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Pathways V. 09 Eat Shandong From Personal Experience to a Pedagogy of a Second Culture
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This book examines the "celebratory," ritualistic and pragmatic functions that Shandong yanxi, or banquets, serve in games of gaining social status in the contemporary Shandong social milieu. Yanxi are a highly ritualized form of performance in which enormous amounts of social capital, and energy are invested. Shandong yanxi are conducted to celebrate such important social occasions as weddings and engagements; festivals; birthdays; sending a friend or relative off on a journey, and welcoming a traveler home from a journey. Although highly festive in nature, these performances play a more serious and pragmatic role in Shandong society as a field of play for the game of gaining social status. In 2013, a second print was produced to meet the need of the readers.

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Pathways V. 08 Historical Evolution of Chinese Languages and Scripts
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This is a new edition of the book, co-published by NEALRC and Changjiang Publishing Group, China. This bilingual text by Zhou Youguang (in Chinese) with English translation by Zhang Liqing makes it easier for English speakers to gain advanced level skills in East Asian languages. It also exposes learners at or above intermediate skill levels to the vocabulary and discourses of academic disciplines and provides entries into discussions with oral and written presentations in these concentrations. This concise treatment of a field is done by an excellent scholar with outstanding English translation. This book offers an overview of a particular situation regarding the development and problems concerning Chinese languages and scripts. John DeFrancis recommends in the Foreword to this text: "This fact-filled but by no means dry compendium, the contents of which are easily accessible thanks to a good, detailed index, deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the languages and scripts of China." This is an ideal book for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with Chinese languages and scripts.

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Pathways V. 07 Advances in Japanese Pedagogy
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Details: Essays designed to support informed classroom and curricular decisions. Dispels some of the misunderstandings about Japanese language instruction and introduces the intellectual inquires we are making in the field. Contents: Ch.1 Development of Kanji Knowledge Among Adult JFL Learners. Ch.2 Subvocalization in Reading Kanji: Can Japanese Text Be Comprehended Without It? Ch.3 Developmental Sequences. Ch.4 Japanese Second Language Acquisition in the Classroom. Ch.5 Reading as Socio-Cultural Performance. Ch.6 Can a Computer Tutor Detect Problems with Linked Sentences? Ch.7 The Logic of Japanese Language Practice. Ch.8 Automaticity and Its Implications for JFL Pedagogy. Ch.9 Japanese for Special Purposes: Teaching Japanese to Engineers and Scientists. Ch.10 Pedagogic Implications of Standards-based Education. Ch.11 The First Framework: Getting Down to Basics.

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