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Acknowledgments

The author would like to thank several people without whose assistance this manual could not have been completed. In particular, I would like to thank Sylvia Aruffo for her many important contributions to the organization of the book before it came into my hands. In addition, Linda Schineke-Llano contributed to the glossary and other portions of the manual, and Diane Larson-Freeman read and critiqued one draft of the manual. Jeffrey P. Bright's expert and lucid comments went a long way in helping me refine the manual. I would also like to thank Howard A. Raik and Marsha D. Wilburn of CHP International, Inc. for their reading of the manual and other support.

Further, I am grateful to the people at the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages for their kind permission to reprint portions of their Oral Interview Training Manual, and to Maria Teresa Garreton, who took the time to familiarize me thoroughly with the ACTFL OPI exam. Thanks go as well to Joan Whitney, Language Training Specialist, and Maria Elena Pynn, Training Manager at the Peace Corps Office of Training and Program Support (OTAPS).

Finally, La Delle Handy at CHP International, Inc. supervised the preparation of the manuscript. Her exceptional ability to keep track of various pieces and drafts of the project, as well as her good humor and patience, were very important to the success of the work.

I have made every effort to credit and acknowledge sources and to correctly summarize and interpret information in the field of foreign-language training. I sincerely hope it will be of use in years to come. However, all of the shortcomings of the manual are strictly my own.

Kristin Lems National College of Education