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Task-Based Language Teaching: A demonstration module
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This Research Note illustrates Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) as developed by Michael H. Long. The set consists of a demonstration video, audio CD, and an explanatory text. The introduction in the text describes TBLT, the task-based needs analysis and materials development underlying pedagogic tasks, and teaching procedures. In addition, the text contains a demonstation lesson including a Teacher's Manual and Student Workbook (in both Korean, the demonstration language, and in English, as a template for other languages), color maps, scripts, Korean language audio files on CD, transcripts of the audio files, and two sample tests.

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Korean language and culture materials
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These materials were developed as a lightning-quick introduction to Korean language and to the intricacies of personal interaction with the Korean hosts of a group of American scholars doing a six-week study tour in Seoul. The twelve 45-minute lessons include an introduction to the writing system. These materials are intended to serve as a model for developing instructional materials for similar groups, whose goal is not necessarily language study, and who are struggling with sudden and total immersion in a foreign culture.

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Chinese language video clips
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Fifty video segments from footage shot on location in and around Beijing, including: an interview with a girl about her favorite toys self-introductions by college students an off-the-cuff introduction to taxis and buses Filmed on location in Beijing, mostly at Peking University, these naturalistic video clips, ranging from less than one minute to eight minutes in length and consisting chiefly of unrehearsed interviews of ordinary folk, offer valuable source material for Chinese language teachers at all levels. Six topic areas are represented: personal information, commercial transactions, travel and leisure, health and sports, food, and school. Chinese Language Video Clips are not lessons but "raw material" -- video segments shot in China to be used as you see fit.

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