March 20, 2022
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10 Resources for Foreign Language Month
We celebrate both National Foreign Language Month and National Foreign Language Week (March 6–12, 2022) during March. This year's theme is “Celebrate humanity through language.” Take your world language lessons to the next level this month (and every month) using the resources shared this week.
Alison is a free learning platform that offers courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find many world language courses and view information on the number of modules, topics, and approximate length.
Discover this free online language learning site and select from Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, and many other languages. The practice involves both seeing and hearing words and provides immersive learning opportunities.
Ba Ba Dum
Share these interactives to learn 10+ languages, including Italian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Lithuanian. Choose from various options: match images to a spoken word, fill in the blanks, or multiple choice. Audio options are available for non-readers.
Turn your videos into interactive learning activities to teach world languages (including American Sign Language). Engage learners by embedding captions, quizzes, and games into videos from the library or those you upload yourself.
Appreciate music from all over the world and from more than 100 years back in time! You can start listening immediately—no registration required. Just select a country (all countries in yellow have music), decade, and a mood from tabs at the bottom.
Learn a language through this site’s extensive collection of music videos that span several genres. Select the language, then choose from four different levels (the hardest requires filling in all the words in a song).
Text to Speech Reader
Drag, upload, or paste text files to instantly convert your text to speech, then choose from many voice and language options for replay. Use this with your world language learners so they can hear the text spoken in the language they’re learning.
LanguageTool is a spelling and language checker for English, French, and more than 20 other languages. Paste your text to check for spelling and grammatical errors and use the drop-down boxes to change language preferences.
The Vocabulary Trainer
Create and personalize a world language learning plan using the dropdown boxes to select your native language and a language to learn or practice. Other options include different course levels and categories such as business vocabulary.
Combine world language with geography using this interactive map of almost 7000 languages worldwide. The site offers three main features: an interactive map, a text identification tool, and a language familiarization game.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Registration is open for our spring season of OK2Ask! In addition, find a blog post related to teaching world languages, and don't forget to share your input in our weekly poll.
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Let’s Talk About: National Foreign Language Week
Read this recent blog post to learn about activities to celebrate what we as the human race have in common while piquing interest in learning about others and their cultures. These tools are ideal for use during world language lessons.
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This week our poll asks, “In what grade level does your school begin world language offerings?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.
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