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Grammar in Context
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Grammar in Context teaches Mandarin adverbs and contextualizes grammar learning. Each module begins with sentence-level explanations of the grammar along with short examples of rich discourse contexts and relatable communicative contexts. Examples come from natural language in advertisements, movie clips, TV interviews, posters, novellas, essays, etc. Grammar in Context includes Learn-Practice-Self-check and Vocabulary Support for 16 commonly used particles in Mandarin Chinese. The units on the site can be used in blended learning environments, for self-study, and traditional classroom settings.

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The Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
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The Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD) is a free, searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 90 languages. You can search for the test you need by language, grade level, proficiency level, intended test use, and skill tested. There is also a free online companion tutorial that introduces key concepts in language testing to support test selection. The tutorial explains concepts such as validity, reliability, practicality and impact to support the appropriate and efficient use of tests and test results.

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Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
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This online tutorial serves as a companion resource to the Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD). It introduces key concepts in language testing to help with selecting tests and using test results appropriately and efficiently. Topics covered include: (1) practical considerations when selecting a test, (2) reliability and validity, (3) the use of test results, and, (4) the impact of testing in the classroom. A list of assessment resources and a glossary of assessment terms are also included in the tutorial.

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