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2004 selected papers from the NFLRC symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning and Language Instruction


These eight papers were presented at the Distance Education, Distributed Learning, and Language Instruction Symposium held July 27-30, 2004 at the University of Hawai'i National Foreign Language Resource Center. The Symposium brought together educators to present and discuss innovative models of distance and distributed learning programs in foreign languages and in foreign language teacher education.

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Asian Festival in Columbus, OH


This is one of the outreach activities supported by the NEALRC. Two days is hardly enough time to soak in the flavor of the earth's largest landmass. But the organizers of the annual Asian Festival sure give it their best shot. More than 100,000 people are expected to find their way to Franklin Park over Memorial Day weekend for a showcase of the culture of 15 participating nations, ranging from Pakistan and Laos to Burma and Japan. The entertainment slate, which features performers of Asian decent from Ohio and around the United States and Canada, is heavy on dance: Columbus-based troupes include the Adity Performers, who'll present Bangladeshi folk and classical dance and the Filipinas Dance Group. Chinese puppet shows, Japanese tea ceremonies, numerous martial arts demonstrations, cultural art displays -- including painting, doll making, kite painting and palm reading -- fill out a very busy schedule. There's a special focus on children at the festival, with various games, craft activities and a petting zoo. And don't forget about the food: Dig into sushi, Tandoori chicken and ginger-garlic fried shrimp among other delights all weekend long.

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OSU National Chinese Flagship Program


The OSU National Chinese Flagship Program prepares M.A. students to work in china and to achieve shared goals with Chinese people. It focuses on the cultural aspects of communication in training Americans to realize their intentions in Chinese culture and society. Performance("Doing is knowing") is empahsized at every stage of learning advanced skills in Chinese language and culture.

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