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Words Without Borders Campus

Language and literature educators interested in incorporating contemporary international writing into their curriculum may want to check out Words Without Borders Campus. This resource "connects students and educators to eye-opening contemporary literature from across the globe," and aims to "create a virtual learning space without borders, fostering meaningful cross-cultural understandings and inspiring a lifelong interest in international literature." Here, visitors will find stories, essays, and poems translated into English, originating from countries like Mexico, China, and Egypt. Most of the literature is drawn from the digital magazine Words Without Borders (last featured in the 7-12-2019 Scout Report). Under Find Literature, this project's resources are organized by country, genre, and theme, with Jump To buttons leading to an essay introducing and contextualizing each country's contemporary literature. In addition to an English translation, each piece of literature includes vocabulary definitions, an author's bio, contextual information such as recordings of pronunciations in its original language, and a "playlist" of related readings. Visitors who are logged in (after registering for a free account) can also access Teaching Ideas for each piece, which include suggestions for ways to foster students' engagement with the reading, potential assignments, and relevant educational standards.
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