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Jan Ken Pon
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Jan Ken Pon was the first set of Japanese curriculum and teaching materials ever published based on National Standards. We are proud to offer this curriculum as a free, downloadable pdf. Jan Ken Pon is appropriate for students in grades K-5 and includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. There are nine themes for each stage (K-1, 2-3, and 3-4).

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Burning Questions about Language Learning
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Language teaching is as much an art as it is a science. Effective educators excel at the art of language teaching, and we at CASLS understand the science behind second language acquisition research. With help from practicing teachers, we have identified the top burning questions about language learning. CASLS investigated and provides answers to questions such as: - What proficiency level do high school students achieve? - Does block or traditional scheduling affect success in language programs? - What motivates students to study foreign languages? - How do heritage students perform on proficiency tests? - What factors are important for an effective K-8 language program?

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Place- and Experience-based Database Language Learning (PEBLL)
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Helping students make the connection between their language study and their daily lives can increase both their motivation and their proficiency. Place-based programs are an excellent option for helping students identify how language intersects with lives outside of the classroom. PEBLL, a curated database of place-based experiences relevant to language learning, helps educators expand learning to happen outside of the classroom. PEBLL ensures that high-quality projects are easily accessible to language educators from all over the world. Each project included in PEBLL is geo-tagged and categorized by language, level, and content area so that educators can find existing programs and services for immediate classroom use or for adaption to their own local contexts. PEBLL is a joint project between CASLS and the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).

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