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Read more about Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

Contributor: Konomi

Publisher: Portland State University Library

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.

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Read more about FROM MSA to CA: A Beginner's Guide to Transitioning to Colloquial Arabic

FROM MSA to CA: A Beginner's Guide to Transitioning to Colloquial Arabic

Contributor: Gomaa

Publisher: Portland State University Library

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.

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Read more about Preadvanced Japanese

Preadvanced Japanese

Contributor: Konomi

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Preadvanced Japanese 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.

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Read more about Theatrical Worlds

Theatrical Worlds

Contributor: Mitchell

Publisher: University Press of Florida

From the University of Florida College of Fine Arts, Charlie Mitchell and distinguished colleagues from across America present an introductory text for theatre and theoretical production. This book seeks to give insight into the people and processes that create theater. It does not strip away the feeling of magic but to add wonder for the artistry that make a production work well.

(27 reviews)

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Read more about Writing In College: From Competence to Excellence

Writing In College: From Competence to Excellence

Contributor: Guptill

Publisher: Open SUNY

Writing in College is designed for students who have largely mastered high-school level conventions of formal academic writing and are now moving beyond the five-paragraph essay to more advanced engagement with text. It is well suited to composition courses or first-year seminars and valuable as a supplemental or recommended text in other writing-intensive classes. It provides a friendly, down-to-earth introduction to professors' goals and expectations, demystifying the norms of the academy and how they shape college writing assignments. Each of the nine chapters can be read separately, and each includes suggested exercises to bring the main messages to life.

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Read more about Français interactif

Français interactif

Contributors: Kelton, Guilloteau, and Blyth

Publisher: COERLL

This textbook of classroom activities and homework accompanies Français interactif. Français interactif, the web-based French program developed and in use at the University of Texas since 2004, and its companion site, Tex's French Grammar (2000)are open access sites, free and open multimedia resources, which require neither password nor fees. Français interactif, used increasingly by students, teachers, and institutions throughout the world, includes 320 videos (American students in France, native French interviews, vocabulary and culture presentation videos) recorded vocabulary lists, phonetic lessons, online grammar lessons (600 pages) with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, online grammar tools (verb conjugation reference, verb practice), and diagnostic grammar tests.

(19 reviews)

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Read more about Deutsch im Blick - 2nd Edition

Deutsch im Blick - 2nd Edition

Contributor: Abrams

Publisher: COERLL

This textbook includes all 10 chapters of Deutsch im Blick. It accompanies http://coerll.utexas.edu/dib/, the web-based first-year German program developed and in use at the University of Texas since 2008, and its companion site, Grimm Grammar. Deutsch im Blick is an open access site with free and open multimedia resources, which requires neither password nor fees.

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Read more about Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide

Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide

Contributors: Barton, Kalmbach, and Lowe

Publisher: Grand Valley State University

The Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide was created as a crowdsourcing project of Collaborvention 2011: A Computers and Writing Unconference. College writing teachers from around the web joined together to create this guide (see our Contributors list). The advice within it is based on contemporary theories and best practices.

(6 reviews)

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Read more about Liberté

Liberté

Contributor: Angelo

Publisher: Gretchen V. Angelo

This French book is aimed at a first-year college student. Its features include:

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Read more about Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity

Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity

Contributor: Steinberg

Publisher: Open SUNY

Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity attempts to make the study of literature more than simply another school subject that students have to take. At a time when all subjects seem to be valued only for their testability, this book tries to show the value of reading and studying literature, even earlier literature. It shows students, some of whom will themselves become teachers, that literature actually has something to say to them. Furthermore, it shows that literature is meant to be enjoyed, that, as the Roman poet Horace (and his Renaissance disciple Sir Philip Sidney) said, the functions of literature are to teach and to delight. The book will also be useful to teachers who want to convey their passion for literature to their students. After an introductory chapter that offers advice on how to read (and teach) literature, the book consists of a series of chapters that examine individual literary works ranging from The Iliad to Charles Dickens' Bleak House. These chapters can not substitute for reading the actual works. Rather they are intended to help students read those works. They are attempts to demystify the act of reading and to show that these works, whether they are nearly three thousand or less than two hundred years old, still have important things to say to contemporary readers.

(11 reviews)

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