This site is filled with information, links and resources to help you differentiate your instruction as well as your assessment of learning.
New! Europeean food guidelines visuals and Web sites
The page starts with a lot of text in English. Scroll down (way down!) to see the visuals created by each country to help its citizens develop healthy eating habits. Scroll down further to get links to the original pages from the governments of those countries (and usually, larger, higher quality visuals you can download and use with your classes). Great for studying (and comparing) food and nutrition with students! Here are other food guidelines documents as well (for use in comparing with students)
United States: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
Japan: I can't find a high-quality image in Japanese, but Japanese teachers will know how to type this in Japanese to get the desired results: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/kenkou/pdf/eiyou-syokuji5.pdf
Links to online resources for language learners from Edutopia Magazine
Video interviews with native speakers
On this page, you can search by language, and then listen to videos recorded with native speakers on a variety of topics. Once you type in the language and the results appear, you only see one video on your screen. There is no list of available videos, but the first page will tell you how many there are. Keep hitting "next item" to see the other videos in your language. Each listing includes information on the topic of the interview, and suggestions for how or when to use it in your language class. Video Interviews in world languages.
Would you like to share a great activity with your colleagues?
Go to the new FLAGS Resources Page where you can look for activities and share other activities you have found to be successful. This page will be as valuable as you make it, so visit and contribute today! An added benefit: by learning to use this wiki, you will be developing skills with a Web 2.0 technology you can use to provide authentic writing tasks for your students!
World Language Content Standards
Looking for the world language content standards for California? Download the standards at http://www.clta.net/standards.
Following is a list of links to organizations and other sites serving all language teachers. If you know of a site that should be included on this page, e-mail the Webmaster!
Peace Corps World Wise Schools Correspondence Match Program offers teachers the opportunity to "meet" a Peace Corps volunteer who is working abroad and receive regular correspondence from that volunteer regarding their work and the customs and culture of the area in which he or she is living. Teachers are expected to exchange at least one e-mail or letter per month (postage is the responsibility of the teacher). Many teachers write the letter collaboratively with their classes. Teachers may request a match in a certain region of the world and/or a match in an area that is French or Spanish speaking.
VoiceThread.com, a free online site that allows users to comment--and doodle on--still images or videos. You can pause a video, circle a section of the image, talk about it, and continue playing the video. Everything you do is saved for the next viewer to see and hear (and comment on if they choose).
Ustream.tv, a free online site that allows anyone to become a radio or TV broadcaster instantly...your students could host a show! You can also record and save your live shows.
Lingt.com, a fee-based online listening and speaking activities generator for teachers. Students can submit responses for feedback without needing to create an account.
Wordreference.com, a dictionary offering definitions and examples in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English. The examples are very clear and help a student pick the appropriate sense of the word they were looking for.
Puzzlemaker.com, lets you make crossword puzzles and other word games, including coded messages.
Wordle.net, allows users to make word clouds. Users can change the font, color, and layout of the word clouds. Excellent applications for making predictions about a text or analyzing a text. Word size is generated by its frequency in the text; the more often it appears, the larger it is in the cloud.
Explore these links to find out about how to enrich your curriculum and engage students in authentic activities that will enhance their proficiency by opening your classrooms to the community and opening the community to your students.
Community Outreach Page developed at the 2006 Mentoring Leadership and Change institute at the National Foreign Language Resource Center.
Explore these links to find great graphic organizers that you can print directly off the internet, or that might give you ideas for your own graphic organizers tailored to your needs. There is some overlap between these sites, so you may find duplicate organizers.
Create your own web-based lessons
No HTML or web design knowledge needed! Or explore these sites to use lessons and activities created by others!
This site also has links to find or create rubrics, online quizzes and a student project poster.
Web worksheet wizard
Explore a few web worksheets first to see the possibilities. Then be patient with yourself as you put together your first web worksheet--the program works, but it is not quite as user-friendly as trackstar.
This site is free if you would like to use activities created by others. To create your own quizzes and games, you will need to subscribe. There is a 30-day free trial.
Web quest generator
This site guides you through creating your own webquest, BUT, you cannot save it in any form. You must print it out when you are finished. Then you can make copies for the students and they can go online with the handout and accomplish the task.
Explore these publishers' websites! You will find products for sale, as you expected, but more importantly, many of them have student activities and resources on their Web pages.