French Menu is an iPhone app for communication in French, covering the essentials you need to know about eating in a French restaurant. Listen to audio clips spoken by a native French speaker, covering basic language for dining with the option to record your attempt and hear immediate playback of your voice followed by the voice of the French speaker. French Menu also includes audio clips of things you might be asked when in a French restaurant. Another feature is a wine list with descriptions of over 100 wines from the major French wine regions.
An online Moodle course for language teachers at the website of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML). Learn how to use YouTube, wikis, forums, Audacity, SurveyMonkey, Moodle, audioconferencing, podcasts, quizzes and blogs. Find out how other teachers use these tools and share your experiences with them.
Over 500 links to resources for teachers and students of foreign languages, including English as a Foreign Language French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese, as well as links to online dictionaries, publications, projects, professional associations, etc.
The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Languages of the Wider World (LWW CETL) is a HEFCE-funded collaboration between SOAS and UCL. Its aim is to promote and support excellence in the teaching and learning of languages that do not have a large presence in UK Higher Education, i.e. the languages of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Netherlands , Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia.
Lindsey Wright describes how students of English language could benefit from the valuable practice of correcting online translators' mistakes. With a little ingenuity, online translation services can become useful tools for students and teachers of the English language, no matter whether they are in a traditional classroom or in an online school. A number of activities, grouped by difficulty level, are given as examples of potential translation correction exercises.
The French Digital Kitchen is an environment in which a computer in the kitchen communicates with students, instructing them step-by-step in how to cook French cuisine while teaching aspects of French language at the same time, namely the essential vocabulary and grammar that are used in such an environment. The underlying pedagogy is Task-Based Learning (TBL), an established approach to teaching foreign languages whereby learners are prompted by instructions in the target language to carry out specified tasks.
Lara Lomicka Anderson, a University of South Carolina professor who encourages her students to use Twitter in French classes, is to receive an honorary award, Ordre des Palmes Académiques, from the French government. Anderson is the author of a book about using social networking and online study to advance foreign language instruction and has promoted new technologies for foreign language teaching techniques. Anderson says the use of Twitter in the classroom allows students to develop conversation skills and build a sense of communal language learning in and out of the classroom.
In this book Jonathan Leakey outlines the existing evidence for the impact of computers on language learning and makes the case for an integrated approach to the evaluation of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
The Verbling site allows you to sign up and choose the language you want to learn. Once you join the site during a session time, you are automatically paired with a language speaker who is fluent in the language you wish to learn. The site encourages users to talk to a number of different speakers within each session. So if you speak French and want to learn English, you’ll be paired up with a native English speaker who wants to learn French. You start in one language and halfway through the video session, a timer tells you when to switch to the other.
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