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Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

February 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Chinese

(www.freechineselessons.com/lessons/basics/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This site includes basic lessons that focus on proper pronunciation of spoken Mandarin.

It also includes the basics for learning Chinese writing which is non-alphabetic and non-phonetic. Learn the meaning of Chinese characters. This site seems to be designed with older students and adults in mind. However, even young children – with parental guidance – could listen to some of the lessons and stories and learn Chinese words and phrases. Non-readers will need assistance.

Here is another site: My Chinese Lessons. This site has a more kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

Free Spanish Proficiency Exercises

January 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior!

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers could be from Spain, Mexico, Central America or South America. While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by iPod. 

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

Fun with Homonyms & More

January 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

(homonymgame.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This site is a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.”

We tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. We are not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let us know how many are there. 

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac, you can scroll down to the “About This Site” section on any page. And you can even submit your own puns.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Videos – Kids Stories in Spanish

October 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 27, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garabato – Videocuentos

(pacomova.eresmas.net/paginas/videocuentos/videocuentos.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This page, part of a larger ad-supported Spanish website, provides video presentations of stories for children in Spanish.

We thought that this would be a fun addition to your Spanish class and provide your students with listening and reading practice.

Because this is an all-Spanish website, if you do not read Spanish, you can use the translation function of your browser to change the page content to English. If you are a Chrome user, when you first arrive at the site a pop-up should appear asking if you would like to translate the page. Doing this will allow you to see the story titles in English. Alternatively, you could choose not to have the page translated for more challenging language practice for the student. 

Select a video you would like to watch using the text links under the images. Some of the stories have more than one video breaking them into shorter segments. We did find that a couple of the links brought up error messages on the videos, but the others played fine. Some familiar tales include: 

  • El Patito Feo – The Ugly Duckling
  • La Princesa y el Guisante – The Princess and the Pea
  • Pulgarcita – Thumbelina
  • El Ruiseñor – The Nightingale
  • La Sirenita – The Little Mermaid
  • Caperucita Roja – Little Red Riding Hood
  • El Traje Nuevo del Emperador – The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • La Princesa de las Nieves – The Snow Princess
  • Los Tres Cerditos – The Three Little Pigs
  • La Liebre y la Tortuga – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • La Gallina de los Huevos de Oro – The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

And more.

At the bottom of the page there is a text link that will take you to the website home page (Volver a la página principal). On the home page, visitors can browse through hundreds of stories to read online, all sorted alphabetically. If you had previously selected to have the page translated into English, in order to read the stories in Spanish, you will need to either copy the page link and open in a new window or go back to the video page, and refresh to get back to the Spanish version. The home page has right-click disabled so it is not possible to update language options using that method.

Scroll under the alphabet selection section to find additional links to pictogram stories, over 150 Hans Christian Andersen stories, over 100 stories from India and more.

Although we suggest using this site as a tool for older language students, younger children may enjoy watching the videos or having the stories read to them by an older student.

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