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University of Minnesota

EMC Publishing has a well-established relationship with the University of Minnesota. The intersection of their research-based products with EMC’s proven history of successful K-12 education materials has created a strong partnership for years to come.

LT Media Lab

In 2012 EMC entered into partnership with LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota to provide quality digital educational products to our customers. LT Media Lab has created two unique digital products, Avenue™ and Flipgrid™, designed to enhance teacher effectiveness and drive student language learning.

Avenue™ is an innovative e-assessment platform for building custom language tasks to capture, evaluate, archive, and visualize progress of video-based learner performances. Backed by years of research, Avenue™ has been shown to be an effective tool for increasing student proficiency in language learning. Flipgrid™ is a collaboration tool employing a video wall, allowing students to share ideas and opinions with their teachers and classmates in a social media-type setting. LT Media Lab will also be integrally involved in EMC’s larger long-term digital products strategy.

Center for Applied Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)

In 2012 EMC entered into a strategic partnership with CARLA at the University of Minnesota to distribute a battery of proficiency tests developed over many years by experts in assessment and pedagogy. These assessments are being branded as ELPAC (EMC’s Language Proficiency Assessments by CARLA) and are aligned with the American Council on Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. These assessments are a collection of instruments designed to measure learners' proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French, German, and Spanish, at two intermediate levels on the ACTFL scale. They have been used for the purpose of certifying that students have met the designated levels of language proficiency and also to facilitate the process of articulating expectations of student performance at the end of secondary studies and the beginning of post-secondary studies. CARLA continues to provide valuable support for these research-based assessments.

International Partners

EMC also has a number of international partners with whom they co-publish and distribute world language materials.

CLE International

EMC has a strong partnership with CLE International, a world-renowned publishing company based in Paris, France. CLE produces outstanding materials for students learning French all over the world. EMC and CLE are currently co-developing the dynamic brand new four-level French program T’es branché?, which is aligned perfectly with the new Advanced Placement curriculum recently announced by the College Board and is also correlated to the Common Core State Standards. The collaboration with CLE ensures authentic language and culture in the T’es branché? series.

LiveABC Interactive Corporation

EMC recently partnered with LiveABC Interactive Corporation to create the very first three-level Chinese language learning program designed specifically for the United States public schools. In creating the program, LiveABC and EMC relied on the expertise of professionals in the United States with over 30 years’ experience teaching Chinese to American students. That collaboration produced the textbook program titled Zhēn Bàng! which means “Awesome!” LiveABC, located in Taiwan, is a leader and an innovator in designing language-learning tools and has ensured that Zhēn Bàng! includes abundant research-based videos and online resources to provide students with the best Chinese language learning experience possible.

Easy Readers (Egmont)

EMC is the exclusive distributor of Easy Readers by Egmont, a leading publisher of world language readers located in, Copenhagen, Denmark. EMC has distributed Easy Readers for more than two decades. The readers are all written by well-known authors and adapted to make them suitable for learners of a foreign language. They are available in four levels in the languages of French, Spanish, German, and Italian, and they come complete with dramatic readings of the content so students can engage several senses and increase comprehension.

ELI Publishing

EMC has partnered for over seven years with ELI, an Italian publisher that produces language learning materials for elementary and secondary students in all the major Romance languages. ELI produces a full array of high-interest and exciting materials for language learning including full multi-level elementary and middle school programs, readers, activity books, games, and grammar practice. EMC distributes a wide variety of readers for elementary and high school students as well as the ¡Vale! Spanish series (Levels 1, 2, and 3) for upper elementary language learners.

Black Cat Readers (Cideb)

EMC has partnered with Cideb for the past seven years to distribute its world language readers. Black Cat Readers, a world leader in the production of beautifully designed, innovative, and dynamic teaching materials, is the imprint of Cideb publishing, which since 1973 has been well-known in the international educational publishing market. Black Cat books are admired all over the world for their creativity, innovation, and constant attention to the highest production value. The readers are widely used by secondary and post-secondary Level 1 through 4 students learning French, Spanish, German, and Italian.

Additional Partners

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

EMC is a Platinum sponsor of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and has been a proud supporter of the organization since it was founded. ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry. EMC aligns all of its instructional materials to the ACTFL National Standards which are based on the five Cs: Communication, Communities, Culture, Connections, and Comparisons. The communicative activities designed for EMC’s language products guide students along the path to achieving benchmarks on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines scale.