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Rehabilitation of Hindi Video Materials, Volume 2
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This project rehabilitated selected Hindi video materials listed on the priority list formulated by the teachers of Hindi at the Hindi & Urdu workshop organized by SALRC in January, 2003. We restored and enhanced the quality and pedagogic utility of the following widely used Hindi materials by converting them into digital format and adding new exercises (including pre and post activities) and multimedia learning tools. These preserved and enhanced the quality of fading video materials. Also, it enhanced their pedagogic value because students can now interact with the materials in a fashion suitable to their learning styles. Moreover, they will be able to move at their own pace and use them from any location. Although, the main objective of the selected materials is to develop speaking and listening skills, they will enhance reading and writing skills also. Students now have the opportunity to read the Hindi transcriptions and some of the tasks would require them to write in Hindi. For easy distribution, finished materials will be made available on CD-ROM (PC format) and Web formats.

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Research methods in interlanguage pragmatics
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This technical report reviews the methods of data collection employed in 39 studies of interlanguage pragmatics, defined narrowly as the investigation of nonnative speakers' comprehension and production of speech acts, and the acquisition of L2-related speech act knowledge. Data collection instruments are distinguished according to the degree to which they constrain informants' responses, and whether they tap speech act perception/comprehension or production. A main focus of discussion is the validity of different types of data, in particular their adequacy to approximate authentic performance of linguistic action.

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Resources for the Study of Pashto Literature
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This provides materials from (a) the pivotal modern poet, Amir Hamza Shinwari; (b) narrative folk poetry and its sung form; (c) Malang Jan, a popular mid-20th century Afghan poet now beginning to enjoy high culture status; (d) current and past orthographic practices in Afghanistan and Pakistan; (e) historical narrative poetry collected orally in the late 19th century.

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L2DL - Participation, Equity and Inclusion: L2 Digital Literacies (L2DL) Symposium

Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power. This is the third event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning; presentations and resources from the 2014 and 2016 symposia can be found on the website and CERCLL's YouTube channel.

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