Posts Tagged ‘languages’

Say ‘Thank You” in Every Language

November 18th, 2020

Foreign Languages for Audio and Visual Learners

November 14th, 2020

Learn Braille

October 24th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 24, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Braille Bug

(braillebug.org/default.asp)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the American Printing House for the Blind was designed to teach sighted children about braille. With the aid of this site children will not only gain an understanding of the history and importance of braille as a language for the blind, but will also learn braille numbers and letters.

When arriving at this colorful site, students can select from the following: 

  • What is Braille? – Learn the ins and outs of reading and writing braille as well as print out a braille alphabet key.
  • Braille Resources – Download free student activity sheets and more
  • Games and Secret Messages – interactive activities that encourage students to interpret simulated braille letters, words, and numbers. See your name in braille, solve trivia, riddles and rhymes, jumbles, secret messages and more.
  • Louis Braille – Read the brief story of Louis Braille.
  • Helen Keller Kids Museum Online – Explore the timeline of Helen Keller’s life.

In the bottom menu, visitors can Change Colors – Change the color of the text and background for easier viewing. Also learn about the American Printing House and more.

While this website’s target audience is students in grades 3-6, many of the activities can easily be adapted for younger and older students.

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.

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 26th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 26, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

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

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include: 

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

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