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Tala fa'asamoa e faitau fa'atasi, Samoan stories to read together
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These three charming stories —”Speak to Me in Samoan,” The Girl Who Plays Golf,” and “Lani and Lili”— depict everyday situations for a typical Samoan-American family in Hawai'‘i. These generously illustrated stories are intended for families to read together. Each picture panel is accompanied by a sentence or two describing the action and one or two comprehension questions. Appropriate for children of all ages.

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'O faia fa'atumua o Samoa mai tala o le vavau
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More so than most other Polynesian languages, the Samoan language is highly stratified. The common spoken form of Samoan used among friends and peers, for example, would be inappropriate for public speaking at both traditional and non-traditional gatherings. At these kinds of events, Gagana Fa‘aaloalo (Respect Language) and Gagana Fa‘afail?uga (Chiefly Language/Oratory) are used. Both of these speech registers interweave into the language references to Samoan history, genealogies, and, more recently, the Christian bible. The first book in this series, ‘o si manu a ali‘i, was written primarily to provide linguistic background for these registers. This second book, ‘'O Faia Fa‘'atumua o Samoa mai Tala o le Vavau, provides the core knowledge necessary to understand the high level of interplay in Samoan oratory between language and history.

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A Self-Study Guide to the Film Strange Friends
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Prepared by the staff of the Chinese Language Program at The Ohio State University to accompany the film "Strange Friends".

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Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power. This is the third event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning; presentations and resources from the 2014 and 2016 symposia can be found on the website and CERCLL's YouTube channel.

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