Posts Tagged ‘languages’

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!

Learn Esperanto! What’s That? Find Out!

August 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 22, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Esperanto!

(free-esperanto-course.net/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto – a language that was developed to help worldwide communication.

It is not spoken by any particular country or ethnic group; however, it has similarities to Latin, Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic, making it easy to read, pronounce, and spell.

It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn’t favor any particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Because you can learn the language quickly, kids can speak “Esperanto” around the house, as a sort of “secret language.” Sign up for the free course: it even comes with a tutor!

Some of the lessons include: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • The Alphabet
  • Salutations
  • Numbers
  • And more!

Each lesson has an explanation and then a quiz or exercise to practice what you’ve learned. This course won’t have you speaking fluent Esperanto by the end of the lessons, but it will have introduced you to the basic principles of the language.

Learn Spanish through play

August 1st, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 1, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wordplay – Spanish Vocabulary Game

(www.wordplay.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere.

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each. With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum. Some of the vocabulary topics covered are: 

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening and closing phrases
  • Adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation. Click the tile to hear both translations. When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin. In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field. When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud. Once stage 1 is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling. When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

Some additional features that this site offers: 

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress.

Please note that this is an ad-supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games.

If you are looking for a no-frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check out this site.

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!

Literacy Games and more!

June 10th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Literacy

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website with resources for teachers and homeschoolers offers a variety of literacy games and activities.

Some of the games and activities include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and more sorted by subject (arts, foreign languages, math, science, social studies), articles, and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

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