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March/April 2015

Spanish Literature and Culture Resource
The website features articles, music, poetry, and literature, and its Biblioteca Babab on the site has downloadable texts in PDF format of Spanish and Latin American authors.

Advanced Russian Through History
The 36 audio mini-lectures in “Advanced Russian Through History” begin with Riurik, who founded what is considered to be the first Russian monarchy, and end with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The lectures are given in Russian.

German Teacher’s Blog
Carolyn Sandstrom, a German teacher at Fremont High School in Ogden, UT, has created this blog with resources that include activities for watching and listening, music, information about study abroad opportunities, and links to other sites of interest to German language learners.

Linguistic Anthropology Resources
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology, a division of the American Anthropological Association, describes linguistic anthropology as the comparative study of the ways in which language shapes social life, and the ways in which “practices of language use shape patterns of communication, formulate categories of social identity and group membership, organize large-scale cultural beliefs and ideologies, and, in conjunction with other semiotic practices, equip people with common cultural representations of their natural and social worlds.” Its website includes resources, tools, and a blog. There is also a link to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, which publishes research on contemporary issues in linguistic anthropology and allied fields of study. The Teaching Resources site has materials posted for sharing by linguistic
anthropologists, and it includes posts on regional variation in pronunciation and dialect, linguistic profiling, communicative competence, and endangered language.

Website for Teachers and Students of Arabic
Taoufiq Cherkaoui claims credentials that include lead practitioner of Arabic, French, and assessment for learning, education consultant, and bilingual trainer for the University of Cambridge CIE, and principal examiner at Edexcel Pearson. His Arabalicious site, which he describes as a website for teachers and students of Arabic, is divided into teaching resources, primary resources, and cultural knowledge. In addition, he offers links to other useful websites for teachers.

French Music Blog
French teachers who want to update their knowledge of current French music—and possibly update their cool factor in the eyes of their students—might want to check out the French Music Blog. Its author is not a teacher; she is a former music journalist with a love of contemporary French music, so the artists and bands she features on the site fall into modern categories such as pop, rap, alternative rock, and new wave revival.

Study Guides for Foreign Language Films
World Online Cinema supplies DVDs and books to schools, colleges, and universities, but it also offers free online resources for films on its website in the Links and Resources section. There is an extensive list of movies and documentaries (a number of these, however, would likely only be used by teachers of upper-level high school or college students due to content), and the languages include Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Global Oneness Project
The Global Oneness Project is an online multimedia platform with a collection of interdisciplinary stories in the form of short documentary films, photo essays, and articles that examine global themes with a humanistic lens. Also included on the site are lesson plans, which the project says are intended to facilitate critical thinking,
reflective writing, and in-class activities. Among the stories is a film about Marie Wilcox, a Native-American woman who is the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni, and a dictionary she created that documents the language. The Wukchumni tribe is part of the Yokuts tribal group native to Central California. An article on the site, “Beauty of Wabi-Sabi,” is about the history of a Japanese aesthetic that values things that are imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete. According to the author, this term builds on the Japanese concepts of sabi (taking pleasure in things that are old, faded, and lonely), and wabi (from the wabi tea room). A recent Story of the Month on the site was a photo essay on Mongolian pastoral herders that explored the concept of cultural sustainability.

QuestGarden WebQuest Tool
QuestGarden is an online authoring tool, community, and hosting service that is designed for creating a high-quality WebQuest. It provides prompts, guides, and examples for each step of the process. Images, worksheets, and other documents can be attached or embedded in the WebQuest, so that users have control over the appearance of the final lesson. The QuestGarden website also has examples of WebQuests that can be searched by grade level and subject. The foreign language section has examples from teachers of languages that include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and more. The shared designation for WebQuests indicates that the authors have already given permission for other educators to modify and republish them.

Japanese Language Advocacy Campaign
Speak Japan is an advocacy campaign recently launched by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. The website includes information about the ways in which learning Japanese increases career options, offers opportunities for global connections, inspires creativity, and provides access to cutting-edge technology. For teachers there are flyers, posters, customizable brochures, and a Speak Japan Guide.

Global Career Information
GOINGLOBAL (with one “g”) has information about worldwide employment trends and industry outlooks, as well as articles and advice about careers and internships around the world—including countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The articles often offer information about language skills, communication styles, workplace protocol, and culture.