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EDSITEment

Looking for a website with helpful resources and lessons for use in your classroom? EDSITEment provides both! All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom. Besides foreign language, EDSITEment offers resources in other subject areas such as literature, language arts, arts and culture, history, and social studies. Other foreign language links: http://edsitement.neh.gov/subject/foreign-language http://edsitement.neh.gov/reference-shelf/best-web-spanish-language-websites-general-sites Teachers of Spanish can also link to the Thinkfinity Website to join "Recursos para docentes del castellano", a group dedicated to compiling material for those who teach Spanish as well as Hispanic culture and literature. http://community.thinkfinity.org/groups/docentesdelcastellano ... read more

Twitter and Microblogging for Language Learning

How to use Twitter in Language Lessons - Microblogging is an unusual form of expressing oneself, yet it is rapidly becoming a mainstream tool. Not only does its popularity make it relevant to language learners, its conversational and concise style offers opportunities to practice specific language skills. What is it? And how is it normally used? Twitter is a microblogging tool. It combines features of SMS text messages and blogs. It allows users to send very short messages (known as “tweets”) to each other that are also readable by the rest of the web (unless specifically made private as a Direct Message). Since the conversations are public, there can be a comfortable flow of text between various users, assuming that they all are following each other. Following is the twitter equivalent of subscribing to someone’s blog. It is not necessarily a reciprocal arrangement: just because I follow you (ie subscribe to your tweets), doesn’t mean that you are following me.... ... read more

Harry Potter in Translation: Making Language Learning Magical

This guide with 5-lesson plans shares ideas on how teachers can use Harry Potter in translation to teach languages. These lesson plans accompany the multilingual audio recordings available free through the University of Calgary's Language Research Centre, where native speakers have volunteered to read small snippets of Harry Potter in 70 languages. ... read more

Using VoiceThread to Give Students a Voice Outside the Classroom

Give Students a Voice Outside the Classroom - Just like most educators, I view teaching as a process. After incorporating a new activity or giving a new course, I reflect upon the outcomes. What went well? What failed? Sometimes I know the modifications I would make the next time around, but other times I look to my student evaluations for guidance. This recently happened after teaching an introductory Spanish class online. While I felt that the class had gone well, a student’s simple observation led me to my latest modification: find a way for students interact with one another in an online setting. The online forum I employed enabled me to speak in an asynchronous fashion with my students, but it did not allow them to communicate with one another, leaving them isolated, alone in cyberspace to work on their assignments with no personal interaction. The comment sent me knocking on my friendly technology consultant’s door, and together we found a simple solution: VoiceThread. ... read more

Koohii: Japanese and Chinese

An amalgamation of different sources that help a person with any possible reference needed to learn the language. The forum/wiki is user based where members can discuss and contribute to the website. They can edit and share kanji stories with fellow learners, vote for the best stories, review with scheduled flashcards, and track your progress. ... read more

Livemocha

In a world hungry for new language skills, and increasing broadband Internet access and VOIP adoption, our mission is to provide a more accessible, affordable, and engaging way to learn a language. Livemocha allows people around the world to help each other with language learning, and provides our community with opportunities to learn and practice new languages together. ... read more

Language Guide.org

Pictorial vocabulary by topic, grammar and conjugation, reading and comprehension exercises in 13 languages, and some dialects of a language (Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Mexico, for example). ... read more

Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS)

"GLOSS lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.  Reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities. In depth Feedback accompanies all motivating tasks, providing learners with thorough explanations and tutoring just like an attentive and experienced teacher would do. NOW AVAILABLE - GLOSS Certificates providing documentation of work accomplished.  With more than 6,000 lessons, GLOSS is a valuable resource in maintaining and improving language ability and proficiency." ... read more

Conjuguemos

Think of Conjuguemos as an online workbook for your Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin language students. The site stores a large amount of practice activities, with more exercises added during the year by our users. Teachers can also create their own activities. ... read more

Easel.ly

"Easel.ly is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300,000 users have already registered with Easel.ly, and thousands of infographics are produced using the site every month." ... read more

Aurasma

Aurasma is an augmented reality tool that uses image recognition technology to trigger multimedia experiences.  More information is available on the About Us page, and signing up for a free Aurasma Studio account is possible through the Studio Login page . Aurasma is not specifically intended for the language classroom, but can easily be applied to enhance students' language learning expreriences.  ... read more

2012 Social Media Workshop Wiki

 Weeklong web 2.0 and language teaching workshop. Please check out the wiki to view the archives ... read more

Zaption

"Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that transforms video from a “lean back” experience to an engaging “lean forward” activity. With Zaption’s analytics, instructors get immediate feedback on how students interact with the content and understand key concepts." ... read more

BBC Languages

This website provides basic phrases and tutorials for 40 languages. It also has links to BBC news in 27 languages. ... read more

Chirp

Chirp is a way to share links, photos, and notes using encoded bits of sound.  While it is not specifically a language-learning application, it could be used to share with students in a classroom, or with anyone in audible range.  The app currently works on iOS and Android.   ... read more

Dipity Interactive Timelines

"Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web's content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps." Dipity is not specifically designed for language education, but could easily be used in a language class, especially those oriented towards historical and current events.  ... read more

Mi historia laboral

Students will practice their Spanish writing skills using the preterit and imperfect tenses to create a narrative that describes their work history. Students will also be able to share their narrative using VOKI or VoiceThread. This activity can be adapted to any language. ... read more

BlendSpace

With BlendSpace, you can quickly and easily organize and present digital content from the web for your classes.   ... read more

Memrise

Using mnemonics and fun activities, memrise helps users learn languages faster and also helps them enjoy the studying. There is also a forum to post questions and feedback to and from other users. ... read more

Standards based lesson plan generator

The Standards based lesson plan generator is an online tool for developing effective lesson plans. The template incorporate ACTFL standards and new California World Language Content Standards. View, create, share, and download lesson plans. ... read more