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South Asia Language Pedagogy and Technology (SALPAT) Journal


The South Asia Language Pedagogy and Technology (SALPAT) journal provides a space for faculty teaching the languages of South Asia to discuss and analyze the latest theories and/or practices in the field of second language acquisition studies. This journal features articles on uses of technology in language teaching and links relevant to the topic of the issue. Each issue focuses on a specific topic related to language pedagogy. This journal is peer-refereed, and its Editorial Board is comprised of experts in South Asian and other languages and in fields as diverse as technology, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics and heritage language issues.

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Manchu: A textbook for reading documents (2nd ed.)


Manchu: A Textbook for Reading Documents, the first English-language Manchu textbook in more than a century, offers students of Chinese history and comparative literature the means to master documentary Manchu. Since Manchu is the most important Tungusic language and, as such, a vital resource for scholars who work on this language family, the book is also useful for those interested in the various branches of linguistics. The reading selections provided in this volume were chosen to give students an opportunity to become familiar with different types of documents and a variety of handwriting styles. Those interested in studying Manchu as a tool for reading historical documents related to China’s Qing dynasty will find texts, ranging from pre-1644 narratives recording the Manchus’ rise to power to memorials from the late dynastic period. Students of linguistics will find examples of the very earliest Manchu writing as well as samples of contemporary Sibe (Xibo), a language that may be considered a modern version of Manchu and that is still spoken today by about twenty thousand people in Western China. The range of reading samples makes it possible to observe the changes that have taken place in the language since the Manchu script was created four hundred years ago. Notes to the documentary materials in the book explain grammatical forms while exercises following each reading selection help consolidate the knowledge gained as the student progresses. An extensive summary of grammatical points and a vocabulary index at the back of the book spare the user the frustration of having to hunt for hard-to-find dictionaries and grammars. This second edition of Manchu: A Textbook for Reading Documents has benefited from the feedback provided by users of the earlier book. Whereas the overall structure of the text remains the same, the first reading selection has a new format, designed to ease the student’s initial exposure to the language. Many other less noticeable yet important changes and corrections have been made throughout the volume. Most significantly, this edition provides audio recordings to go along with the initial Manchu selections, a feature especially useful for those who study the language without access to a teacher.

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Agency and student voice


In this video, Dr. Murphey explains how listening to what students say works and doesn't work in their own second-language education can be of great value not only to educators, but also to students themselves. Featured is an engaging YouTube video of Japanese learners of English delivering a “wish-list” of more student involvement in an improved Japanese educational system. Includes .pdf handout.

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