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Language learning motivation: Pathways to the new century
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This volume chronicles a revolution in our thinking about what makes students want to learn languages and what causes them to persist in that difficult and rewarding adventure. Topics in this book include the internal structures of and external connections with foreign language motivation; an exploration of adult language learning motivation, self-efficacy, and anxiety; a comparison of the motivations and learning strategies of students of Japanese and Spanish; and an enhancement of the theory of language learning motivation from many psychological and social perspectives.

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Foreign language teaching and language minority education
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This volume seeks to examine the potential for building relationships among foreign language, bilingual, and ESL programs towards fostering bilingualism. Part I of the volume examines the sociopolitical contexts for language partner-ships, including: obstacles to developing bilingualism implications of acculturation, identity, and language issues for linguistic minorities. the potential for developing partnerships across primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions. Part II of the volume provides research findings on the Foreign Language Partnership Project designed to capitalize on the resources of immigrant students to enhance foreign language learning.

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Corpus linguistics for Korean language learning and teaching
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Dramatic advances in personal-computer technology have given language teachers access to vast quantities of machine-readable text, which can be analyzed with a view toward improving the basis of language instruction. Corpus linguistics provides analytic techniques and practical tools for studying language in use. This volume provides both an introductory framework for the use of corpus linguistics for language teaching and examples of its application for Korean teaching and learning. The collected papers cover topics in Korean syntax, lexicon, and discourse, and second language acquisition research, always with a focus on application in the classroom. An overview of Korean corpus linguistics tools and available Korean corpora are also included.

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Participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their proficiency in Russian conversation, poetry recitation, and Russian civilization at various levels of study. In addition, every third or fourth year outstanding contestants at regional ACTR Olympiada contests have the opportunity to participate in an international Olympiada contest that takes place in Moscow and brings together winners of Russian Olympiada contests from throughout the world to compete for international medals and engage in a rich program of cultural activities.

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6pm CST (4pm PST / 5pm MST / 7pm EST) Presenter(s): Alexandra Gouirand (South Puget Sound Community College) Dawn Michael (Reynoldsburg City Schools) Valérie Morgan (California State University San Bernardino) Open educational resources (OER) are free to access. Open Creative Commons licenses allow teachers to legally make copies, adapt, and share these resources in order to meet the specific needs of their students. Celebrate Open Education Week by attending this discussion-based webinar, where you will have a chance to chat with two instructors who have adopted OER and creatively adapted the content for their language classes. Dawn Michael has been teaching French since 1991, and is currently a high school French teacher in Ohio. She uses the open curriculum Français interactif to teach blended French 1 and 2 courses and creates her own supplements to accompany the resources. Valérie Morgan is a French lecturer. She uses the open curriculum Français interactif to teach Levels 1, 2, and 3 French. To supplement the textbook she uses Google Classroom, Google Tools, Flipgrid, and Padlet. There will be 20 minutes of presentation time, and the rest of the hour will be dedicated to your questions and to conversation between participants and panelists.

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