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Korean Culture and Media Series


The goal of this series is to present language and culture as an integral whole-to enhance students' awareness of language <i>through</i> culture and to deepen students' understanding of culture <i>through</i> language. Individual workbook units that can be used as supplemental materials or for self-study. <br><br> Unit 1: TV Commercials and Korean Culture (2008) <br> Unit 2: A Comparative Approach to Culture Through TV Commercials: The Case of Korean and the U.S. (2008)<br> Unit 3: "The King and the Clown" (Film) (2009)<br> Unit 4: "Le Grand Chef" (Film)<br> Unit 5: "Radio Star" (Film><br>

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Toward useful program evaluation in college foreign language education


This volume reports on innovative, useful evaluation work conducted within U.S. college foreign language programs. An introductory chapter scopes out the territory, reporting key findings from research into the concerns, impetuses, and uses for evaluation that FL educators identify. Seven chapters then highlight examples of evaluations conducted in diverse language programs and institutional contexts. Each case is reported by program-internal educators, who walk readers through critical steps, from identifying evaluation uses, users, and questions, to designing methods, interpreting findings, and taking actions. A concluding chapter reflects on the emerging roles for FL program evaluation and articulates an agenda for integrating evaluation into language education practice.

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The Language Assessment Process: A 'Multiplism' Perspective


The authors describe the 'language assessment process' and emphasize its 'multiple' components and phases and the decisions a teacher has to make at each phase. They then discuss the multiple purposes of assessment, possible language assessment tools, multiple assessment methods and ways of administering assessment, multiple ways of designing items and tasks, multiple criteria for determining the quality of assessment procedures, and multiple ways of interpreting and reporting results. (CALPER Professional Development Document 0603)

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