized dialogs as audio-visual samples of language usage. This Thai Language and Culture for Beginners course book set and the accompanying audio-CD and video-DVD were developed during 2003-2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education (International Research and Studies Program Grant Award No. P017A030070). Book Details Book 1 Paperback, 295 pages, Dimension 7.25 x 10.25 inches, ISBN: 978-974-7512-25-0, Published in August 2007 List price (with CD and DVD) $95 Book 2 Paperback, 195 pages, Dimension 7.25 x 10.25 inches, ISBN: 978-974-7512-26-7, Published in August 2007 List price (with CD and DVD) $85 Contact: uhpbooks@hawaii.edu for ordering information.

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The Duke University Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center (SEELRC) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a weeklong internship (June, 2020) through TechTrans International Inc. at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Language Education Center (JLEC) in Houston, TX. The JLEC teaches Russian to members of the NASA Astronaut Corps who need to acquire a high level of Russian language proficiency in both everyday language and in relevant technical language. We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in Russian language and culture; those with backgrounds in STEM-related fields are especially encouraged to apply. The intern’s activities will include, but not be limited to: • working with the JLEC Russian-language teaching group • gaining experience in a variety of areas specific to the JLEC’s activities • The intern will have the opportunity to: • Observe and, possibly, participate in providing basic and advanced Russian language training for astronauts • Gain experience in the primary areas of the JLEC’s work in preparing American crew members to live and train in Russian The SEELRC/TTI internship provides: • funding for intern’s lodging and some local transportation • access to the JLEC, its staff, and some JLEC students • an overview of TTI as a company that specializes in language services Requirements: • currently enrolled in an undergraduate program pursuing a Russian major or area concentration • minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) • indication of career interest in teaching Russian • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident • minimum Russian language proficiency level of ILR (1) or CEFR/TRKI B1 • availability to work full-time for one week (40 hours) during June 2020 Application Process and Timeline: • If you are interested in this opportunity, please write to c.lewis@duke.edu by February 15, 2020 • Electronic applications deadline: March 6, 2020 • Finalists will have a 10-20 minute phone interview with the selection committee in both English and Russian (end of March, 2020) • Decision announced by April 15, 2020

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6th Annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian, Carolinas District

Participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their proficiency in Russian conversation, poetry recitation, and Russian civilization at various levels of study. In addition, every third or fourth year outstanding contestants at regional ACTR Olympiada contests have the opportunity to participate in an international Olympiada contest that takes place in Moscow and brings together winners of Russian Olympiada contests from throughout the world to compete for international medals and engage in a rich program of cultural activities.

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In Spring 2020, the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) launched the UA Language Fair, an event designed to raise the visibility of the wide range of languages that students study at The University of Arizona. The event was open to all students, faculty/staff, and visitors to campus. Departments, programs, and UA student clubs representing the languages and cultures taught at UA showcased the languages taught in their departments and spoken in their communities. Participants enjoyed free food, games and other activities that celebrate the benefits and opportunities that come from communicating in another language. In 2019, the following languages were represented: American Sign Language Ancient Greek Arabic Chinese English as a Foreign Language French German Hebrew Italian Japanese Kazakh Korean Latin Navajo Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish Tohono O’odham Turkish With representatives from the following programs on hand, to share information about their offerings as well: Critical Languages Program Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships for language study Global Studies Program UA Study Abroad Current students in language programs joined in the fun, and new ones were recruited for Fall classes!

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