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  • African Language Classroom Instructional Guide

    Description:

    MSU’s Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) offers a tutorial guide written for teachers of African languages. The African Language Tutorial Guide acts as support material for native speakers of African languages who may or may not have a language teaching background, as well as for trained African language teachers. The guide offers three different groupings of lesson plans: basic language-learning lesson plans for beginners, task-based lessons, and cultural-based modules. The guide also has ideas for integrating structure into a communication-based classroom with sections on teaching vocabulary, integrating grammar, and understanding the sound system. There is also a video to be used as a training tool for new language teachers who may not be familiar with the language teaching activities found in the guide.

  • African Language Materials Archive (ALMA)

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    Online: http://alma.matrix.msu.edu/

    Description:

    The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.

    The ALMA site, hosted by MATRIX, contains African language video recordings, documentary video, translation work, and bibliographies. African Immigrant Voices Project, one of several AMLA treasures available through the new website, captures the plight and the lives of African diaspora emigrés. This project features a dozen interviews in nine African languages.

  • African Studies Center

    Location:

    100 International Center,, 427 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    MSU's African Studies Center is a multi-disciplinary academic unit that develops and disseminates knowledge relevant to understanding the African continent. It provides language instruction in an average of 12 African languages per year; disseminates information to the public that is clear and contextualized around the social, political, and economic dynamics of the African continent; works with local community organizations that have an African focus; and creates new knowledge through its support of research, print publications, and digital media presentations. Its consistent priority is to bring into being the next generation of African experts, be they academicians, policy makers, or applied practitioners, on the continent of Africa itself.

  • Exploring Africa K-12 Curriculum

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    Description:

    Exploring Africa is an educational web-based curriculum and resource site developed for use in a classroom setting. Materials developed for Exploring Africa fulfill social studies and humanities national- and state-level standards and benchmarks for global education and the study of Africa. Exploring Africa includes:

    • A five-unit (25-module) comprehensive interactive curriculum that focuses on Africa through the social sciences and humanities.
    • Separate teacher and student pages.
    • A current events page with a new feature story developed each month.
    • Printable resources.
    • Country fact sheets.
    • Links to African newspapers and radio stations.
    • Links to quality Africa-related websites.
  • H-AfrTeach- Online Forum for Teaching About Africa

    Description:

    H-AfrTeach is a discussion list that has as its mission to provide a stimulating forum for considering the possibilities and challenges in teaching about Africa. Resources include: Discussion Logs; Book Reviews; Course Syllabi; Links; Articles; Images; Lessons; and more.

  • MSU Press and the African Books Collective Partnership

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    MSU Press: Suite 25, Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU Press and the African Books Collective have formed a partnership designed to raise the profile of African-published books and disseminate them more widely in North America. The African Books Collective is a non-profit, Oxford-based distribution outlet for more than 70 African publishers. Its mission is to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture. January 1, 2003, MSU Press began to market and distribute a number of African-published books in North America.

  • South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web Site

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    MSU's MATRIX and the African Studies Center have collaborated to create the South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web site. Through videos, images, and documents, it presents first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this story.

    In particular, the Web site offers materials for educators. The activities are designed for students to critically engage with Overcoming Apartheid's unique multimedia materials in order to learn about white supremacy in South Africa and the popular struggle for freedom and equality. The exercises are aimed at high school students, but can be used or easily adapted in undergraduate courses.

    Worksheets for analyzing historical documents, interviews, and images found on this site are provided. In the supplemental resources area on the left, teachers can find a list of maps, recommended books for further reading, as well as films, videos, and useful websites.

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