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Chqe’tamaj le qach’ab’al K’iche’! - A Beginner to Advanced Level K'iche' Online Course
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Chqe’tamaj le qach’ab’al K’iche’! seeks to develop a beginner to advanced level online course for K’iche’, a Mayan language of Guatemala. The team includes faculty and grad students at The University of Texas at Austin and at Vanderbildt University, as well as associates in Nahualá who are all working together to develop materials relevant for the course.

This will be the first full online course of any Mayan language. Based on the variety spoken in Nahualá, it seeks to develop oral fluency in the student in addition to an understanding of the grammar as well as reading skills. The intended audience for this pedagogical resource is foreign students interested in developing their language skills, as well as native teachers in bilingual schools through western Guatemala.

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
تدريسوحدات تعليمية لتدريس العربية كلغة ثانية/أجنبية (tadriis)
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ضيوفنا الكرام،
أهلاً وسهلاً ومرحباً بكم في موقع “تدريس” الذي يهدف إلى خدمة أساتذة اللغة العربية كلغة أجنبية/ثانية. ندعوكم إلى تصفّح أقسام الوقع ووحداته آملين أن تجدوا فيها ما قد يفيدكم في تجربتكم التعليمية. ونأمل كذلك أن تفكروا في الإسهام بوحدات دراسية تُضاف إلى هذا الموقع لأنه يمثل محاولة متواضعة لن تكتمل إلا بمشاركة الكثيرين منا. نرجو منكم الاتصال بنا إن كانت لديكم أي أسئلة أو اقتراحات ونشكركم على زيارتكم.

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Recorridos
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The story of don Quixote is perfect to promote authentic communication and critical thinking in the upper level Spanish classroom. A companion Teacher Support is available. The language of the Siglo de Oro can be an insurmountable barrier for many readers. This textbook provides historical information, narrative techniques, lists of characters, themes and key words before they begin to read each chapter. While reading, vocabulary glossed in comprehensible Spanish appears in the margin opposite challenging words. Cultural references and proverbs from the work facilitate a deeper understanding. Each chapter contains checks for understanding and ends with activities to build vocabulary. It includes required chapters 1-8, 10, 17 and 74 for AP classrooms.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Betsy Arnold
Rose Potter
Write Or Left: Intro to Creative Writing
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This is an OER textbook for Creative Writing courses.

This is an OER textbook for Creative Writing courses. //Hi. Most creative writing textbooks cover the "big guys" of literature: poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. This textbook is different in two ways, then, because not only does it attempt to cover MORE genres, but it is also a free textbook. More for free? What the what? Yes, it's true.//

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Languages
Literature
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Welcome to the Chinese wikibook, a free Chinese textbook on the Standard Mandarin dialect. This page links to lessons using simplified characters (used in mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia). There is also a Traditional Character Version available (used in Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong).

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Latin
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This is an elementary Latin course accompanied with a detailed grammar based upon Kennedy's Public School Latin Grammar designed to introduce one to the world of classical languages. A basic understanding of grammatical terminology would be helpful; however, it is not required. Basic definitions of terms will be explained in Lessons 1 and 2, and later elaborated as needed.

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Miskito
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Miskitu Aisas! ("Speak Miskito!"), a language course in Wikibooks, is an elementary introduction to the Miskito language, spoken in parts of Nicaragua and Honduras. The course focuses primarily on presenting the grammar basics through carefully graded and didactically presented lessons. Miskitu Aisas! assumes no prior knowledge of the language and no specialised knowledge of linguistics, although at least a general background in "school grammar" will no doubt be helpful, as will any previous experience at learning foreign languages.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
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COERLL produces online language learning materials (for example language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, and corpora) for teachers to adopt, adapt, modify, and share, and also provides professional development tools for teachers. You can browse materials on the COERLL website.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Reading
Textbook
Unit of Study
Provider:
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
Author:
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
Spanish
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This Wikibook aims to teach the Spanish language from scratch. It will cover all of the major grammar rules, moving slowly and offering exercises and plenty of examples. It's not all grammar though, as it offers vocabulary and phrases too, appealing to all learners. By the end, you should be able to read and write Spanish skilfully, though you'll need a human to help with listening and speaking.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
From MSA to CA: A Beginner's Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic
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This book is for students who have studied Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for one year or more and would like to learn colloquial Arabic basics using their knowledge of MSA. It aims at transitioning learners from Novice Mid level to Intermediate Low through presenting situations useful for living in an Arab country. The book has several features including hyperlinks, practice dialogues with open answers, cultural tips, and more.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Lina Gomaa
Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1
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This textbook is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school.
As a beginning level textbook, this book includes many elementary grammar patterns (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels 5 and 4), but the vocabulary and situations are selected specifically for working adults. Explanations are kept concise so as to only cover key points. The main focus is on oral communication and the accompanying audio is to be used extensively. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of an online course, or as a traditional college course.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Emiko Konomi
A Foundation Course in Reading German
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Guides a learner who has no previous German experience to gain the ability to accurately understand formal written German prose, aided only by a comprehensive dictionary. Specific objectives include: 1) Explain enough grammatical and syntactical information about the German language to enable you to read any desired text with the aid of a dictionary. 2) Explain elements of word formation to accelerate the process of learning vocabulary. 3) Lead you through practice in small-scale translation as the necessary foundation for dealing with more complex readings.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Reading
Syllabus
Textbook
Provider:
University of Wisconsin
Author:
Alan Ng
Howard Martin
Liberté
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Liberté, by Gretchen Angelo, is a first-year college French textbook with a true communicative approach.Each chapter is built around communicative strategies. Clearly dened objectives in communication, culture, and grammar are given at the start of each chapter, and summary exercises at the end allow students to measure their mastery of these objectives. It has been adopted by instructors at over twenty-five colleges and high schools. Gretchen Angelo teaches French language and literature at California State University, Los Angeles.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Gretchen Angelo
Preadvanced Japanese
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This textbook is designed for students who have intermediate competency in Japanese, roughly at Level 2 on the ILR (The Interagency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale, and are working on reaching Level 3.
This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of online course, and in a traditional classroom setting. It is comprised of four chapters, intended to be covered in one term of a quarter system.

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Emiko Konomi
Preadvanced Japanese
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This textbook is designed for students who have intermediate competency in Japanese, roughly at Level 2 on the ILR (The Interagency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale, and are working on reaching Level 3.
This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of online course, and in a traditional classroom setting. It is comprised of four chapters, intended to be covered in one term of a quarter system.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Arabic Without Walls
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Arabic Without Walls contains materials for three separate components broken down under the Course Content into Al-Kitaab, Interviews, and Culture. While each component may stand by itself and therefore may be studied independently, the three are designed to complement each other in Arabic Without Walls. The course syllabus will help you go back and forth between the textbooks, the DVDs, and the Web materials as you proceed in a given chapter. For review purposes, however, or when you choose to concentrate on a single element of the Web-based course, you will find it useful to go to Course Content and select the relevant component.

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Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Reading
Textbook
Unit of Study
Provider:
UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching
Grammar Lessons with English Translation
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Grammar Lessons with English Translation is a webpage that functions as a virtual textbook, with twelve Arabic grammar chapters. The chapters cover all the elements of Arabic grammar and have titles such as 'The Words', 'The Letter', 'States of the Noun', 'The Verb', 'Nominal Sentence', and 'Verbal Sentence.' Under each topic, there are several lessons. All the titles and lessons are available in Arabic and in English.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Arabic Grammar Organization
Simplified Arabic Language Grammar
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'Simplified Arabic Language Grammar' is a book that summarizes the main points of Arabic grammar. Parts of speech, nouns, derivatives, singular, dual, and plural forms, pronouns, prepositions, nominal sentences, and verb conjugations are some of the topics explained in this book. Several examples are given for each topic. the book is written entirely in Arabic.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Abd al-Latif al-Said
We Love Arabic
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We Love Arabic is an educational website. The user may start first by learning the alphabet or reading some simple conversations and stories. Some Arabic is necessary before starting. The website also contains grammar lessons explained in a simple way, followed by exercises that include listening passages. In addition, there are some educational stories and songs. Parts of the website are available in English as well as Russian, although the majority of the website is in Arabic, including the sections on the alphabet.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
We Love Arabic
The Summary of Arabic Language Grammar
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The Summary of Arabic Language Grammar is a book that discusses all the rules governing the Arabic Language. The book contains 60 chapters; each one of them explains a particular grammatical concept. For each topic, several examples are given to clarify it. The book is entirely in Arabic and is made available via the Syrian Story website.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Dar Al Fikr