as Second Language
Cuento de Peter Pan: http://personales.mundivia.es/llera/cuentos/peter.htm
to Language: http://www.langtolang.com/
a known term in one language and search for the corresponding term in the language
of your choice. Includes a word quiz game, language for travel, language alphabets,
and more about many languages.
Chinese Tools: http://www.mandarintools.com/
Includes a dictionary, flashcards, a Chinese character dictionary, numbers, translate
your name into Chinese, etc.
Online Translator: http://www.reverso.net/text_translation.aspx?lang=EN
Flashcards - with sound!
sound, video, quizzes, etc. from the BBC
Translator Alligator: http://www.funbrain.com/lang/index.html
Information in Spanish: http://www.stcc.cc.tx.us/lrc/Library/webdirectory/asusalud.htm
Language Database: http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Linguistics/flangdatabase.html
WebQuest Examples-Grades 6-8 Foreign Language:
Comp-jugador can conjugate nearly 10,000 Spanish verbs. Simply type in a verb,
and press Conjuga. Your single page response will include conjugations for all
tenses. For example, try the verb "tener" -- to have. The irregular
conjugations (those that do not follow the rules such as "tengo," "tienes,"
"tiene," "tienen") are marked in bold, while all regular forms
(those that do follow the rules such as "tenemos" and "tenÈis")
Starting with basic verbs in present tense, you'll be presented with an infinitive
(such as "leer" -- to read) and a pronoun ("yo" -- I). Enter
the conjugation ("leo" -- I read) and press "Correct?" Use
"Next Word" to move to the next problem. Check your percentage score
at any time with the "My
Result" key. To progress to another quiz,
click "Other conjugation sets" and select from six different tests.
Flash Cards: http://www.emporia.edu/biosci/span/flshcrd.htm
"The idea behind this project is to mimic, in an electronic format, flash
cards as they are used to learn Spanish. The idea with flash cards, is that you
look at one side of the card, think of the answer, then flip the card over to
see if you were right. On this Web page, this takes the form of displaying one
side of the card in one frame and then the answer in an adjacent frame."
To practice verb conjugations, first choose a tense then click the verb to flip
the virtual flash card.
"Los Diablos" (The Devils) are those pesky irregular verbs that must
be memorized to master the basics of conversational Spanish. "In Spanish,
as in English, some of the most important and most frequently used verbs are irregular.
Hence it is necessary to learn how they are conjugated,
primarily in the
most common verb tenses -- the simple present and the simple past (preterit).
Once these irregular Spanish verbs have been memorized, the rest of your Spanish
study will be a relative cakewalk." The devils are presented as virtual flash
cards, simply click to flip the card.
interactive quiz site isn't limited to Spanish, it also includes German and French.
Start by selecting English as your mother tongue and Spanish as the language to
be tested. First problem: translate "she gives"; you enter "ella
da." You can progress through a variety of verb quizzes, as well
general vocabulary tests. And don't forget to try the quizzes in reverse. To be
tested on translating Spanish into English, just choose Spanish as your mother
tongue, and English as the language to be tested.
de Joanna-Language Learning Resources: http://members.aol.com/jporvin/casa.htm
This site was designed for Middle and High School students who are studying Spanish
Spanish Numbers: http://www.jvlnet.com/~liliana/Spanish_Numbers.html
Especially Espanol, and especially selected for elementary
classroom use, these resources offer several activities to use student pages (in
Spanish) for reading and comprehension, writing, and drawing.
Home's Cool Homeschooling Spanish Lessons: http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/explore/spanish.htm
Interactive Spanish Stories: http://www.ika.com/stories/menu.html
Learn Spanish: http://www.studyspanish.com/
Quia Spanish Quizzes: http://www.quia.com/dir/spanish/
If you plug Spanish words into Yahoo
or Google, they will give you Spanish web sites on that subject.
Translates, for free, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian
to English and English to those languages.
language instructional sites:
La rentrée scolaire: http://www.cssmi.qc.ca/carrefour_educatif/ressources/banques/septembre.htm
A good site for images, any words are in French.
for Using Technology in Spanish class:
1. Find an online
Spanish newspaper (Latin American or Spanish) and print the headlines for levels
1 and 2 and the whole stories for upper levels. This lets you give the kids real
Spanish but it's about current events too--instant interdisciplinary lesson.
2. Go to Altavista's Babelfish translator and have the kids
translate phrases into Spanish and/or enter
phrases from your Spanish book
into the translator and compare results with your book's translation. This can
be done in small groups of 2 or 3 for about 10 minutes each.
Have them find email pals at a Spanish speaking school. This works well with older
high school kids writing in Spanish to younger elementary kids learning English
as a second language. Try Lightspan.com for email pal lists. You can schedule
kids email time each day at the beginning or end of class without too much disruption.
4. Use the Internet to find pictures of cultural festivals
and collect information on them. Then
create your own Day of the Dead or Cinco
de Mayo in class.
Though much of this site is designed for adults, children and teenagers who need
help with their English will appreciate the number and diversity of activities
on this site. Not only does the site include handouts and exercises, but it also
offers lesson plans such as
creating dialogues and completing defintions.
Exercises are presented as matching, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice. The
highlight of this site is that it offers links to headline news for practice reading
English, so it's challenging and relevant.
Children who are deaf, as well as their classmates and friends, will find use
in this site. A very basic primer for American Sign Language, this site shows
videos of people demonstrating the hand signs for everything from animals, colors,
and places to sports, the alphabet, and numbers. While the signs shown in the
videos should be taken with a grain of salt (after all, it's difficult to show
something three-dimensional in two-dimensions), they represent a good introduction
to the material. The "deaf culture bytes" section discusses the reasons
to learn sign language as well as topics like fingerspelling.
about sign languages:
Internet TESL Journal: http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/
Educators will find that checking into this site every month is worth the time.
The site includes lesson plans, as well as links to relevant research and innovative
teaching techniques, and the content changes monthly. Students can self-study
with quizzes, ranging from scrambles to vocabulary tests to crosswords, or tell
some (tasteful) jokes included on the site. The hands-on games include bingo,
and the conversation questions
spur conversation on everything from music
WWW for Spanish Teachers and Students: http://www.niles-hs.k12.il.us/north/foreignlanguage/sp/sp.html
This fun (though slightly crammed) site is a good general resource for teachers
and students of Spanish. The arts and literature link highlights biographies of
famous Latinos, like Diego Rivera. The site also includes countless recipes, for
Spanish food and in Spanish, as well as links about holidays in the Spanish-speaking
world. Links to sites about Spanish and Latin music include flamenco and pop.
The most useful page on the site is a primer about how accents work in Spanish
-- and how to create them on your computer.
German WWW Exercises: http://www.home.gil.com.au/~kmunro/g-wwwex/www-exer.html
Don't let the fact that this site starts with a curriculum for 8th graders scare
you; it's an excellent resource for any student who plans to stick with German.
The topics for
study are progressively tougher every year, staring with issues
like money and shopping and ending up with arts and politics. The beginning levels
let kids have the answers;
by the time they get to the hardest exercises,
they have to do some independent thinking. Exercises include memory games, multiple
choice, and simple writing exercises, as
well as more difficult reading comprehension.
American Association of Teachers of French
French teachers have a great starting place here, with a wonderful section called
"Teaching French with Technology." However, this site is about
more than technology. Also covered are ideas for promoting the learning
of French and information on Le Grand Concours AATF French Contest. Grade Level:
Middle School, High School, College Content Area: Foreign Language (French)
Where Do Languages Come From?: http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/language/
provides information on the origins and development of languages. The site includes
audio clips in which linguists talk about how language is studied and classified.
You can also learn how to find the histories and origins of words and make comparative
Ile en Ile: http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile/
This French-language site, designed by City College of New York and approved by
the French Minister of Education, focuses on the history, society, and literature
of the various French islands located throughout the world.
In this very attractive site produced by The Howard School in Rainham, Kent, England,
all the content is presented in French. The site includes strong grammar guides,
as lists of vocabulary about various topics such as time, weather,
and family. Students have access to basic and advanced dialogues. The site also
contains material that kids will love to translate, including some of the sentences
that Bart Simpson has to write on the blackboard.
The Cambridge School
Classics Project: http://www.caecilius.com/
This site provides good supplementary information for students who are learning
Latin. The site contains a useful translator, in which students can type in English
and retrieve their Latin sentences. Some of the fun activities include a Latin
word search (with clues in
English and solutions in Latin) and a caption contest.
The site also contains excellent links.
Common Errors in English: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/
An indispensable reference for students who are learning English as a second language,
this site lists a tremendous number of traps in the language. From explaining
the difference between "historic" and "historical" to absolving
writers for using split
infinitives, this site catalogs all those head-scratchers
in a convenient alphabetical list.
Dia de los Muertes: http://star.ucc.nau.edu/FLI/DDLM/
While it quizzes them on their Spanish comprehension skills, this site also teaches
students about the Mexican "Day of the Dead." The activities include
two tests that
incorporate holiday vocabulary words as well as basic skills,
like math. All the questions are in English, and the site provides a list of the
prominent vocabulary words.
Fast and Friendly French for Fun: http://library.thinkquest.org/18783/france.html
This comprehensive French site clues students in to France's geography, people,
and holidays. A guided tour is optimal for the serious French student who wants
one lesson a day. Lessons begin with French spelling and accents
and progress to numbers, gender, and articles. The vocabulary included is basic
and useful. While the site
isn't the prettiest to look at, its activities
and quizzes will keep students riveted.
Tools for Teaching a Foreign Language
from Copernicus Education Gateway
Teaching and learning a foreign language has never been so challenging or so imperative.
Never before has the world been so interconnected culturally and socially. There
many more students now traveling in student exchanges to explore other
countries and cultures.
The need of the hour is to improve the way we teach
languages. Improved skills are important both to English-speaking students wishing
to learn foreign languages, as well as to students from other countries wishing
to learn English.
Emerging technologies have made the task easier. They have
virtually created an environment that is almost as exciting as living in another
country. In many ways it's even better because the teaching can be focused and
controlled. Both written and verbal skills can be equally developed.
the Internet is a valuable language-teaching aid, it is not the only resource
available. Other computer and multimedia technologies are just as useful and important.
A combination of technologies and applications will perhaps create the best lesson
plans. An awareness of the technologies available and an understanding of them
is vital if you are going to explore their potential fully. Newer technologies
are emerging constantly and so are the means to acquire an understanding of them.
Here are some thoughts on how to make your foreign-language classrooms meaningful
to you and your students:
1. Be a teacher and a student at the same time.
Fast-emerging technologies demand that you be the eternal student. Get savvy before
2. Explore the world of tech tools. The Internet is a treasure
house of useful Web sites, instructional software, dictionaries, encyclopedias,
and atlases. Develop your navigation skills to access these resources. Make
sure you are familiar with other technologies as
3. Feel free to
do you own thing. Customize your own material to make your classes come alive.
If you do not have the necessary programming skills, work with a colleague or
an engineer who has.
4. Keep an open mind. Introduce new ways of learning
from all over the world. Use ideas from the folklore and folk theater of other
countries. Use games, jigsaw puzzles, and plays to help students improve their
vocabulary. Use email to improve their written statements. Use audio, video, animation,
and other multimedia tools to teach conversation and pronunciation creatively.
5. Stay in touch with the rest of the world. Collaborate with your counterparts
around the world to learn of new methods in teaching. More heads are better than
for Learning Spanish and French
Whether you're learning
the language for school or brushing up for a trip, Encarta Language Learning has
tools for you. Find free courses, skill-building games, language dictionaries,
multilingual chats, and more.
Useful French Teaching Site: http://www.btinternet.com/~s.glover/S.Glover/languagesite/Default.htm
This well-rounded site covers more than just conjugating verbs. Students can not
only use virtual flashcards to increase their vocabulary, but they can also immerse
themselves in the language through a discussion of French cinema. Try some of
the lesson plans or print out a suggested syllabus. The site even offers links
to debates about the teaching of French.
Mr. Shea's German
Work Page: http://www.serve.com/shea/work.htm
Robert Shea's collection of exercises, grammar resources, and cultural topics
for middle schoolers offers a seemingly endless supply of links about everything
from the alphabet to cognates to word order. Students can also put their learning
into context with descriptions of the history and culture of Germany. Teachers
have access to lesson plans and worksheets. The site is well-balanced and a cinch
to use with its clean menu in the frame on the left.
Parlo is a stellar site for students of French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The format
puts students in real-world situations and offers them the chance to listen to
conversations or practice conversations with themselves (using a microphone).
Numerous fill-in-the-blank worksheets provide grammar practice, while the reading
comprehension passages let students test themselves and learn about culture. You'll
also find pen pals, a word of the day, live broadcasts from around the world,
and links galore. Free registration is required.
On Line: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/forlanglit/oldrills/index.html
In addition to offering the usual grammar and vocabulary drills, this site does
a good job of making Latin seem like any other language, so kids don't feel threatened
by it. The entire site, including the "right" and "wrong"
notes on the quizzes, is in Latin to provide a feeling of immersion. The exercises
are tough, so students will be challenged.
Learning Resources: http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/
An excellent resource for ESL students who don't want to work with the same old
picture books, this site also gives them a chance to read real-world stories from
CNN San Francisco. All the stories are hyperlinked to expanded discussions of
vocabulary and grammar. Students can look at an outline of the story they just
read, or they can jump into a reading comprehension quiz. The stories themselves
are diverse, covering all kinds of news, science, and human-interest topics, so
students can learn about more than just English.
World's Foreign Languages Center: http://www.education-world.com/foreign_lang/index.shtml
This is a fairly new curriculum center from Education World. There are regular
articles about teaching foreign languages, but the real highlights are the curriculum
resources: classroom tools, lesson plans, standards, and themes. Visit the special
areas for French, German, Spanish, Latin, bilingualism, and ESL/EFL for dictionaries,
newspapers, online tests, and recommended links. There's even a Parents' Corner
so that kids can get foreign language help at home.
Espanol I Review
If you teach first-year Spanish, you might find this page quite helpful.
It was created by a Spanish teacher who wanted to provide her students with extra
resources. Although the site links extensively to Study Spanish -- another
great foreign language site: http://www.studyspanish.com
-- the best part is the set of games and flashcards that drill vocabulary, conjugation,
Foreign Language for Travelers: http://www.travlang.com/languages/
Are you or your students going abroad this summer? Prepare to speak
like a native with this site. Choose the language you want to speak from a selection
of dozens to bring up a list of important phrases you'll need to know. Improve
your pronunciation by clicking on a phrase to hear it spoken via RealPlayer. Test
yourself with a quick quiz, too.
Hebrew for ME: http://www.zigzagworld.com/hebrewforme/
The future international diplomats in your class may benefit from learning
Hebrew. This site assumes that users already know the Hebrew alphabet and jumps
straight to vocabulary. Unique Java applets produce a picture from the theme of
your choice (such as having breakfast). From a list of given Hebrew words, students
click on each word to identify the object it represents and then drag the
object to its appropriate place in the picture. This is a great way to drill words
about items in a house, articles of clothing, food, calendars, and numbers.
The Latin Page: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/3773/
Latin isn't a dead language on the Web! This resource was designed especially
for middle- and high-school Latin teachers. There are lists of online lesson plans,
dictionaries, mythology references, and even a software directory. Have some fun
with their pig latin resources, and when your students are tired of drills, lead
them to "S.P.Q.R.," an online mystery game about ancient Romans.
Word 2000 automatically detects whether you are typing in English,
or Spanish, and uses the appropriate spelling or grammar checker for that sentence.
Electronic Flashcards for Spanish: http://www.emporia.edu/biosci/span/flshcrd.htm
This site isn't graphically appealing, but it might be a big help when you
drill your students on verb
conjugations, use of correct tenses, verb-preposition
combinations, and prepositional phrases. Set up like a typical flashcard, a box
on the left-hand side of the screen provides lists of words; click on one and
the correct translation pops up in the box on the right-hand side.
is an excellent site for ESL students or anyone who needs an English grammar drill.
You'll find reference guides, grammar lessons, homework exercises and help, reading
passages, and online forums where ESL students can practice their new language.
In addition, students will enjoy the games and quizzes, practical business tips
(such as writing a presentation or résumé in English), and information on traveling
to study in an English-speaking country.
Fast and Friendly French for
This ThinkQuest site goes by the alternate title "A Beginner's Guide
to French." Start out with the ten
French lessons that vary from letters
and numbers to past and future verb tenses. Then, let your students take the multiple
choice quiz. End with a look at French culture, including an innovative activity
on how to order food in a French restaurant.
Gagne ou Perdu: http://www.momes.net/imagier/jeu/index.html
Here's a simple vocabulary game for beginning French students. All in French,
this game asks students to select a letter from the alphabet. Four images appear
and the student must select the image that begins with the letter they chose.
If the student correctly guesses the image, a smiley face with the word "gagne"
appears, while an incorrect guess yields a frown.
Although this site doesn't help teach foreign languages, it would be an excellent
cultural supplement for foreign language courses. Select a country from any of
the world's six main regions, and WorldSkip.com will give you links to that country's
major news and sports bureaus; business, economy, and currency information; tourism
guides; activities, events, and entertainment reviews;
and history and cultural
was known in Old English as Frigedaeg (Frigg's Day), after Frigg, the wife of
Odin and the goddess of the hearth and
married love. The source of her name
was prehistoric Germanic frijaz (noble), which was also the source of English
free. The Romans called the day Veneris Dies, after Venus, their own goddess
of love. The Greeks before them also named the day
after a goddess of love,
calling it hemera Aphrodites (day of Aphrodite). The Latin name for the
day led to modern French Vendredi. The Russians, true to their pragmatic form,
call the day Pyatnitsa (five).
is the first of two days of rest during which many businesses close. Saturday
is also the ancient Sabbath day, as
reflected in the Russian name for the
day, Subota (Sabbath). Our word for the day comes from Old English
(Saturn's Day), which sprang from the Latin Dies Saturni (Saturn's
Day). The Romans named the day after their god of the harvest, a dour and
forbidding old fellow in whose honor the extravagantly uninhibited Saturnalia
festival was held every winter
The Romans translated their name from the
Greek hemera Khronu (day of Cronus), after the Greek god who was said to have
been ruler of the universe before he was dethroned by Zeus.
For many modern
Christians, Sunday is the Sabbath,
a day of rest, although in ancient times the Sabbath happened on Saturday.
Old English sunnandaeg was based on Latin Dies Solis (Sun's Day), translated from
the Greek hemera Helio (day of the Sun). The Latin name has carried into many
languages. In German it's Sonntag, and in Dutch it's Zondag. Swedish and Danish
both have Sondag, but with different diacritical marks. In Welsh the day is Dydd
Sul. The Romance languages changed the focus. In French it's Dimanche (Lord's
Day) and the Spanish translation of that is Domingo. The Russians call the day
a dozen different language translations within seconds: http://www.thirdage.com/news/archive/000117-04.html?std
Seventy percent of
all PC users are non-English-speaking, but 80 percent of Web content is in English,
according to Babylon.com, an Israel-based
developer of instant-translation software. Recently launched in the U.S.,
the free Babylon single-click translator can help those who don't speak English
cope with the Web by turning English into eight other languages with a click of
the mouse. When you click on a word in any text document -online or off-line-its
translation instantly pops up in a window. The utility currently translates
from English to Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese,
and Spanish, plus an English to English dictionary. You can download the
12 MB utility, or you can use it on the Web.
to see something pretty cool? You can use a "foreign language version"
of most of your favorite search engines by typing a two-letter abbreviation
in front of its URL. For example, to use the French version of Yahoo, type:
Here are a few more
The GlobeGate Project is a non-profit organization hosted by the University
of Tennessee-Martin. A centralized database of foreign language Web sites, GlobeGate
is a great place to start when you're surfing the Internet for lesson plans and
classroom activities. The site specializes in French, Spanish, Japanese,
and Arabic, but plans to offer more languages soon.
Learning Activities for the Latin Classroom: http://www.latin.about.com/education/latin/library/blactivities01.htm
Latin isn't a dead language, especially for doctors, lawyers, and anyone
interested in word etymology. Give your students a head start on their professional
careers by teaching them the basics of Latin. This site offers great lesson plans,
activities, games, and recommended Web resources, all hand-picked by Janet Burns,
the Latin expert at About.com.
Don't let the TeachSpanish.com home page scare you away. Although the site
offers commercial teaching
supplies through an online catalog, it is also
loaded with terrific, free resources just for Spanish teachers. Visit the Lesson
Ideas section for classroom activities geared toward middle school courses. The
Country Study section links to online travel guides describing every Spanish-speaking
country. There are hundreds of Web sites for teachers and students in the Spanish
Links section, and the Discussion and Job Boards let you share ideas with other
Vassar College Libraries: Italian Language Resources:
If you teach Italian, are traveling to Italy, or just want to learn this
lovely language, this site is a must. Compiled by the library at Vassar College,
this site categorizes dozens of links to make your search easy. For general Italian
language sites, check out the
Collective Sites section. Otherwise, browse
through the resources in Electronic Journals and Newspapers; Language and Culture;
Literature; Art and Architecture; Politics and Government; and Geography and Travel.
Try an Italian discussion board or learn about Florence and the Vatican City.
Association of Teachers of French||for
teachers of French, offers information, resources, and links|
database to help teachers locate colleagues around the world with an interest
in setting email communication for their students|
Resources for Foreign Languages||free
educational/classroom resources and links|
(The Foreign Language Teaching Forum)||information
about listserves, many language resources for foreign language teachers|
Alta Vista Translation Service||submit
English text for translation into Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Italian|
Lovers - Literature from many countries||annotated
collection of links to literature of many countries in their native language|
to recipe collections starting on the western side of the continent and moving
Language and Culture||links
to language tutorials, translators and other tools|
Language News and Magazines||from
MIT library, collection of links to worldwide electronic journals, newspapers,
magazines in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian,
of language-related Internet resources, links to online language lessons, dictionaries,
language and literature resources, professional organizations, jobs internships|
of Congress Country Studies||history,
geography, economy of 91 countries, how they are shaped by cultural factors|
of On-line Dictionaries||lists
languages spoken in world|
Foreign Language Resources||selective
list of language and culture sites |
University of Oregon, definitive list of language resources, including links to
hard-to-find fonts listservs and newsgroups|
Sheet for Travelers||currency
conversions worldwide, updated regularly|
Languages for Travelers||links
to worldwide weather, currency rates and conversion tables, travel and cultural
information, many language sites.|
to live French radio broadcasts with some translation features. Requires
Literature for Children||reviews,
illustrations, interviews with authors. |
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, links to cultural resources, history,
et Tintin: Le Cyber-Catalog Complet||popular
comic strip displayed, examined and analyzed |
version of the "world's leading picture magazine", includes archives
and link to English edition|
into Italian life, culture, explores all aspects of current affairs, links |
Studies Web (WESS)||from
Yale, includes contributions from Italian Studies bibliographers nationwide|
to newspapers, arts, literature, food |
Internet metasearch engine|
pagina degli anagrammi del Gaunt||generates
anagrams in Italian|
edition of daily newspaper, includes searchable archives|
Web Guide to Italian||from
University of Oregon, Italian language resources and links for travelers|
travel guide to cities of Spain, photo tour, information about fiestas, folklore,
Spanish for the Virtual Student||from
University of Missouri, more than 50 modules covering pronunciation, nouns, verbs,
adjectives, adverbs, pronouns|
Periodicos, Buscadores, Diaries||organized
by Latin American country, provides extensive information for virtual student
news stories, listen to CNN live in Spanish, requires RealAudio|
Spanish Page/La pagina hispana||Spanish
and Portuguese sites, general resources related to Hispanic world, Spanish Beatles
America Network Information Center from the University of Texas, subject index
to resources in all areas of Latin American life|
Spanish WWW Guide||from
University of Oregon, resources and links|
Sign Language Browser||dictionary
of sign language requires Quicktime plug-in to see hand movements that demonstrate
teacher of ESL at California Stte University, for English as Second Language teachers
and students, idiom page for useful definitions and examples|