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The UCLA Language Materials Project (LMP) http://www.lmp.ucla.edu maintains a web resource about teaching materials for some 150 languages that are less commonly taught in the United States. The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, was created in 1992. It is part of the UCLA Center for World Languages. The main elements of the resource are described below.


Bibliographic Database of Teaching Materials

The website provides full bibliographic information for over 7000 items, including textbooks, readers, phrasebooks, grammars, dictionaries, and supplementary materials that are distributed in print, audio, video, web and computerized instruction formats. It offers detailed descriptions of the content and other features of each material, to help users find the most appropriate tools for their individual teaching and learning needs. Items can be located quickly through menus displayed at the top of each webpage, or through an advanced search. The LMP does not sell the materials listed in the database, but does provide information on retailers and distributors where the materials can be obtained.

Database and Guide to Authentic Materials

The website also provides citations of about 1000 Authentic Materials, language materials originally intended for native speakers rather than second-language learners. Because such items reflect current culture and actual language usage, they are much valued as teaching tools. The database presents native-language posters, signs, advertisements, product labels, games, maps, schedules, and brochures that can be downloaded for free from the LMP website. There are also links to selected external websites that offer native-language audio, video, and print resources. The Authentic Materials page provides a guide to using those materials in the classroom, including sample lesson plans.

Language Profiles

Each LMP language has its own webpage, providing a language profile, a direct link to the LMP citations for that language, and links to relevant external websites for teachers and students of the language. The profile provides a map, a description of key dialects, grammatical features, relationship to other languages, a linguistic history, and sociolinguistic information.

Materials Reports

These reports provide a numeric summary of the categories of materials cited for each language in the database. They are used by publishers and policy makers to assess the U.S. availability of teaching materials for a given language.

CARLA Database

A direct link to the University of Minnesota's database of the courses in less commonly taught languages offered by over 2000 schools, colleges and other programs in the U.S. and Canada. CARLA stands for Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.

CAL Database

An additional database of teaching materials for less commonly taught languages, produced by the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, and hosted by the LMP. It offers brief summaries of materials for languages beyond the 150 in the LMP database.

Links for language teachers

The LMP website offers selected links to language resource centers, professional language teachers’ associations, scholarly publications, and distributors of language-teaching materials.

K-12 language-teaching resources

Materials and methodology for teaching less commonly taught languages in Kindergarten through 12th grade are being added to the LMP website during the years 2006-2009.

The languages covered on the LMP website

Afrikaans; Albanian; Amharic, Algerian Arabic; Armenian; Assamese; Azerbaijani; Balochi; Bambara; Bashkir; Basque; Belarusian; Bengali; Berber; Bhojpuri; Bosnian; Brahui; Bulgarian; Buryat; Burmese; Cantonese; Catalan; Chadian Arabic; Chechen; Cherokee; Chewa; Cree; Croatian; Czech; Danish; Dari; Dutch; Egyptian Arabic; Estonian; Ewe; Finnish; Fula; Georgian; Gujarati; Haitian Creole; Hausa; Hawaiian; Hebrew; Hindi; Hmong; Hungarian; Icelandic; Igbo; Ilocano; Indonesian; Inuktitut; Iraqi Arabic; Irish; Italian; Japanese; Javanese; Jordanian Arabic; Kannada; Kashmiri; Kazakh; Khmer; Korean; Kurdish; Kuwaiti Arabic; Kyrgyz; Lakota; Laotian; Latvian; Lebanese Arabic; Libyan Arabic; Lingala; Lithuanian; Luo; Macedonian; Maithili; Malagasy; Malay; Malayalam; Maltese; Mandarin; Maori; Marathi; Mauritanian Arabic; Mende; Modern Greek; Modern Standard Arabic; Mongolian; Moroccan Arabic; Navajo; Nepali; Norwegian; Nyanja; Ojibwe; Oriya; Oromo; Palestinian Arabic; Pashto; Persian; Polish; Portuguese; Punjabi; Quechua; Romanian; Russian; Samoan; Saudi Arabic; Serbian; Serbo-Croatian; Shona; Sindhi; Sinhala; Slovak; Slovenian; Somali; Sesotho; Sudanese Arabic; Swahili; Swedish; Syrian Arabic; Tagalog; Tajik; Tamil; Tatar; Telugu; Thai; Tibetan; Tigrinya; Tswana; Tunisian Arabic; Turkish; Turkmen; Twi; Uighur; Ukrainian; Urdu; Uzbek; Vietnamese; Warlpiri; Welsh; Wolof; Xhosa; Yakut; Yemeni Arabic; Yiddish; Yoruba; Zulu Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ... Algerian Arabic is the dialect or dialects of Arabic native to Algeria. ... Assamese ( ) (IPA: ) is a language spoken in the state of Assam in northeast India. ... Balochi (also Baluchi, Baloci or Baluci) is a Southeastern Iranian language. ... Bambara, also known as Bamanankan in the language itself, is a language spoken in Mali by as many as six million people (including second language users). ... The Bashkir language is a Turkic language, a member of the Kyphchak group of languages. ... Basque (native name: Euskara) is the language spoken by the Basque people who inhabit the Pyrenees in North-Central Spain and the adjoining region of South-Western France. ... Bengali or Bangla (বাংলা, IPA: ) is an Indo-Aryan language of the eastern Indian subcontinent, evolved from Prakrit, Pāli and Sanskrit. ... The Berber languages (or Tamazight) are a group of closely related languages mainly spoken in Morocco and Algeria. ... Bhojpuri is a popular regional language spoken in northeastern India in the western part of state of Bihar, the northwestern part of Jharkhand, and the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh, as well as an adjoining area of southern plains of Nepal. ... The Brahui language is mainly spoken in Balochistan, Pakistan, although also in Afghanistan and Iran. ... The Buryat language is a Mongolic language spoken by the Buryats. ... Cantonese is a major dialect group or language of the Chinese language, a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. ... Catalan IPA: (català IPA: or []) is a Romance language, the national language of Andorra and one of several co-official languages in the Spanish autonomous communities of Balearic Islands, Valencia (under the name Valencian), and Catalonia. ... The Chechen language has about 1,200,000 speakers, most of whom live in Russia. ... Cherokee (Cherokee: Tsalagi) is an Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee people. ... Chichewa (Chicheŵa in Malawian English) is one of the two official national languages of the Republic of Malawi, the other being English. ... Cree is the name for a group of closely-related Algonquian languages spoken by approximately 50,000 speakers across Canada, from Alberta to Labrador. ... Dari is a term used to denote one of several closely related Persian dialects spoken in what used to be Greater Khorasan: The official name for the Persian language in Afghanistan; see Dari (Afghanistan) One name used by Zoroastrians (the others being Gabri and Yazdi) to refer to the Northwestern... Egyptian Arabic (MarÄ«, مصري) is part of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family, descended mainly from a medieval dialect of Arabic. ... Ewe is a Kwa language spoken in Ghana and Togo by approximately three million people (Capo 1991). ... The Fula language is a language of West Africa, spoken by the Fula people from Senegal to Cameroon and Sudan. ... is an Indo-Aryan language, part of the greater Indo-European language family. ... Haitian Creole (Kreyòl ayisyen) is a creole language based on the French language. ... Hausa is the Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 24 million people, and as a second language by about 15 million more. ... The Hawaiian language is an Austronesian language that takes its name from that of the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed. ... The word Hebrew most likely means to cross over, referring to the Semitic people crossing over the Euphrates River. ... Hindi (Devanagari: हिन्दी or हिंदी; IPA: ), an Indo-European language spoken mainly in northern and central India, is one of the official languages of the Union government of India [1][2]. It is part of a dialect continuum of the Indic family, bounded on the northwest and west by Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu... |familycolor=Hmong-Mien |states=Sichuan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and USA. |speakers=over 4 million[1] |fam1=Hmong-Mien |iso2=hmn| |lc1=hmn|ld1=Hmong (generic)|ll1=none |lc2=mww|ld2=Hmong Daw (Laos, China)|ll2=none |lc3=hmv|ld3=Hmong Do (Vietnam)|ll3=none |lc4=hmf|ld4=Hmong Don (Vietnam... Igbo is a language spoken in Nigeria by around 18 million people (1999 WA), the Igbo, especially in the southeastern region once identified as Biafra. ... Ilocano, also Iloko and Ilokano, refers to the language and culture associated with the Ilocano people, the third largest ethnic group in the Philippines. ... Note: This page contains phonetic information presented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using Unicode. ... Iraqi Arabic is a dialect of Arabic used in Iraq. ... The Javanese language is the spoken language of the people in the central and eastern part of the island of Java, in Indonesia. ... Kannada - aptly described as sirigannada (known to few as Kanarese) is one of the oldest Dravidian languages and is spoken in its various dialects by roughly 45 million people. ... For other uses, see Kashmiri (disambiguation) Kashmiri (, also , Kashmiri: ) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken primarily in valley of Kashmir, a South Asian region now split between India and Pakistan. ... Kazakh, also Kazak, Qazaq, Khazakh, Kosach, and Kaisak (Қазақ тілі in Cyrillic, Qazaq tili in the Latin alphabet, and قازاق تءىلءي in the Arabic alphabet) is a Western Turkic language closely related to Kyrgyz, Nogai and Karakalpak. ... Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ) is one of the main Austroasiatic languages. ... The Kurdish language is an Iranian language spoken in the region called Kurdistan, including Kurdish populations in parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. ... Kyrgyz or Kirghiz (Кыргыз тили) is a Northwestern Turkic language, and, together with Russian, an official language of Kyrgyzstan. ... Lakota (also Lakhota, Teton, Teton Sioux) is the largest of the three languages of the Sioux, of the Siouan family. ... Lao (ພາສາລາວ phaasaa laao) is the official language of Laos. ... Lebanese or Lebanese Arabic is the colloquial form of Arabic spoken in Lebanon. ... Libyan Arabic is Arabic as spoken in Libya. ... Lingala is one of the Bantu languages spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) and a large part of the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), as well as to some degree in Angola and the Central African Republic. ... The Lwo (also Lwoo or Luo) are a family of linguistically-related ethnic groups (tribes) which live in an area that stretches from the south of Sudan, through Northern Uganda and Eastern Congo (DRC), into Western Kenya, and ending in the upper tip of Tanzania. ... Maithili is of the family of Indo-Aryan languages, which are part of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. ... The Malay language, also known locally as Bahasa Melayu, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people who reside in the Malay Peninsula, southern Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. ... Malayalam (മലയാളം ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... Mandarin (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally speech of officials), or Beifanghua (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally Northern Dialect(s)), is a category of related Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. ... Māori (or Maori) is a language spoken by the native peoples of New Zealand and the Cook Islands. ... Marathi is one of the widely spoken languages of India, and has a long literary history. ... The Mende language is a major language of Sierra Leone, with some speakers in neighboring Liberia. ... Main article: Greek language Modern Greek (Νέα Ελληνικά or Νεοελληνική, lit. ... Modern Standard Arabic is the form of Arabic currently used in Arabic books, newspapers and nearly all written media. ... Moroccan Arabic, also known as Darija, is the language spoken in the Arabic-speaking areas of Morocco, as opposed to the official communications of governmental and other public bodies which use Modern Standard Arabic, as is the case in most Arabic-speaking countries, while a mixture of French and Moroccan... Reading Adahooniigii — The Navajo Language Monthly Navajo or Navaho (native name: Diné bizaad) is an Athabaskan language (of Na-Dené stock) spoken in the southwest United States by the Navajo people (Diné). It is geographically and linguistically one of the Southern Athabaskan languages (the majority of Athabaskan languages are spoken... Nepali (Khaskura) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in Nepal, Bhutan, and some parts of India and Myanmar (Burma). ... Chichewa (Chicheŵa in Malawian English) is one of the two official national languages of the Republic of Malawi, the other being English. ... Ojibwe, Ojibwa, Chippewa or Anishinaabemowin in Eastern Ojibwe syllabics) is the third most commonly spoken Native language in Canada (after Cree and Inuktitut), and the fourth most spoken in North America (behind Navajo, Cree, and Inuktitut). ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Oromo language, also known as Afaan Oromo or Oromifaa, is an Afro-Asiatic language, and the most widely spoken of the Cushitic sub-phylum. ... Palestinian Arabic is a Levantine Arabic dialect subgroup. ... Pashto (پښتو; also known as Afghan, Pushto, Pashto, Pashtoe, Pashtu, and Pukhto) is the language spoken by the ethnic Afghan otherwise known as the Pashtun people who inhabit Afghanistan and the Western provinces of Pakistan. ... Persian (local name: FārsÄ« or PārsÄ« ) is an Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan as well as by minorities in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Southern Russia, neighboring countries, and elsewhere. ... Punjabi (also Panjabi; in GurmukhÄ«, PanjābÄ« in ShāhmukhÄ«) is the language of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. ... Quechua Quechua (Runa Simi; Kichwa in Ecuador) is a Native American language of South America. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... Serbian (српски језик; srpski jezik) is one of the standard versions of the Shtokavian dialect, used primarily in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and by Serbs everywhere. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shona (or ChiShona) is a native language of Zimbabwe; the term is also used to identify those Kintu speaking peoples in Southern Africa who speak one of the Shona languages. ... SindhÄ« (सिन्धी, سنڌي) is the language of the Sindh region of South Asia, which is now a province of Pakistan. ... Sinhala language Sinhala alphabet Sinhala people Sinhala place-names Sinhala Place Names, see Sinhala place-names Category: ... Sesotho is a language spoken in southern Africa. ... Sudan is the melting pot for African and Arabian cultures. ... Swahili (also called Kiswahili; see Kiswahili for a discussion of the nomenclature) is an agglutinative Bantu language widely spoken in East Africa. ... Syrian Arabic is the variety of Arabic spoken in Syria, classified as a Levantine dialect. ... Tagalog (pronunciation: ) is one of the major languages of the Republic of the Philippines. ... Tajik or Tadjik (тоҷикӣ, تاجیکی, tojikí) is a descendant of the Persian language spoken in Central Asia. ... Tamil (Thamizh) is a classical language of the Dravidian language family. ... The Tatar language (Tatar tele, Tatarça, Татар теле, Татарча) is a Turkic language spoken by the Tatars. ... Telugu (తెలుగు) is a Dravidian language in origin, primarily spoken in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where it is the official language. ... The Tibetan language is spoken primarily by the Tibetan people who live across a wide area of eastern Central Asia bordering South Asia, as well as by large number of Tibetan refugees all over the world. ... Tigrigna (or ትግሪኛ) is a Semitic language spoken in Eritrea, where it is the official language, and in parts of Ethiopia and Israel. ... Tswana, also known as Setswana, is a Bantu language. ... Tunisian Arabic is a Maghrebi dialect of the Arabic language, spoken by some 9 million people. ... Twi (pronounced chwee ) is a language spoken in Ghana by about 7 million people. ... Uyghur (in Uyghur: ئۇغۇرچه Uyƣurqə or ئۇغۇر تىلى Uyƣur tili; in Chinese: 维吾尔语 Wéiwúěryǔ) is a Turkic language spoken by the Uyghur people in Xinjiang... (اردو), historically spelled Ordu, is an Indo-Aryan language of the Indo-Iranian branch, belonging to Indo-European family of languages. ... The Warlpiri language is spoken by about 3000 of the Warlpiri people in Australias Northern Territory. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, and it is the native language of the ethnic group of the Wolof people. ... Xhosa (IPA: ) is one of the official languages of South Africa. ... The Yakut language, or Sakha, is a Turkic language with around 363,000 speakers that is spoken in the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation. ... Yemeni Arabic is the variety of Arabic spoken in Yemen. ... Yiddish (ייִדיש, Jiddisch) is a Germanic language spoken by about four million Jews throughout the world. ... Yoruba (native name ede Yorùbá, the Yoruba language) is a dialect continuum of West Africa with over 22 million speakers. ... Zulu (isiZulu in Zulu), is a language of the Zulu people with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. ...

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