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Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A020006
Grant Period: 10/01/2002 - 09/30/2006
World Area: International
2002:  $175,000
2003:  $175,000
2004:  $175,000
Total:  $525,000
Institution: University of California-Los Angeles
Project Director: Thomas Hinnebusch
Hershey Hall 2518
Los Angeles, California 90095
Tel: 3108252510
Fax: 3102065183
Email: lrp@humnet.ucla.edu
Web: www.lmp.ucla.edu
The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Language Materials Project is developing an online bibliographic resource of Authentic Materials (AMs) for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) with the following goals:

1. Identify sources of AMs in at least 15 LCTLs: Pilot languages for the first year are Russian, Swahili, and Kazakh, which enable us to focus on challenges associated with materials collection in Roman and non-Roman alphabets, from various continents with varying levels of technology, and a group of languages with huge vs. medium vs. small corpora of accessible AMs. Collaboration was established with scholars from Moscow State University, University of Humanities (Moscow), Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, individual East African scholars, Karaganda State University. Second-year languages are Arabic, Japanese, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

2. Provide access to digitized AMs: Digitized materials that are not otherwise available will be housed on our host computer for teachers to download and incorporate into their lessons. These materials include such items as brochures, schedules, calendars, currency, stamps, and maps.

3. Provide effective abstracts of the materials in an online database: The Language Materials Project's widely consulted bibliographic database of teaching materials is being adapted to the requirements of AMs.

4. Present an illustrated online guide to the use of AMS by LCTL teachers: The guide delineates pedagogical principles and methodology for developing lessons around AMs. It provides sample lessons based on digitized AMs and a set of procedures for developing effective lessons based on established methods for developing courseware and lesson plans.

Instructional Materials
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)