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Generic and language specific resources for second and foreign language teaching and learning. I also include professional learning opportunities for teachers on this site.
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Barrier Games

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Barrier games are a great way to develop listening and verbal skills
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Spanish Mama

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Spanish Mama is for bilingual families, parents, teachers, and lovers of Spanish– anyone looking for ideas and inspiration for language learning! I’m a scattered-but-creative-mind, better at thinking of good ideas than implementing them, and always like to learn. I really love teaching and mothering.

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Living Bi-culturally: Our Peruvian-American Life

I began this journey somewhat accidentally. In 2003, I entered UNC-Chapel Hill with plans to major in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish. After floundering through Spanish 2, I dropped the Spanish plans and figured a second language wasn’t for me. After college I moved to the high jungle of Peru to teach English, and five months turned into two years. Along the way I fell for a local guy named Pocho and learned Spanish after all! My husband  and I now live in the U.S. with our two kids.

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Folk-rocker Bertrand Belin

Folk-rocker Bertrand Belin | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Bertrand Belin is a folk-rocker—many consider him a musical poet—and one French music magazine credits him with bringing a Mondrian simplicity to rock.
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Australian schools yet to tap into power of mobile learning — EducationHQ Australia

Australian schools yet to tap into power of mobile learning — EducationHQ Australia | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Mobile devices have the ability to literally take learning outside the classroom and into the real world. But according to Mark Pegrum, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia (UWA), the power of mobile learning remains untapped in many Australian schools.
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Great teachers inspire.

Good Teachers teach, Great Teachers inspire.. eMpoweR ServiceS Training Organization is coming up with series of workshops for teachers.
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Kelly (PLC) showed this wonderful clip at the CEWA PL Language PL day.

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Language-Teaching Wearables : learning device

Language-Teaching Wearables : learning device | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Learning a new language often requires extensive lessons or full immersion for an extended period, but the 'Mersiv' is a language-learning device that takes a different approach.

Featuring a microphone, camera and headphones, the 'Mersiv' works by interpreting the various interactions that the user has and transforms them into language lessons. Designed by Joe Miller, the 'Mersiv' can provide a vast amount of help when it comes to learning a new language by customizing each lesson to the user's real world lifestyle.
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In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking | Language Resources | Scoop.it
We have gotten it wrong, really wrong, in the language classroom. Historically, the teacher stood at the front of the classroom spouting details of grammar. Students sat at desks placed in straight rows directed toward the teacher and madly took notes. They later filled out worksheets and tried to memorize the content presented by the all-knowing educator. And this is still often the scenario today.
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Teachit Languages - Latest resources

Teachit Languages - Latest resources | Language Resources | Scoop.it

Teaching resources for French, German and Spanish. Click onto the title to access.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, January 17, 2016 8:22 AM
Cultural Connections’ draws from a range of diverse material to provide rich content for Australian teachers and educators seeking to add a global perspective to their classroom. Fabulous links to AC and wonderful inquiry-based activities.
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On Top of the Roof: Award Winning Arabic Children's Book

On Top of the Roof: Award Winning Arabic Children's Book | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Award Winning Arabic Children's Book! On a windy rainy night, a little boy was lying in his bed. He heard noises coming from the roof. Frightened he gets up to find out what's making the noise. This story explores the wild imagination of children and talks to the children about the fear of darkness and their illusions. Children will love this fascinating tale. There is an element of surprise in every page. Page turner. The language is very simple, easy to read and comprehend.
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Studying a new language? Try language learning games!

Studying a new language? Try language learning games! | Language Resources | Scoop.it

Just add GamesAre you like me in that flashcards seem boring, repetitive, and ineffective? Try some games to speed up your language learning process!


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Just add the over 150 FREE Quick Games of GamesforLanguage.com and you'll make it 6....

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Just add the over 150 FREE Quick Games of GamesforLanguage.com and you'll make it 6....

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Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom

Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom | Language Resources | Scoop.it

Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin?

 


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Film making - best way to get students really engaged in language learning.  If you don't know where to start, this site has great advice for the novice film-maker and teacher-trying-film-for-the-first-time.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 5, 2016 11:51 AM

Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin?

 

The process of planning and making videos can offer tremendous learning opportunities for students of almost any age. Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin? I've shared some resources below to help you and your students get started on making blockbusters of your own.

 

 

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, August 12, 2016 4:19 AM
Recursos para produção cinematográfica em sala de aula.
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Excellent resources. 
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EP Infographics in French

EP Infographics in French | Language Resources | Scoop.it

Explore European Parliament's board "EP Infographics in French" on Pinterest, a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas | See more about Infographics, News and Europe.


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Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, February 5, 2016 8:16 AM

Una infografía muy interesante para los que amamos las lenguas, que mayoritariamente somos mujeres.

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How Society Kills Our Creativity – In A Breathtaking Award-Winning Short Film

How Society Kills Our Creativity – In A Breathtaking Award-Winning Short Film | Language Resources | Scoop.it
If you relate with a sense of having your true self shunned by the society we live in, this one's for you! And if you have kids on top of that, it will really hit home. Madrid
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Lovely short film. Perfect viewing text for learning of any language.

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Listen to the beautiful diversity of voices around the world on this interactive map

David Ding, a former Microsoft software engineer, has created Localingual to showcase the full range of these voices and highlight the globe's language diversity.

Its premise is simple: a world map shows each country and breaks it down to regions as you zoom in. When you click on a region, if sound has been uploaded the dialect and voice from that location will play.
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Can we learn a second language like we learned our first? | British Council

Can we learn a second language like we learned our first? | British Council | Language Resources | Scoop.it
If you've ever doubted whether you're a good language learner, then bear in mind that you've already learned one language very well indeed – your first. But this raises an interesting question: can adults learn a second language in the same way they learned their first as children? And if so, what are the implications for the classroom?
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Not an article on resources... but all teachers need to read the bit at the end about implications for the classroom. Krashen is my hero. Thanks Lynne for the link.

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Early Learning Languages Australia

Early Learning Languages Australia | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Join the ELLA program in 2017 to give your preschoolers a head start in learning a new language! ELLA play-based apps are free and fun. They help educators and children to learn together. Support payments of $500 are available for the first 1000 eligible preschools located in disadvantaged areas that apply.
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This program is currently available for French, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Arabic. In 2017 it will be available for Italian and Spanish and in 2018 for Hindi and Modern Greek.

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Six videos demonstrating CLIL used in classes from primary schools and vocational colleges

As part of the Clil4U project the Swiss team has produced six videos showing CLIL in classes making use of some of the CLIL scenarios: Watch all six video
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8 Ways Interculturality Can Change the Way Students Learn a Language - WeAreTeachers

8 Ways Interculturality Can Change the Way Students Learn a Language - WeAreTeachers | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Discover the power of interculturality and how it can make a big difference in how you teach culture and language in your classroom.
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Not exactly a resource but a good article on developing interculturality.

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Video Games and Language Learning – FranceSay

Video Games and Language Learning – FranceSay | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Video Games and Language Learning https://t.co/r5yDrSwr1U #SeriousGames #Gamification #GBL #LangChat #EdChat #EdTech
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Peter Rettig's curator insight, June 27, 2016 5:29 PM

We couldn't agree more!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create QR codes for any item in a Seesaw digital portfolio

Free Technology for Teachers: Create QR codes for any item in a Seesaw digital portfolio | Language Resources | Scoop.it

"Seesaw is a fantastic tool for creating digital portfolios and blogs with your students. With the Seesaw mobile apps and web app students can upload digital artifacts as well as save pictures of physical work they've done ..."


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Seesaw is pretty cool. The easiest way to collaborate and share digital content. I'm a fan.

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QR Codes in the Classroom

QR Codes in the Classroom | Language Resources | Scoop.it
Quick response (QR) codes are easy to create and have many uses in the classroom. With the posting of a QR code, you can lead students to information by just using their computer's or mobil
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LangMedia: Arabic Resources on LangMedia

LangMedia: Arabic Resources on LangMedia | Language Resources | Scoop.it

LangMedia has a special mission to provide materials in languages less-commonly offered by colleges and universities in the United States. The site also has a commitment to providing authentic materials depicting differences in regional dialects and language-usage among speakers of the more commonly taught languages worldwide.

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Six things I do in every foreign language lesson I teach

Six things I do in every foreign language lesson I teach | Language Resources | Scoop.it
  In response to my very controversial blog ‘Six useless things foreign language teachers do' many of my readers have asked me to point out the ‘good’ things about a language...
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How to Choose Which Words to Learn in a Foreign Language | 5-Minute Language

How to Choose Which Words to Learn in a Foreign Language | 5-Minute Language | Language Resources | Scoop.it

Read my tips on how to choose which words to learn in a foreign language. Be a smart and effective language learner. 


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Peter Rettig's curator insight, February 18, 2016 2:34 PM

Good points I also am not fond of the elephants, cats, turtles, etc. that populate many beginners' lessons...