Archive for September, 2007

Welcome back! Autumn Quarter 2007 Begins

Welcome back everyone. We hope you’ll keep up with news at our blog. CSL Staff

pen-sized scanner for 128 languages

Barbara pointed out an article for this pen-sized scanner that can scan 128 different languages. http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/08/02/irispen.6/

United Nations declares 2008 the International Year of Languages

You can read this announcement from the United Nations declaring 2008 the International Year of Languages here.

NCLRC Newsletter

The National Capital Language Resource Center puts out a monthly newsletter.

Podcasts, Blogs, and more

Keep an eye on the development of various podcasts (audio and video), blogs, and more for use in language learning. http://www.oculture.com/2006/10/foreign_languag.html has a nice listing of some podcasts. Also open iTunes on your computer and do a search for your languages in Podcasts at the iTunes store as well as new iTunesU offerings.

Resources for language learners

–Greetings from the University of Northern Iowa / Cedar Falls, Iowa (USA) I have developed a series of websites for language students and their instructors. I hope that you will share this information with interested persons and add this URL to your website and/or publication(s). Having taught in a private academy, public schools, the Ohio […]

Workshops for language teachers

For those of you looking for workshops for language teachers… ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview training (4-day workshops) http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3632 CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition) professional development programs http://www.carla.umn.edu/development.html Workshops at CLEAR http://clear.msu.edu/clear/professionaldev/summerworkshops.php Advanced/Specialty workshops at the Penn State LRC (CALPER) http://calper.la.psu.edu/profdev.php?page=workshops The National Capital LRC http://www.nclrc.org/profdev.html Recommended by the SALRC: http://salrc.uchicago.edu/workshops/pedagogy.shtml http://nflrc.msu.edu/login/scripts/summer.php

Ever wonder what a LCTL is?

If you’ve ever wondered what a LCTL (less commonly taught language; pronounced [licktle]), the answer is just about everything except for Spanish, French, German, and Italian. See here for a list of LCLTs.

EthnicTV Network on the internet

I saw a post about this website recently: The premier Russian TV videos site, available in broadband, is on the Ethnic TV Network at: http://www.etvnet.ca/ Superb, full-screen videos. Thousands of taped programs available in the archive. Thsi is a commercial site. Cost: $10 for 20 hours a month, $20 for 50 hours a month, $40 […]

Edward Tufte Workshop

I attended a workshop by Edward Tufte a few weeks ago and found it quite interesting. There’s lots of information available at his website: www.edwardtufte.com

Quizlet

And here’s another tool for learning vocabulary or other brief, factual information: Quizlet. http://quizlet.com/ You can use the tool to make your own vocabulary lists and quiz them in a number of ways.

WordMate (by a UofC alumnus)

Here’s a product for vocabulary acquisition made by a University of Chicago alumnus: www.wordmate.us

DishNetwork in the CSL

Since June, the CSL has had DishNetwork satellite dishes ready to receive foreign language programming. We tested the system with German, Polish, and Russian television during the summer courses. We’ll be adding more programming in Autumn quarter. If you have an interest in programming we aren’t currently offering, talk to your language teacher, language coordinator, […]

WordChamp

WordChamp is a useful website for foreign language learners to practice their vocabulary (use lists posted by other users or make your own lists). The vocabulary feature allows you to test and restest pesky vocabulary that just won’t stick in your memory. They also have webreaders that will give you glossed vocabulary for certain languages. […]