Additional Online Resources for Teachers
Additional Online Resources for Instructors
In addition to publisher textbook sites, there are a wide range of on-line resources available to language instructors that can be useful in the preparation of lesson plans, student assignments and in-class exercises.
Here are a few:
Merlot is an incredibly vast collection of peer-reviewed online teaching and learning materials. The Merlot World Languages Portal is a gateway to hundreds of Web-based resources devoted to language teaching and learning. In addition to materials that you can use in the classroom and for student assignments (tutorials, simulations, native-language videos, animations, Web quests, drills, and reference tools), with the portal, you can communicate with other language instructors around the world, search for colleagues in your discipline, and share tips on teaching with technology. Use the search function on the portal page to begin your exploration of available materials.
Developed in part by the US Department of Education, this site includes hundreds of videos of students speaking in their native languages (e.g., French in France, French in Canada, Spanish in Ecuador), organized by theme (shopping, using the telephone, etc.).
Once a novelty site for teens who wanted to make and post their own videos, YouTube is rapidly becoming a valuable educational tool--with an extensive library of short videos that can be used in language classes--from sequenced, multi-video lessons plans, to film trailers, speeches, news clips, etc., in a wide range of languages. Simply type in your language or topic in the search bar. You can incorporate the videos into your TrackStar lesson plan, show them in class, or refer students to the links, and ask them to answer questions based on the content. Spanish instructors should check out the humorous "One Semester of Spanish."
A vast library of Podcasts from universities around the world, plus lessons and exercises in a variety of languages. Click "Visit iTunes U in the iTunes store," then click iTunes U in the iTunes Store menu, then select power search, and type in your language or topic of interest (e.g., "French 102"). You can then download an MP3 version of the lecture or lesson, and make it available to students by posting it to Blackboard or directing them to the iTunes U site.
WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the Web. The model was developed by San Diego State University. You can use this site to create your own Web-based lesson plans, or use the "Find Webquest" function to find lessons plans and exercises for a wide range of language courses.