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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 (96), portuguese (18)

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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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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 (94)

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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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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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1 to 12
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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 (266)

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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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Language Bank - National Endowment for the Humanities

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9 to 12
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Gaining a greater appreciation of another culture and recognizing the important of global language skills is an important goal for the study of a foreign language. This rather open-ended...more
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Gaining a greater appreciation of another culture and recognizing the important of global language skills is an important goal for the study of a foreign language. This rather open-ended lesson plan guides students to Web sites offering virtual libraries, news, sports, and cultural information in French or Spanish. Encourage students to keep a weekly journal of sites visited, or select a common theme with reflective questions to guide online exploration. Aligned to standards.

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

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Use this lesson plan as the basis for group or independent projects. Or select a specific article, project in class, and use to strengthen reading, pronunciation, and comprehension skills.

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Quiz Tree - Sierra Vista Software

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1 to 12
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You'll find a huge collection of interactive quizzes on this site, testing student comprehension in many subject areas, including elementary math, foreign language (Spanish, French,...more
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You'll find a huge collection of interactive quizzes on this site, testing student comprehension in many subject areas, including elementary math, foreign language (Spanish, French, Italian), SAT content, science, history, and economics. Some quizzes are multiple choice, others drag-and-drop, but all offer immediate feedback with sound effects. Some quizzes use FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96)

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A great resource for reviewing content or investigating new information. Headphones highly recommended.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

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Country Reports - ClassBrain

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4 to 12
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Make this resource available for the next round of student reports. Locate a country of choice from the alphabetized list, and browse through an impressive collection of annotated sites...more
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Make this resource available for the next round of student reports. Locate a country of choice from the alphabetized list, and browse through an impressive collection of annotated sites addressing everything from economy and government to foods and cultural events.

tag(s): countries (76)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers about another country. Be sure to post the resource on any student handouts and on your teacher wiki or webpage to allow students to access the information both in and out of the classroom.

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Illustrated Vocabulary

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5 to 12
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Practice recognizing and using common words from daily life with this interactive, illustrated activity designed for self-paced practice. After choosing a topic, students are presented...more
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Practice recognizing and using common words from daily life with this interactive, illustrated activity designed for self-paced practice. After choosing a topic, students are presented with a series of pictures and must select the correct vocabulary word from a list of five. Perfect for ESL classes (but preview first - there are a few unusual translations you may need to clarify) or first-year French students.

tag(s): french (88), vocabulary (323)

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Use this site as a learning center or station for students who speak French as their first language. The site will allow them to practice their English skills in a way where they can pace themselves and continue to practice.

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Internet Picture Dictionary - pdictionary.com

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3 to 12
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This visual dictionary available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian is a gem of a site for ESL or world language students. Visitors can choose a topic, view the ...more
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This visual dictionary available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian is a gem of a site for ESL or world language students. Visitors can choose a topic, view the associated words and pictures, then test themselves using the activity links on the left side of the page. Interactive practice options include flashcards, fill-in-the-blanks, "stinky spelling" (fix the mistakes), and more.

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Use this site as a learning center or station. Have students complete the activity individually, allowing students to better pace themselves and not rely on a partner. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Reflection is always a great way to reenforce a lesson in student's minds.

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ABYZ News Links

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9 to 12
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Choose a country and publication, then tap into the latest news of the day with this easy-to-use directory that links to newspaper Web sites from around the world. This is ...more
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Choose a country and publication, then tap into the latest news of the day with this easy-to-use directory that links to newspaper Web sites from around the world. This is an excellent resource for building authentic reading comprehension skills in a world language class.

tag(s): news (261)

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Spanish Language - Sierra Vista Software

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8 to 12
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You'll love this library of interactive quizzes to test knowledge of Spanish vocabulary. Organized by topic (numbers, family, colors, time, etc.), each quiz contains sound clips, so...more
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You'll love this library of interactive quizzes to test knowledge of Spanish vocabulary. Organized by topic (numbers, family, colors, time, etc.), each quiz contains sound clips, so make sure you have headphones available.

tag(s): sound (101), spanish (108)

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Story Place - Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Library

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1 to 12
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Created by the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County libraries, this is an interesting, bilingual resource for finding children's books and related activities. In addition to a kid-friendly...more
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Created by the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County libraries, this is an interesting, bilingual resource for finding children's books and related activities. In addition to a kid-friendly book search, there are theme reading lists for both elementary and preschool age groups. Inquisitive reading teachers - especially those working with Spanish-speaking students, will find this a welcome addition to their web lists.

tag(s): book lists (128), reading lists (75), spanish (108)

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Google Maps - Google

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1 to 12
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Google Maps gives you live visuals of any location, ideal for planning a trip, picturing the relationship between places, and viewing physical characteristics of almost anywhere in...more
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Google Maps gives you live visuals of any location, ideal for planning a trip, picturing the relationship between places, and viewing physical characteristics of almost anywhere in the world. Type or paste in an address and click "search maps." If you click Satellite or hybrid versions of the map, you will see actual satellite images of the terrain. Zoom in and out, use the street view "orange man" to walk among the buildings and trees, or plan and share a route easily with Google Maps. Using your (free) Google membership allows you to save favorite places and more. Find businesses and other features near a specific map location: hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and more. Google Maps has become more and more sophisticated, now offering many features previously only available in Google Earth, such as opening and/or saving placemarker files. Unlike Google Earth, Google Maps does not require software installation and does not use as much bandwidth for constant reloading. You can even play a tour of places you mark in Google Maps. They just keep adding more features! Google Maps is available as a free app for Android and iOS, too. The handy embed codes let you put any Google Map in a web page, blog, or wiki. Of course you do not need a membership or any special skills to simply SEE, share, or navigate a map. Membership gives you more ways to save.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), directions (20), maps (287)

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If you teach geography, this one's a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. In lower grades, use it to show students basics of their community. Teach map skills by showing students their own community. Zoom in on their street or on the school. This site and its more sophisticated cousin, Google Earth, are great on an interactive whiteboard. Set up a class Google account (or use student accounts if permitted). Have students create their own custom route plans to tour historic sites. Challenge math students to plan the most economical route to visit several vacation destinations, including gas mileage and gas prices. Have students create placemarker files of the important places in the life of a famous person or the route traveled by a particular unit during the Civil War. Have student groups create placemarker files to show environmental sites, habitats, landforms, or anything you can place on a map. Embed projects in a class wiki using the handy embed code offered as a sharing option.

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Children's Library - Logos Group

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8 to 12
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Foreign language students will love this one. Visitors can choose from more than a dozen languages, scroll through the online library, then read and/or listen to the selection. A great...more
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Foreign language students will love this one. Visitors can choose from more than a dozen languages, scroll through the online library, then read and/or listen to the selection. A great way to build comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. While you're visiting the site, check out some of the other links including the "universal conjugator" and the "children's dictionary." You'll want to have headphones handy for this one.

tag(s): vocabulary (323)

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Bitesize German - BBC

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9 to 12
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High school German students can hone their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with this collection of brief but effective exercises based on real-life interactions. Designed...more
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High school German students can hone their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with this collection of brief but effective exercises based on real-life interactions. Designed to prep British students for the GCSE exam, the site offers independent practice in key concepts through "revision bites" and opportunities to test mastery of those concepts. Headphones are highly recommended.

tag(s): german (64)

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