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November 22, 2011

Audiovisual Translation - Language Transfer on Screen

Audiovisual Translation: Language Transfer on Screen introduces the reader to the fascinating subject of translating films and other audiovisual programs for the television, the cinema, the Internet and the stage and the problems the differences between cultures can cause. Addressing a wide range of issues in a clear and comprehensive way, the various chapters have been written by some of the leading experts in the field and boast a wide range of coverage. Offering a balance between theory and practice, the contributors provide an interesting and engaging overview of topics such as subtitling, subtitling, dubbing, voice-over, and interpreting without forgetting new developments in the field of accessibility to the media for viewers with sensory impairment, such as subtitling for the deaf and audio description for the blind. This is an up-to-date account of one of the most complex and dynamic areas in the translation discipline, seen by many as the quintessence of translation activity in the twenty-first century.

A Companion to Translation Studies

A Companion to Translation Studies
- Presents authoritative contributions from leading scholars in the field
- Takes the reader through the basic theoretical concepts, issues and themes which define the most important approaches to translation
- Provides an unparalleled work of reference for teaching and researching in Translation Studies
- Offers pointers to the future of Translation Studies
- Contains an up-to-date bibliography with suggestions for further reading.

What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment

What does formative assessment look like, and when should I use it? What kind of planning does it require, and what kinds of data does it generate? How will formative assessment improve my teaching and help my students succeed in a standards-based environment? How does it relate to my application of multiple intelligences theory, to differentiated instruction, and to everything else I m already doing in my classroom?In this volume, author Laura Greenstein has gathered what you really need to know in order to make formative assessment a seamless part of your everyday practice. Emphasizing formative assessment application in secondary schools but applicable to teachers of all grade levels and all subject areas, this book provides
* Straightforward answers to teachers most frequently asked questions
* Dozens of strategies for measuring student understanding and diagnosing learning needs before, during, and after instruction
* Illustrations of formative assessment across the content areas, from math to language arts to science to social studies to health and physical education
* Guidance on making data-informed instructional adjustments
* Sample templates for organizing assessment data to track both whole-class and individual progress toward identified goals
* Case studies to illustrate effective and ineffective formative assessment and deepen your understandingIf you re looking to take formative assessment from theory to practice and from practice to genuine learning improvement this is the place to begin.

Contents
Fundamentals of formative assessment --
Questions and answers about formative assessment --
Formative assessment prior to instruction --
Formative assessment during instruction --
Formative assessment after instruction --
Improving teaching and learning through formative assessment --
Balancing assessment practices --
Appendix A: glossary of assessment terms --
Appendix B: lexicon of formative assessment strategies

50 Templates for Improving Teaching and Learning

There are lots of good books containing lots of interesting theory, evidence and ideas (and the bibliography refers to many of these), but how do you begin to apply these concepts?
Our intention is to bridge the gap between ideas and application. For example, if you want to see how your current work matches up to best practice, use the checklists for reflective teachers. If you want to improve the effectiveness of group work, use the group work resources. And so on.
Each resource is preceded by a brief rationale which refers to the relevant theory or concepts on which it is based. This is followed by a simple explanation or suggestion of how to use the resource and, where appropriate, a completed example for illustration.

November 20, 2011

Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond: With Integrated Readings, Sixth Edition

Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond: With Integrated Readings, Sixth Edition
by Lee Brandon, Kelly Brandon
Paperback: 502 pages
Published: January 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 0495802131
ISBN-13: 978-0495802136

SENTENCES, PARAGRAPHS, AND BEYOND is the first in the popular two-level Brandon series. Written in an informal, engaging tone, this easy-to-use text incorporates sentence-level grammar and mechanics with in-depth instruction in the writing process and patterns of writing. Reading instruction offers students the opportunity to analyze readings and practice the reading-based writing required in academic environments. Students will master common writing patterns while learning to use texts as a springboard for their own writing in the form of summary, reaction, or response. High-interest, distinctive readings are integrated throughout the Sixth Edition for analysis and as models of good writing. Clear, explicit writing prompts support each reading and focus on reading-based, cross-curricular, career-related, and general topics. In addition, the photo/art program promotes critical thinking, lively discussion, and analytical writing. Flexibility of instruction permits instructors to emphasize the paragraph or the essay, or to mix units.

Approaches to Second Language Acquisition

This book examines five central issues of second language acquisition: transfer, staged development, cross-learner systematicity, incompleteness and variability. It is argued that the first four of the five central issues receive a more satisfactory account than has been previously provided through an approach based on universal grammar. The fifth - variability - requires an account based on requirements of language use and language processing.

Second Language Research: Methodology and Design (Second Language Acquisition Research)

Specifically targeted towards the needs of a second language research audience, Second Language Research: Methodology and Design addresses basic issues related to research design, providing step-by-step instructions for how to carry out studies. This up-to-date text includes chapters that cover identifying research problems and questions; selecting elicitation measures; dealing with ethical issues related to data gathering; validity and reliability in research; research in second and foreign language classroom contexts; data description and coding; and data analysis. Also included is a chapter on the much needed and rarely addressed topic of writing up SLA research, giving concrete suggestions about preparing for publication. Principles of both qualitative and quantitative research are discussed in the context of design issues. Throughout the book, examples from applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL are provided. Helpful discussion and data-based skill-building exercises at the end of each chapter promote better understanding of the principles discussed. A glossary outlines the key terms in second language research. Second Language Research: Methodology and Design is an ideal textbook for introductory and advanced classes in second language research methods, as well as classes in related areas, for example, TESOL research methods.