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Graduate-Level
World Language Methodology and Pedagogy
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PEDD 9009 Assessing Students in the World Languages Classroom: Using Integrated Performance Assessment to Develop Student Proficiency3This course focuses on current second language teaching methodology and pedagogy utilizing the standards presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to develop various performance-based assessment strategies. Participants will review theory and research related to these ACTFL standards while exploring ways to integrate these principles into formative and summative assessment strategies. Special attention will be given to the understanding and development of Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) to help students acquire 21st-century learning skills. Through interactive activities with classmates, participants in this course will discuss the purpose, rationale, and development of assessment strategies in an attempt to create an authentic assessment and learning environment for their students. Open to teachers of modern and classical languages. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9119 Differentiated Instruction1Differentiated Instruction course enables teachers to respond to the needs of all learners through the design of various activities and adjusting the components of instruction (content, process and product) to meet the students’ diverse interests, levels, and learning profiles.
PEDD 9122  The 5 C's and 3 Communication Modes of Second Language Learning3This course focuses on current second language teaching methodology and pedagogy utilizing the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) construct of the five C’s (Communication, Culture, Connections, Communities, and Comparisons) and the three communication modes (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) of language learning. Participants will review theory and research related to these ACTFL standards while exploring ways to integrate these standards into unit and lesson plans. Special attention will be given to language competencies needed to help students develop 21st century learning skills. Along with colleagues, participants in this course will discuss the purpose, rationale, and development of language curriculum in an attempt to convey to their students the importance of learning a language beyond their own. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9127 Learning Beyond the Classroom: Travel Course3This Learning Beyond the Classroom: Travel Course provides k-12 teachers an opportunity to earn graduate credit or professional development for the development of a travel program or personal travel overseas. The purpose of this course is to document the process, reflect on the experience and develop curricula to integrate into the classroom in order to address problems that connect to important world issue. Coursework may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Mandarin or Italian.
PEDD 9131 Spiral it up: Map Your Curriculum Based on the Advanced Placement Themes3With an eye on tasks and skills essential to success on the AP World Language and Culture exams, you will learn to put a huge emphasis on reading strategies embedded in Integrated Performance Assessments throughout your program. You will create interpersonal and presentational speaking comparisons so that proficiency will skyrocket. Units are fresh, original and flexible. Students learn by doing and by controlling their learning environment. By personalizing our unit template with its interlocking core activities, you can transform the culture of the classroom into one of joviality, team-work and quasi-immersion. You will need access to your entire language curriculum. This is an opportunity to write curricula and redesign your approach to second language acquisition.
PEDD 9133 Teaching World Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice3This course is designed to help language educators discover the resources available and develop the skills necessary to integrate a social justice perspective into their language courses at all levels. By considering best practices, educators will strengthen their ability to plan units that will target both language learning objectives and social justice learning objectives. Utilizing the concepts of Understanding by Design, publications from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) specific to language unit planning and curricular development, and the principles of social justice education, participants in this course will discuss the reasons for adding a social justice basis to their language courses and work through the steps necessary to effectively plan lessons and units with such a perspective in mind. Through weekly discussions with classmates and the instructor, readings and resources reflecting best language teaching practices, and scaffolded assignments, course participants will develop a unit that integrates language learning outcomes and social justice learning outcomes. Course conducted in English.
PEDD 9136 Gender Identity in the World Language Classroom1Tailored for language teachers, addresses a current and important topic about how teachers accommodate gender nonconforming students when teaching a language that requires its speakers to assign gender. The course is divided into three subtopics: Student Gender Identities, Teacher Roles, and Challenges to Language Change. With Student Gender Identities, students of the course will explore how gender and identity have evolved. In Teacher Roles, the material is focused on the duties of the teacher and features gender-neutral strategies for teachers to implement when teaching a foreign language. Finally, in Challenges to Language Change, students will look at the reasons for previous successes and failures when it comes to language change.
PEDD 9141 Using Digital Tools to Transform Student Learning in the World Language Classroom3Participants in this course will be introduced to a digital learning philosophy focused on desired student outcomes and based on the belief that instructional technology should be used as a transformative tool to maximize learning, and not simply to replicate traditional assignments and lessons. In addition to breaking down the walls of the classroom, digital learning tools can encourage student creation over consumption, provide students with more personalized learning experiences, allow for differentiated learning, and provide opportunities for more authentic forms of assessment. Each week, participants will discuss pedagogical strategies and consider novel approaches made possible or enhanced by a collection of apps, websites or other uses of educational technology. There will be a heavy emphasis on trying these strategies in the classroom and reflecting on that experience. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9146 Leading the Charge3This course focuses on the skills and strategies that teachers, teacher leaders, department chairs, curriculum coordinators, and curriculum supervisors need in order to develop and sustain an effective standards-based world languages program. Utilizing the World Readiness Standards, the Can-Do Statements, Proficiency Benchmarks, and other documents presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), participants in this course will examine how curriculum development, assessment strategies, and technology integration align a program with proficiency standards. Additionally, participants will analyze how teacher recruitment and retention, teacher observation and supervision, and teacher professional development establish purposeful programs oriented toward standard-based language education. Open to teachers of modern and classical languages and other supervisors of language teachers. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9147 Cultural Integration in the World Language Classroom: The Role of Intercultural Competence in 21st Century Language Learning3This course focuses on current second language teaching methodology and pedagogy addressing the topic of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). Utilizing the World Readiness Standards presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the NECTFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements pertaining to ICC, participants in this course will study how the development of linguistic competence and cultural awareness lead to successful communication and awareness. Students will learn how to create lessons and assessments that incorporate and relate cultural products and practices to cultural perspectives. Using the ICC framework, students will gain deeper insight into interpreting cultural contexts, interacting in these contexts, cultivating curiosity and openness to the target culture, and reflecting critically on their own cultural context. Open to teachers of modern and classical languages. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9187 Special Topics In World Language II3This workshops/conference and follow-up course will examine the role of the Volume 2 High Leverage Teaching Practices (HLTPs) that drive the fundamental aspects of World Language Instruction. Participants will examine the theory and research that informs each practice. The course readings, videos, and discussions will allow students to relate each core practice to their own curriculum and create work products that they can implement in their classroom this fall. Conducted in English for teachers of all languages.  
PEDD 9191 Social and Emotional Learning in the WL Classroom3This course will explore creating meaning and understanding around what social and emotional learning (SEL) is, why it’s important and how to integrate it into the world language classroom. We will 
define and develop and understanding of SEL as it relates to the world language classroom, 
explore a variety of social and emotional learning (SEL) best practices, 
research what experts are saying and doing today around SEL rationale and implementation, and 
discuss and develop actionable new and tested strategies to integrate into the curriculum. 
The focus of this course is for in-service world language teachers to identify, rationalize and strategize integrating SEL into everyday practice and the curriculum. We will do this in an asynchronous virtual setting via a variety of instructional technology applications. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9192 Differentiation in the Language Classroom1Language students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. As a result, students within a class have many different needs. This course explores many strategies that allow teachers to meet a wide variety of student needs, including an effective feedback loop, collaborative organization, understanding how students learn, creating more equitable assessments, giving students opportunities for choice, and creating scaffolded tasks to work towards proficiency. Teachers will come away with effective strategies and having designed activities and assessments that they can use immediately in their classes.
PEDD 9206 Literacy for Language Teachers Course3When Language teachers discuss literacy, traditionally reading, writing, listening, and speaking are seen as the core aspects of becoming literate in a language. However, those pieces are only a part of the larger mosaic of language literacy in the modern world. Literacy is now defined as an “increasingly collaborative activity, where negotiation, analysis, and awareness of (the) audience are as critical as understanding or creating a message.” In this course, participants will explore the question of what makes someone literate and how to achieve literacy with students at the secondary level. Teachers will come away with strategies, activities, and assessments that they can use immediately in their classes.
PEDD 9211 World Language Education (1cr)1This course strives to engage language teachers in active learning strategies and frameworks that will enhance their curriculum, assessments, and pedagogical toolbox across various target areas: Communication, Cultural, Relevance, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. By creating a learning partnership, teachers and students will build the necessary intercultural communication skills necessary for life beyond the classroom. Conducted in English.  
PEDD 9212 Licensure Test Prep: Language & Culture for Educators3This intensive program is meticulously designed to empower educators with the essential skills and knowledge needed for excellence in teaching languages and preparing for the content exams with dedicated sessions for practice exams and strategic test-taking approaches. 

Throughout the six weeks, participants will delve into strategies to improve linguistic and cultural competence, communication proficiency, and general exam structure and expectations. The course will cover a spectrum of topics, including grammar intricacies, vocabulary enrichment, and pronunciation finesse to demonstrate appropriate target language proficiency in all three modes of communication. Special emphasis will be placed on cultural content, honing reading comprehension, interpretive skills, and crafting well-organized written responses.
PEDD 9213 Authentic Materials in the Elementary World Language Class3One of ACTFL’s guiding principles is to “Use Authentic Texts”, but implementing this with our youngest and most novice learners can be challenging. This course will explore how to create effective and meaningful learning experiences in the elementary world language class through zooming in on six different types of authentic materials (photos and art, music, picture books, games, videos, and virtual field trips and authentic correspondence). Throughout this course, we will gather and examine an abundance of authentic resources that can be used in elementary world language classes and develop strategies to make these resources comprehensible, educational, and enjoyable in the K-5 classroom. To avoid a purist mindset, we will also examine the important role of non authentic texts. We will do this in an asynchronous virtual setting via a variety of instructional technology applications. Conducted in English.
PEDD 9214 From Topic to Theme, Embedding a Communicative Context in the Elementary World Language Class3Elementary schoolers are not high schoolers (they are half the size!), but much of the professional development for world language teaching centers around older students. With the essential early language text book, “Languages and Learners: Making the Match'' as our guide, we will define the elements of a great elementary world language class and learn to plan for proficiency starting in Kindergarten. To do this, we will explore how and why to develop standards-based thematic units and lessons. We will gather ideas, tools, strategies, and learning activities from each other and the broader elementary world language community, and use thematic planning to give these context and meaning. There will also be space to collaborate and strategize around everything that makes our job unique- from the very abbreviated attention spans of our learners to the infamous cart with which some of us travel. We will do this in an asynchronous virtual setting via a variety of instructional technology applications. Conducted in English.
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Graduate-Level
French Studies and Education

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PEDD 9056 Discover Senegal1Come and discover Senegal in an online course! This course will provide you with the history, cultural trends, geography, videos, readings, and relevant information to engage your classroom. By the end of this course you will identify major places, people, events, and practices in Senegalese culture and have an abundance of resources and ideas to create a lesson or cultural unit for your own classroom. This Discover course integrates a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring the Senegalese culture alive in your own classroom. Conducted in French.
PEDD 9105 Advanced French Grammar for K-12 Educators3Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this course provides a comprehensive review of French grammar, targeting problem areas of grammar for many advanced learners. Designed for students preparing for licensure exams, teachers preparing to teach advanced levels, as well as native speakers of French charged with teaching advanced grammar concepts. The course offers a collaborative environment to share tips and best practices on how to teach these difficult concepts. Conducted in French.
PEDD 9125 Film-based activities to Engage and Motivate French Students3This course offers fresh and flexible activities based on films and film clips that you can custom fit into any thematic curriculum. Aimed at beginning and intermediate students, you will find the activities spiral easily all the way to Advanced Placement. Spend a few weeks this summer improving your French and spicing up your curriculum. A pragmatic and creative opportunity for teachers who are eager to engage their students’ childlike energy in self-directed, student-centered learning. (available in French through online streaming). Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in French.
PEDD 9140 Film in the French Classroom: Using Global Themes to Enhance Student's Proficiency3This course offers fresh and flexible activities based on films and film clips that you can custom fit into any thematic curriculum. Aimed at beginning and intermediate students, you will find the activities spiral easily all the way to Advanced Placement. Spend a few weeks this summer improving your French and spicing up your curriculum. A pragmatic and creative opportunity for teachers who are eager to engage their students’ childlike energy in self-directed, student-centered learning. (available in French through online streaming). Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in French.
PEDD 9145 Impressionism & the Impressionist of France3This course will cover the age and era of the French Impressionist Movement. The course, designed for middle and high school French teachers, explores the artistic and historical elements of the movement, as well as the biographical stories and relationships among the painters themselves. Teachers will consider how to adapt course assignments and materials in order to create specific learning outcomes that align with curricular objectives within their own classrooms. Conducted in French with occasional readings in English.
PEDD 9148 Integrating the Arts through Authentic Resources in the French Classroom3This course focuses on using authentic resources in French to stimulate discussion, creativity, and a lasting love of French language and culture. Participants will explore French music, art, and history to create new works of art using poetry, theater and storytelling. All activities are accessible through the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Participants will use the three communication modes (Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational) in innovative ways, interpreting though authentic resources and using the arts to express ourselves in the presentational and interpersonal modes. Along with colleagues, participants in this course will discuss the resources, explore the arts as a means to interpret and assess, and design classroom experiences that can be used with authentic resources beyond what we explore in this course. (Open to teachers of French. Conducted in French.)
PEDD 9157 Novels for the Novice Learner: Enhancing Communication in the French Classroom3For communication in L2 to exist, students need something to talk about. Reading short novels crafted especially for the novice learner not only provides characters and a plot, but also the feeling of accomplishment once the novel has been read. In this course, we will discuss the theory of comprehensible input and then go on to use the theory while exploring how to reach novice learners through three novice-level novels in French: Le Maillot, La nouvelle Fille and Un voyage difficile, learning how to incorporate what is already embedded in the novel to further pique students' interest and get the most out of the reading, including culture, geography, food, social issues and even politics. Within each module, participants will examine the online content, read the books, engage in discussion, prepare and share activities for use in the classroom. The course is a forum to collaborate, share ideas and best practices for involving the comprehensible novel in the novice-level classroom. This course is conducted in French.
PEDD 9166 Teaching French Grammar as a Concept in Context3This course is designed to introduce teachers to ACTFL’s Core Practice of teaching grammar as a concept and in context. Participants in this course will start by learning about the research and theories behind implicit and explicit grammar instruction from experts in language acquisition. Participants will also learn more about what it means to choose grammatical concepts in the context of a thematic unit as it pertains to a communicative goal. A special emphasis will be placed on strategies to implement implicit grammar instruction with students through the PACE Model. In this course participants will share ideas for implementing PACE model lessons and also discuss the benefits and challenges of teaching grammar implicitly in classes. (Open to teachers of modern and classical languages of grades k-12. Conducted in English but coursework is completed in French.)
PEDD 9185 Advanced French Conversation and Culture for Teachers  3This course will explore a variety of cultural aspects of the French-speaking world through thematic units and global themes. The focus of this course is for in-service French teachers to practice their own speaking skills in both the synchronous virtual setting (1 hour per week for 6 weeks) and the asynchronous virtual setting via a variety of instructional technology applications. The course uses a variety of authentic texts - literature, video, music - allowing participants to practice their language skills while developing strategies to enhance conversation at a variety of proficiency levels in their own classrooms. Conducted in French.
PEDD 9209 Teaching Social Justice with Novels in the French Classroom3In the ever-increasing connectedness of the world today, the reasons for learning a second (third, fourth, etc.) language are many and varied, with the single greatest of them being people - who they are, where they live and the whys that underscore them. Language teachers are uniquely poised to present to students different lenses through which to view the world, and hopefully, create empathy. In learning about the different kinds of justice (equal and not), teachers in this course will have a better framework to pass along this knowledge to their students.
Graduate-Level
Hispanic Studies and Education
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PEDD 9057 Descubre Chile1Come and discover Chile in an online course! This course will take you on a virtual journey through the geography, history, and culture of one of the world’s longest and narrowest countries. By the end of this course you will have engaged with readings, videos, podcasts, and images that offer an abundance of information and ideas to create a lesson or cultural unit for your own classroom. The Descubre courses integrate a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring Spanish culture alive in your own classroom. Teachers may start a course at any time and complete the work at their own pace within one month. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9102 Advanced Spanish Grammar for K-12 Educators3Using explanatory text and practical exercises, this graduate course provides a comprehensive review of Spanish grammar, targeting problem areas of grammar for many advanced learners. Designed for students preparing for licensure exams, teachers preparing to teach advanced levels, as well as native speakers of Spanish charged with teaching advanced grammar concepts. The course offers a collaborative environment to share tips and best practices on how to teach these difficult concepts. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9103 Latin American Rhythm and Beat3Music can be a great resource for Spanish teachers. Songs have historical meaning that students have to work to uncover and often reflects the time in which it was created, as well as the perspective of its author. In this course we will explore why the artist wrote the lyrics, uncover what those lyrics mean, who the audience for the song was, and what was going on history at the time. We will pair the song with other sources—newspaper articles, radio addresses, videos, biographies, etc. — so you can piece together and better understand a particular historical era. Each week, participants will study the online content, complete activities and share teaching strategies for integrating Spanish songs into their own classes. The course offers a collaborative environment to share tips, unique lessons and best practices for teaching history through music. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9106 Spanish Speaking World Through Film3As teachers of Spanish, one of our major goals is to foster an appreciation of the highly diverse society in which we live. By exposing students to the target language through film we help them learn about challenging issues while developing their linguistic proficiency. This course will address six thought-provoking topics: war, the right to die, immigration, gender roles, identity (nations, nationalities, boundaries), and US foreign policy in the Spanish-speaking world. Background information will be gradually introduced and together we will decode many thematic symbols, cultural, social and political references. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9107 Descubre Puerto Rico1Come and discover Puerto Rico in an online course! This course will provide you with the history, current events, films, readings and relevant information to engage your classroom. By the end of this course you will identify the major people, events and ideas in Puerto Rican history, learn how to identify visual arts in order to obtain information about the culture and have an abundance of resources and ideas to create a lesson or cultural unit for your own classroom. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9108 Latin American Art & Architecture3This course provides an introduction to the art and architecture of Latin America beginning with pre-Columbian times and ending with contemporary creations. Historical circumstances will be taken into account so that the student is able to understand what both art and architecture reveal about Latin American thought and culture. In addition to discovering the cultural and historical background in relation to artistic constructions, students will design a unit lesson plan that appropriately incorporates course material into the L2 Spanish classroom. Conducted in Spanish.  
PEDD 9113 The Making of Cultural Myths3This is an online course designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their language and cultural skills through popular children's films that are available in Spanish. The films selected will be familiar to children and teachers of all ages and available at local libraries or through online streaming. Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, comprehension, and film analysis, in addition to discussions of a cultural nature within the context of each film. Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9115 Isabel Allende: Personal History and Creative Process3Best-selling writer Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read Latin American female authors, frames each narrative within a historical context or current event. Her creative process recounts stories in which protagonists explore and endure life’s challenges. Her narrative frequently embraces situations related to social justice and women’s rights, always central to her work and heart. In this course we will explore Allende’s use of magic realism, geographical setting, imagery, word choice, and other stylistic devices in her narrative. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9116 Descubre Argentina1Come and discover Argentina, one of the most beautiful countries in South America. This online course will provide you with learning activities and the experience of immersing yourself in Argentina´s culture of identity and nationalism. Studying Argentina's people, customs, geography, history, and traditions will encourage your students to develop empathy with other cultures and sensitivity about their differences. By the end of this course you will identify the major people, events and ideas in Argentine history, learn how to identify information about the culture and have an abundance of resources and ideas to create a lesson or cultural unit for your own classroom. Conducted din Spanish
PEDD 9117 Love in the Time of War: The Time in Between (Entre Costuras)3El tiempo entre costuras/The Time in Between (a.k.a. Entre Costuras/The Seamstress) is a brilliant novel and television series set in Spain, Morocco, and Portugal during the first half of the turbulent twentieth century. As a point of departure, we will use this remarkable period drama, set against the backdrop of Spain and Northern Africa, as we explore the social underpinnings and political challenges that were precursors to what would become the Spanish Civil War and then WWII. While the plot is fiction, the background is historically accurate and many of the characters whose emotional ups and downs we will share, existed in real life. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9124 Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry3The study of Hispanic poetry represents a fundamental aspect of the curriculum of any Spanish class. Poetic analysis is among one of the more challenging aspects of literary studies for students and instructors alike. In this course, participants will read and analyze poetry of the Spanish-speaking world across different historical periods, literary movements, and themes. In addition, this course will offer participants strategies and techniques for teaching poetry to students in the Pre-Advanced Placement classroom and in the AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture classrooms. Special attention will be given to the literary analysis using poetic devices as a way to explicate different themes in poetry. Course participants will review the curricular underpinnings of the AP course frameworks and gain a solid understanding as to how poetry allows individuals to express their inner being. ​Conducted in Spanish with some readings in English.
PEDD 9128 Descubre Cuba1As Americans dash to Cuba “before it changes,” it is clear that few understand the island, its history, and its people. Join us as we learn about the historical events that led to the infamous embargo and the everyday realities of Cuba, behind tourist images of beautiful beaches, classic cars, rum, and cigars. By the end of this course you will be able to identify and explain the significance of major people, events, and ideas in Cuban history. Participants will compare and contrast experiences of different groups of people in Cuban society and get a glimpse of the rich arts scene that has been kept alive even during the hardest economic crisis. This Descubre course integrates a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring the Cuban culture alive in your own classroom. Teachers may start a course at any time and complete the work at their own pace within one month. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9129 Masterpieces of Hispanic Short Stories3The study of the Hispanic short story represents a fundamental aspect of the curriculum of any Spanish class. Reading and interpreting literature (prose) can present a challenge for students at any level. In this course, participants will read and analyze short stories of the Spanish-speaking world across different historical periods, literary movements, and themes. In addition, this course will offer participants strategies and techniques for teaching the short story to students in the Pre-Advanced Placement classroom and in the AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture classrooms. Special attention will be given to the literary analysis using literary figures as a way to explicate different themes in the works. Course participants will review the curricular underpinnings of the AP course frameworks and gain a solid understanding as to how the short story allows enables writers to present the social and political issues of their time while developing their creative genius. Conducted in Spanish with some readings in English.
PEDD 9138 Spanish Writing Seminar: Using Global Themes to Enhance Written Presentational Communication3This writing seminar is designed to help Spanish teachers enhance their presentational writing
skills. In an attempt to achieve this goal, participants will examine the various writing genres
that most often appear in the Spanish L2 classroom setting: description, narration, exposition,
argumentation, and academic writing. Using a diverse body of literary and cultural readings as
models, participants will analyze specific writing styles to hone their own writing
skills. Special attention will be given to the AP Spanish Language and Culture Global Themes
as a way to inspire student writing samples. The ACTFL 5 Cs will also inspire participants to
design lesson activities that can be used in their own curricular practice. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9142 Masterpieces of Hispanic Theater3The theater has been a genre in which Spanish writers have excelled, evolving the platform, creating globally recognized characters, and receiving international renown. This course examines masterpieces of the Spanish theater from the Siglo de Oro to the Post-Franco democratic age. Examining works by five of the most important dramatists of Spain’s history, course participants will engage with the social commentary and metaliterary aspects of these works from giants of the Spanish theater. Students will also select a work from the Spanish theater tradition to serve as the focal point of a lesson that they create for their classrooms. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9156 Novice-Level Novels to Enhance Communication in the Spanish Classroom3For communication in L2 to exist, students need something to talk about. Reading short novels crafted especially for the novice learner not only provides characters and a plot, but also the feeling of accomplishment once the novel has been read. In this course, we will discuss the theory of comprehensible input and then go on to use the theory while exploring how to reach novice learners through three novice-level novels in Spanish: Feliz cumpleaños, La chica nueva and El viaje difícil, learning how to incorporate what is already embedded in the novel to further pique students' interest and get the most out of the reading, including culture, geography, food, social issues and even politics. Within each module, participants will examine the online content, read the books, engage in discussion, prepare and share activities for use in the classroom. The course is a forum to collaborate, share ideas and best practices for involving the comprehensible novel in the novice-level classroom.
PEDD 9158 Teaching Spanish Grammar as a Concept in Context3This course is designed to introduce teachers to ACTFL’s Core Practice of teaching grammar as a concept and in context. Participants in this course will start by learning about the research and theories behind implicit and explicit grammar instruction from experts in language acquisition. Participants will also learn more about what it means to choose grammatical concepts in the context of a thematic unit as it pertains to a communicative goal. A special emphasis will be placed on strategies to implement implicit grammar instruction with students through the PACE Model. In this course participants will share ideas for implementing PACE model lessons and also discuss the benefits and challenges of teaching grammar implicitly in classes. (Open to teachers of modern and classical languages of grades k-12. Conducted in English but coursework is completed in Spanish.)
PEDD 9170 Let Us In! Incorporating Afro-Latinx/ Black Diaspora Culture and Themes into the Curriculum3This course focuses on race and representation in the World Language curriculum particularly, the integration of Afro-Latinx identity, culture, and subsequent literature. Through careful exploration of the historical background of African-descended peoples both in Spanish-speaking Americas, Spain (and by proxy, Guinea Ecuatorial) this course will center on identity formation (and the political consequences thereof), literary production, religious traditions and notable contributions. Participants will review research related to the ACTFL standards, analyze cultural products with the goal of curriculum integration. Through a host of interactive activities with classmates, participants in this course will discuss the purpose, rationale, and development of such cultural products and its relevance to the current political landscape. Participants will also explore how topics can play a critical role in establishing an inclusive, representative, anti-racist curriculum, thriving classroom ecology for all students. This course is open to teachers of modern and classical languages (Conducted in English and Spanish).
PEDD 9171 Borderlands: Telling Stories of Us vs. Them, or All of U.S.3Borderlands can be seen as liminal spaces in which the myth of “self” vs. “other” is challenged by the interactions between two worlds which are as defined by their overlap as they are by their distinction. The 2000-mile border between Mexico and the U.S.A. is the only visible border between the so-called “developed” and “developing” worlds. Politically, it is also the perceived boundary between Latin America and Anglo America. Beyond economic and political factors, immigrants who cross this border participate in a broad cultural process of great importance to demographic frameworks and the quality of relationships between countries. The Southern borderlands are the contemporary equivalent of Ellis Island. Currently, Los Angeles, California and Brownsville, Texas, are the second and third largest Spanish-speaking cities in the world (only after Mexico City and larger than Madrid and Barcelona). In this course we will explore some aspects of the Latino/a (Latin@ or Latinx) experience, such as what it means to be Chicano/a, Mexican American, or Puerto Rican living in Manhattan, or a second generation Cuban American living in exile in Miami? How can we better understand these immigrant experiences and their cultural impact? How do these cultures co-exist, rubbing shoulders with one another every day? How has their presence been politicized? These are some questions we will explore. We’ll use literature, film, podcasts, current events, media, and poetry to explore the diversity of cultures in our local communities and classrooms. While focusing on reigniting passion for teaching, we create opportunities for new insights to better relate to and guide students in this very interesting time in our nation’s history where many cultures are coming together (or clashing) rather than one dominant culture subsuming the others. “Cultures only flourish in contact with others; they perish in isolation.” -Carlos Fuentes 
 
PEDD 9182 Exploring the World of Don Quijote: Imagination and Creativity Come Alive!3Come explore the literary and creative genius of Miguel de Cervantes’ renowned masterpiece El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. Participants in this course will examine Part One (with some chapters most often studied in the middle and secondary classroom) of the work paying special attention to Cervantes’ development of Quijote’s character within the historical and social context of the time. Some of the themes explored - personal identity, literary style, humor, societal values, traditions - will help participants understand why this masterpiece is considered the first modern novel of the time. Close reading analysis and analytical writing will help the course participants enhance literacy skills. As teachers, participants will gain a better understanding of how to approach the instruction of El Quijote in their own classes at different proficiency levels. Supplemental resources will provide course participants with ideas for their own learning and classroom practice. Conducted in Spanish with an occasional reading in English.
PEDD 9184 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture for Teachers  3This course will explore a variety of cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world through thematic units and global themes. The focus of this course is for in-service Spanish teachers to practice their own speaking skills in both the synchronous virtual setting (1 hour per week for 6 weeks) and the asynchronous virtual setting via a variety of instructional technology applications. The course uses a variety of authentic texts - literature, video, music - allowing participants to practice their language skills while developing strategies to enhance conversation at a variety of proficiency levels in their own classrooms. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9188 Colombia: un “Encanto”3This is an online course designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop their cultural and/or language skills through a popular children's film that is available in English and in Spanish. The film selected, Encanto, will be familiar to children and teachers of all ages. Emphasis will be on cross-cultural appreciation and diversity in the arts, the significance of symbolism, reflections and discussions raising cultural awareness, geography, regional differences, science (including technology and innovation), gender differences, cuisine, clothing, vocabulary building, improving conversational and writing skills, comprehension, and film analysis. Central concepts in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, such as “asset based education” (ie one’s gift or super power vs. “deficit based education” or inability to focus/ADHD) will be highlighted throughout. Emphasis will also be on music, such as learning about Colombian culture and Spanish words through songs by artists such as Carlos Vives, Shakira, and Juanes, and famous painters like Fernando Botero. Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. This course is conducted in English, with a Spanish option for Spanish teachers with submission of writing, readings, discussions, activities, and projects in Spanish. by Dr. Lynn McGovern.
PEDD 9190 Teaching Social Justice through Novels in the Spanish Classroom3For communication in L2 to exist, students need something to talk about, and students of this generation are keen to discuss real topics which can lead to improved critical thinking skills. Reading short novels written expressly for students acquiring L2, provides the perfect springboard to engage in heady topics, such as those surrounding social justice. In this course, students will be presented with social justice issues through reading three novels of different levels in Spanish: Debido a la tormenta, María María: un cuento de un huracán and Como vuela la pelota, and how they can be addressed in the context of the Spanish classroom. Within each module, participants will examine the online content, read the books, engage in discussion, prepare and share activities for use in the classroom. The course is a forum to collaborate, share ideas and best practices for involving level-appropriate novels in the world language classroom.
PEDD 9193 Discover Espana (Spain)1Come and discover Spain in an online course! This course will take you on a virtual journey through the geography, history, and culture of one of Europe’s largest countries. By the end of this course you will have engaged with many different videos, readings, and images that offer an abundance of information and ideas to create a lesson or cultural unit for your own classroom. 

The Descubre courses integrate a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring Spanish culture alive in your own classroom. Teachers may start a course at any time and complete the work at their own pace within one month. Conducted in Spanish.
PEDD 9194: Descubre Peru1Come and discover Peru in an online course! This course will take you on a virtual journey through the geography, history, culture, and cuisine of one of South America’s largest countries. By the end of this course you will have engaged with readings, videos, podcasts, and images that offer an abundance of information and ideas to create a lesson or cultural unit for your own classroom. 

The Descubre courses integrate a variety of resources that you will be able to share with your students and bring Spanish culture alive in your own classroom. Teachers may start a course at any time and complete the work at their own pace within one month. Conducted in Spanish.
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Graduate-Level
Latin Studies and Education

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PEDD 9134 From Epigram to Epic: Teaching Poetry in the Latin Classroom3Latin poetry frequently constitutes a student's first experience with authentic Latin literature. Moving beyond mere translation to the interpretation and analysis of lines of verse can be challenging for students and instructors alike. Participants in this course will read and analyze multiple genres of Latin poetry across several historical periods and through the lens of the Updated Standards for Classical Language Learning. While considering each poem within its historical and cultural context, participants will explore stylistic nuance and contemplate varied interpretations of the text. At the same time, they will develop strategies and techniques for teaching poetry to students. (Open to Latin teachers or anyone proficient in Latin. Conducted in English)
PEDD 9149 Come, See and Conquer: Teaching Julius Caesar in the High School Classroom3Using the Updated Standards for Classical Language Learning, participants will receive and create meaningful activities to apply when teaching Caesar's Gallic Wars. The focus will be on methods to help students understand Caesar's role as an author, general, and central political figure in the last days of the Roman republic through to Roman history, other Latin authors, and the modern world. This course will be especially useful to teachers who are currently teaching Caesar, teaching the AP Latin syllabus, or just interested in learning more about teaching Caesar. (Open to Latin teachers or anyone proficient in Latin. Conducted in English)
PEDD 9163 Fortune Favors the Bold: Teaching Vergil in the Latin Classroom3Using the Updated Standards for Classical Language Learning, participants will receive and create meaningful activities to apply when teaching Vergil’s Aeneid. The focus will be on methods to help students understand the Aeneid’s role as the epic about the founding of Rome during the beginning of the Roman empire, Vergil’s choice as an author during this turbulent time, and what the text shares about Roman identity. This course will be especially useful to teachers who are currently teaching Vergil, teaching the AP Latin syllabus, or just interested in learning more about teaching Vergil. (Open to Latin teachers or anyone proficient in Latin. Conducted in English)
PEDD 9183 Latin Teaching Methods: Teaching Latin for Acquisition3Are you a Latin teacher who wants opportunities to brainstorm with fellow Latin teachers about lessons? Are you thinking about teaching or just starting to teach Latin? This course will explore the theory of second language acquisition and how it applies to teaching Latin. Lessons will focus on making Latin accessible to all learners, effective technology for Latin teaching and learning, creating a curriculum based on cultural themes, and supporting students towards proficiency in Latin. We will also explore how to create a personal learning network to stay connected to other Latin teachers and share ideas. As teachers, we are constantly learning and growing in our practice. This course will be a great opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate with other Latin teachers! (Open to Latin teachers or anyone proficient in Latin. Conducted in English)
PEDD 9207 Social Justice in the Latin Curriculum3This course will look at ways that participants can create more opportunities to engage in social justice in the Latin curriculum. This course will look at three prongs engaging with social justice: intercultural competency, culturally responsive teaching, and creating an inclusive classroom climate. Through exploring these three different ways of looking at opportunities to increase awareness of social justice, participants will come away with strategies, activities, and assessments to create a more equitable and inclusive classroom and curriculum. 
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Italian Studies and Education
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PEDD 9051 Intensive Italian I3For communication in L2 to exist, students need something to talk about. In this course, the texts read like novels and are crafted especially for the novice learner not only to provide characters and a plot, but also the feeling of accomplishment once the chapter has been read. In this course, we will access the theory of comprehensible input via inductive texts to achieve competency in the target language, getting the most out of the reading, including culture, geography, food, social issues, etc. Each chapter is an opportunity for the student to further appropriate the language and to begin to develop fluency in the classroom and beyond. Via the portfolio project, students are encouraged to tie the target language and culture back to existing certifications in order to create personalized bridges that promote individualized professional development.Conducted in English and Italian.
PEDD 9052 Intensive Italian 23For communication in L2 to exist, students need something to talk about. In this course, the texts read like novels and are crafted especially for the novice learner not only to provide characters and a plot, but also the feeling of accomplishment once the chapter has been read. In this course, we will access the theory of comprehensible input via inductive texts to achieve competency in the target language, getting the most out of the reading, including culture, geography, food, social issues, etc. In Intensive Italian II, students will explore language to discuss health, sports and leisure, the workplace, holidays, and entertainment, among other themes. The grammatical focus will emphasize a deepening awareness of the past tense with emphasis on the passato remoto and the pluperfect, as well as in-depth exploration of formal vs. informal address, demonstrative pronouns and adjectives, impersonal structures, the complementary infinitive, past participles, et al. Music is a strong means of acculturation. In this course, we shall explore important themes in music from the 1970’s and ’80’s. Students will begin a survey of Italian history in the target language with an emphasis on ancient Rome. Via the portfolio project, students are encouraged to tie the target language and culture back to existing certifications in order to create personalized bridges that promote individualized professional development. Conducted in English and Italian.
PEDD 9053 Intensive Italian 33in this course, the texts read like novels and are crafted especially for the novice learner not only to provide characters and a plot, but also the feeling of accomplishment once the chapter has been read. In this course, we will access the theory of comprehensible input via inductive texts to achieve competency in the target language, getting the most out of the reading, including culture, geography, food, social issues, etc. In Intensive Italian III, students will use Italian to discuss travel, transportation, and geography, among other themes. Students will continue their survey of Italian history in the target language, spanning the medieval to the post-WWII period. The grammatical focus will emphasize the subjunctive, conditional, hypothetical statements, adverbial structures, et al. Music is a strong means of acculturation. In this course, we shall explore important themes in music from the 1990’s and an initial exploration of opera. Via the portfolio project, students are encouraged to tie the target language and culture back to existing certifications in order to create personalized bridges that promote individualized professional development. Conducted primarily in Italian.
PEDD 9054 Intensive Italian 43In Intensive Italian IV, students will use Italian to continue their exploration of Italian culture and geography and to complete their survey of Italian history. We shall begin an exploration of Italian literature and the short story, as well as a special emphasis on poetry ranging from Saint Francis to Alda Merini. There will be a strong focus on vocabulary acquisition and the development of reading fluency. Via the portfolio project, students are encouraged to tie the target language and culture back to existing certifications in order to create personalized bridges that promote individualized professional development. Conducted in Italian.
PEDD 9123 From Classic Stories to the Big Screen: Using Animated Film in Italian3This online course is designed for teachers who wish to continue to improve and refine their language skills in Italian and to develop practical lesson plans for the classroom. It is designed around six great movie adaptations of classic children's books. Given the popularity of the stories and films, students and teachers who are familiar with the film can focus on the language without having to decipher the plot. Emphasis will be on comprehension, vocabulary building, improving listening and writing skills, in addition to film analysis and discussions of the differences between the original story and it's movie adaptation (available in Italian through online streaming). Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Italian with occasional readings in English.
PEDD 9139 The Advanced Italian Grammar3Using explanatory text videos, and practical exercises, this independent study course provides a comprehensive review of Italian grammar, targeting problem areas of grammar for many advanced learners. Designed for students preparing for licensure exams, teachers preparing to teach advanced levels, as well as native speakers of Italian charged with teaching advanced grammar concepts. The course offers a collaborative environment to share tips and best practices on how to teach these difficult concepts. Conducted in Italian.
PEDD 9143 Understanding Italy Today through Manzoni and Tamaro3This course is designed for teachers who wish to better understand a segment of Italy’s past and its present through selected literary works of Alessandro Manzoni and Susanna Tamaro. Participants will improve their language skills in Italian and be able to develop practical lesson plans for the classroom using Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi and Tamaro’s Va Dove Ti Porta il Cuore. This course is designed around these two literary works: the story, the setting, the characters, numerous themes, the historical context and its influence in forming today’s Italy. Emphasis will be on comprehension, vocabulary building, improving listening and writing skills, in addition to literature analysis and discussion of the differences between I Promessi Sposi and Va Dove Ti Porta il Cuore including the themes that come up in each novel. Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Italian with numerous resources.
PEDD 9144 Italian Opera and Culture3This online course is designed for teachers who wish to learn about three famous Italian Operas and their composers in order to improve and refine their language skills in Italian and to develop practical lesson plans for the classroom. The course is designed around three great Operas: Tosca, The Barber of Seville and La Traviata. Given the popularity of these Operas, students and teachers who are familiar with the Opera can focus on the language and the arias without having to decipher the plot. Those who are not familiar with these three Operas, will have the chance to learn the plot and story and then focus on the language and music. Emphasis will be on comprehension, vocabulary building, improving listening and writing skills, in addition to Opera analysis and discussions on the composers and the history of the Opera in Italy. Students will also listen to and analyze the most famous arias from each Opera. Group work will be in the form of discussion boards and lesson plan development. Conducted in Italian with occasional readings in English.
PEDD 9215 Survey of Italian Geography3Students will be able to discuss national and regional Italian geographical themes in order to be able to access this knowledge for the advancement of a complete language learning curriculum. They will explore personal knowledge bases and consider where additional experiences might enhance their instructional delivery. Students will explore how geographical inquiry responds to the concerns of the 5C’s of language exploration, and they will develop a sense of how best to implement or expand a geography curriculum in an L2 learning environment.
PEDD 9216 Survey of Italian History3Students will be able to discuss major themes in Italian history in order to be able to access this knowledge for the advancement of a complete language learning curriculum. They will explore personal knowledge bases and consider where additional experiences and research might enhance their instructional delivery. Students will explore how historical inquiry responds to the concerns of the 5C’s of language exploration, and they will develop a sense of how best to implement or expand a history curriculum in an L2 learning environment.
PEDD 9217 Survey of Italian Literature3Students will be able to discuss major themes in Italian history in order to be able to access this knowledge for the advancement of a complete language learning curriculum. They will explore personal knowledge bases and consider where additional experiences and research might enhance their instructional delivery. Students will explore how literary discovery responds to the concerns of the 5C’s of language exploration, and they will develop a sense of how best to implement or expand a literary curriculum in an L2 learning environment.
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German Studies and Education

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PEDD 9195 GER501 Developing Strategies for Successful German Teachers3The overall goal of this course is for teachers to develop and describe their own teaching philosophy while learning how to encourage good, open and realistic communication in the classroom. They will learn the principles of teacher research and professional development opportunities. The course will culminate with a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. The Practical Exploration Project initiates changes in the classroom and helps to increase the professionalism of teachers. This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe-Institut USA.
PEDD 9196 GER502 Learning German as a World Language3The overall goal of this course is for teachers to learn which factors determine learning and second language acquisition. Participants explore characteristics of independent learning as well as strategies to systematically plan and structure the learning process in their classroom. The course will culminate with a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. The Practical Exploration Project initiates changes in the classroom and helps to increase the professionalism of teachers. Sharing of experience among colleagues This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe-Institut USA.
PEDD 9197 GER503 Teaching German as a World Language3The overall goal of this course is for teachers to learn the elements of the German language and how the form and function of linguistic parts work together in communication. Teachers will learn the semantic classes, the nouns and functions of the article, the formal properties of gender, number, and case, the connection between the preposition and the following case, and why standard pronunciation is important. The course will culminate with a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe-Institut USA.
PEDD 9198 GER504 Targeted Exercises and Interactions for the German Classroom3The overall goal of this course is for teachers to learn to differentiate between good assignments and exercises and create sequences of activities that build upon each other. Teachers will understand their role in the interaction process. The course will culminate with a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. The Practical Exploration Project initiates changes in the classroom and helps to increase the professionalism of teachers. This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe Institut- New York.
PEDD 9199 GER505 Using Technology and Media in the German Classroom3The overall goal of this course is for teachers to learn strategies for developing reading, listening and audio-visual skills. Participants will find learning materials (including texts, social media, and videos) about the country and culture to prepare them for use in the classroom. At the end of each course teachers will complete a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. The Practical Exploration Project initiates changes in the classroom and helps to increase the professionalism of teachers. This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe-Institut USA.
PEDD 9200 GER506 Curriculum and Lesson Planning for German Teachers3The overall goal of this course is for teachers to get an in-depth understanding of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and its influence on lessons, as well as how CEFR relates to the ACTFL- Proficiency Standards. Teachers will learn to formulate can-do descriptions themselves and recognize their importance for action-oriented lessons. The course will culminate with a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. The Practical Exploration Project initiates changes in the classroom and helps to increase the professionalism of teachers. This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe-Institut USA.
Graduate-Level
Mandarin Studies and Education
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PEDD 9159 Using Web Tools for Formative and Summative Assessment in the Mandarin Classroom3The primary focus of this course is developing professional and program sustainability through the incorporation of effective and engaging learner-centered educational technology in Mandarin classroom. Participants will reshape an existing lesson, or build a new one, to include these tools to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning. Activities include readings and videos, with periods for discussion and reflection. Using Backwards Design theory and a constructive approach, you will design a lesson plan that supports the curriculum frameworks/standards.
PEDD 9174 Developing Chinese Language Skills: Innovative Strategies for Guiding Student Proficiency3This online course, specifically designed for middle school and high school Chinese teachers, explores how to teach students language survival skills, as well as understand why and how comprehensible input works. Participants will collaborate and share successful strategies on developing students' interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. Learn how to hook your students with effective learning experiences, and set up successful systems that will skyrocket student’s engagement and acquisition. Get ready to grow your toolbox with effective acquisition driven instruction strategies. Conducted in Mandarin.
PEDD 9189 IPA Based Curriculum Design for Chinese Mandarin Language Assessment3Integrated performance-based assessments are a key component of any proficiency-based program. This course will give an overview of various assessments, provide a step-by-step process to design a Mandarin curriculum based on integrated performance assessments, and share resources including rubrics, templates, authentic resources, and sample assessments to empower attendees to develop their own curriculum. Course is conducted in Chinese.
PEDD 9208 Teaching Chinese Cultures through Idioms, Fairy tales and Folktales3This professional development course is designed for Chinese teachers who are looking to incorporate traditional Chinese culture into their language classes. By exploring the rich cultural heritage of China through idioms, fairy tales, and folktales, teachers will gain a deeper understanding of the language and its origins, while also providing students with an engaging and interactive learning experience.
In this course, teachers will learn how to effectively use idioms, fairy tales, and folktales as teaching tools in their classrooms. Topics covered include: understanding the cultural significance and meaning behind Chinese idioms, how to effectively use idioms in language lessons to improve vocabulary and comprehension skills, an overview of the most popular fairytales and folktales in Chinese culture, techniques for retelling and adapting these stories for the classroom, and strategies for encouraging students to think critically about the cultural values and themes inherent in these stories.
 
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