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Authentic Materials (Read Me First)

Gateway to K-12 Resources for Less Commonly Taught Languages


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Teaching Materials
Source: http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/Reports.aspx?menu=002

Selection of Languages

The LMP covers 151 less commonly taught languages from all over the globe, taking
into consideration political and geographical significance as well as practical concerns
such as availability of current materials. We currently cover many of the languages of
the Middle East and Central Asia as they are of importance in today's world. We also
include at least one language from every continent (except Antarctica!). We cover
languages in need of revitalization, as is the case with many of the indigenous
languages of the Americas, as well as languages that are thriving and gaining strength
in this country like Mandarin and Japanese. We gear our offerings toward an American
audience, so French, Spanish, and German are not included in our database as they
are among the most commonly taught languages in the US. The database includes only
living languages, so languages such as Latin, Ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew are
not covered.

Many languages have more than one name in English. Most LMP language names
conform to the MARC standards, which are based on Library of Congress Subject
Headings. Click here for a list of the LMP language names that do not conform to the
MARC standards. Many languages are also commonly known by other names. To find
alternate names, we recommend you consult the SIL Ethnologue database or the
MARC Code List for Languages.

Selection of Materials

The LMP gears its materials towards an American audience of language teachers and
learners. To that end, we strive to include materials which will be useful either directly in
the classroom or as tools for the instructors to help them create their own materials and
presentations.

Most of our materials are geared towards the teaching and learning of specific
languages. We do also include materials dealing with general language pedagogy,
especially those that focus on the teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages.
These can be found by selecting the ‘Language’ search tool and choosing ‘General
Pedagogy’ on the top of the list. We include in this category materials which offer
practical guidance to language instructors, rather than theoretical works on language
acquisition.
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We generally include materials which have been published after 1950 and contain some
English. We choose to include materials published after 1950 because we want to make
sure our materials reflect as much as possible the modern language as spoken today.
We choose to include materials with English so they will be useful to students with little
or no knowledge of other languages. In cases where we cannot find many materials for
a certain language, we will include older materials. We also include for the same reason
materials written in a language other than English where that language is a minority
language in another country, for example Yakut in Russia, Uighur in China, and
Quechua in South America. In those and similar cases we have included some
materials written in Russian, Mandarin, and Spanish.

We also try to include materials that are available to the American public. This is not
always possible, and we apologize if any of the materials on our database have gone
out of print after we have included it. Our citations give the publisher's address
whenever we can find it so you can contact the publisher yourself to ask about acquiring
a specific book. Even if a book is out of print publishers may have copies in a
warehouse. Many of the books on the LMP are on the Interlibrary Loan system. Most
university libraries, and even public libraries, are on the Interlibrary Loan network, and
your local library can request a copy of a book they do not own from another library, free
of charge. You can also check internet retailers, which sometimes offer used copies of
out of print books.

Organization of Materials

The LMP organizes its materials into several categories. You can search for materials
quite simply just by language. For a more detailed search, we have arranged our
materials by 'material type', 'level', and 'audience'.

Under 'material', you can search for textbooks, grammars, dictionaries, readers,
phrasebooks, etc. We include workbooks, teacher's manuals, games, flashcards, and
more under the category 'supplementary materials'. We include, for instance, published
bibliographies and language surveys under 'reference'.

Under 'level' you can search for materials geared towards the proficiency of the learner.
We generally follow the publisher's recommended level for each material.

Under 'audience' you can search for materials intended for primary, secondary, post-
secondary, and heritage learners. For this category, as well, we generally adhere to the
publisher's recommended audience. Primary materials include children's picture
dictionaries and children's bilingual storybooks, as well as traditional teaching materials.
Heritage materials are those meant for learners who grew up speaking a language other
than English at home, but who have had little or no formal education in that language.
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Can't Find What You're Looking For?

Because the LMP covers less commonly taught languages, often there is a lack of
materials for a particular language. If you can't find the exact material you are looking
for, be creative and widen your search to include materials you can adapt for a different
audience. Adult and college-level learners often enjoy children's picture dictionaries,
and the material for students at the beginning level will usually not be too easy for them.
Readers for more advanced learners can be glossed for use with an intermediate class.
Exercises in a beginning textbook can be changed with new vocabulary to suit a more
advanced class.
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Northern Africa

Northern Africa

To the left is a list of the 10 countries in Northern Africa whose languages are
catalogued in the LMP bibliographic database of less commonly taught languages. LMP
languages are listed in this table of languages and countries where there are at least
150,000 speakers per country, according to the Ethnologue database. Some exceptions
are made to this rule, such as where the total population figures for a language are
under 150,000.

Algeria
Arabic, Algerian

Citations, Profile

Berber

Citations, Profile
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Chad
Arabic, Chadian

Citations, Profile

Fula

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Egypt
Arabic, Egyptian

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Libya
Arabic, Libyan

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Mali
Bambara

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Berber

Citations, Profile

Fula

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Mauritania
Arabic, Mauritanian

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Morocco
Berber

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Arabic, Moroccan

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Niger
Fula

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Berber

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Sudan
Arabic, Sudanese

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Hausa

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Tunisia
Arabic, Tunisian

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Western & Central Africa

Western & Central Africa

Below is a list of the 11 countries in Western & Central Africa whose languages are
catalogued in the LMP bibliographic database of less commonly taught languages. LMP
languages are listed in this table of languages and countries where there are at least
150,000 speakers per country, according to the Ethnologue database. Some exceptions
are made to this rule, such as where the total population figures for a language are
under 150,000.

Benin
Fula

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Yoruba

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Burkina Faso
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Fula

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Cameroon
Fula

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Central African Republic
Fula

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lingala

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Gambia
Fula

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Wolof

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Ghana
Twi

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Ewe

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Nigeria
Fula

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Hausa

Citations, Profile

Igbo

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Yoruba

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Senegal
Fula

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Wolof

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Sierra Leone
Mende

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Togo
Ewe

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Eastern Africa & the Horn

Eastern Africa & the Horn

Below is a list of the 5 countries in Eastern Africa & the Horn whose languages are
catalogued in the LMP bibliographic database of less commonly taught languages. LMP
languages are listed in this table of languages and countries where there are at least
150,000 speakers per country, according to the Ethnologue database. Some exceptions
are made to this rule, such as where the total population figures for a language are
under 150,000.

Eritrea
Tigrinya

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Ethiopia
Amharic

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Tigrinya

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Oromo

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Kenya
Luo

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Somalia
Somali

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Tanzania
Swahili

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Southern Africa & Madagascar

Southern Africa & Madagascar

To the left is a list of the 8 countries in Southern Africa & Madagascar whose languages
are catalogued in the LMP bibliographic database of less commonly taught languages.
LMP languages are listed in this table of languages and countries where there are at
least 150,000 speakers per country, according to the Ethnologue database. Some
exceptions are made to this rule, such as where the total population figures for a
language are under 150,000.

Botswana
Tswana

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Lesotho
Sotho

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Madagascar
Malagasy

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Malawi
Nyanja

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Mozambique
Nyanja

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South Africa
Afrikaans

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Xhosa

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Zulu

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Tswana

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Sotho

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Zambia
Nyanja

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Zimbabwe
Shona

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Records

Please click on the name of a language below to see an automatically-generated


summary of the categories of materials currently in the LMP database for that language.

_General Pedagogy Burmese Kashmiri Russian

Afrikaans Cantonese Kazakh Samoan


Albanian Catalan Khmer Serbian
Amharic Cebuano Korean Serbian/Croatian
Arabic Chechen Kurdish Shona
Arabic, Algerian Cherokee Kyrgyz Sindhi
Arabic, Chadian Chewa Lakota Sinhalese
Arabic, Egyptian Cree Lao Slovak
Arabic, Emirate Croatian Latvian Slovenian
Arabic, Iraqi Czech Lingala Somali
Arabic, Jordanian Danish Lithuanian Sotho
Arabic, Kuwaiti Dari Luo Swahili
Arabic, Lebanese Dutch Macedonian Swedish
Arabic, Libyan Estonian Maithili Tagalog
Arabic, Mauritanian Ewe Malagasy Tajik

Arabic, ModernFinnish Malay Tamil


Standard
Arabic, Moroccan Fula Malayalam Tatar
Arabic, Palestinian Georgian Maltese Telugu
Arabic, Saudi Greek, Modern Mandarin Thai
Arabic, Sudanese Guarani Maori Tibetan
Arabic, Syrian Gujarati Marathi Tigrinya
Arabic, Tunisian Haitian Creole Mende Tswana
Arabic, Yemeni Hausa Mongolian Turkish
Armenian Hawaiian Nahuatl Turkmen
Assamese Hebrew Navajo Twi
Aymara Hindi Nepali Uighur
Azerbaijani Hmong Norwegian Ukrainian
Baluchi Hungarian Nyanja Urdu
Bambara Icelandic Ojibwe Uzbek
Bashkir Igbo Oriya Vietnamese
Basque Ilocano Oromo Warlpiri
Belarusian Indonesian Pashto Welsh
Bengali Inuit Persian Wolof
Berber Irish Polish Xhosa
Bhojpuri Italian Portuguese Yakut
Bosnian Japanese Punjabi Yiddish
Brahui Javanese Quechua Yoruba
Bulgarian Kannada Romanian Zulu
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APPENDIX I
From Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Africa

Of the 890 million Africans (as of 2005), about 17% speak an Arabic dialect. About 10% speak
Swahili, the lingua franca of Eastern Africa, about 5% speak a Berber dialect, and about 5%
speak Hausa, a West African lingua franca. Other important West African languages are
Yoruba, Igbo and Fula. Major Northeast African languages are Oromo and Somali. Important
South African languages are Zulu and Afrikaans (related to Dutch). English, French and
Portuguese are important languages: 130, 115 and 20 million speak them as secondary in
general.

List of major African languages (by total number of speakers in million):

Arabic (North Africa, Horn of Africa) 100 native + 30 secondary


Berber (North Africa) 40 native + 4 secondary
Swahili (East Africa) 5 native + 80 secondary
Hausa (West Africa) 24 native + 15 secondary
Oromo (Northeast Africa) 25
Zulu (South Africa) 9 native + 16 secondary
Somali (Horn of Africa) 18-21
Yoruba (West Africa) 19 native + 2 secondary
Igbo (West Africa) 18 native + 1 secondary
Kinyarwanda-Kirundi (East Africa) 18
Amharic (Northeast Africa) 14 native + 3 secondary
Shona (Zimbabwe / Southeast Africa) 15 native + 2 secondary
Bambara (West Africa) 3 native + 10 secondary
Twi 8 native + 2 secondary
Ibibio Language (Ibibio/Annang/Efik, Nigeria) 8-12
Fula (West Africa) 10-16
Malagasy (Madagascar) 17
Afrikaans (South Africa) 6-7 native + 6-7 secondary
Lingala (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 2 native + 10 secondary
Chichewa (Southeast Africa) 10
Xhosa (South Africa) 7
Kongo 7
Tigrinya 7
Gbe 7
Tshiluba (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 6
Wolof 3 native + 3 secondary
Gikuyu (Kenya) 5
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More (West Africa) 5


Sotho (South Africa) 5
Luhya 4
Tswana (Southern Africa) 4
Kanuri (West Africa) 4
Umbundu (Angola) 4