Posts Tagged ‘French’

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Learn a Language with Digital Books

March 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 18, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Unite For Literacy

(www.uniteforliteracy.com/)

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

 

Today’s website provides a unique way to discover the languages of the world. The purpose of the website is to “support beginning readers of all ages” and to “provide unique audio support to families who speak (or are learning to speak) English, indigenous or foreign languages.”

Because the books are easy readers and with the added availability audio feature, we think this would be a wonderful tool for early foreign language learners.

When arriving at the site, you will see a pop up window that asks for “Your Community” information such as country, zip or county which you can dismiss if you want. Unite for Literacy uses the information for studies. Book texts can be in English or Spanish. Click the pencil icon to choose which you want. Then select the “Narration” icon to choose the language in which you would like the stories read. The books available in that language will populate. After selecting the book you want, use the arrows to flip through the pages, and select the appropriate speaker icon for the language in which you wish to hear the story. In addition to English, Spanish, and French, other narration languages include: 

  • Native American languages
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Italia
  • Vietnamese
  • Farsi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Arabic

And much more. This website could provide your beginning language student with some valuable practice and open up a new window into new vocabulary.

Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

November 26th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 26, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm)

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

 

This website lets you listen to the different ways “Merry Christmas” is said around the world.

Scroll down through the page, click on the audio play button for country of choice, and hear the Real Audio file of “Merry Christmas” and other related holiday greetings in: 

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • French/Creole
  • German
  • Welsh
  • Romanian
  • Finnish
  • Vietnamese
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Greek
  • And more.

The words are also written out so you can try to follow along. This is a fun way to introduce the whole family to the many languages of the world!

Warning: This is an ad-supported website and there could be pop-up ads on this website. Turn on your pop-up and spam blocker when you visit this site to avoid the nuisance.

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 15th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 15, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way. Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions,” represented including: 

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch/Dutch Advanced
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French/French Advanced/French Geography
  • German/German Advanced/German Geography
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian/Italian Advanced
  • Japanese
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish/Polish Advanced
  • Portuguese – European & Brazilian
  • Russian/Russian Advanced
  • Spanish/Spanish Advanced/Spanish Geography
  • Swahili
  • Turkish/Turkish Advanced
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include: 

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

Explore the Cave of Lascaux

October 7th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 7, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lascaux: A Visit to the Cave

(www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml)

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

 

In 1940, the Lascaux prehistoric cave paintings were discovered accidentally by some French teenagers who were searching for their dog. The Paleolithic paintings are believed to date back over 15,000 years. At this website, you can take a stunning virtual tour of the cave and see the drawings.

When you get to the site, just click on the words, “A visit to the cave” to begin the journey. You will automatically explore: 

  • The Hall of Bulls – contains friezes of horses, cattle, and deer
  • The Axial Gallery – this is the entrance to what some refer to as “The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory”
  • The Passageway – see animal drawings and symbols that include hooks, crosses, and squares
  • The Nave – drawings of horses, bison, ibexes, stags, and aurochs
  • The Chamber of Felines – see 6 drawings of felines here, as well as horses, bison, and deer
  • The Apse – over 500 animal drawings and 600 geometric signs or lines
  • The Shaft & The Great Fissure – see drawings of a horse, bison, bird, and rhinoceros

As you virtually enter each section of the cave, you’ll see some text and the words “See more.” Click on the words, and a new page opens that displays the title of that section of the cave, and a line of text. Next to it is the word “Display.” Click on it to see all of the informative text that describes exactly what you are seeing in that section of the cave. Then, below that you’ll see a mini-menu that allows you to view some of the drawings (panels) more clearly. Or click “Back to the cave” to continue the tour.

Say Hello to the World in Many Languages

September 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 3, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Say Hello to the World

(www.ipl.org/div/hello/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website cleverly offers the visitor an opportunity to learn how to say “Hello” in many of the over 7,000 languages of the world – everything from Aleut to Zulu.

This is a great place for foreign language beginners to sample various languages to determine which ones they might like to learn how to speak. The format is simple. You click on the language you want to try and a new page opens where you’ll see: 

  • The word “Hello” in that language
  • A pronunciation key
  • Words in English from that language
  • The alphabet of the language
  • Links to free lessons on learning the language – including audio and video files
  • Information about the culture

Some of the languages include: 

  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mayan
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Zapotec

Non-verbal Languages include Braille and Sign Language.

Bookmark this site now to return often. (However, please note that the site is no longer updated and some of the links are broken.)

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