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Tiger Traces: Selected Nuosu and Chinese Poetry by Aku Wuwu
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This book (with CD) introduce the poetic works of Aku Wuwu, a poet from an ethnic minority group in southwest China called Yi. Aku is a member of a subgroup of the Yi known as the Nuosu, who had an “independent kingdom” in the mountains of southern Sichuan province for hundreds of years. Although most contemporary Yi poets write in Chinese, Aku has taken the lead in composing poetry in the Nuosu dialect. Because of these efforts he has been called the “creator of modern poetry in Yi.” Aku is presently a professor of Yi Studies at Southwest Nationalities University, Chengdu, Sichuan province. The English versions of the Chinese language poems were made by Mark Bender (Professor of DEALL, OSU), while the versions of the Nuosu poems were made in a joint effort by Bender, Aku, and Jjiepa Ayi, a graduate of the Yi Studies Center at the Southwest Nationalities University. For the included recitation of the poems, Aku reads from both his Chinese language and Nuosu dialect poems, including his most famous work, “Calling Back the Soul of Zhyge Alu.” Kate Polak, a performance poet and graduate of the creative writing program at Ohio State University, joins Mark Bender in reading English versions of Aku’s poems. This is the first time Nuosu language poems have been released to a global audience.

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Reader's Tool
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Readers' Tool is a friendly help for learners of East Asian languages. It presents online texts with accompanying audio and a concordance function. This tool permits learners to read along with the audio track and to compare elements of a text with all the usages of that element occurring in that text. Texts for which we have full rights are accessible to all; texts for which we have only restricted rights are password accessible.

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Korean News Discourse
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Instructional materials for high-intermediate and advanced learners of Korean will be developed that focus on typical and critical features of the news genre. The basis for the materials is comprised of a large set of authentic texts, such as traditional newspapers, magazines, TV news broadcasts and online news outlets. Like all of the units in our Korean series, Korean News Discourse match the goals of the Korean National Standards and are designed for teachers and students to work toward increasing proficiency in the 5Cs, while working with a complex set of discourse-based materials and activities.

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The Duke University Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center (SEELRC) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a weeklong internship (June, 2020) through TechTrans International Inc. at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Language Education Center (JLEC) in Houston, TX. The JLEC teaches Russian to members of the NASA Astronaut Corps who need to acquire a high level of Russian language proficiency in both everyday language and in relevant technical language. We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in Russian language and culture; those with backgrounds in STEM-related fields are especially encouraged to apply. The intern’s activities will include, but not be limited to: • working with the JLEC Russian-language teaching group • gaining experience in a variety of areas specific to the JLEC’s activities • The intern will have the opportunity to: • Observe and, possibly, participate in providing basic and advanced Russian language training for astronauts • Gain experience in the primary areas of the JLEC’s work in preparing American crew members to live and train in Russian The SEELRC/TTI internship provides: • funding for intern’s lodging and some local transportation • access to the JLEC, its staff, and some JLEC students • an overview of TTI as a company that specializes in language services Requirements: • currently enrolled in an undergraduate program pursuing a Russian major or area concentration • minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) • indication of career interest in teaching Russian • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident • minimum Russian language proficiency level of ILR (1) or CEFR/TRKI B1 • availability to work full-time for one week (40 hours) during June 2020 Application Process and Timeline: • If you are interested in this opportunity, please write to c.lewis@duke.edu by February 15, 2020 • Electronic applications deadline: March 6, 2020 • Finalists will have a 10-20 minute phone interview with the selection committee in both English and Russian (end of March, 2020) • Decision announced by April 15, 2020

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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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