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Test Development Set: Video
Audio-Visual

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This free downloadable video and companion workbook (available separately) are designed to assist language instructors who develop their own tests. Explanations of different possible test items are accompanied by a variety of examples. The video introduces basic concepts involved in language test development, while the workbook explains these concepts in more detail. This valuable resource supplies more than a thousand models for test items. Workbook chapters with a brief description of each follow. For the inexperienced language test writer, these materials provide a solid introduction to language test development. For the experienced test writer, they offer an extensive variety of possible language test items.

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Language Learning & Technology
Web

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Language Learning & Technology is a refereed journal that began publication in July 1997. This publication is a joint effort of CLEAR and the University of Hawai'i's National Foreign Language Resource Center. The journal seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the U.S. and around the world on issues related to technology and language education, and is published online three times a year.

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Instructional Guide for Use in Small Classes: African Languages
Print

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The free downloadable Instructional Guide for African Languages is written for teachers of any African language. It acts as support material for tutors who are native speakers of African languages who may or may not have a language teaching background. The Guide can also be helpful to experienced language teachers. The Guide begins with an overview of strategies for creating a language course (i.e., establishing goals, using the L2, and finding and using materials). Following the general information, The Guide offers three different groupings of lesson plans: basic language-learning lesson plans for beginners, task-based lessons for intermediate learners, and cultural-based modules for advanced learners. Finally, The Guide concludes with some ideas for integrating structure into a communicative-based classroom with sections on teaching vocabulary, integrating grammar, and understanding the sound system. The accompanying video is intended for use as a training tool for new language teachers who may not be familiar with the language teaching activities found in The Guide. The video depicts three types of language learning activities: information gap activities, role-plays, and text-based lessons. It also discusses topics such maximizing the use of the target language and implementing appropriate error correction.

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