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+ - Bridges, Children, Languages, World

Bridges, Children, Languages, World facilitates the development of world language instruction programs for children. It emphasizes less-commonly taught languages, many of which have been identified as Critical Need Languages by the U.S. Department of State.

+ - Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota

The mission of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is to study multilingualism and multiculturalism; to develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and to advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment. For K-12 language teachers CARLA offers extensive resources on culture and language issues, including information on professional organizations, bibliographies, useful web sites, and more. It supports the professional development of second language teachers through an annual summer institute program, and a wide array of international conferences and regional seminars. For teachers of English as a Second Language, CARLA has developed a teacher-directed model for improving instruction in mainstream elementary school classes. It also provides a number of professional development opportunities and instructional materials to support secondary level ESL instruction.

+ - Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon

The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) has developed a number of online tools for foreign language teachers at all levels of schooling. The Proficiency, Efficiency, and Planning tool (PEP) prompts teachers to create thematic units, set objectives, find activities to help their students meet the objectives, and sequence them into effective lesson plans. Other online tools include content-based thematic units, including materials for authentic performance assessment; and Dynamic Activity Templates, teaching materials that are loaded in a searchable database for easy access.

+ - Center for the Study of Global Change

The Center for the Study of Global Change facilitates the development of world language instruction programs for children emphasizing less-commonly taught languages, many of which have been identifies as critical needs languages by the U.S. Department of State.

+ - Culture For Kids

Culture For Kids is a company that offers an array of language textbooks, videos, software, CD-ROMs and other materials in more than 30 languages and culture studies.

+ - East West Discovery Press

East West Discovery Press is a publisher and distributor of multicultural and bilingual books in 50+ languages including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese, among others.

+ - Japanese Teaching Ideas

Japanese Teaching Ideas is where Japanese language teachers exchange resources. There is a wide variety of useful resources including worksheets, power points, games, art and crafts, flashcards, lesson plans, songs, videos, useful links, and much more. The collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. You, too, may contribute by joining.

+ - Language Acquisition Resource Center, San Diego State University

The Language Acquisition Resource Center's (LARC) mission is to develop and support the teaching and learning of foreign languages through research, technology and publications. Particular attention is paid to less commonly taught languages, cross-cultural issues, language skills assessment, and teacher training. LARC initiatives include a Digital Media Archive that provides easy access to authentic language materials for teaching and learning foreign languages. The Baja Literature Project provides authentic literature resources for learners to explore the Spanish language while focusing on border culture, economics, history, sociology and intercultural understanding. A unique program is the After-School Arabic Program that works with community volunteers in southern California to provide K-12 students opportunities to learn the Arabic language and about Arab cultures. Other programs are described at the website.

+ - National Capital Language Resource Center, George Washington University

The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) has developed a Learning Strategies Instructional Resource which is adaptable to any language. It provides teachers with practical tips on integrating learning strategies instruction in foreign language classrooms. It also produces Language Resource, a free electronic newsletter that provides practical teaching strategies, announces professional development opportunities and much more. NCLRC has developed assessment instruments for grades 4-6 and high school for French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

+ - National Middle East Language Resource Center, Brigham Young University

The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) undertakes and supports projects in areas such as teacher education, materials development, testing and assessment, and integration of pedagogy and technology aimed at improving opportunities for learning the languages of the Middle East. While its work is primarily focused upon higher education, it also does target K-12 education. Languages of specific focus are Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish.

+ - Slavic and East European Language Resource Center, Duke University and University of North Carolina

The Slavic and East European Language Resource Center (SEELRC) sponsors summer institutes for Slavic language teachers of all levels. It also produced and disseminates teaching materials and is concerned with the use of computer technologies to create pedagogical materials. In this regard, the center produces and disseminates Webliographies. There is one of these for each of the 17 languages represented by the center and each one contains such things as language material, an online dictionary, history and culture, government and politics, country studies, travel guides and universities and centers of study.

+ - Other Title VI National Foreign Language Resource Centers

Descriptions of outreach activities of the other seven Title VI National Foreign Language Resource Centers can be found at the Michigan State University Foreign Language Resource Center.

+ - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) seeks to promote the teaching and learning of languages and cultures by providing professional development opportunities and related services for language educators. Such opportunities are scheduled at a variety of locations across the country and can be arranged for individual schools and universities. In addition, ACTFL provides consulting services to assist individual institutions and school districts with decisions about instruction, curriculum, and assessment. ACTFL has produced Standards for Foreign Language Learning, a helpful guide for program development and assessment.

+ - Center for Applied Linguistics

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides consultant services to schools, school districts and state education agencies aimed at improving language related educational programs, including programs for English language learners and foreign language instruction. Services include needs assessment, program design, program evaluation, professional development, development of standards-based curricula and materials, and test development and assessment.

+ - Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) is a program of the Title VI National East Asian Languages Resource Center at Ohio State University Its goals is are to (1) actively promote the learning and teaching of Chinese in the elementary and secondary schools in the U.S.; (2) encourage effective articulation among Chinese language educators across the divides of elementary, secondary and college level learning; and (3) provide a national network for the exchange of information, ideas and curricular resources related to the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the U.S.

+ - The College Board

The College Board has developed a number of new Advanced Placement tests in world languages and cultures. Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Russian courses and tests have recently been developed. Check the website for information, including study guides, course materials, and other testing tools.

+ - Concordia Language Villages

Concordia Language Villages is an internationally recognized and respected world language and cultural immersion program. Since 1961, its mission has been to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in our global community. The Villages offer Summer Youth Programs in 14 different world languages. Since 1991, the program has offered seminars for language teachers and encouraged teachers to bring their classes to Village Weekends.

+ - Foreign Language Lesson Plans and Resources

The Foreign Language Lesson Plans and Resources site identifies and describes dozens of other sites that offer lesson plans, teaching activities, curriculum guides, lesson plans and other teaching resources that can be used in K-12 classrooms to teach a number of foreign languages. Many of the resources are free and can be directly downloaded. There also is a section on museums and exhibits.

+ - FL Teach

The FL Teach web site is located at the State University of New York, Cortland. It contains a comprehensive collection of information about K-12 foreign language instruction and available resources.

+ - The National Network for Early Language Learning

The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) focuses on language learning in grades K-8. The organization facilitates cooperation among organizations directly concerned with early language learning; facilitates communication among teachers, teacher educators, and others; and disseminates information and guidelines to assist in developing programs of excellence. The NNELL web site has links to language specific organizations that provide assistance to K-12 schools interested in beginning or improving foreign language programs.

+ - The Rosetta Project

The Rosetta Project is a publicly accessible online archive of all documented human languages: more than 2,300 are represented, with more being added all the time.


SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and retransmits news and cultural television programming from many nations around the world in native languages. These programs are available via satellite, cable TV and the internet to students of language study, ethnic communities and anyone seeking a global perspective. SCOLA provides four 24/7 channels of TV programming and three radio channels. The SCOLA site provides instructions for teachers on how to use its programs as well as a program schedule. Programs can be seen live or they can be downloaded. SCOLA also produces Insta-Class lessons that consist of transcripts of news broadcasts and English translations, supplemented by vocabulary, quizzes and exercises and/or topics of discussion.

+ - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a professional association for English language educators, offers a variety of resources and networking opportunities for professionals involved in primary and secondary English language education. As a leader in English-as-a-Second Language learning, TESOL has partnered with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to develop ESL CoLEARN, a module for the NCTE website to help mainstream teachers meet the needs of today’s multilingual classrooms.
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