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All About America

  • A Healthy Future
    A Healthy Future

    This issue of eJournal USA considers the factors that contribute to success in improving health — and health systems — in many parts of the world.
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  • A Living Legacy: Preserving Intangible Culture
    A Living Legacy: Preserving Intangible Culture

    The cultural heritage of the United States is rich, diverse and grounded in the contributions of many peoples. Many tangible expressions of this cultural patrimony are protected in museums, galleries, and other publicly and privately supported institutions. But no museum can preserve less tangible forms of cultural expression as effectively as those who perform them.
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  • American Citizenship
    American Citizenship

    This book depicts American citizens exercising the many rights and privileges that empower them to participate fully in the nation's political, economic, and cultural life.
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  • American Popular Music
    American Popular Music

    American popular music is a kaleidoscopic mélange of styles and dreams. Its vibrancy reflects the mating of cultural diversity to artistic and creative freedom. The stories in this book illustrate how Americans, borrowing from diverse musical traditions, have contributed to humanity’s universal language.
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  • Becoming American: Beyond the Melting Pot
    Becoming American: Beyond the Melting Pot

    The United States is often referred to as the “Great Melting Pot,” a metaphor that connotes the blending of many cultures, languages and religions to form a single national identity. But this metaphor fails to capture the slow, complex and frequently turbulent process by which immigrants of diverse backgrounds and beliefs join U.S. society, even as they transform it.
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  • Destination America
    Destination America

    Welcome to EJ|USA: Destination America, the inaugural issue of IIP's reinvented monthly flagship publication. The popular in-depth coverage of a specific subject remains, while additional departments explore a broad range of topics.
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  • Dynamic English
    Dynamic English

    This edition of eJournal USA discusses forces that shape and change everyday English. From cultural and international influences, such as words that come directly, or in a changed form from another language, to popular media, including movies, music and sports, to changes arising from technological developments, the authors present examples of ways English changes daily.
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  • My Town
    My Town

    My Town: Writers on American Cities features 12 American authors describing how the U.S. cities where they live contribute to their creativity.
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  • Outline of American Geography
    Outline of American Geography

    This publication considers the physical environment of the United States — landforms, climate, soils, and vegetation — in terms of its impact on the country's cultural, regional, and political development.
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  • Outline of American Literature
    Outline of American Literature

    The Outline of American literature traces the paths of American narrative, fiction, poetry and drama as they move from pre-colonial times into the present, through such literary movements as romanticism, realism and experimentation.
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  • Outline of U.S. Government
    Outline of U.S. Government

    What makes U.S. government uniquely American...its Constitution, the separation of powers, the concept of “checks and balances,” the decentralized roles of state and local governments, and a citizenry with wide opportunity to be part of it all.
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  • Outline of U.S. History
    Outline of U.S. History

    A chronological look at how the United States took shape — from its origins as an obscure set of colonies on the Atlantic coast a little more than 200 years ago into what one political analyst today calls "the first universal nation.
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  • Pop Culture Real America
    Pop Culture Real America

    U.S. television and cinema promote images of Americans that are … well … wrong! Pop Culture versus Real America will contrast those pop culture images with profiles of real Americans in every walk of life.
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  • Sketchbook USA
    Sketchbook USA

    Sketchbook USA lavishly illustrates many aspects of American life. These excerpts depict Americans at work, at play, and engaging in civic activities. Areas in focus include classrooms, voting booths, National Parks, and the theater.
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  • Spirit of Volunteerism
    Spirit of Volunteerism

    Americans have a long history of helping others for no financial gain. Devoting one’s time and energy for the greater good is seen in countless ways across America daily. This issue illustrates some of the ways that Americans volunteer, such as firefighters, health workers and computer experts.
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  • Sports Strengthen Communities
    Sports Strengthen Communities

    This issue of eJournal USA explores the integral role of sports in American society and highlights the power of sports to strengthen community bonds that transcend differences.
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  • Stories of African-American Achievement
    Stories of African-American Achievement

    Stories of African American Achievers is a collection of profiles of remarkable men and women who have made significant contributions to U.S. society from the nineteenth century to the present day.
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  • USA History in Brief
    USA History in Brief

    Issues in democracy that were addressed 200 years ago continue to be addressed and resolved today: big government versus small government, individual rights versus group rights, unfettered capitalism versus regulated commerce and labor, engagement with the world versus isolationism.
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  • USA Literature in Brief
    USA Literature in Brief

    USA Literature in Brief pinpoints and describes the contributions to American literature of some of the best-recognized American poets, novelists, philosophers and dramatists from pre-Colonial days through the present.
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Democracy, Civil Society & Education

  • A Responsible Press Office
    A Responsible Press Office

    A how-to publication for government leaders and public information officials who want to create an effective mechanism of communication between the media and the government.
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  • A Responsible Press Office in the Digital Age
    A Responsible Press Office in the Digital Age

    A Responsible Press Office in the Digital Age explores the relationship between government officials and the media and provides guidance to government communicators about how to use digital media to provide the public with accurate and timely information concerning public policies, laws and actions.
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  • College and University Education in the United States
    College and University Education in the United States

    Through this journal, prospective international students and their parents and advisors will learn about the American system of higher education and academic and student life at U.S. colleges and universities.
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  • Cultivating Civil Society 2.0
    Cultivating Civil Society 2.0

    This issue of eJournal USA explores the evolving intersection between civil society and technology and offers examples of how civil society organizations are exploiting technology’s potential to give a voice to the voiceless and homes to the homeless.
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  • Educating Women and Girls
    Educating Women and Girls

    This issue of eJournal USA explores how international organizations, state governments, the private sector and individuals — in many different countries — are tackling this global challenge and improving people’s lives.
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  • Free At Last
    Free At Last

    This book recounts how African-Americans struggled to win the civil rights enjoyed by other Americans. It is a story of persistence that ultimately succeeded by forcing Americans to confront the shameful gap between their principles of equality and the inequality faced by millions of their fellow citizens.
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  • Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders
    Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders

    This issue of eJournal USA profiles African-American women of the 20th and 21st centuries who have made significant contributions to many spheres of American life.
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  • Media Law Handbook
    Media Law Handbook

    What are the privileges and responsibilities of a free press? In Media Law Handbook, Professor Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, explores how free societies answer this question.
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  • Outline of the U.S. Legal System
    Outline of the U.S. Legal System

    This outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process; and the implementation and impact of judicial policies.
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  • Partnerships Against Corruption
    Partnerships Against Corruption

    “Partnerships Against Corruption” — provides a range of perspectives on the benefits and challenges of public-private partnerships and international cooperation in combating corruption. It also offers concrete examples of how such partnerships are being used effectively.
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  • The NGO Handbook
    The NGO Handbook

    Have you ever seen a problem and wanted to do something about it? Of course you have. The schools, police, government welfare offices, churches and families aren’t handling it. Others share your concerns and want to do something. That’s why you would start a nongovernmental organization, or NGO. This handbook will guide you through the steps of starting and operating an NGO.
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  • USA Democracy in Brief
    USA Democracy in Brief

    Democracy in Brief touches on topics such as rights and responsibilities of citizens, free and fair elections, the rule of law, the role of a written constitution, separation of powers, a free media, the role of parties and interest groups, military-civilian relations and democratic culture.
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  • USA Education in Brief
    USA Education in Brief

    A look at the development public schools, beginning with "common school," (the iconic little red schoolhouse) in the 18th century, through the Land-Grant university movement to the G.I. Bill of Rights and the civil rights movement, which expanded educational opportunity to all U.S. citizens.
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  • USA Elections in Brief
    USA Elections in Brief

    A background guide to the entire U.S. electoral system, from federal, state, local, and primary elections to related topics such as polling and the role of the parties and the media.
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  • USA Human Rights in Brief
    USA Human Rights in Brief

    In all civilized nations, attempts are made to define and buttress human rights. The core of the concept is the same everywhere: Human rights are the rights that one has simply because one is human. They are universal and equal.
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  • VOLUNTEERS. Answering the Call
    VOLUNTEERS. Answering the Call

    Community service in America is promulgated by presidents and practiced by students, firefighters and business leaders. Around the world, Peace Corps volunteers, as they serve, come to understand others as individuals.
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  • Women in the World Today
    Women in the World Today

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has written the introduction to this publication, which examines women’s issues around the world, and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer provides an overview.
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  • Youth Votes! The 2012 U.S. Elections
    Youth Votes! The 2012 U.S. Elections

    This issue of eJournal USA looks at how the Millennials — Americans born from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s — are changing the face of the U.S. electorate and politics.
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Economic Growth and Development

  • Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation: vol.16
    Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation: vol.16

    This publication discusses many of the opportunities and challenges of being an entrepreneur today. It also discusses — and debunks — persistent myths about entrepreneurship.
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  • Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation: vol.17
    Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation: vol.17

    This publication discusses many of the opportunities and challenges of being an entrepreneur today. It also discusses — and debunks — persistent myths about entrepreneurship.
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  • Outline of the U.S. Economy
    Outline of the U.S. Economy

    Given the sobering news that of late has arrived with distressing frequency, preparing this edition of Outline of the U.S. Economy was a real challenge. We hope that our readers will find this entry in our Outline series frank, informative, and above all useful. We offer it in the spirit of optimism embedded deeply in American life.
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  • USA Economy in Brief
    USA Economy in Brief

    This 2011 revised edition shows how competition shapes the U.S. economy and reflects the never-ending debate through history about the proper role of government in the economy.
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English Language Learning

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    For learners of English, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adaptation of the timeless novel by Mark Twain. Part of the Ladder Series, this volume has approximately two thousand headwords and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners. This tale of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures on the Mississippi River is a well-loved piece of American literature. Considered a classic, this book’s story is one of friendship, loyalty, and difficult choices. An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    For learners of English, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an adaptation of a Mark Twain classic. Part of the Ladder Series, at one thousand headwords, this title is appropriate for low-intermediate to intermediate learners. Considered one of the great American novels, this book is about the mischievous hero Tom Sawyer and his adventures with family and friends in the American South, circa the late 1800s. Tom is an iconic figure in American literature and one that students and teachers alike will enjoy. An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    The Autobiography of Mark Twain

    For learners of English, The Autobiography of Mark Twain is an adaptation of Twain’s autobiography. Part of the Ladder Series, this title has approximately three thousand headwords and is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners. Twain, who lived in the United States in the nineteenth century, is the author of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which are also available from the Office of English Language Programs. In this volume, Twain recounts colorful anecdotes from his long life. An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A.
    Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A.

    For learners of English, Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A. is an introductory cultural text about American holidays and the ways in which they are commemorated. A longtime favorite among foreign audiences, this volume has been fully updated and re-released in a richly illustrated second edition. Each chapter includes historical background notes and a glossary of key terms. This text is suggested for intermediate to advanced English learners.
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  • Design for Drama
    Design for Drama

    For learners of English, Design for Drama features a number of plays that are adapted from well-known American short stories and poems. The stories represented are “The Marriages” by Henry James, “The Furnished Room” by O. Henry, “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, “A Horseman in the Sky” by Ambrose Bierce, and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Design for Drama is recommended for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English.
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  • Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller
    Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller

    For learners of English, Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller contains seven popular Poe stories: “The Mask of the Red Death,” “The Story of William Wilson,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Black Cat,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” The stories, slightly adapted, are introduced by a section on Poe’s life and work. Drawings, photographs, glossary notes, and exercises are included in each unit. This text is suitable for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English. An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories
    The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories

    For learners of English, The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories is a collection of fifteen popular stories by O. Henry, adapted for English language learners. This volume contains approximately one thousand headwords and is appropriate for lower- to upper-intermediate level students. In addition to “The Gift of the Magi,” other popular stories such as “The Last Leaf” and “The Furnished Room” are included, many of which contain the surprise endings for which O. Henry is famous. An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • In the Loop
    In the Loop

    For learners of English, In The Loop is a reference guide to American English idioms. It will not only help students learn the meaning of American idioms, but also give them an understanding of the history, culture, values, and beliefs these idioms reflect. In addition to the idioms themselves, the book contains lists of idioms by theme, some ready-to-use classroom activities, and an index that identifies the original listing and any cross-references to the idiom.
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  • Raggedy Ann Stories
    Raggedy Ann Stories

    For learners of English, Raggedy Ann Stories, abridged and adapted from the original, contains 13 short stories about the classic rag doll and her friends. The text is accompanied by the original illustrations, a picture glossary, and questions to aid comprehension. The language has been simplified for high-beginning level English language learners (with vocabulary at the first 1000-word level) and is appropriate for young learners.
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  • The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories
    The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories

    For learners of English, The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories is an adaptation of Stephen Crane classics. Part of the Ladder Series, at two thousand headwords, this title is appropriate for intermediate learners. Praised by literary critics and Civil War veterans at the time of its publication in 1896, The Red Badge of Courage stands out among stories of war. Other stories included in the book are “The Open Boat,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” and “The Blue Hotel.” An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • To Build a Fire and Other Stories
    To Build a Fire and Other Stories

    For learners of English, To Build a Fire and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Jack London, adapted for English language learners. Part of the Ladder Series with approximately two thousand headwords, this title is appropriate for intermediate-level learners. A participant in the gold rush of the 1880s, London wrote stories that reflected his adventurous nature. His spirited tales, often set in extreme locations or situations, are entertaining and enjoyable. This volume includes such perennial favorites as “The Law of Life” and “The Wit of Porportuk.” An audio book version is available at http://americanenglish.state.gov.
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  • Developing Writing
    Developing Writing

    For teachers of English, Developing Writing is a reading and writing skills text designed for beginning to intermediate learners of English. Each of the twenty chapters in this book is introduced by a reading selection that incorporates the lesson’s model structures, mechanics, and grammar points. Each reading in Developing Writing focuses on some aspect of American or world culture. Each reading passage is followed by composition, vocabulary, and spelling activities. An irregular verb list, grammar rule index, and answer key are also included.
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  • The Children’s Response
    The Children’s Response

    For teachers of English, The Children’s Response is based on Asher’s Total Physical Response (TPR) method. TPR takes into account that people learn best when they are actively involved and understand the language they hear. This is especially true of children, who have shorter attention spans. Each lesson in the text provides practice with specific grammatical patterns that are troublesome for young learners of English. These structures are introduced through TPR activities to give young learners a measure of control over form and function.
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  • Creative Classroom Activities
    Creative Classroom Activities

    For teachers of English, Creative Classroom Activities is the second of a two-volume anthology of articles published between 1989 and 1993 in English Teaching Forum. This text is practical in nature, focusing on teaching techniques and classroom materials developed by teachers around the world. The articles are divided into the following categories: Activating Communication, Developing Materials, Teaching Reading, Teaching Writing, and Teaching Literature. This text is intended for in-service and pre-service teachers, and teacher trainers in public and private institutions.
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  • Shaping the Way We Teach English: Success Practices Around the World
    Shaping the Way We Teach English: Success Practices Around the World

    For teachers of English, Shaping the Way We Teach English is a teacher training course consisting of fourteen video-based modules with a supporting training manual and supplementary resources. At the heart of each module is a ten- to fifteen-minute video segment with examples from classrooms and educators around the world. Each module also has corresponding readings and support materials that can be printed and copied. Some of these examples are from primary level classes, while others are from secondary and post-secondary level classes.
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Environment, Science, Technology & Health

  • Climate Action Goes Local
    Climate Action Goes Local

    This issue of eJournal USA examines what it means to think globally about climate change — and to act locally.
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  • Global Water Issues
    Global Water Issues

    This book demonstrates the United States’ commitment to the challenging issue of water security and the unrelenting pursuit of effective solutions. As water becomes a scarce commodity, our success depends on mutual dialogue, cooperation and discipline in conserving this precious resource.
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  • Go Wild! Coming Together for Conservation
    Go Wild! Coming Together for Conservation

    Every year, thousands of animal species go extinct. Animals that once roamed the Earth in abundance are permanently disappearing from our planet at a heart-stopping rate. This issue of eJournal USA explores the increasing threats facing wildlife and the individuals and organizations coming together to conserve them.
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  • Growing Up Green
    Growing Up Green

    Youth are leading the way to a sustainable future by creating innovative solutions to global problems. Read about some of their amazing accomplishments and ambitious plans for the future in this issue of eJournal USA.
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  • Science: The New Frontier
    Science: The New Frontier

    This issue of eJournal USA explores how science is conducted in the 21st century: How the Internet and other technologies are helping shape both the questions pursued by scientists and the ways in which scientists interact and share new knowledge.
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Peace & Security

  • Ethical and Effective Policing
    Ethical and Effective Policing

    This issue of eJournal USA examines the ways in which citizens and police strive to sustain the social contract.
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  • Global Generation: The Model UN Experience
    Global Generation: The Model UN Experience

    Model United Nations (Model UN) — a simulation where students role-play UN delegates — is more than just an after-school activity. It is an opportunity to change the world. This issue of eJournal USA explores how young people all over the world are becoming model global citizens through participation in Model UN.
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  • Create to Communicate: Art Activities for the EFL Classroom

    For teachers of English, Create to Communicate: Art Activities for the EFL Classroom is ideal for teachers who want to reap the benefits that the visual arts provide, but are unsure of where or how to begin. By providing language objectives matched with art ideas and guidelines, this book seeks to use the arts as a tool to build and strengthen English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and develop the confidence students need to take risks and explore within a new language.  

  • Activate: Games for Learning American English (Teacher’s Manual and Games)

    For teachers and learners of English, Activate: Games for Learning American English is a portable kit that includes language learning board games, playing cards, and other gaming resources that teachers can easily reproduce. Great for teaching or conversation starters, only one set is needed per class or American corners! A manual with teaching ideas is included.