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Songs of Japan – Language Learning through Music

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai has launched a new website “Listen Together: The Songs of Japan,” which supports Japanese-language learning with music.

Check it out here: http://nihon-no-uta.jp/

Tags: Japanese

The Seven Best Silent Short Films for Language Teaching

August 15th, 2016 · No Comments

Silent films – ironically – can be excellent for language teaching. Check out this blogger’s top 7 silent short films for lessons and activities:

http://kierandonaghy.com/seven-best-silent-short-films-language-teaching/

Tags: Chinese · Classics · French · German · Japanese · Languages · Russian · Spanish

Teaching Global Competence Using the 2016 Presidential Elections

August 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on Teaching Global Competence Using the 2016 Presidential Elections

“…as educators, there are some important ways in which you can empower students to use the current rise of xenophobia and intolerance in the US and abroad to inspire global competence. Doing this will, in turn, help develop your students into young leaders who can engage with the current political discourse in a way that is meaningful and authentic to their own lives and contexts. Indeed, the four domains of global competence can act as a guide for you to help students to investigate their world, weigh perspectives, communicate across audiences, and finally take action on issues of global significance like immigration and xenophobia.

Read the full article at http://asiasociety.org/education/immigration-xenophobia-and-racism

Tags: Chinese · Classics · French · German · Japanese · Languages · Russian · Spanish

Using Humans of Paris in French Class

August 3rd, 2016 · Comments Off on Using Humans of Paris in French Class

Middle school French teacher Samantha Decker writes, “Many of you have probably heard of Humans of New York, the photo project featuring portraits and interviews of people seen on the streets of New York. The site has grown in popularity so much so that it has inspired a wealth of offshoots for various other cities around the world. One such offshoot is Humans of Paris. I recently decided to use Humans of Paris as photo prompts in class.”

Read how she did it and how you can adapt the Humans of Paris portraits to any level in her blog post: http://www.thefrenchcorner.net/2016/06/using-humans-of-paris-to-spark.html

Humans of Paris is available at http://humansof.paris/

Tags: French

5 Recommended sites for German Learners

July 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on 5 Recommended sites for German Learners

FluentU’s top 5 for learners of German:

http://www.fluentu.com/german/blog/german-news-for-learners/

Tags: German

Russian Literature (with English assistance)

July 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on Russian Literature (with English assistance)

The Conradish website contains works of notable Russian/Soviet writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. The text is in Russian, with special reading aids for learners of that language. When you encounter a word that you don’t know, position your mouse pointer over it to see its English equivalent. For a more detailed description, click on the word.

Conradish is available at www.qrytogram.com
Read a review of this resource at https://russianportal.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/conradish/

Tags: Russian

How and When Do We Integrate Students’ Input in the Assessment Process?

July 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on How and When Do We Integrate Students’ Input in the Assessment Process?

How and When Do We Integrate Students’ Input in the Assessment Process?

Tags: Chinese · Classics · French · German · Japanese · Russian · Spanish

Vocabulary Learning Through Personal Blogs

June 25th, 2016 · Comments Off on Vocabulary Learning Through Personal Blogs

Looking for a new way to teach vocabulary?

Laura Sexton AKA Sra. Spanglish shares her idea for building students’ vocabulary in a self-guided way, with vocabulary blogs. Read about the different components of this process here:http://www.pblinthetl.com/2016/05/personal-vocabulary-blogs.html

 

Tags: Chinese · Classics · French · German · Japanese · Russian · Spanish

New from Canadian Modern Language Review

June 16th, 2016 · Comments Off on New from Canadian Modern Language Review

Expert Guides

The Canadian Modern Language Review/ La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes introduces a new online feature – Expert Guides – where experts in the field of second language(L2) teaching and learning answer common questions aimed at helping teachers better understand their students. These bilingual expert guides are OPEN ACCESS and free to read!

 Why do some students learn additional languages faster than others? / Pourquoi certains élèves apprennent-ils plus vite que d’autres?

Philippa Bell, Université du Québec à Montréal

http://bit.ly/cmlrFAQ1

What is the best age to learn a second/foreign language? / Quel est l’âge le plus approprié pour apprendre une langue seconde ou étrangère?

Carmen Muñoz, University of Barcelona

http://bit.ly/cmlrFAQ2

 

 Canadian Modern Language Review online at:

CMLR Online http://bit.ly/cmlr_online

Project MUSEhttp://bit.ly/cmlr_pm

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Deconstructed Rubrics

June 4th, 2016 · Comments Off on Deconstructed Rubrics

Rubrics and peer assessment are valuable parts of curriculum; however, rubrics can be vague and difficult for students to use, and students may lack the skills to assess each other’s language skills well. Here is one Spanish teacher’s ideas and advice for breaking down rubrics into manageable guides for students to assess themselves and their peers:

http://www.amylenord.net/blog/deconstructed-rubrics-getting-performance-assessment-in-any-day

Tags: Chinese · Classics · French · German · Japanese · Languages · Russian · Spanish