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Intermediate German - BBC

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9 to 12
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These intermediate-level lessons (originally designed to accompany a BBC language series) include listening excerpts and multiple-choice questions based on those excerpts. They are...more
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These intermediate-level lessons (originally designed to accompany a BBC language series) include listening excerpts and multiple-choice questions based on those excerpts. They are suitable for students with at least a year of language study. The site uses Real Audio and Shockwave plug-ins.

tag(s): german (66), germany (27)

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Post this site on your teacher wiki or webpage to allow students to review German language skills before assessments. This site offers multiple levels, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class.
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Intermediate French - BBC

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These intermediate-level lessons (originally designed to accompany a BBC language series) include listening excerpts and multiple-choice questions based on those excerpts. They are...more
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These intermediate-level lessons (originally designed to accompany a BBC language series) include listening excerpts and multiple-choice questions based on those excerpts. They are suitable for students with at least a year of language study. The site uses Real Audio and Shockwave plug-ins.

tag(s): france (37), french (91)

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El Sabor del Caribe/ A Taste of the Caribbean - Yale University

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9 to 12
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Enhance the foreign language curriculum through the integration of geography, food, and literature as related to Spanish culture. Students analyze literature created by modern Latino...more
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Enhance the foreign language curriculum through the integration of geography, food, and literature as related to Spanish culture. Students analyze literature created by modern Latino authors who use foods as symbols for identity, patriotism, religion, and nostalgia. This series of lessons promotes understanding of the Creole culture as it exists on the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

tag(s): spanish (111)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! These would be excellent resources for a World history or Cultural Geography class.

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Japanese On-Line

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9 to 12
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Offers an introduction to common Japanese phrases and sounds, along with translated Japanese math problems. Also contains links to commercially available software to teach Japanese...more
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Offers an introduction to common Japanese phrases and sounds, along with translated Japanese math problems. Also contains links to commercially available software to teach Japanese kanji (characters).

tag(s): japan (60), japanese (45)

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German for Beginners - University of Victoria, Canada

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6 to 12
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An introductory course from Victoria University, BC, Canada. Provides introductory lessons, German resources, and links to additional German sites. Most of the site is written in German....more
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An introductory course from Victoria University, BC, Canada. Provides introductory lessons, German resources, and links to additional German sites. Most of the site is written in German.

tag(s): german (66), germany (27)

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Gallica Classique

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9 to 12
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This French site offers on-line full texts of a number of classic French Literary works, and more are being added regularly. C'est tout en Francais, but we were able to ...more
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This French site offers on-line full texts of a number of classic French Literary works, and more are being added regularly. C'est tout en Francais, but we were able to find the literature listings with little trouble. If you're searching for more reading material for your students, look no further.

tag(s): france (37), french (91)

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French Grammar Lessons - University of Texas - Austin

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This site provides complete exercises in French Grammar offered by the University of Texas at Austin. You or your students, can work independently on these exercises to learn basic...more
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This site provides complete exercises in French Grammar offered by the University of Texas at Austin. You or your students, can work independently on these exercises to learn basic grammar skills.

tag(s): france (37), french (91)

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Cheeses of France

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Did you know that there are over 400 varieties of cheese in France? Navigate this site with your students and discover the rich tradition that cheese has in the history ...more
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Did you know that there are over 400 varieties of cheese in France? Navigate this site with your students and discover the rich tradition that cheese has in the history of France. The webmaster will even give you suggestions for how to choose your cheese.

tag(s): france (37), french (91)

In the Classroom

Use this site in a home economics class before discussing the different varieties of foods. The site would make a great example over the interactive whiteboard of the wide world of food that exists.

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English-Spanish Picture Dictionary

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1 to 12
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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section ...more
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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section of the dictionary. You can also click on the letters of the alphabet, across the screen in rainbow colors, to find picturs with both English and Spanish words for the objects.

tag(s): spanish (111)

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ESOL teachers can easily use this site to acclimate new spanish-speaking students, helping them begin the transition to speaking and understanding English. In many of the hyper-linked words are attachments of graphic organizers and handouts, so peruse the site for content being studied and see what's provided that can benefit your class!

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Enchanted Learning Picture Dictionary

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1 to 5
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Kids level Dictionary that translate English words into; French, Spanish, German & Portuguese. Limited word list. Also has an Information section from the word list that is more like...more
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Kids level Dictionary that translate English words into; French, Spanish, German & Portuguese. Limited word list. Also has an Information section from the word list that is more like a mini Encyclopedia. The picture dictionary is a valuable tool for ESL/ELL students trying to communicate in a regular classroom.

tag(s): vocabulary (319)

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Not only is this a great resource for ESOL teachers, but some of the terms that are hyperlinked even have attached worksheets and graphic organizers attached to help other teachers incorporate the "term" into their teaching. One for example that has extra Resources is the entry on Barack Obama - which could be useful for civics or history teachers teaching students about our current political environment.

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The Eiffel Tower Site

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4 to 12
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C'est Magnifique! Find out all about the most famous landmark in Paris. There's lots of information on the tower itself, a virtual tour, and a panoramic view from the top. ...more
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C'est Magnifique! Find out all about the most famous landmark in Paris. There's lots of information on the tower itself, a virtual tour, and a panoramic view from the top. This is certainly a nice way to introduce French geography and culture. The site incluea a section for kids and a quiz. Note: to read in French, click the French flag. Some of the interactive tour portions require a special Active X plug-in. When prompted, you will need to install these.

tag(s): france (37), french (91)

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This is definitely a site to share on a projector or to allow students to explore on laptops or in a lab. Give them some questions to answer and send them "touring."

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Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents

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A useful site for books, workshops and materials related to books in Spanish for children and young adults. Contains information from a number of sponsor-publishers as well as links...more
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A useful site for books, workshops and materials related to books in Spanish for children and young adults. Contains information from a number of sponsor-publishers as well as links to other sites.

tag(s): spanish (111)

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ESOL teachers looking for more literature for spanish-speaking students might find this site useful as a point of reference. There are also lists of magazines in spanish, in addition to a list of websites that could be useful in your class.

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Online Dictionaries - Bucknell University

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This site offers on-line dictionaries for dozens of different languages, as well as pointers to additional foreign language resources. Developed at Bucknell University. ...more
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This site offers on-line dictionaries for dozens of different languages, as well as pointers to additional foreign language resources. Developed at Bucknell University.

tag(s): dictionaries (59)

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Post this site on your teacher wiki or webpage to aid your foreign language students in their pursuit of understanding the language. Students can use these as aids on homework, study guides, in-class assignments, etc.

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Princeton University Online Reference Shelf - Princeton University

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9 to 12
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This site presents a virtual reference desk from Princeton University Library staff. This is easy access to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, data archives, government info, library...more
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This site presents a virtual reference desk from Princeton University Library staff. This is easy access to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, data archives, government info, library resources, book/journal collections, measures and weights, currency converters, foreign language converters, chat with a librarian, etc. It is user friendly and updated regularly.

tag(s): dictionaries (59), resources (106)

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Share this site with your older students when researching. Use the foreign language converter in your world language classes or with ESL/ELL students.

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Nanduti - Early Foreign Language Learning

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3 to 12
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This site offers information, strategies, and resources for those who want to introduce foreign language instruction in elementary grades. ...more
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This site offers information, strategies, and resources for those who want to introduce foreign language instruction in elementary grades.

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French Activites & Quizzes

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This is a nice collection of Java applets which provide a variety of practice and quiz material on French and French culture. The contents could be used throughout the year ...more
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This is a nice collection of Java applets which provide a variety of practice and quiz material on French and French culture. The contents could be used throughout the year as you cover specific material. From Quia.

tag(s): france (37), french (91)

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This site provides a wealth of review links, activities and lesson plans that would assist any French teacher greatly! Some of the review games would make excellent learning centers, so save those as a favorite on a classroom computer and allow students to use them towards the end of a unit. There are also some quizzes that could easily be used for practice on the interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Language Links - University of Wisconsin

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This site offers links for 13 languages/cultures. Each group of sites is divided into 5 categories; Culture/History, Media, Literature/Language, Country, and Grab Bag. This site would...more
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This site offers links for 13 languages/cultures. Each group of sites is divided into 5 categories; Culture/History, Media, Literature/Language, Country, and Grab Bag. This site would be very appropriate for language teachers, students and those studying other cultures. Sites include many audio segments. This site was developed by Lauren Rosen of the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.

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this site is a great find for a teacher of any language. Previous to class time, examine the links provided under your subject and take advantage of the free resources. Included in the links are digital supplements, review sites, and various activities. Examine the sites and determine what would make appropriate class activities, learning centers, or lesson plans.

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International Languages Guide - Virginia Commonwealth University

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OK, the "Hiking the Trail" motif is a little corny, but this page from Virginia Commonwealth University has a great collection of foreign language links, including foreign media, literature,...more
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OK, the "Hiking the Trail" motif is a little corny, but this page from Virginia Commonwealth University has a great collection of foreign language links, including foreign media, literature, cultural information, and more. The structure is simple, and the site is sufficiently visual to keep the attention of students. Good web-based foreign language collections are hard to find; these folks have done a nice job.

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Francophone Resources

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This collection from the American Association of Teachers of French offers an elaborate listing of resources for teachers and students of French, grouped by type. The page itself is...more
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This collection from the American Association of Teachers of French offers an elaborate listing of resources for teachers and students of French, grouped by type. The page itself is en Franc?ais, which may limit its utility for use by students.

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Backchannel Chat - Live Chat for Classrooms - Backchannelchat.com

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Backchannel Chat is a real-time educational discussion tool. Mute or remove comments. The tool includes a profanity filter and also a web based transcript for viewing and assessing...more
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Backchannel Chat is a real-time educational discussion tool. Mute or remove comments. The tool includes a profanity filter and also a web based transcript for viewing and assessing participation and weaknesses. Set the chat to discontinue when you leave if desired. Begin a chat with your email, display name, and backchannel title to receive a link for others to participate (no need to wait for an email). Free memberships allow one (endless) chat with up to 30 participants and storage of the chat transcript for up to 3 months. Choose the settings options to set moderation, etc. Premium features require the paid version. Unfortunately, the checkbox to require the teacher to be present for the chat is a premium feature, but you can set it to require teacher moderation for all messages so students cannot conduct after hours "chat" without your control. THis is a device agnostic tool with free app versions that work on mobile devices.
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tag(s): chat (50), DAT device agnostic tool (178), microblogging (39)

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Create a name for your chat and share the URL with others. They join in simply by entering a name (or initials, to keep it safe) and clicking Join. Use backchannel chat on laptops during a video or student presentations. Pose questions for all to answer/discuss in the backchannel. Ask students to pose their own "I wonder if..." questions as they watch and listen. Keep every student engaged and THINKING as an active listener. The first time you use backchannel, you will want to establish some etiquette and accountability rules, such as respectful language and constructive criticism. Assign students to watch a news program or political show and have a backchannel chat during the broadcast. Revisit the chat on a projector in class the next day or copy/paste or put the link to the chat transcript on a class blog or wiki and have students respond further in blog posts or on the wiki discussion tab. The advantage of backchannel chat is that every student has a voice, no matter how shy.

In world language classes or even autistic support class, have students backchannel descriptions of what they see as classmates act out a scene from a video, using new language vocabulary and/or describing the feelings of the actors. In studying literature, collaborate with another class to have students role-play a chat between two characters or - in history class - between soldiers on two sides of the Civil War or different sides of the Scopes Money trial. Make brevity an impetus for well-focused thoughts and use instantaneous response as an incentive for engagement.

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