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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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Webinar: Transformative Learning in a Social Justice Oriented Language Classroom

Webinar presented by Stacey Margarita Johnson (Vanderbilt University). Instructors building social justice into their language teaching often report that they hope their language classrooms will be sites of transformative learning and personal growth. As teachers, we want our teaching to make the world better and inspire students to become engaged citizens. Although we might hope for transformative learning, we don’t always know how it happens or how to guide our students through the process of transformation. This webinar will explore the steps in transformative learning, its connection to critical pedagogy and social justice, and, most importantly, ways language teachers can promote transformative learning through instructional choices that align with research and best practices in second language acquisition.

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Webinar: Some Considerations for Social Justice Teaching in a World Language Setting: From Self to Students to World

Webinar presented by Michelle Nicola (Portland Public Schools). What do we mean when we say that we are social justice educators? What are concrete actions that social justice educators take? What beliefs or mindsets do we adopt? This webinar will help educators define what they mean by social justice education, and offer suggestions for how to incorporate self-reflection, relationship building & curriculum design as tools to recognize and interrupt inequitable patterns and practices in our world language classrooms and beyond. Participants will also receive a few lesson plan ideas that they can build on to meet their own communities’ social justice goals.

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L2DL 2020: Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange

Accessible entirely online, the L2 Digital Literacies Symposium (L2DL) is a biennial international event offering an array of synchronous and asynchronous sessions that allow academics to make connections across the globe. In 2020, the conference focuses upon the theme of Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange, and explores intersections between international education, digital literacies, and virtual exchange. Virtual presentations selected from submitted proposals will be available during the week of October 19-24, and attendees are encouraged to participate in synchronous and asynchronous discussion that will take place through October 23; professional development credentials will be provided for presenters and attendees who participate in these activities. The symposium will culminate in livestreamed, invited presentations that will take place on October 23 and 24. The symposium schedule and presentation details are on the L2DL website. Access all the details and the link to registration there.

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