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Test Development Set: Workbook
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This workbook and companion DVD (available separately) are designed to assist language instructors who develop their own tests. Explanations of different possible test items are accompanied by a variety of examples. The video introduces basic concepts involved in language test development, while the workbook explains these concepts in more detail. This valuable resource supplies more than a thousand models for test items. Workbook chapters with a brief description of each follow. For the inexperienced language test writer, these materials provide a solid introduction to language test development. For the experienced test writer, they offer an extensive variety of possible language test items.

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Foreign Languages: Doors to Opportunity (Discussion Guide)
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This guide accompanies the video (available separately), which is designed in two parts of approximately twelve minutes each. The first part is intended for use with middle and high school students of foreign languages. The second part is designed for K-12 educators, including teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and parents. This Discussion Guide accompanies the video (available separately) and contains preview and postview activities to help educators in facilitating discussion of both parts of the video.

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Selected papers from Pragmatics in the CJK Classroom: The state of the art
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This online collection (http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/CJKProceedings/) presents 10 selected papers from the forum on Pragmatics in the CJK Classroom: The State of the Art held from June 5 to June 7, 2006 at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The papers are representative of the many outstanding contributions to the field of L2 pragmatics that were presented at the gathering. The papers are also representative of the diverse range of research interests and pedagogical issues taken up by the conference presenters. Cumulatively, the papers in this volume address current concerns in L2 pragmatics that range from the development of pragmatic competence by children and college-age students in both foreign and second language settings to pragmatics-focused instruction in the foreign language classroom for students at all levels of foreign language learning. The pedagogically-oriented contributions are diverse in their scope: from innovative approaches for teaching true beginners to the specialized curriculum of students receiving post-graduate professional training. Instructional innovations for L2 classroom pragmatics-focused teaching from each of the language groups — Chinese, Japanese, and Korean — are included.

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