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Your Guide to Italian Pronunciation and Grammar

Italian is widely regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful, romantic languages in the world. By providing you with an comprehensive guide to Italian pronunciation and grammar, we will have you on your way to near-native fluency in no time!  We go in-depth into each of the rules involved in accurately pronouncing words and crafting coherent sentences with the goal of getting you to a fluent conversational level. Make sure to get your free Ebook guide download at the end of the article!  ... read more

Italian Language Games

Italian language games are part of Digital Dialect's collection of language resources. They include games with numbers, greetings, colors, fruits & vegetables, food, time, clothing, animals and many others. Digital Dialects was launched in January 2007, originally a by-product of a dissertation reviewing web resources for language learning. The site was conceived as an educational tool for learning languages, and as a guide to online resources. The creator of the site, Craig Gibson, has worked for a variety of education and non-profit institutions in the fields of e-learning, educational resource management and information management. He holds an MA in Education and International Development, and an MSc in Web Information Management, and has spent several years studying Dutch, Hindi, Japanese and Spanish. ... read more

Learn Italian in Song

Learn Italian in Song is part of a blog and features many contemporary and classic Italian songs. Each song shows a video of the song, plus Italian and translated lyrics. Alex Britti, Adriano Celentano, Fred Buscaglione and Toto Cotugno are just a few of the singers that are included on the site. The site also has further information about Italian food, culture and education. ... read more

Nuestras Historias

This was a project created by using the information provided by Mike McViegh and Jana Moyer on their respective websites. Both sites are noted at the beginning of the project page. The final result was a presentation that included a Powerpoint and a written report describing each individual's story. Students were encouraged to share only what they felt comfortable sharing with the class. Being a class of Spanish speaking students from various backgrounds, stories were diverse and in some cases very moving. The project itself took 7 weeks as several grammar activities were included along the way. ... read more

El Mercado de Cuernavaca: Las Verduras

“El Gusto y el Sabor de México”:  Comparative Markets    “El Gusto y el Sabor de México” is a cultural unit about Mexican food.   The lesson “Comparative Markets” is designed for all levels and all ages. Few foreign students come to Mexico with their computers, therefore no instructions are necessary for students to carry out this lesson with technology.  Thinglink and SoundCloud  will be used in a  presentation given by the instructor with one computer and a projector before going to the market. The language is Mexican Spanish and the content and presentation will be given entirely in the target language. Learning outcomes Using Spanish, the student will be able to: ... read more

Learn Spanish

This website provides sections on pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. There are some vocabulary areas that are only available to premium members, but access to most of the website is free. ... read more

LearnItalianPod

LearnItalianPod.com specializes in teaching “lovers of all things Italian” how to speak Italian language fast and easily. There are podcasts in different categories and for different levels - beginner, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced. Podcasts cover different topics like news, places, food, fun, romance, verbs, time, descriptions, people, etc. and are typically around 7 minutes long. They can be played online or be downloaded. ... read more

Vocaroo

¡Damas y Caballeros!  Los Venados, the Professional Mexican League Baseball team is preparing for their home opener.  Students are entering a contest to see which lucky student will be the one to announce the starting line-up.  Winner must announce the names of the batting order (primero..), position (el jardinero central) and the name of the player (Ruben Rivera). Remember to go over the a e i o u Spanish vowel sounds prior to the assignment. Once students have written the script with player names and positions, students can use vocaroo.com to record and email their project.   Get the names here: http://www.venadosdemazatlan.com/roster.html Baseball positions and more here: http://able2know.org/topic/28268-1 More resources: http://quizlet.com/52970/spanish-words-baseball-flash-cards/ ... read more

Web Italian Lessons

Web Italian Lessons A quick and straightforward introduction into the Italian language by Lucio Chiappetti. It covers all the main parts of pronuciation, nouns, verbs, prepositions, numbers, pronouns, etc. including essential notes on grammar. He updates the pages in his spare time, more or less following the template and cadence of the Spanish pages by Tyler Jones. However the author does not guarantee to provide compilation of new pages regularly.  ... read more

¡Viajemos!

Now your students can travel the Spanish speaking world and learn about interesting locations in these countries by creating a Google Map. Student will need a Google account inorder to sign into Google Maps. Once they have their account, they can create a map and place pins, with descriptions and pictures. A follow up to this is to write a report using the information on the map. Click to see a map created by a first year student. ... read more

Putting Wallwisher to Work

After a week-long seminar about how to use and implement Web 2.0 tools into the world language classroom, participants were asked to create a sample lesson using those tools. One of the main ideas of the seminar was to learn how to use technology as a tool for student engagement and learning. Some of those tools included: Wallwisher, Creating a Google map, posting a Youtube video, creating a Voki, creating a Storyboard story and more. See our first class wall here... http://wallwisher.com/wall/esterotipos ... read more

A Short History of Italian Comics

This article gives a brief overview of the history of Italian comics Comics were introduced into Italy a few years after their appearance in the United States: from 1908 onwards the weekly paper Corriere dei Piccoli (Children's Courier) published the Sunday pages of Mimmo (Buster Brown), Fortunello (Happy Hooligan), Cirillino (The Newlyweds), Bibi e Bibo (The Katzenjammer Kids), and Bubbi (Little Nemo). The original American drawings were adapted to the style of illustrated children papers of the period: the speech balloons - considered non-educational - were eliminated, and the story was narrated by rhyming captions. In fact many Italians did not realise that in America these characters talked with "little puffs of smoke" or fumetti as they were called ... read more

Platicamos

Classroom Collaborate is a website that allows teachers to post discussions online and students to comment on those discussions. Students can also reply to comments posted by other students. Discussions can appear as images, videos or documents (pdf) with four options: yes-no, multiple choice, vote or suggest, or forums. ... read more

Nulu Languages

Nulu combines fresh news articles, human translation and pronunciation, and a contextualized review system to effectively and enjoyably complement foreign language instruction. ... read more

@Twitter_es

Twitter en español @twitter_es San Francisco, CA ¡Bienvenidos a la cuenta oficial de Twitter en español! ¿Eres nuevo? Empieza aquí https://twitter.com/#!/welcome http://blog.es.twitter.com ... read more

Learn Italian Singing

Learn italian singing these songs - Learn italian and spanish singing these songs / aprende italiano cantando estas canciones / impara spagnolo cantando queste canzoni. ... read more

Italian Lessons Series 1

Mi Chiamo Giuseppe e mia moglie si chiama Graziella My name is Joseph and my wife's name is Grace. Together we are going to put together some fun, basic italian lessons. I learned most of my italian at Saddleback College 20 years ago. Grace is full blooded Sicilian that was raised in Toronto. Her second language is English though she speaks it with no accent. ... read more

Lessons From A Voice Thread Project

Introduction To The Project - Over the past couple weeks I have been tweeting about a Voice Thread project that my senior Spanish class has undertaken.  We have studied works of Spanish artists such as El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and Picasso. For the big unit project, the students researched a Spanish artist that we had not studied in class. They were then supposed to create a Google Presentation about this artist.  The presentation needed to include information about the life of the artist, the historical context of the artist and details about three works of art by that artist.  The trick of their presentation was not to use more than one bullet note of text per slide.  I wanted them to find the images that could tell the story of the artist.  The students uploaded their images to Voice Thread where they narrated over their slides.  Essentially, they created their own mini documentary.  Last year this project was a poster project.  This year we’re trying to adapt the concepts to the 21st century. ... read more

7th Grade Spanish

VoiceThread for 7th Grade Spanish -   VoiceThread allows my Spanish students listening, reading, writing and speaking practice and opportunities to improve pronunciation, [and] it allows me to target any specific theme or skill. It is helpful for both the slower and quick learner as I can ask very closed or open-ended questions for students to respond to. ... read more

Collaborative Story-telling / Una historia a medias

Skype Project Collaborative Story-telling - Somos una clase divertida buscando amigos para escribir una historia juntos.  Si vivís en España o Sudamérica, podemos escribir una historia bilingüe para que todos podamos practicar la lengua de referencia. Si estudiáis español como segunda lengua, nos podemos centrar sólo en el español.  Nos fascina el intercambio de ideas y cultura.  Nos vemos pronto. We are a fun Spanish class looking for friends to write a story with.  If you live in Spain or South America, we can write a bilingual story so we all practice our target tongues. If you study Spanish as a second language, we can focus on Spanish.  We can certainly exchange a ton of ideas and culture.  ... read more