New e-learning resource for teaching in English

Freitag, 15. September 2017 | Autor/in:

The English Medium Instruction (EMI) team has launched a new e-learning resource dedicated to writing skills for teaching in English. The resource addresses five topics:  teaching statements, catchy course descriptions, transparent syllabi, handouts/exercise sheets, and written feedback for students. Target groups are those new to teaching in English as well as more experienced teachers seeking feedback on existing materials in English.

Each topic contains a mix of video tutorials, review questions, and language handouts. The course page allows participants to electronically submit samples of new or existing pieces of teaching-related writing and receive feedback on clarity and language accuracy. Use this opportunity to fine-tune teaching-related writing skills before the upcoming winter term.

Figure: Course home page

In addition, six e-modules for teaching in English are available as autonomous e-learning resources. Each module aims to raise awareness of and impart communicative strategies for language use in the multilingual, multicultural classroom. The e-modules contain video tutorials, authentic clips of teaching in English with embedded questions, and extra resources (language handouts, self-study templates to reflect, links to pertinent articles/videos).

Beyond these e-learning resources, teachers can also receive feedback on language use in their English-taught classes or attend one of our workshops. To find out more, simply visit our website or contact us at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de or 203-8962.

Good luck for winter semester 2017/18
The EMI team

 

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E-learning resources for teaching in English

Montag, 15. Mai 2017 | Autor/in:

The English Medium Instruction (EMI) team has revised its e-modules for teaching in English. Each of the six modules below contains video tutorials, authentic clips of teaching in English with embedded questions, and extra resources (language handouts, self-study templates to reflect, links to pertinent articles/videos).

Teaching in English – Macro-factors for lecturing

This e-module address lecture design factors such as structure and SMART learning objectives to reduce students’ cognitive load when learning content in a foreign language.

Teaching in English – Micro-factors for lecturing

This e-module addresses micro-level linguistic features such as signposts and clear questions to help students better follow your line of thought.

Teaching in English – Initiate student input

This e-module addresses activation methods in English-taught classes. The resources focus on guiding questions and practical tips for planning methods in the international classroom as well as specific steps and language to set up in-class tasks.

Teaching in English – Respond to and integrate student input

This e-module addresses student interaction in English-taught classes with a multilingual, multicultural class. The resources focus on strategies for handling student input, giving brief feedback, integrating large classes, and handling instances of clarification.

Teaching in English – Prosody to enhance meaning and effect

This e-module looks at the notion of “it’s not what you say but HOW you say it”. The resources focus on emphasis, pausing, and intonation and how these prosodic features can enhance meaning and effect.

Do you speak Denglish or English?

You speak English quite well but there is the occasional raised eyebrow in the class. The module addresses some typical errors German speakers make in English with particular focus on vocabulary (false friends), pronunciation, and idiomatic language.

The e-modules have been designed as autonomous learning resources. Beyond these e-modules, teachers can also receive feedback on language use in their English-taught classes or attend one of our workshops. To find out more, simply visit our website or contact us at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de or 203-8962.

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Kursangebote für Lehrende im Wintersemester 2016/2017

Mittwoch, 21. September 2016 | Autor/in: , , und 

Lesetipp_SemesterprogrammSoSe15Sie möchten Module reflektieren und weiterentwickeln, Ihre Methodenrepertoire erweitern, Lernprozesse mit dem LMS ILIAS begleiten, sich mit Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von virtuellen Klassenzimmern auseinandersetzen oder Ihre englisch-sprachige Lehre optimieren?

In der Übersicht über das umfangreiche Weiterbildungsangebot der Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik, der Servicestelle E-Learning und des Sprachlehrinstituts werden Sie sicher fündig.

Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik –
Hochschuldidaktische Workshops

 

Grundlagen-Workshops (Modul I)

  • Fit für die Lehre – Hochschuldidaktische Grundlagen, 29./30.09.2016 & 02./03.02.2017 (Info)
  • Fit für die Lehre – Hochschuldidaktische Grundlagen, 20./21.10.2016 & 24./25.11.2016 (Info)

Vertiefungs-Workshops (Modul II)

  • Studierende mündlich prüfen, 03.11.2016 (Info)
  • Arbeit in und mit heterogenen Gruppen – Diversität als Chance und Herausforderung im Lehren und Lernen, 17./18.11.2016 (Info)
  • Das Lehrportfolio als Möglichkeit der kontinuierlichen Lehrreflexion und Nachweis der Lehrkompetenz in Berufungsverfahren, 24./25.11.2016 (Info)
  • Jenseits von „Think-Pair-Share“ – Methoden für Fortgeschrittene, 08./09.12.2016 (Info)

Die Inhalte und Ziele der der Veranstaltungen finden Sie unter „Info“. Weitere Angebote finden Sie auf der Homepage der Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik.

Das Jahresprogramm 2017 wird voraussichtlich am 07.11.2016 erscheinen.

Diese Veranstaltungen richten sich ausschließlich an Lehrende der Universität Freiburg bzw. an den Landesuniversitäten. Die Kosten für das Workshopprogramm trägt die Universität Freiburg. Von Ihnen erheben wir für Grundlagen- und Vertiefungs-Workshops lediglich einen Kostenbeitrag von 25€/Tag.

 

Angebote der Servicestelle E-Learning

 

E-Learning-Qualifizierungsprogramm

Workshops für Lehrende der Universität Freiburg im Rahmen des von der Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik und der Abteilung E-Learning gemeinsam angebotenen E-Learning-Qualifizierungsprogramms:

  • Lernendenaktivierung mit ILIAS (Info) Fr, 11.11.2016
  • Content Authoring: Erstellung von interaktiven Lehrmaterialien (Info)  Do/Fr, 08./09.12.2016
  • Fragen, Testen, Üben: Lernprozesse mit dem LMS ILIAS begleiten (Info)  Fr, 25.11.2016
  • Vom Hörsaal ins Netz: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von virtuellen Klassenzimmern (Info)  Fr, 13.01.2017
  • E-Portfolios in der Lehre (Info)  Mo, 23.01.2017
  • Blended Learning – Hybride Lehrveranstaltungen gestalten (Info)  3-wöchige Blended Learning Veranstaltung. Präsenztermine am 24. Februar und 17. März 2017

Die Workshops finden jeweils von 9-17 Uhr im Rechenzentrum der Universität Freiburg statt und richten sich explizit an Lehrende der Universität Freiburg.

Link zur Online-Anmeldung
Flyer: Flyer WS 2016/17

 

EMI – English Medium Instruction

 

Was kann ich (noch) tun, um meine englischsprachige Lehrveranstaltung zu verbessern?
Eine Antwort auf diese und weitere Fragen können Sie in den kostenfreien Workshops für Lehrende finden, die in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit von der Fachabteilung English Medium Instruction (EMI) des Sprachlehrinstituts angeboten werden.

Workshops für (zukünftige) Lehrende in englischsprachigen Studiengängen der Universität Freiburg:

Semesterkurs für zukünftige Lehrende in englischsprachigen Studiengängen:

Online-Selbstlernmodule für (zukünftige) Lehrende in englischsprachigen Studiengängen:

Weitere Angebote
Darüber hinaus bieten wir auf Anfrage auch Unterrichtshospitationen mit Feedback, maßgeschneiderte Workshops oder Einzeltrainings an Ihrem Institut an.

Wenn Ihr englischsprachiger Studiengang an einer Zertifizierung der sprachlichen und kommunikativen Kompetenzen der Lehrenden interessiert ist, finden Sie hier weitere Informationen.

Falls Sie Fragen zu unserem Angebot haben, können Sie uns per E-Mail oder telefonisch unter 203-8962 erreichen.

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Certified English Competencies for Teaching

Freitag, 10. Juni 2016 | Autor/in:

EMI 3The English Medium Instruction (EMI) team has developed a certification procedure to ensure the linguistic and communicative quality of teaching in English at the University of Freiburg. The procedure is aimed at degree programs and if at least 80% of teachers in a program are certified, the program is awarded a quality seal (Certified English Medium Instruction), which is valid for five years.

The certification procedure and criteria at a glance

The certification of English-medium instruction consists of score-based feedback from both the EMI team and students. Upon conclusion of a visited lesson, students fill in a feedback questionnaire on their perceptions of the linguistic and communicative quality of the lesson. Student responses count as one third of the final score and the EMI team feedback makes up the other two thirds. The teacher also fills in a self-assessment questionnaire similar to the one students fill in. The results are discussed with the teacher in a 30 minute feedback meeting. The lesson is assessed based on the 10 criteria described below. These criteria were adapted from standard European language standards for C1 level and tailored to the specific skills required of teachers to conduct a lesson at the tertiary level.

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The first certified English-taught program

After the EMI team had piloted the certification procedure and criteria, the concept was presented to the Deans of Studies in December 2014. The Master’s program Microsystems Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering volunteered to take the lead and undergo the procedure over the course of two semesters (SS 2015 and WS 2015/16). In total, 36 teachers took part in the certification and 424 student feedback questionnaires were filled in during certification. 34 of the 36 participating teachers were certified thus enabling Microsystems Engineering to achieve the 80% threshold and obtain the EMI quality seal, which can be used for its own marketing purposes. The program has also received a certificate of quality signed by the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Juliane Besters-Dilger and the Chair of the Board of the Language Teaching Centre, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernd Kortmann.

Many teachers communicated that they viewed the certification procedure as a positive assessment experience and as a useful tool to contribute to the quality of courses. Others said the procedure has increased their motivation and confidence to teach with a large, diverse student body in English. In addition to feedback, teachers who took part in the certification received extra resources and training opportunities to fine tune their communicative competencies for teaching in English.

More programs taking part in certification

As of summer semester 2016, three more English-taught programs have agreed to take part in certification. This quality assurance measure for English-taught programs is unique to the German tertiary education landscape and helps further solidify the University of Freiburg’s standing as a top destination for international students and staff.

If you teach in or direct an English-taught degree program and would be interested in finding out more about this quality assurance measure, please contact us at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de.

Best regards,
Your English Medium Instruction Team
Part of Quality Pact for Teaching (Qualitätspakt Lehre)

 

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Kursangebot für Lehrende im Sommersemester 2016

Freitag, 22. April 2016 | Autor/in: , , und 

Lesetipp_Semesterprogramm SoSe 16Sie möchten Module reflektieren und weiterentwickeln, Ihre Methodenrepertoire erweitern, Lernprozesse mit dem LMS ILIAS begleiten, sich mit Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von virtuellen Klassenzimmern auseinandersetzen oder Ihre englisch-sprachige Lehre optimieren?

In der Übersicht über das umfangreiche Weiterbildungsangebot der Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik, der Servicestelle E-Learning und des Sprachlehrinstituts werden Sie sicher fündig.

Abteilung Hochschuldidaktik

 

Hochschuldidaktische Workshops

Die Workshops finden jeweils von 9-17 Uhr (s.t.) statt.
Informationen zur Anmeldung finden Sie auf unser Homepage.

 

Servicestelle E-Learning

 

E-Learning-Workshops

Die E-Learning-Workshops finden jeweils von 9-17 Uhr (s.t.) im Rechenzentrum, Hermann-Herder-Straße 10 statt.

Anmeldung: Online-Anmeldeformular

 

EMI – English Medium Instruction

 

EMI Workshops 2016

Weitere EMI Angebote

  • Unterrichtsbesuche bieten Lehrenden konstruktives Feedback zur Sprachverwendung und Kommunikationsstrategien für die englischsprachige Lehre.
  • Individuelles Training  bietet Lehrenden die Möglichkeit ihre sprachlichen und kommunikativen Fertigkeiten für die englischsprachige Lehre maßgeschneidert weiter zu entwickeln.
  • Institutsspezifische Workshops bieten Lehrenden die Möglichkeit ihre sprachlichen und kommunikativen Fertigkeiten für die englischsprachige Lehre zusammen mit interessierten Kolleginnen weiter zu entwickeln.
  • Selbstlernmodule zu sieben verschiedenen Themen bieten Lehrenden die Möglichkeit ihre sprachlichen und kommunikativen Fertigkeiten für die englischsprachige Lehre autonom zu verbessern. Jedes Modul beinhaltet Video-Tutorials, Übungen oder Aufgaben, herunterladbares Material und weiterführende Links zu Artikeln oder Videos zur Vertiefung.
Falls Sie Fragen zu unserem Angebot haben, können Sie uns per E-Mail oder telefonisch unter 203-8962 erreichen.

 

 

 

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Responding to Student input – Teaching in English

Montag, 22. Februar 2016 | Autor/in:

Selbstlernmodule wordcloudThe e-module Respond to and integrate student input is one of seven e-modules currently available to teachers via the ILIAS learning platform. The e-module looks at some communicative strategies and language teachers can use when responding to student input in their English-taught class.

Beginning with a motivation unit, two streamed video clips from two separate University of Freiburg classes provide best-practice examples, i.e. teachers constructively responding to student questions. The second unit explains the notion of categorizing student input into four categories and then explores some communicative strategies teachers can easily employ to handle each category. In addition to strategies, this unit also provides downloadable handouts with appropriate vocabulary for the strategies. The third unit focuses on strategies to integrate the class, such as repeating and paraphrasing student input in large lecture settings, and embedding student input into your ongoing discourse, which is an effective way to praise and motivate students to continue contributing to your class.

The final unit has a brief summary quiz and self-study templates which teachers can use to reflect on how well they responded to and integrated student input as well as prepare strategies to be used in future lessons. A unique feature of the final unit is listening and speaking tasks. This unit has audio files of international students reading prepared texts on various academic topics and asking questions about the text. E-module participants can then respond to the questions based on cues provided in the task. These tasks allow you to listen to and acclimate to different accents in English as well as to practice responding to questions using some of the communicative strategies covered in the previous units.

The mix of video tutorials, resource sheets, best-practice video clips, and self-study templates allow teachers to reflect on and explore language use and communicative strategies for English-taught courses at their own pace. At the end of the e-module, there is a brief feedback survey, which we urge you to complete because it helps us identify strengths and weaknesses as we develop and optimize future e-modules.

We look forward to your feedback on this and other e-modules! Alternatively, you can email us any comments or questions you may have at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de

Best regards,
Your English Medium Instruction Team
Part of Quality Pact for Teaching (Qualitätspakt Lehre)

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It is not necessarily what you say, but HOW you say it

Montag, 1. Februar 2016 | Autor/in:

Selbstlernmodule wordcloudThe English Medium Instruction team is proud to announce the launch of its seventh e-module entitled Prosody to Enhance Meaning and Effect. This e-module, like the other six e-modules currently available on the ILIAS learning platform, focuses on a specific linguistic and communicative skill for teaching in English.

In addition to great visual mediums, engaging content, and meaningful in-class tasks, teachers can also heighten student attention rates by posing questions with an inviting intonation, emphasizing key words, or pausing with rhetorical effect. This e-module looks at these teaching-specific aspects of prosody in the classroom. Video tutorials, downloadable resource sheets, and self-learning tasks provide teachers with material to self-reflect on and train their prosodic skills.

At the end of the e-module, there is a brief feedback survey, which we urge you to complete because it helps us identify strengths and weaknesses as we develop and optimize future e-modules.

We look forward to your feedback on this and other e-modules! Alternatively, you can email us any comments or questions you may have at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de

 

Best regards,

Your English Medium Instruction Team

Part of Quality Pact for Teaching (Qualitätspakt Lehre)

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Teaching Interactively in English

Montag, 21. Dezember 2015 | Autor/in: und 

Selbstlernmodule wordcloudThe e-module Initiate student input is one of six e-modules currently available to teachers via the ILIAS learning platform. The e-module focuses on both methods and language teachers can use to activate and interact with students in their English-taught class.
The e-module begins with a motivation unit whereby the benefits of active student learning are listed. The unit is supplemented with a link to a how-to-do video from the Duke Center for Instructional Technology and a streamed video sequence from a class taught at the University of Freiburg. Both clips provide a first impression of what the e-module covers; namely methods and explicit instructions.
This is followed by a second unit on communicative strategies, which lays out some methods teachers can easily embed into their lessons. The video tutorials show how the methods can be employed during lectures via the use of slides or handouts. The third unit is dedicated to the use of explicit language when setting up and employing these methods in a classroom setting. The unit includes a video tutorial, a downloadable resource sheet and a link to a part of a lecture given by Eric Mazur. In the lecture, Prof. Mazur clearly instructs a classroom task and activates students in a large lecture setting.
The e-module rounds out with a brief summary quiz, self-reflection questions, links to articles on how other teachers have activated their classes, and a self-learning task. In particular, the self-learning task provides a template for teachers to reflect on the level of interaction in past lessons and prepare in-class exercises for future classes.
As in the other e-modules, the unique mix of video tutorials, resource sheets, links to articles and video clips, and self-study templates allow teachers to reflect on and explore language use and communicative strategies for English-taught courses at their own pace. At the end of the e-module, there is a brief feedback survey, which we urge you to complete because it helps us identify strengths and weaknesses as we develop and optimize future e-modules.
We look forward to your feedback on this and other e-modules! Alternatively, you can email us any comments or questions you may have at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de

Best regards,
Your English Medium Instruction Team

Part of Quality Pact for Teaching (Qualitätspakt Lehre)

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E-learning resources for teaching in English

Donnerstag, 28. Mai 2015 | Autor/in: und 

Over 40 teachers have already accessed e-modules launched at the beginning of summer term 2015. The six e-modules, created by the English Medium Instruction (EMI) project team at Sprachlehrinstitut, are available to all teachers via the ILIAS learning platform. In particular, two modules have proven especially appealing so far: Lecturing in English: Cohesion through signposts and Do you speak Denglish or English?.

Selbstlernmodule wordcloudThe Lecturing in English e-module focuses on functions and typical expressions in a lecture such as transitioning to a new topic or highlighting information. This communicative skill ensures better structure in lectures in English while also reducing the cognitive load students are dealing with when learning new content in a foreign language.

The Do you Speak Denglish or English? e-module looks at some typical errors German speakers make in English. For example, might you be saying ‘I am irritated’ when you actually mean ‘I am confused’? Are you transferring German word stress to make strange sounding words in English, i.e. phil-o-SOPH-er instead of phi-LOS-o-pher? Have you ever asked students whether they “still have the red line?”?

While lecturing is undoubtedly an important teaching skill, facilitating student interaction plays a vital role as well. The e-modules listed below focus on communicative strategies and language for interaction skills. Each module contains video tutorials, resource sheets, links to articles and video clips, and self-study templates to foster reflection on language use and best-practice communicative strategies.

In order to tailor future modules, teachers’ feedback and input on current e-modules are desirable and welcome. By filling in brief feedback surveys at the end of the e-module(s) you work through, you will help us identify strengths and weaknesses as we develop and optimize future e-modules.

Alternatively, you can email us directly with feedback comments at emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de.

We look forward to your Feedback!

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Selbstlernmodule zur Verbesserung Ihrer englischsprachigen Lehrveranstaltungen

Dienstag, 21. April 2015 | Autor/in:

Selbstlernmodule wordcloudLehren auf Englisch mit sprachlich und kulturell heterogenen Gruppen von Studierenden heißt nicht nur gutes Englisch zu können. Es erfordert auch, dass Lehrende über eine sinnvolle Gestaltung ihres Unterrichts in dieser speziellen Lernumgebung nachdenken. Einige Studien im Bereich English Medium Instruction ziehen beispielsweise die Schlussfolgerung, dass Studierende in interaktiv gestaltetem Unterricht mehr verstehen und lernen als in einer traditionellen Vorlesung (Suviniitty 2012).

Angesichts dieser Hintergründe wurden  Selbstlernmodule konzipiert und erstellt, um eine Reihe an Fertigkeiten für die englischsprachige Lehre zu behandeln. Die Module konzentrieren sich sowohl auf sprachliche Aspekte wie Vokabular für Vorlesungen als auch auf kommunikative Strategien wie häufige Formulierungen in der Interaktion oder das Umgehen mit Fragen von Studierenden. Ein Kernpunkt in jedem einzelnen Modul ist eine lehrpraxisbezogenen Selbstlernaufgabe, wobei Sie aufgefordert werden, eine bestimmte Fertigkeit in Ihrer englischsprachigen Lehre zu reflektieren, z.B. die Anwendung von Fragen im Unterricht oder die Handhabung und Einbeziehung von Studenten Fragen.  Selbstlernmodule sind besonders geeignet für  Lehrende, die sich für die Verbesserung ihrer englischsprachigen Lehre interessieren, aber aus Zeitgründen nicht an Präsenzveranstaltungen (z.B. Workshops) teilnehmen können.

Die Module streben drei konkrete Ziele an. Erstens sollen sie als Selbstlerneinheiten mit  Präsenzveranstaltungen verschränkt werden, durch sogenanntes Blended Learning. Einheiten mit bestimmtem Inhalt werden selbstständig bearbeitet und dann in Workshops mit anderen Teilnehmern angewendet, um einen höheren Lerneffekt zu erzielen. Zweitens sollen Nutzer, die komplett eigenständig lernen möchten, neue Impulse aus den Modulen mitnehmen und  diese dann in Ihrer englischsprachigen Lehre selbst umsetzen. Drittens, sollen die Selbstlernmodule Dozierende zur Reflexion anregen. Lehrende können durch eine kontinuierliche Reflexion und entsprechende Anpassung Ihre Lehre für Studierende verbessern. Eine Unterrichtshospitation bietet eine begleitende Möglichkeit für Lehrende, neue Impulse umzusetzen und zu reflektieren. Nach den Erfahrungen des EMI Teams haben viele Lehrende das umfassende und konstruktive Hospitationsfeedback zu Ihren sprachlichen und kommunikativen Fertigkeiten in der englischsprachigen Lehre als hilfreich empfunden.

Folgen Sie den Links zu den einzelnen Selbstlernmodulen unten. Der Zugang ist für Lehrende der Uni Freiburg über die ILIAS-Plattform möglich.

Lecturing in English – Cohesion through signposts
Signposts are typical expressions teachers can use to enhance cohesion and help students follow the teacher’s line of thought in a lecture. This communicative skill helps reduce the cognitive load students are dealing with when learning new content in a foreign language.

Teaching in English – Using various types of questions
Questions are one of the most important tools teachers have. Within the framework of Bloom’s taxonomy, the module focuses on question functions, questions forms and communicative strategies for using questions when teaching in English.

Teaching in English – Initiate student input
Getting students active and taking in your class often requires more than a question. The module explores in-class communicative strategies and language to set up and facilitate in-class tasks.

Teaching in English – Handling clarification
Do you occasionally have difficulties understanding student input but aren’t quite sure what you can do or say? If so, this module can give you some communicative strategies and language to better handle such situations in your English-taught classes.

Teaching in English – Respond to and integrate student input
Are you sometimes not quite sure how to handle student input (questions/comments)? This module explores how you can categorize student input and use specific communicative strategies and language to constructively respond and integrate the class into ongoing discourse.

Do you speak Denglish or English?
You speak English quite well but there is the occasional raised eyebrow in the class. The module addresses some typical errors German speakers make in English with particular focus on vocabulary (false friends), pronunciation, and idiomatic language.

Kontakt

Die Selbstlernmodule sind auch auf unserer EMI Seite zu finden. Weitere Selbstlernmodule sind in Bearbeitung. Falls Sie Fragen oder Anregungen für weitere Module haben, können Sie uns per E-Mail emi@sli.uni-freiburg.de oder telefonisch unter 203-8962 erreichen.

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