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Build French Language Skills

May 21st, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 21, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French

(www.learnfrenchlanguageguide.com/)

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Build upon your student’s basic French language skills with this ad-supported, easy to navigate website.

This website will help the student hone in their understanding of topics relating to: 

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Verbs
  • Phrases

Use either the links on the home page or the tabs above to navigate to the main lesson pages. Simple text and tables present the information to the student. The “Meeting People” and “Shopping/Paying” sections of the “Useful Phrases” page include audios. This website would be a beneficial supplement to most French curriculums being used.

Practice Basic German

April 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 9, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ActiLingua Academy – Learn German

(www.deutsch-lernen.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn basic German grammar, verb forms, and syntax with the help of the lessons provided at this ad-supported website. While this website appears to geared towards adults, it does provide a good place for students to hone in on their basic German language skills.

When arriving at the website choose from either the beginner or advanced lessons.

The 10 beginner lessons provide general information and practice in basic verb forms and an introduction to German syntax. Each lesson includes on line practice with feedback as the correct selection. The lessons can be printed out for use offline. Example sentences help the learner to understand proper use of the concept being covered. Also included are wordlists available to print out for additional study. The advanced lessons provide a more in-depth study of prepositions, pronouns, and syntax.

Please note that the first few lessons are freely available, but to access the remaining lessons you will need to register for free.

If your student is looking for some refreshing of their German language skills, this site can provide that.

Practice Proficiency in Spanish

March 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, March 19, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

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

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

These exercises were designed for University of Texas at Austin students, but motivated high school students can really learn a lot here! 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 are from Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Honduras respectively! 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.

Explore 7 Different Languages

February 27th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 27, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Speak7 (speak7.com/)

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

 

Learn a new language with the help of this ad-supported website.

Choose from 7 different languages

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • German
  • Japanese

When arriving at this site, choose your language by selecting one of the country flags at the top of the page. Once a language is selected, use the side bar menu to choose your lesson. Learn grammar, vocabulary, phrases, and more. Language concepts are presented with explanatory text and many lessons include audios.

Whether you are looking to learn basic language skills or to review what has already been learned, this website will be found to be helpful.

Literature on “Kiddie Records”

February 17th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, February 17, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KiddieRecords.com

(www.kiddierecords.com/)

Age Range: All (Everyone can enjoy this – children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a treasure trove of recorded children’s stories and literature from the 1940’s and 1950’s that you can download or listen to for free online, as you browse the books with original illustrations!

Kiddie Records began as a year-long project to celebrate the golden age of children’s records by offering a story each week. The project lasted through 2009 and now, the stories are all archived online. As explained at the website, “Many of the recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured stories. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen and click on each year from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 to access the stories that include titles such as: 

  • Story of Robin Hood
  • Cinderella
  • Hopalong Cassidy
  • The Selfish Giant
  • 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  • Peter Pan
  • Tubby the Tuba
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • Paul Bunyan
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Thumbelina

And many, many more! There are even stories about manners and safety, and sing-along songs too. Thanks to this website, these old treasures can now be shared with today’s generation online.

Resources for Less Commonly Taught Foreign Languages

February 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 6, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCLA Language Materials Project

(www.lmp.ucla.edu/k-12/index.aspx?menu=007

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

 

The University of California Los Angeles offers this free archive of teaching resources including downloadable/printable lessons in pdf, audio files, video files, dictionaries, computer programs/software, games and more to help learn vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversational language skills in over 100 less commonly taught languages such as:

  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Danish
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Inuit
  • Japanese
  • Latvian
  • Maori
  • Navajo
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Samoan
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Zulu

When you get to the site you’ll see the K-12 Gateway that offers links to free resources online as well as to materials that are available from libraries and retailers. You’ll also find lesson plans and teaching tips designed for classroom teachers that are presented in English, that can be adapted to teach any other language as well.

Use the search engine at the top of the page to select: 

  • Language – Choose from over 100 possibilities.
  • Material – Select the kind of learning tool you want to find, for example textbook, picture book, audio, video, etc.
  • Level – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Audience – Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary

This is a comprehensive resource tool that you may refer to over and over again.

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