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Wikipedia: List of Faux Pas

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6 to 12
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Although this site is a wiki and therefore editable by anyone who chooses to change the content, it highlights the differences between cultures and how people interpret behavior. Find...more
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Although this site is a wiki and therefore editable by anyone who chooses to change the content, it highlights the differences between cultures and how people interpret behavior. Find out about what is considered "good" and "bad" etiquette in places all over the world. Perhaps your students would even like to write their own additions? It is worth mentioning to your secondary students that the authorship of wiki content is unknown and would therefore be unacceptable as an "academic" source.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (116), cultures (106)

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Use this as a discussion-opener in your world language or world cultures class. If you put the Faux Pas wiki up on a projector or allow your students to explore it, assigning each group to find one thing that is perfectly acceptable in your home country but considered offensive in another, you can then discuss the differences one needs to consider in learning the language or history of that country. As a a follow-up in a world cultures class, ask students to write up their own etiquette guide for their school or home town.

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Kids Activities from A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead - Burke Museum

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1 to 8
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Take a multi-cultural approach to Day of the Dead celebrations by trying some of these hands-on activities and crafts from Mexico. These would work well as part of a fall ...more
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Take a multi-cultural approach to Day of the Dead celebrations by trying some of these hands-on activities and crafts from Mexico. These would work well as part of a fall festival, multicultural days, or in a Spanish class. The activities include Making a Paper Marigold, a recipe for Bread of the Dead, art projects, and sugar skulls and papier mache floral skulls.

tag(s): spanish (108)

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Include these activities with your class to promote multicultural understanding. You could also share the ideas with parents to do at home with their children.

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Takako's Great Adventure - Brian Rhodes

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4 to 6
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A story in 10 serial units for ESL students leads a newcomer to Canada and the English-speaking world through the agonies of arrival, acculturation, education in a new setting, and...more
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A story in 10 serial units for ESL students leads a newcomer to Canada and the English-speaking world through the agonies of arrival, acculturation, education in a new setting, and making friends. Text offers vocabulary definition through hyperlinks; audio version is available with a Shockwave plugin. (Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.) Besides the story, vocabulary, and pronunciation, sets of comprehension questions include work on word meanings and online reviews and quizzes which make use of standard reading attack skills. The stories are available in PDF downloads as well as on screen at the left. Audio files are available for MP3 downloads also.

tag(s): listening (92), vocabulary (325)

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Use the stoies for ESl students to increase understanding or for your weak readers to develop reading strategies such as vocabulary development and comprehension. MP3 files offer the option of putting the stories on MP3 players for ESL students to listen to on the bus or at home.
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Chinese Phrases - Haiwang Yuan with Remy Guo

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Learn the basics of Chinese. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Chinese-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other...more
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Learn the basics of Chinese. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Chinese-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using this site and other tools.

tag(s): chinese (49), gifted (94), phrases (6), pronunciation (44)

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This site could be useful for both an ELL class, or a class of English speakers trying to practice learning Chinese. Use the site to review yourself, or post it on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to review both in and out of the classroom. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Japanese Language Vocabulary: Greetings

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5 to 12
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Learn the basics of Japanese. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Japanese-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other...more
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Learn the basics of Japanese. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Japanese-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using this site and other tools. Requires Quicktime to play the pronunciations.

tag(s): gifted (94), japan (61), japanese (42), pronunciation (44)

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This site could be useful both for ELL/ESL teachers, or english-speaking students enrolled in a Japanese language class. Post the site on your wiki or webpage, allowing students to study the material both in and out of the classroom. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Babel: Arabic

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K to 12
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Learn the basics of Arabic. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Arabic-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages....more
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Learn the basics of Arabic. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Arabic-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using this site and other tools.Requires Quicktime to hear pronunciations.

tag(s): arab (18), arabic (20), gifted (94)

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Use this site as a learning center or station to help students who are learning Arabic review! Have students complete the activity individually, making sure to provide headphones so students don't interrupt each other. Post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage, allowing students to practice out of the classroom too. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Russian language tutorial & online phrasebook: Basic Russian Phrases - Way to Russia

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5 to 12
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Learn the basics of Russian. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Russian-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other...more
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Learn the basics of Russian. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Russian-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using this site and other tools.

tag(s): gifted (94), russia (38), russian (27)

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Use this site as a resource for ELL students whose primary language is Russian, or for English speaking students attempting to learn the language. Allow students to use the tool for review and practice, posting it on your teacher wiki or webpage so they can do so in and out of the classroom. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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French: Romance Language of 65 Million: French I Tutorial - Jennifer Wagner

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5 to 12
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Learn the basics of French. This could be very helpful for teachers working with French-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages....more
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Learn the basics of French. This could be very helpful for teachers working with French-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using this site and other tools.

tag(s): french (88), gifted (94)

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Use this site as a review tool for students in a basic French class. Post the site on your wiki or webpage, allowing students to review vocabulary both in and out of the classroom. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Linguistic Funland: Languages Other Than English - Kristina L. Pfaff-Harris

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K to 12
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Learn the basics of many languages, including may less-common ones. This could be very helpful for working with ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious...more
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Learn the basics of many languages, including may less-common ones. This could be very helpful for working with ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using these tools.

tag(s): gifted (94)

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Use this site as a resource for ELL students or English speaking students who are attempting to learn another language. Post the site on your wiki or webpage, allowing students to review and practice in and out of the classroom. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Communicating With Gestures - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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2 to 12
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Learn about gestures from other cultures and share the discussion through this lesson plan as part of your language class or as an activity to help students communicate with ESL/ELL...more
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Learn about gestures from other cultures and share the discussion through this lesson plan as part of your language class or as an activity to help students communicate with ESL/ELL peers. Gestures can have VERY differnet meanings in other cultures, so this site is a must before any foreign language trips abroad!

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ELL/ESL teachers will appreciate this free lesson plan hosted by everythingesl.net. Be sure to save it as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Transparent Language: Hear Portuguese Survival Phrases - Transparent Language

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K to 12
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Learn the basics of Portuguese. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Portuguese-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about...more
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Learn the basics of Portuguese. This could be very helpful for teachers working with Portuguese-speaking ESL/ELL students or for your English-speaking students who are curious about other languages. Gifted students might enjoy comparing languages using this site and other tools.

tag(s): gifted (94), portuguese (19)

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Use the Portuguese "word-of-the-day" tool to help ELL students transition into an english speaking classroom. In addition to their daily lessons, use this translated word of the day to provide them with extra vocabulary. To help students overcome social shyness, have them teacher their classmates the word of the day in Portuguese and English - allowing them to practice speaking in and English as well as maintain ownership of their primary language.

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Food for the Ancestors - PBS

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5 to 6
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Children learn about Mexican food as they learn about the Mexican Holiday Day of the Dead. This site, used in combination with a PBS video, readings, and more, provides a ...more
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Children learn about Mexican food as they learn about the Mexican Holiday Day of the Dead. This site, used in combination with a PBS video, readings, and more, provides a multi-skill, multimedia approach to studying nutrition and the culture of Mexico. Video elements require Real Player. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): agriculture (56), cooking (35), holidays (148), mexico (34), myplate (28), nutrition (154), spanish (108)

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Bring the real thing into the classroom by trying some of the recipes with the children!

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Francais Interactif (Interactive French) - Dept of French and Italian, UNiversity of Texas at Austin

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6 to 12
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Learn first year French, learn about French culture, and practice to supplement your current classroom lessons using this highly interactive site created by faculty and students from...more
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Learn first year French, learn about French culture, and practice to supplement your current classroom lessons using this highly interactive site created by faculty and students from UT Austin while on-site in Lyon, France. Preview all vocabulary and grammar topics from the Bienvenue section and at the opening page of each chapter. Start with the audio alphabet and go through thirteen chapters, including topics such as love and money! There are videos throughout the program, made by the Texas students (certain to be a hit with your high schoolers!)as well as web-based activities with questions to answer. Your students can even download or RSS feed all the videos as podcasts via iTunes. This is a real treasury of great lessons, ready to go! Gifted students or those who would like to teach themselves French independently could do well with this site, also. You MUST have Quicktime to play the audio and video.

tag(s): france (40), french (88)

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Play the videos on a projector in class as you start each topic or put the link for each chapter on your teacher web page for reinforcement and review. Be sure to allow time for the videos to download. Make sure you have speakers or headphones, as well. You need the Quicktime plug-in. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Spanish Grammar Exercises - Barbara Kuczun Nelson

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6 to 12
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Practice Spanish grammar skills using these online exercises and study modules created by a professor from Colby College. You can even sign up to receive an email from her ...more
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Practice Spanish grammar skills using these online exercises and study modules created by a professor from Colby College. You can even sign up to receive an email from her as she adds new content. Although these exercises were created for college courses, they start at the beginning and provide both grammatical and cultural information, illustrated with beautiful graphics. Among the topics of the "study modules" are Day of the Dead, the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, and street kids in Colombia. There are extensive audio files (these require Quicktime) as well as online practice for grammar.

tag(s): spanish (108)

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Use selected activities in class or as homework. Play the audio files on speakers from your classroom computer. Use the grammar practice as a link from your teacher web page for extra review before tests. Don't forget to be sure you have the Quicktime plug-in, Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Google Language Tools - Google

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4 to 12
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This Google feature allows international or ESL/ELL students to search for specifically designated pages (i.e., newspapers) in their own languages (i.e., French or Swahili) produced...more
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This Google feature allows international or ESL/ELL students to search for specifically designated pages (i.e., newspapers) in their own languages (i.e., French or Swahili) produced in specific countries (Ivory Coast or Kenya). Options include setting the interface to any language, getting on-the-spot translation, and also viewing the home country Google interface (i.e., www.google.cg - Republique du Congo) without having to import language scripts for the computer.

tag(s): news (261), newspapers (95)

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Could be used as an exciting tool in the foreign language classroom! You may have to talk to your network adiministrator on filtered school district networks, if they have blocked translation tools to prevent students from "doing" assignments via these tools. This is a challenging choice to make: enable cheating vs. enabling a valuable learning tool.

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Translating Dictionary - Dictionary.com

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3 to 12
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This translation site provides translations to and from English in 11 commonly spoken languages and offers both traditional and simplified Chinese. A useful site to bookmark on classroom...more
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This translation site provides translations to and from English in 11 commonly spoken languages and offers both traditional and simplified Chinese. A useful site to bookmark on classroom computers for your students who need occasional translations of difficult words and concepts.

tag(s): asia (73), europe (75)

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For teachers, this site also provides reverse translation in case students repeatedly say words you wish you could understand. NOte: some districts may block access to this site so foreign language students do not cheat on homework assignments. If you have ESL students, you may want to request that you be able to access the site just in your room to benefit students who really need it.

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Online Quiz Generators - Various

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This helpful tool for all teachers with ESL students provides a template that allows instructors to write quizzes which can be either printed or used from a web page for ...more
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This helpful tool for all teachers with ESL students provides a template that allows instructors to write quizzes which can be either printed or used from a web page for students to take there. The online quizzes are scored immediately so the students benefit from immediate feedback. Examples of quizzes written by other instructors give teachers ideas of how to set up their quizzes. No knowledge of html is required.

tag(s): quiz (87)

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Write quick quizzes to help students review. This is also a great way to help with terminology for ESL students in a content-area subject such as Social Studies or Science. Once you make the quizzes, you have them forever. Consider dividng up the task by delegating different chapters among teachers who teach the same subject.
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Learn Spanish - Spanish Learning Resource

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8 to 12
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Spanish teachers and students can find a wealth of resources on this site for improving language skills related to pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and verbs. While most of the features...more
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Spanish teachers and students can find a wealth of resources on this site for improving language skills related to pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and verbs. While most of the features on the site have no requirements, teachers and students may wish to sign up for a free membership to gain access to the Virtual Gradebook and Virtual Syllabus. Headphones are needed for the oral "listen and repeat" exercise which include examples of native speech from Spain, Portugal, Latin America.

tag(s): spain (9), spanish (108)

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (163), images (271)

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Extr@ - Channel 4

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10 to 12
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Check out these interactive offerings for foreign language students that provide practice in listening and reading comprehension, grammar, and cultural understanding. The real-life...more
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Check out these interactive offerings for foreign language students that provide practice in listening and reading comprehension, grammar, and cultural understanding. The real-life situations are presented "sitcom" style and are quite entertaining. But some border on the risqu?, so please preview before using with students. Visit the "Teacher's Notes" section to find translated transcripts of each segment. Headphones suggested. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): french (88), german (64), spanish (108)

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