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Language Learning Materials for Russian: A Content-Based Course Pack
Web

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These free content-based modules may be used as an entire course or as a supplement to upper-level and heritage-speaker Russian language classes. By working with these materials, students can gain cultural and literary competence in a variety of fields related to Russia by using the original and authentic materials provided here as well as the interactive language exercises designed around these texts.

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MIMEA: Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment
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MIMEA is a series of free interactive multimedia modules for language learning, practice, and assessment. The modules are based on video clips that show native speakers and nonnative speakers interacting in natural, unscripted situations. Interactive exercises reinforce language and cultural topics that spring from the scenarios. Teachers can use MIMEA modules as part of a language course to demonstrate language use, provide contextual language practice, or as an assessment tool. MIMEA clips are available in Arabic, Chinese, German, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.

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Test Development Set: Video
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This free downloadable video and companion workbook (available separately) are designed to assist language instructors who develop their own tests. Explanations of different possible test items are accompanied by a variety of examples. The video introduces basic concepts involved in language test development, while the workbook explains these concepts in more detail. This valuable resource supplies more than a thousand models for test items. Workbook chapters with a brief description of each follow. For the inexperienced language test writer, these materials provide a solid introduction to language test development. For the experienced test writer, they offer an extensive variety of possible language test items.

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