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    Introduction and Background Information on the Project This template is the third component of the project “Development of Integrated Four-Skill Workbooks in Russian for Students Studying toward Distinguished-Level Foreign Language Proficiency, with a Generic Template for Other Languages.” The major purpose of the project is to develop replicable materials in socio-cultural, and sociolinguistic aspects of communicative competence for students at ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior) proficiency trying to attain ILR Level 4 (ACTFL Distinguished) proficiency. The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Education given to the Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers (CDLC) in June 2006. The CDLC was founded in October 2002 for the purpose of providing support to universities, institutions, and schools with programs that teach foreign languages to the near-native level as well as to individuals learning to those levels. The CDLC is currently located in Washington, DC. It serves as an umbrella organization providing resources and recognition for its members, as well as for institutions wishing to develop distinguished language centers. Indirectly through its affiliates and directly through its various services, the CDLC seeks to foster collaboration among those experienced in teaching at/to ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior) and ILR Level 4 (ACTFL Distinguished) foreign language proficiency. It does so in order to improve the current status of teaching foreign languages to high levels of proficiency in the United States. . The CDLC serves affiliated institutions in the following and planned ways:

    • Publishing a semi-annual journal (Journal for Distinguished Language Studies) and books devoted to theory, research, and practice;

    • Organizing and conducting an Annual Conference;

    • Coordinating a comprehensive research project to define ILR Level 4 (ACTFL Distinguished) proficiency and to determine best practices in teaching/acquiring that level;


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