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Accuracy refers to the ability to produce grammatically correct sentences that are comprehensible.

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Achievement Assessments

Assessment instruments or procedures based on the objectives of a course, used to determine how much of the course content students have learned.

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Picking up a language through meaningful conversation the way children pick up languages. Acquisition will occur when a learner is exposed to meaningful, comprehensible input.

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Things that you hope will be done or achieved during an activity or lesson.

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Analytic Rubrics

A common and valid method of assessing second language writing or speaking. They can be very useful for grading and providing focused feedback.

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A set of principles about teaching including views on method, syllabus, and a philosophy of language and learning. Approaches have theoretical backing with practical applications.
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English language has both indefinite (a/an) and one definite (the) articles. Articles are one of the first parts of speech introduced to learners, but one of the last to be acquired. The evidence suggests that articles cannot be taught, but are acquired over a long period of time.

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A natural process in connected speech whereby sounds (i.e. phonemes) change or blend together based on the preceding or following sound. This change is made naturally by native speakers to facilitate pronunciation.

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Connecting ideas and concepts together as they relate to certain experiences. Association can help students remember new vocabulary by connecting new words to words with similar meanings or by helping students make their own personal connections.

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Asynchronous Online Learning

Online lessons that do not require students to be online at any particular time. These classes are often pre-developed courses consisting of content or modules that students work through without the real-time assistance of an instructor.

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