One of my favorite movie lines is from Dog Day Afternoon, the script of which can be found at http://blake.prohosting.com/awsm/script/dog_day_afternoon.txt. One of the bank robbers, Sonny, asks Sal, his dim partner, to pick the country for their escape.
SONNY: If we gotta be outside the country, where do you wanna go? Any country. Just name a country.
With only a half hour left before Maria’s deadline, I’ll skip over the editorial on how important the study of languages, cultures and geography are and instead cut to the issue at hand. Wyoming is not a foreign country and English is the predominant language even if their accent isn’t exactly the New Jersey variety. But NJ and WY are scrambling like other states and countries to provide early foreign language instruction for their children.
NJ has made it part of its State Standards( http://www.nj.gov/njded/cccs/12wlangintro.html) and it has mandated that “World language programs should start in kindergarten and continue uninterrupted through grade 12.” NJ has responded to that challenge and a cursory check on the internet will find many good resources from NJ sources. The first is a site from Fairleigh Dickinson University (http://globalteachinglearning.com/) and is aimed specifically at the language requirements for those of us in New Jersey.
It may be necessary to point out that the purpose of this particular column is to highlight those resources that are web based and for that reason the growing number of technology pieces, including new titles in software and the advances in hardware, are not covered here.
Just the web … and Wyoming.
The short list of web-based materials consists of the following:
http://www.flenj.org Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/lss/lang/teach.html Teaching with the Web: Web activities for any language and LOTS of great resources for specific languages, scroll through to see it all
http://www.education-world.com/foreign_lang/index.shtml always a good source, all languages
http://www.cal.org/earlylang/ Ñandutí is your resource on foreign language learning in grades K-8
That represents the shortest of lists but the good news is the NJTeacher.org website (http://www.njteacher.org/languages.htm) covers many more. I have categorized the websites in the following manner; Standards, Lesson Plans, Tips and Tricks, Professional Development, Model Programs, Games and Fun Activities, Resources in All Languages, ESL, ASL. There are two other noteworthy internet related categories here – ListServs for Foreign Language teachers and WebQuests in world languages and for the instruction in world languages. Both of those categories deserve close inspection as they have terrific resources at all levels and language. I guess I should include one other category for those who may be educating bank robbers … WOW - websites on Wyoming.
http://njpep.rutgers.edu/Developmental/Donna/WLweb/standards/G2000.html All Languages
http://www.nj.gov/njded/aps/cccs/wl/ NJ DOE site for NJCCCS
http://www.nj.gov/njded/aps/cccs/wl/standards.htm Revised 2003 Core Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages Draft in .pdf format
http://globalteachinglearning.com/standards/standards.shtml Resource page on standards
http://www.eduscapes.com/tap/taplang.html#1 great site
Resources for all world languages
http://www.cortland.edu/flteach/flteach-res.html WWW resources
http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/types/flnews/ Foreign Language news and newspapers available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/lss/lang/teach.html Teaching with the Web: Web activities for any language and LOTS of great resources for specific languages, keep scrolling
http://languagecenter.cla.umn.edu/lc/surfing/InetTandL Internet for language teaching
http://www.parlo.com/ courses, culture
http://www.linguaweb.ndirect.co.uk/ all languages, resources, learn the basics
http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/eledforeign.html elementary ed
http://www.flenj.org/ Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey
http://www.askasia.org/ Asian resources
MAJORDOMO@DARKWING.UOREGON.EDU JAPANIMMERS - discussion forum for Japanese immersion educators.
http://www.education-world.com/foreign_lang/index.shtml good site
http://www.cal.org/earlylang/ Ñandutí is your resource on foreign language learning in grades K-8.
http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edwor.htm Resources and Lesson Plans for World Languages
http://www.ohiou.edu/esl/teacher/index.html Resources, technology for WL
http://www.educ.iastate.edu/nflrc/ National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center
http://www.nclrc.org/ National Capitol Language Resource Center
http://www.myschoolonline.com/folder/0,1872,34244-23030-38-47699,00.html NJ Lesson Plans
http://www.education-world.com/awards/past/topics/lang_arts.shtml#Foreign%20Languages websites to check out
http://cimc.soemadison.wisc.edu/ed%5Finfo/webliographies/foreign_lang.html Webliography on All foreign Languages
http://www.frenchresources.org/ New Jersey and New York faculty may borrow pedagogical resources by contacting local correspondents. A list of contacts and email addresses is available at this site. Our mission is to promote educational and cultural relationships, encourage use of the best pedagogical practices and disseminate innovative curricular models and material at all levels in the State.
http://www.ardecol.ac-grenoble.fr/english/multiverse-forums.htm about Viv@ with examples
http://www.ardecol.ac-grenoble.fr/viva/index.htm online writing project created by a team of educators
http://french.about.com/library/weekly/mpreviss.htm?once=true& quizzes, lessons, etc.
http://www.paroles.net/ ---words to French songs
http://www.jeannepasero.com/Christmas/france.html - good place for info on French Christmas customs
http://www.espanole.org/ resources by Florida's Spanish Teacher of the Year
http://www.teachspanish.com/ resources for teachers
http://www.studyspanish.com/ resources for students
Associations, activities, NCCCS for World Languages, Assessment, Resources
http://www.cal.org/earlylang/reseric.htm ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages
http://askeric.org/cgi-bin/res.cgi/Subjects/Foreign_Language ERIC database on foreign Languages, sections on lesson plans (all languages), ESL, Latin, Japanese
http://www.cal.org/ericcll/earlyfl/ ERIC - National Directory of Early Foreign Language Programs
Professional Development Opportunities
http://www.cal.org/earlylang/ Ñandu, a listserv for school district personnel - sponsored by the Improving Foreign Language Instruction project of the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory At Brown University (LAB) and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
IECC-REQUEST@STOLAF.EDU (K-12) list provides a service for foreign language teachers seeking partner classrooms for international and cross-cultural electronic mail exchanges.
http://www.ohiou.edu/esl/teacher/technology/teachNet.html Using the internet for teaching languages
http://www.iei.uiuc.edu/resources/tesol97/dances/ Scroll down, lots of good stuff here
http://edvista.com/claire/internet-esl.html Internet for ESL teachers
http://www.njpep.org/resources/bilingual_esl/index.html NJDOE guided resources for ESL
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ BBC help in learning English
http://www.ardecol.ac-grenoble.fr/english/tice/en-webquests.htm This is a great resource for any kind of WebQuest but it is aimed specifically at languages
http://www.csduroy.qc.ca/mission/ WebQuests in French
http://www.angelfire.com/nj4/explorers/index.htm Spanish and French, Gr 4-8
http://members.aol.com/mahelenju/index.html Chinese language and culture, Gr 3-5
http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/edt628/mexquake/earthquakers.html Spanish, Mexico City
http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~ylou/4507/WebQuest2001-3/Beatrizladowebquest/valencia.html Spanish, HS-Adult
http://members.aol.com/navegadora/web_quest_lorca/web_quest_lorca.htm AP Spanish on Lorca
http://www.geocities.com/webquesteu/ in Spanish about Central and Eastern European countries
http://18.104.22.168/spaans01/ Spanish and art
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/langacad/lecirque/ French, circus, Gr 6-8
http://www2.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/sligoms/Kornrich/welcome.htm French, Famous Francophones, Gr 6-8
http://members.shaw.ca/teacher_lib/index.html French, Nobel Prizes, HS
http://www.geocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/9806/belleville.html French, art, HS
http://horizon.nmsu.edu/ddl/wqherbs_k.html Spanish, Gr 3-5
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/matrix/6-8-For.htm Foreign Language webquests, Gr. 6-8
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/matrix/9-12-For.htm Foreign Language webquests, Gr. 9-12
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/matrix/Adult-For.htm Foreign Language webquests, college - adult
http://www.collegeapps.about.com/cs/quizzes/ World Wise Quizzes
http://www.alphabetsoupfli.com/vocabgames.asp all languages, games
http://zut.org.uk/ you need to register, games in German and French
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/1794/ Songs, games
Tips and Projects for Teachers
http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/exchange/foreignlanguage/practicelanguage.html 15 fun ways to practice
http://www.boowaquoila.com/ French, elementary
http://www.education-world.com/foreign_lang/classroom/french.shtml French everything (-:
http://www.quia.com/ Create your own games, puzzles
http://www.transparent.com/games/wordseek/index.htm games, all languages
http://www.42explore.com/signlang.htm Great site
http://www.unm.edu/~wilcox/ASLFL/aslfl.html ASL as a foreign language, articles, info
http://members.aol.com/alysser/aslpgs.htm ASL Activities, Books, & Teaching Materials for Students of All Ages
http://www.cal.org/ericcll/digest/ASL.html ASL as World language
http://www.aslresources.com/ ASL resources
http://www.nad.org/infocenter/infotogo/asl/ASLlinks.html articles on ASL as a foreign language, good site
http://www.askeric.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Foreign_Language ERIC database
http://www.state.wy.us/ State Info
http://wyotrails.state.wy.us/snow/ For the quick escape