Posts Tagged ‘Sign Language’

Foreign Language Teaching Ideas

November 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 4, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching Ideas: Languages

(www.teachingideas.co.uk/foreignlanguages/contents.htm)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades K-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers loads of ideas for helping children learn foreign languages.

When you get to the site you will see a list of activities to choose from. Select the “Load More” button on the bottom of the group to bring up more pages of available activities. Many of the free activities are game suggestions or printables that will help kids learn vocabulary, numbers, colors, food names, and words for various body parts. While some of the activities offer examples in another language, you can certainly substitute ANY foreign language you are currently studying and get great results.

In reviewing this website, we found activities specifically for the following languages: 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Lithuanian
  • Sign Language
  • Urdu

Please note that there are ads interspersed with the activity image links, but the activities are easily identified as each has a red icon box identifying it as an activity resource, idea, presentation, book or other teaching material with an age range under the icon. Select the “view” option to see the resource. (Review the “About” page for details about the icons and more.)

Reinforcing language skills through playing games is a whole lot more fun than typical drill and practice work suggested in textbooks – and many of these activities can be done in the car, at the grocery store, at an airport, and while waiting in line just about anywhere.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

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.”

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.)

Fun, Foreign Language Games Online!

August 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 2, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Apples4TheTeacher: Foreign Languages

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is really cool! Today’s site offers FREE interactive games to practice elementary foreign languages. When you get to the site look for the menu that includes:
  • American Sign Language – Learn to fingerspell and create your own printable sign flashcards.
  • Gaelic Games (Ireland) – Learn all about Ireland by turning the pages of an electronic book. You’ll even hear a story in Gaelic.
  • Polish Games – Follow the dot-to-dot game and learn to count backwards in Polish!
  • Spanish Games – There are 4 interactive Spanish games that teach the correct pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to count to 20 forwards and backwards, and how to say the names of parts of the face.

What a fun way to introduce foreign languages and/or reinforce them!

American Sign Language Video Dictionary!

May 4th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, May 3, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Signing Savvy

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving  American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter.  Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a  written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up:

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign.

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees. 

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language — and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

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