Archive for the ‘foreign language’ category

Foreign Languages for Audio and Visual Learners

November 14th, 2020

Interactive Language Learning

October 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 3, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling! 

 

Recommended Website:

Duolingo

(www.duolingo.com/)

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.

When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • and so many more!

After selecting your language, you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked (and to continue very far into the lessons) you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

“In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Free Foreign Language Courses

September 12th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 12, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FSI Language Courses

(fsi-languages.yojik.eu/languages/fsi.html)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online.

Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include: 

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

While the material for these courses is fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Foreign Language Quizzes

June 13th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 13, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quiz-Tree – Foreign Languages

(www.quiz-tree.com/Foreign_Languages_smain.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The Foreign Language portion of this ad-supported website offers animated, interactive educational quizzes for 6 different languages.

Students can use the quizzes to test their knowledge, prepare for an exam, or learn something new. When you get to the site, scroll down to see the topics for the following languages: 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin

Each link opens to a new page with numerous quizzes.

These quizzes (games) are fun, eye-pleasing, and include sound effects (so turn on your speakers). Some are drag-and-drop, and some are multiple-choice. Some quizzes are timed. If you get an answer wrong, one of a set of disappointed tones will sound and you will get another chance. A different set of sounds applaud your successes. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed and you will be given a chance to try the quiz again.

A bonus feature is that you can download a fully-functional trial version of a program called Quiz-Buddy to create your own quizzes offline (under “More” at the bottom of the home page).

Bookmark this page to return often!

Learn French – The Language of Love

March 21st, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 21, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ielanguages.com-French

(https://ielanguages.com/french.html)

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

 

French is often referred to as the “Language of Love” and at this ad-supported comprehensive website you will love learning French. Visitors will find over 150 lessons covering topics from the very basic phrase to informal French and slang.

When arriving at the link above, scroll down to the colorful navigation boxes in the center of the page to access lessons including: 

  • Original French Tutorials
  • Informal French & Slang
  • French Listening Resources
  • Flashcards & Exercises
  • French Realia
  • French Phonetics
  • French & Spanish
  • French & Italian
  • French & German
  • For French Teachers
  • Romance Languages Vocabulary
  • Romance Languages Verbs

Most lessons provide instructional material, vocabulary or phrases of study, and audio MP3s of a native French speaker. Some lessons include simple-to-use audio flash card practice and interspersed throughout the lessons there are online multiple choice, matching or fill in the blank quizzes. After certain groups of lessons, there is a “Real French” icon available that provides additional comprehension practice with a listen and read format and the accompanying fill in the blank practice. All lessons are in bite size pieces so students will not be overwhelmed with material.    

If French is not your foreign language of choice, select the Languages Tutorials drop down in the upper tool bar and click on the “More Languages” option to find that this website also offers lessons for other Romance Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages, and Non-Ino-European Languages. 

We love this website for its straightforward and simple approach to language skills and we are sure you will too.

Foreign Language Practice through Games

January 18th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 18, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

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

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Scroll down to select the language you want to learn. Then choose the translation you want. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. And this is sort of like virtual flash cards: 

  • Picture Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct picture.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

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