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Open Courseware from the University of Cambridge
The Language Centre at the University of Cambridge has made some of its language learning resources available as open courseware. They include Basic Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, Basic German, and Russian Essentials. The Language Centre notes that, while these resources may be used for self-study, they were originally created for use in the university’s courses, which feature a blended learning environment that includes face-to-face classroom time, so the resources may be more effective when used in the language education classroom.
Calico Spanish Blog
The Calico Spanish website offers a #langchat blog on which recent discussions have included topics such as creating effective rubrics for use in the foreign language classroom, how to keep high levels of target language in the classroom, great ideas for world language teachers, and digital tools for the world language classroom.
Social Networking Site for Teachers
The ProTeacher Community website includes forums, chats, blogs, and discussions. Some of the most popular threads are on topics such as classroom management and inspirations. The site recently added a teacher news and opinion section on news stories and editorials gathered from news sources around the United States.
The Great Language Game challenges you to distinguish between languages based on their sound alone. In each game you are allowed three mistakes, which are kept for you to study at the end. The game currently has 78 different languages represented, and they range from Albanian to Yiddish.
Site for Beginning Learners of French
The Mozanne website has stories and texts for children and beginning learners of French. Among the stories are “Peter and the Wolf,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Tin Soldier.”
Audacity for Voice Recording
Audacity is free, open-source software for recording and editing sounds such as voices, and language teachers have found it to be useful in their classrooms. Version 2.0.4 was recently released and is available for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The Audacity site also has a wiki with tips and tutorials as well as an international forum.
Ecology Lesson in Spanish
The Kids Do Ecology website from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, CA, has information about marine mammals, data, and science, as well as world biomes—regions of the world with similar climates, animals, and plants. The classroom projects section has examples of experiments that students have designed and conducted. The site is available in both an English and Spanish version.
Hindi Lessons and Blog
HindiPod101 free daily audio and video lessons are available as podcasts on the website and on mobile apps. The website also has a blog and a word of the day feature, which demonstrates usage of the word in sentences written in both English and Hindi.
Fun French Exercises
The Ortholud site features online exercises with corrections of French and says it is intended for learning French while having fun. There are lessons on reading and comprehension, conjugation, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as an interactive game.
Interagency Language Roundtable
The Interagency Language Roundtable was established for the coordination and sharing of information about language-related activities at the federal level, and it helps federal agencies and departments keep up-to-date on techniques and technology for language learning and testing, and other language-related activities. Its website also has information about federal foreign language careers, e-learning tutorials for teachers and developers, and resources for language professionals and students.
Spanish Language Learning Platform
SpanishDict.com recently launched Fluencia, a language learning platform that uses spaced repetition, personalized feedback, interactive exercises, and game-like activities. It functions on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Registry of Digital Resources
The new version of the Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) is intended to make it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. FREE is maintained by the Office of Communications and Outreach and the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. The site can be searched by subject or by standard.