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Learn Japanese Basics

September 15th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 15, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Japanese

(www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/)

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

 

Learn basic Japanese grammar and expressions with this website from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s only public broadcaster.

Not only can the 48 lessons be done online, but the audios and lesson PDFs can be downloaded for use offline making it great to use away from your computer.

There are several ways to navigate through the site. Either use the upper menu to locate lessons, syllabaries, materials and information about the site and how to use it or the use the image map on the home page to select: 

  • Lessons
  • Japanese Syllabaries
  • Teach Us, Teacher
  • Vocabulary List & Quiz
  • Sound Words
  • What is “Easy Japanese”

On the right-hand sidebar there is a block of lesson numbers to select a specific lesson plus a link to the lesson download page and more.

Lessons include a brief animated example, the approximately 10-minute audio lesson with the hosts presenting the information, the vocabulary audios and visuals, grammar tips, related “Teach Us, Teacher” selection where specific lesson points are explained, “Sound Words” about Japanese onomatopoeia, and “Anna’s Tweets”, which add fun tidbits of Japanese culture to the lessons. When your student has finished the lesson, they can take a vocabulary quiz or review what they have learned with a multiple-choice quiz.

This site is a wonderful starting point for a student wishing to learn Japanese.

Spanish for Early Learners

August 25th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 25, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Media: Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

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

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video Spanish lessons available for free online at this website.

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.

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.

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

August 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 22, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funbrain

(www.funbrain.com/roots/index.html)

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

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.

The first site we are highlighting is Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

And here are a few more: 

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

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August 16th, 2018

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Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

July 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Skillswise

(www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills.

Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.
 
IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

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.

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