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Read more about Chinese Rhetoric and Writing: An Introduction for Language Teachers

Chinese Rhetoric and Writing: An Introduction for Language Teachers

Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University

Zhichang Xu, Monash University

The authors of Chinese Rhetoric and Writing offer a response to the argument that Chinese students' academic writing in English is influenced by "culturally nuanced rhetorical baggage that is uniquely Chinese and hard to eradicate." Noting that this argument draws from "an essentially monolingual and Anglo-centric view of writing," they point out that the rapid growth in the use of English worldwide calls for "a radical reassessment of what English is in today's world." The result is a book that provides teachers of writing, and in particular those involved in the teaching of English academic writing to Chinese students, an introduction to key stages in the development of Chinese rhetoric, a wide-ranging field with a history of several thousand years. Understanding this important rhetorical tradition provides a strong foundation for assessing and responding to the writing of this growing group of students.

(6 reviews)

Read more about Yorùbá Yé Mi

Yorùbá Yé Mi

Fehintola Mosadomi, University of Texas, Austin

The Yorùbá Yé Mi textbook, combined with an open access, multi-media website at, is an interactive, communicative, introductory Yorùbá program. It provides college/university students with basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of language learning in Yorùbá. It exposes the learner not only to Yorùbá language in meaningful situations but also to the culture of the Yorùbá-speaking people of South-western Nigeria. It contains effective techniques for teaching and learning Yorùbá including tones, and is userfriendly in its approach.

(1 review)

Read more about Conversa Brasileira

Conversa Brasileira

Orlando R. Kelm, University of Texas, Austin

Conversa Brasileira is an online open access site that contains a series of 35 video scenarios in which Brazilians talk about their daily activities, everything from hobbies to shopping, and from traffic jams to soccer games. These materials are designed to help intermediate- and advanced-level learners of Portuguese to analyze the way that Brazilians really talk and improve in their own proficiency and fluency. This textbook provides a hardcopy of all of the online materials, including the dialog transcriptions, English translations, and lesson notes that link to the original website.

(3 reviews)

Read more about Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

Emiko Konomi, Portland State University

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.

(1 review)

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

Lina Gomaa, Portland State University

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. To access the audio files to accompany this book, please visit

(4 reviews)

Read more about Le Littéraire dans le quotidien

Le Littéraire dans le quotidien

Joanna Gay Luks, Cornell University

Le Littéraire dans le quotidien is an open textbook for use in French courses. The Literary in the Everyday represents a new pedagogical approach to reading and writing at the lower levels and is applicable to all languages. Teachers of foreign languages besides French can read about the approach in the Teacher's Guide. Go to Google Drive for individual chapters. Additionally, the Foreign Languages & The Literary in the Everyday (FLLITE) Project, a joint initiative of COERLL and CERCLL, two national foreign language resource centers, offers open resources for professional development in the publication of CC licensed FLLITE lessons in any language. Go to the FLLITE website for the lesson archive.

(6 reviews)

Read more about Preadvanced Japanese

Preadvanced Japanese

Emiko Konomi, Portland State University, Portland, OR

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.

(1 review)

Read more about Français interactif

Français interactif

Karen Kelton, University of Texas, Austin

Nancy Guilloteau, University of Texas, Austin

Carl Blyth, University of Texas, Austin

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.

(18 reviews)

Read more about Deutsch im Blick - 2nd Edition

Deutsch im Blick - 2nd Edition

Zsuzsanna Abrams, University of Texas, Austin

This textbook includes all 10 chapters of Deutsch im Blick. It accompanies, 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.

(21 reviews)

Read more about Liberté


Gretchen Angelo, California State University

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

(7 reviews)