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Teaching German Modal Particles: A Corpus-based Approach
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This text offers an approach to the challenges of teaching the usage of modal particles to learners of German that emphasizes awareness raising activities. The worksheets and handouts are sequenced to move learners through a gradual process of inductively noticing patterns of modal particle use, to defining modal particle meanings and usages, to analyzing modal particle use in context, and finally, to deductively using modal particles in extended communicative interactions. All worksheets are followed by answer keys which offer additional explanations about appropriate modal particle usage.

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Celebrating the World's Languages: A Guide to Creating a World Languages Day Event
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This publication provides a step-by-step guide to planning "World Languages Day," a university event for high school students designed to stimulate interest in learning languages and to highlight the importance of cultural awareness. Exposing students to less commonly taught languages is a particular focus of the guide. Co-authored by personnel from CLEAR, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Minnesota, the guide gives perspectives and advice from three different universities. The guide is organized chronologically, outlining the steps needed to organize an event like World Languages Day at your institution. Every step of the way is covered, including: - Rationale - Laying the groundwork - Funding - Publicity - Presenters and sessions - Participating schools - Registration - Logistics - Exhibit area - Volunteers - Evaluations The appendices include sample budgets, programs, session descriptions, ads, timelines, letter templates, and other useful information.

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Thai Language and Culture for Beginners (Book 2+CD+DVD)
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Thai Language and Culture for Beginners aims to provide a basic foundation for conversational Standard Thai for beginning learners. It focuses on developing the learners' listening and speaking skills. Designed primarily for use in a Thai as a Foreign Language class in U.S. universities, this course book uses a proficiency-based approach to learning Thai and covers the daily real life topics and situations that a student might encounter. Each volume set consists of: • Coursebook • Companion Audio/Video CD (in mp3 and mpeg formats) • Companion Dialog Video clips DVD (NTSC format) The Thai Language and Culture for Beginners coursebook set (Book 1 and Book 2) consists of 31 lessons (20 lessons in Book 1 and 11 lessons in Book2) and appendix sections providing samples of songs and poems of Thailand, as well as an index to structural patterns introduced in the text and a vocabulary index in both Thai to English and English to Thai order, providing both IPA transcription and Thai script. The accompanying audio-CD provides the reading of the terms and expressions introduced in each lesson. The video-DVD provides video-clips of the enactment of the contextualized dialogs as audio-visual samples of language usage. This Thai Language and Culture for Beginners course book set and the accompanying audio-CD and video-DVD were developed during 2003-2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education (International Research and Studies Program Grant Award No. P017A030070). Book Details Book 1 Paperback, 295 pages, Dimension 7.25 x 10.25 inches, ISBN: 978-974-7512-25-0, Published in August 2007 List price (with CD and DVD) $95 Book 2 Paperback, 195 pages, Dimension 7.25 x 10.25 inches, ISBN: 978-974-7512-26-7, Published in August 2007 List price (with CD and DVD) $85 Contact: uhpbooks@hawaii.edu for ordering information.

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