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Language Institute

Innovative materials for language learners and language teachers, specializing in:

  • •TPR
  • •TPR Storytelling
  • •Visually-Oriented Teacher Resources

Newest Items

Les Yeux de Carmen - Audio Book on CD
Now available as an audio book on CD; this novella is for 3rd year high school students. A 16 year-old American boy wants to enter a photography contest. He goes to French Guyana to visit his aunt's family. While there, he must deal with various culturally challenging situations. On a day trip he meets Carmen, a girl with exceptional eyes. He wants to photograph her, especially because he thinks he can win a contest with a photo of her, but…

CD version of Les Yeux de Carmen, entire text read aloud by native speakers with space to repeat out loud after each sentence.

Don Quijote, el último caballero - Paperback Book
Don Quijote, el último caballero is an amusing, ironic and — at the same time — tragic story. Don Quijote is an ordinary Spaniard with an extraordinary imagination who believes that he must achieve great feats to honor a lady. He falls in love with a waitress that he considers to be the ideal lady. He and his companion Sancho Panza have adventures in which Don Quijote is always mistaken about what he finds along the way while Sancho sees what is really there. The story is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, published in the 17th century. Many consider it to be the best book of fiction ever written.

For intermediate and advanced beginners of Spanish with a vocabulary of fewer than 200 different Spanish words for a 1,400-word story in the present tense and the same story also in the past tense. It is repetitive and simple and uses many cognates to make the story comprehensible to adults and children. The stories are intentionally written to be acted out in a class, but also to serve as independent reading in either the present or the past tense.

Presque mort - Audio Book on CD
Now available as an audio book on CD; the third novel in the easiest series of French novels in ex­istence—for 1st or 2nd year students—with a vo­cabulary of only 400 words. An engaging story, with a taste of romance, about an American girl who goes to high school in Brittany and two French boys, a nice one and a mean one. The mean one turns nice. Eight short chapters. Short and sweet!

More Live Action English INTERACTIVE - TPR on a Computer!
Ten more dynamic units like those in Live Action English INTERACTIVE, the most effective and popular low-level ESL computer program (or EFL, ELD, ELL, ELT, TESOL or ESOL). Based on the classic TPR (Total Physical Response) text Live Action English by Romijn and Seely. Practical vocabulary in context through videos in 10 action sequences. The new topics are: At the Laundromat, Taking a Hike, Job Safety, Ice Cream and TV, Yard Work, Making an Omelet, Doctor’s Visit, Going Swimming, Call the Landlord and A Party! Innovative, engaging interactive TPR exercises. Verb form practice in context in the 4 basic tenses: past, present, present progressive, future. Dictations, help, more. Low beginning through low intermediate. Grades 3-12, college, adult levels. All on one DVD for Windows and Macintosh.

Le Voyage perdu - Audio Book on CD
Now available as an audio book on CD; the third in a series of four easy novellas for 2nd- and 3rd year high school students. American college students Craig and Buzz go on a Caribbean cruise. While in Martinique, they miss the boat to the next island and then their money is stolen. The solution to their dilemma involves a gorgeous Martinican girl, her exotic grandmother and various aspects of Martinican culture.

He Almost Dies
An easy novella for 1st- or 2nd-year students of English. An engaging story, with a taste of romance, about a 16- year-old American girl who goes to high school in Chile for three months. Early in her stay she has an encounter with a boy whose life is in danger and with another one who is mean and nasty. Before she goes home to California, there is another highly charged incident in which both boys are involved. Can the mean one change? Short and captivating!

Poor Ana Danced the Tango
Ana, the main character in this story, is the same one as in Poor Ana, the first novella in this series. After her trip to Mexico, Ana changed a great deal and she wanted to go to other countries. In this story the school gives her the opportunity to travel again, this time to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has two main goals — to keep improving her Spanish and to learn to dance the tango. Ana realizes that dancing the tango is an art and she has a lot to learn. In the process, she makes friends, buys special tango shoes, meets a very handsome tango teacher and, most importantly, learns about Argentine culture.

Detective Friends
Alberto and Pedro are good friends. They are ten years old, they live in Bolivia and they are classmates. Both of their fathers are famous scientists. Like his father, Pedro is fascinated with science. Alberto, on the other hand, is an artist. He draws every animal that he sees amazingly well. One day, while he and Pedro are seeking “adventures” along the shore of Lake Titicaca, they notice a mysterious man behaving strangely. Combining their scien- tific and artistic talents, the two friends begin to try to solve a mystery fraught with mischief, danger and wild animals.

Friendship Matters
Larissa Silva is a 13-year-old girl who lives in Natal, the beautiful cap- ital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte on the northeastern coast of Brazil. She is very shy and has few friends. During her school vacation in January, she goes with her family to Pirangi, a beach not far to the south. There she meets a girl named Tereza and they become friends.
Larissa has a special interest in unusual facts. Before the summer is over Larissa, Tereza and Larissa’s best friend from school get together to do an exciting project which brings about surprising results. In the process, Larissa learns important lessons about friendship and her life changes.

Life or Death in Cusco
High school senior Elena García is vacationing in Cusco, Peru, with her mother. Everything that Elena experi- ences bugs her—the food, the people, the clothing, the altitude... She would rather have stayed home in Colorado. She is just starting to get interested in some things when her mother has an accident and suddenly Elena has to deal with the aftermath. The experi- ences that follow have a transforma- tive effect on Elena.

French QuestionWord Posters
Keep the conversation clear and flowing with these 10 awesomely amusing and effective memory aids in full color. Great to use any time. Each is 9.75" x 13" inches and laminated to last.

Shéi hǎokàn?
Little or no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed to read this book and to begin to acquire the language.

Berto and His Good Ideas
Berto is an 11 year-old boy who lives in Madrid, Spain. His best friend is Paquita. Poor Berto has one big problem. He does not like school. He does not like to study. He does not like to do homework. Besides, his teachers are really strange..

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