Posts Tagged ‘languages’

Learn French Basics

April 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 8, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The French Tutorial

(www.frenchtutorial.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported site offers two different ways to learn the basics of the French language including grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The two methods are: 

  • Standard Edition – This FREE virtual French lesson textbook has 13 chapters in all, including audio files to help you with correct pronunciation. Click the “Start” link in the upper menu to access this option
  • Personal Edition – This is the exact same group of lessons offered in the Standard Edition – except that you can download it to use offline or print it out and take it along on your travels. Select “Download” for this page. (Please note you will need to register for free to download the lessons.)

In both cases, just like a beginning French language textbook, the student is introduced to pronouns, the difference between masculine and feminine objects, verb tenses, vocabulary, building sentences, etc. You will learn to count in French, and say greetings suitable for every holiday at this site too! There is a little speaker button that you can click on at any time during the tutorial that allows you to hear the words pronounced correctly.

This website helps students build a good foundation in learning French.

Free Downloadable Art Lessons

April 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 1, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project ARTiculate

(www.projectarticulate.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 75 art projects and downloadable lesson plans at this website from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC).

Projects are sorted into 5 art types: 

  • 2-D Art
  • 3-D Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Or search for subject related projects for: 

  • English / Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Government & Citizenship
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Skills for a Healthy Life
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Cultural Standards

Each project includes: 

  • An image of the finished project and a description
  • Suggested grade level
  • Objectives and assessment criteria
  • Materials list
  • Related vocabulary some with links to definitions
  • Related art elements covered
  • Downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan with instructions, assessment tools, and more.

With all the lessons neatly laid out, you will want to bookmark this website as you will certainly want to come back to it time and time again.

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 ‘Thank You” in Every Language

March 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Omniglot

(www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/thankyou.htm)

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

 

This website will teach you how to say “Thank You” in the many languages of the world.

Most of the languages include audio files so you can hear how the word is supposed to sound when it’s pronounced. Plus, in some cases the name of the language is linked to another page containing more words and phrases you can learn.

BONUS! YouTube: Thank You Song In 45 Languages.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZmphu1HUxE)

You’ll tap your toes and clap your hands along to the beat as you learn to sing “Thank You” in 45 languages from Arabic to Vietnamese. This is a really uplifting video presentation – don’t miss it!

NOTE: YouTube is a great resource, but it contains randomly posted ads and comments. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet use.

Learn Sign Language

February 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language University

(www.lifeprint.com/)

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

 

This website offers free American Sign Language lessons delivered through text explanations, illustrations, photographs and animations.

The lessons were developed by William Vicars aka “Dr. Bill,” who has taught ASL for over 20 years. His series of lessons start with the most common concepts used in everyday communication and move from most frequently used to less frequently used. He suggests going through the lessons sequentially starting with Lesson 1 to reach competence quickly.

When you get to the site, don’t be discouraged by its plain look. The lessons contain illustrations and animations, etc., that liven things up. You’ll see the letters “ASLU” and directly below it is a menu of lessons from 1 to 30. Click on the lesson numbers to get started right away.

You’ll also want to take some time to explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Free Lessons (the same lessons that are on the top horizontal menu)
  • FAQs
  • First 100 Signs
  • Fingerspelling Explanation
  • Fingerspelling Quizzes

~ and much more!

You’ll also notice that the site offers the free series of lessons for sale too. That may seem confusing until you read this explanation on the site: 

“Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.”

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