To the User
This tool includes two kinds of resources. The first focuses on specific topics, and includes ready-made sets of activities relevant to these topics. In this category we currently provide a resource called "Languages of the World: An Enrichment Unit", which is meant to add depth to the study of language, put languages in context, promote diversity awareness, and touch upon major issues in linguistics and language learning. The activities are intended for students of foreign languages at the high school or college level.
The second kind is a loose collection of links to the Web pages of several organizations and
professionals in the field that teachers might find useful in that they
great deal of information and links to other sites that we chose not to
repeat on our site.
Languages of the World: An Enrichment Unit
Text To Speech Tools in Language Instruction
Accessibility of Language Instruction Sites: a report
The American Council on the
of Foreign Languages
This is an excellent organization that
serves the needs of all
foreign language teachers, regardless of the language they teach. Some
the resources provided are the Virtual Exhibit Hall, a Download Library,
a list of superb Links containing extremely useful information.
The American Association of Teachers
Web-based resources, exercises, activities, learning scenarios, and
projects. Also, there is information on a variety of programs,
the German On-Line Distance Education Network, Summer Study for
School Students, Summer Seminars for Teachers, Student and Teacher
Testing, and the Work Immersion Study Program for Community College
Students, to name just a few.
The American Association of
A superb Web site with a gold mine of links for teachers and
There is outstanding information on teaching with technology, as well as
links to professional organizations and institutions, and an entire
devoted to discovering French culture on the Web. The links to
for Creating Pedagogical Applications" is exceptional, as is Dr.
Abrate's "Self-Study Guide to the Web." We believe this
is a "must" for all French teachers.
The American Association of
Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese This site provides
on a large number of professional development workshops both in the U.S.
abroad, and links to their Video Resource Library and a reprint of
Sharp's article "Those who don't speak Spanish may be left behind,"
which appeared in USA Today on May 9, 2001.
This site, prepared at the University
Minnesota, lists organizations, with contact information, for both
languages (30+ including American Sign Language) and LCTL teaching in
general. A valuable resource.
Resources at The University of Texas at Austin
Center for Instructional Technologies
The mission of UT's CIT is to help educators integrate technology into
instruction. The Center provides training, consulting, and Web and lab
Liberal Arts Instructional
Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (ITS) is a department in
the University Of
Texas College Of Liberal Arts which provides computer and multimedia
support for faculty and& students in the College & beyond.
Digital Audio Catalog
These audio materials, produced by Liberal Arts
Technology Services at The University of Texas at Austin, were designed
primarily to help students taking foreign language courses on our
of Course Web Sites
This link will take you to a list of courses that were developed in
cooperation with Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services.
Some of these courses are listed below.
Learn first-year French on the Web. Check out the superb
videos and other materials prepared by Professor Carl Blyth and Karen
Tex's French Grammar
Tex the armadillo learn lots of French. A team from the
Department of French and Italian led by Professor Carl Blyth and Karen
Kelton prepared these materials.
Jane Lippmann's Web Site
While Professor Lippmann
designed this Web site for students taking her classes in Accelerated
First-Year French (FR 604), Advanced French I: Written Emphasis (FR
Advanced French II: Oral Emphasis (FR 322E), and Getting the MOST out of
College (Freshman Seminar 301), she has uploaded materials that would
be of interest to other teachers. The section of 40 links that cover a
myriad of subjects, the 100+ photos she personally took from 1998-2001
Paris, Giverny, Brussels, and Montreal, and the photos of several groups
students actively engaged in classroom activities could generate ideas
set the stage for communication in the foreign language classroom.
Hebrew Language at The
University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Esther Raizen's
Materials for Professor Raizen's Modern Hebrew for
Beginners (UT Press, 2000), and Modern Hebrew for
Students (UT Press, 2001) are included in the
and Video Clips sections of this site. Be sure to check out
Hebrew Language Teacher Toolbox in the Tools section.
Not-to-be-missed links include: virtual tours in Israel puzzles and
games that will keep students happy, other Hebrew instructional sites of
interest, and short documentaries about the Hebrew language and related
Yiddish Culture in
Instructor: Dr. Itzik Gottesman. Dr. Gottesman teaches American
culture through links to the Literature, Education, the Press, and
This is an unusual site that introduces students to a culture not often
studied in colleges and universities.
a privately held e-learning technology corporation. "Quia.com has
the Web's largest collaborative educational resource, attracting over
400,000 unique visitors and 14 million page views monthly. Around the
educators and learners in over 120 countries use Quia.com on a regular
basis." With all the tutorials and other information Quia.com makes
available online, I believe that it provides the support and resources
teachers would welcome.
Developed by Half-Baked Software, this suite includes six
applications enabling the user to create interactive multiple-choice,
short-answer. jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/oredering and
gap-fill exercises for the web. Requires very little programming, free
for non profit educational users who make their pages available on the
Questique by David English (commercial)
Questique is a unique strategy crossword board game that can be played in a home, school or further educational environment. Rare amongst skill based games, it is suitable for children, families and adults. Play is possible from elementary to advanced levels. A simple handicapping system allows players of mixed abilities to all compete as equals. This could even be a highly educated language teacher and a below average ability child of eight! It is an excellent language teaching aid, especially in relation to spelling and vocabulary development. The game includes many options, one of these being "fast play". This is ideal for active minds and impatient players of all ages --- no need for an egg timer here to keep the game moving! Questique is fun, challenging and educational and can be played solo or by up to four players.
Technology in the Language Classroom: Theory and
A number of on-line resources deal with the use of technology in the
language classroom. Research in this area is now abundant,
but these would be a good starting point:
- The Information Technology section of the Chronicle of Higher Education
It requires paid subscription. Good for information about policies and
general technology-related issues.
- CALL Courseware Development: A Handbook. Edited by Francoise
Nicole Chenik and June Thompson, 1998.
Published by the European Association for Computer Assisted Learning. A
good source for questions one should ask when planning a CALL project.
Handbook on line (PDF format), may be downloaded here.
ESL links by Jim Duber-- an extensive page with multiple
Technology International Information Forum (LLTI)--
a general site which may be of interest, and a listserv which provides
insight into many issues of technology. Out of Dartmouth College.
- Untangling the Web : Nonce's Guide to Language & Culture
the Internet by Carl S. Blyth. Published in
paperback by John Wiley and Sons in 1998 (ISBN:0471392472) . This
full of helpful information. Even teachers who are learning to
technology into their lesson plans will quickly start up their
computers without fear.
Music Sites and Resources
Listen to national anthems from many different countries. Links to anthems in MP3, Real Audio and Windows media are on pages for each country. Instrumental and vocal anthems plus information on the countries are provided.
Learn a variety
songs from all over the world. This site provides lyrics, and most
may be heard.
Musical Skills for Classroom Teachers, 9th
Edition, by Robert W. Winslow, et al. Published in Sept. 2000 by
McGraw-Hill, and available in both paperback and spiral-bound
(ISBN: 0072426926). According to the reviewer on Amazon's Web
book is designed to give teachers with little or no knowledge of
"the skills they need to make it a vibrant and engaging part of
daily classroom activities."