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April 2014

April 2014

Scholarship Program to Study in Italy
ItaliaRail has partnered with Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway, to offer high-speed and regional train routes to points of interest throughout Italy. ItaliaRail and its parent company, International Rail, LLC, recently announced the winners of their inaugural scholarships for students studying in Italy. During the spring 2014 semester, one of the scholarship recipients will be studying at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, and the other will be attending the Siena Italian Studies program and living with a local family in Siena. Applications for the ItaliaRail Study Abroad in Italy Scholarship for fall 2014 are due by May 31, and the guidelines are available on the website.

Daily Teaching Tools
Chad Manis, a language arts and journalism teacher, says he developed the Daily Teaching Tools site to provide resources, materials, and strategies to enhance teachers’ effectiveness with their students. The site is organized into sections that include tools for new teachers, classroom management, strategy and method tools, tools for students, graphic organizer tools, and free software tools.

Games Kids Play Around the World
The Games Kids Play website has an international section featuring descriptions of games kids play in other countries around the world. These include an Argentine game, Czech game, Italian game, Filipino game, Japanese game, and Pakistani game.

Hub for Online Educational Resources
The website Learn BIG offers thousands of resources collected from websites and apps in a format that the company says will allow an easy way to search and filter content by subject, level, popularity, and platform. There are e-learning resources for pre-K through postsecondary, and the site is community-reviewed by teachers, parents, and students.

New International Student Exchange Website
International Student Exchange (ISE) recently announced the launch of its updated website. The new site is designed to serve multiple users and has social media features, new sections that include a resource center for current families, and a revamped “study abroad” section for students looking to go overseas. According to ISE, the new site will eventually support photo galleries and student sections.

Online Language Courses
The Top Free Classes site includes a languages section with descriptions of the classes, course duration, class start times, and reviews, along with links to access the courses. In addition to classes in Italian, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish, there is a course on principles and practice of computer-aided translation from Peking University.

Spanish Learning Tools from VeinteMundos
VeinteMundos is a free magazine with articles on Spanish language and culture, and includes an audio component that allows readers to hear the correct pronunciation so that they can work on reading and listening skills. It also has a short text summary of the article, and vocabulary and grammar explanations, as well as
comprehension tests.

Official Website of the Palace of Versailles
This site, which can be searched in multiple languages, has information about the Palace of Versailles in France, the gardens, the Grand Trianon, and Marie Antoinette’s Palace. For those who are planning a visit in person, there is information on events, exhibits, and purchasing tickets, but the online resources include an interactive map and a catalog of the palace’s publications. There also is now an app for taking a walk through the gardens, and the site has information about that as well.

Bitesize Resources from the BBC
Bitesize is a free online study-support resource for students in the United Kingdom, and it has reading, listening, speaking, and exam practice resources for students studying French, German, Irish, Spanish, and Welsh as a second language.

Lesson Plans on Culture in the Ancient Americas
The Textile Museum of Canada’s exhibition, Cloth & Clay, includes a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, curriculum links, and background information for teaching about the major cultures of the ancient Americas. There is information about the five written languages under the section called Ordering the Universe. Each section also offers ideas for classroom projects. The museum collections section has information about the ancient cultures of Central and South America to accompany the images of the artifacts.

Chinese Resources and Blog
This site from John Pasden, a linguist who lives in Shanghai, has articles and resources for learning Mandarin, including tonal drills, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. There is also information about culture and life in China, and blog posts on topics that include language learning tips for 2014, a Pinyin typing shortcut, Chinese transliterations, and—on a lighter note—coffee, beer, and Godzilla.

Biology Lessons in German
While likely most useful for teachers of advanced German students who want to incorporate science into their lessons, the German language site Biologie-Online has sections on topics that include human biology, genetics, botany, and microbiology.