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Spanish Fun for Young Ones

April 26th, 2014

 

It’s Saturdayday, April 26, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GPB Salsa

 

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner

 

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video lessons available for free online. The stories include characters from such favorite stories as:

 

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

 

No need to worry if you are not familiar with Spanish because on each episode page there are Introduction, Vocabulary, and Instructor videos for the teacher to preview before presenting the episode videos to their children. Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

 

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

 

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Foreign Languages for Travelers

April 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, April 5, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

TravLang: Foreign Languages for Travelers

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a find for those who have an interest in many languages or who want to try out different languages – in an effort to figure out which one they would like to study in more depth.

The only drawback is that this is a commercial site, so the pop-up advertisements are a real nuisance. However, just close them out and scroll down the home page until you see “Follow the 2 Steps Below.” Enter the language you speak, and then click on a flag of a country with the language you want to speak – you’ll find everything from Afrikaans to Zulu here.

Once you click on a flag, a new page opens with a menu that offers you a selection of vocabulary lessons. It includes:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Shopping/Dining Terms
  • Travel Terminology
  • Directions
  • Places
  • Time and Dates

Use the radio buttons to select a topic, click submit, and a new page opens with a vocabulary list of words and some short phrases. Click on the words or phrases and you can hear them pronounced. Once you’ve learned the words, take a quick quiz, located on the same page, to see how much you remember.

Again, this is a great way to get some exposure to another language – or to learn some quick words and phrases that might help you get by if you plan to visit a foreign country. Kids may just be fascinated to find out how to say “I do not understand,” in over 60 languages.

Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

March 15th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, March 15, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at Clickschooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chinese-Tools.com

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese. Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises.
Implementing the “10 minutes a Day” method, lessons include:
  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are:

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Take an Underwater Adventure to the Waikiki Aquarium

February 28th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, February 28, 2014, and time for a Virtual Tour at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Waikiki Aquarium

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Hawaii is the home to a variety of sea life and at this site you can learn all about it in the many exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium.

 

When you get to the site select the “Experience” link at the top of the page.  Then select from: 

  • Exhibits
  • Animal Guide
  • Overview Map
  • Webcam
  • Critter of the Month

 

 Some of the exhibits you might like to visit are: 

  • South Pacific Marine Communities and Hawaiian Marine Communities – highlight the amazing diversity and adaptations of sea creatures in the tropical Pacific and Hawaii.
  • The Edge of the Reef – Learn about different types of Hawaiian reef and shore environments, and see colorful fish.
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat – find out about conservation efforts to preserve one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals.
  • Diversity and Adaptations – discover the amazing adaptations that allow marine life to get the upper hand on predators and prey.
  • Coral Farm – is a working coral propagation facility that provides coral colonies to other aquariums and research institutions to reduce the demand and damage to wild reefs.

 

Click on any one of these and more and investigate it through text, photographs, and even Live Cams!

 

Little ones will like the pictures, and older students will enjoy navigating through the hotlinks to learn all about Hawaiian marine life. A great site to visit with the whole family.

Learn Over 40 Different Languages

February 1st, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, February 1, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Surface Languages

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource.  

 

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases.  Learn: 
  • Alphabets
  • Numbers
  • Descriptive words and phrases
  • Food related words and phrases
  • Time related words
  • Phrases to use in an emergency
  • Communication problem phrases
  • Directions
  • And much, much more

 

Just a sampling of the every growing list of languages available includes: 

  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Estonian             
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Maltese                             
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

 

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns.  Languages courses currently available are: 

  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

 

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices! 

 

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

Learn Spanish through play

January 11th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, January 11, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wordplay Spanish Vocabulary Game

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere. 

 

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the sidebar menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each.  With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum.  Some of the vocabulary topics covered are:

 

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening  and closing phrases
  • Adjectives,  adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

 

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation.  Click the tile to hear both translations.  When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin.  In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field.  When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud.  Once stage one is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling.  When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

 

Some additional features that this site offers:

 

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

 

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress. 

 

Please note that this is an ad supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games. 

 

If you are looking for a no frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check this site out. 

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