National Capital Language Resource Center. Covers total
arena of all FL study nationally; latest news, grants, professional
training programs, etc. Free monthly newsletter. Check
out the “Culture
- CAL. Center for Applied Linguistics. Just click on symbol
for CAL on the NCLRC homepage.
-NANDUTI. Site is devoted to FL teachers
of grades K-8. Valuable information, resources and lesson plans.
While on the
CAL homepage, type in word Nanduti and press search.
ACTFL. American Council for Teaching
Foreign Languages. THE national organization for FL professionals.
Many language specific organizations hold their annual meetings
during the ACTFL annual event. Specifically
for Chinese teachers, this is where you will meet and connect with
everyone in the field. ACTFL just launched a
new magazine “Language
January. Coming later this Spring, they are launching a new site www.discoverlanguages.org.
It will be a sustained public awareness campaign for the teaching
of FL in the U.S. www.ACTFL.org.
NNELL. National Network for Early Language
Learning. Another excellent site devoted to grades pre-K-8.
Excellent links and resources. www.NNELL.org.
E.L. Easton Languages
Online. Features links to language exercises, cultural
resources and other language sites.
Internet Activities for FL.
Features lesson plans created by the California
FL Project and the CLTA.www.clta.net/lessons/
Language and Children…Making the Match. Helena Curtain
and Carole Ann Dahlberg. considered “the bible” by
language professionals. Third edition is best. Available on Amazon.com.
The Standards for Teaching
Languages in the 21 st Century. Produced by ACTFL. Currently not available.
Revised book will
later this year on the ACTFL site. Contains programs, lesson
plans, assessment tools, etc for the first national standards established
for the U.S.
Sailing the 5 C’s with Learning Strategies. Reinforces
the “Standards” with learning guidelines.
Can be downloaded
The Elementary Immersion
Learning Strategies Resource Guide.
Ditto above. Also available at www.nclrc.org.
Teaching Foreign Language
K-12 Assessment Program.
Produced by Annenberg/CPB. Excellent tool for teachers. Thirty
hours assessing FL study across the U.S. There is also an 8 hour
workshop series. WLA has a complete set of the series and would
like to offer to groups of schools and create our own workshops.
Includes a library guide complete with additional resources.www.learner.org
SUMMER CAMPS/STUDY ABROAD---ALL LANGUAGES
CONCORDIA Language Villages. Summer
programs in Minnesota for children beginning at age 7. Also offers
programs abroad. Considered the best program available in the
U.S. for elementary age children.
Complete immersion in an environment replicating the culture
of language being studied. www.concordialanguagevillages.com.
LINKS---CHINESE LANGUAGE SPECIFIC
CLASS. Chinese Language Association for Secondary and
Elementary Schools. CLASS is the national organization for the
pre-collegiate level. Includes all news/events going on nationally
in the field of Chinese study. We are developing a local Miami
chapter of CLASS. Cost is $30.00 per annum. Includes newsletters,
CLTA. Chinese Language Teachers Association. Collegiate level
national organization. Works closely with CLASS.www.clta.osu.edu.
The Asia Society. Wonderful resource for the advancement of
asian languages. They are releasing a guide to Mandarin teaching
next month. Look in resources below. www.asiasociety.org.
NCLCTL. National Council for Less Commonly Taught Languages. www.councilnet.org.
HAN BAN. The foreign language arm of
the Chinese Ministry of Education. Han Ban is currently developing
programs via its “Confucius
promote language and cultural understanding worldwide. There
are 10 cities being selected in the U.S. english.hanban.edu.cn.
Langnet. Language learning support system with interactive
FIU. The Asian Institue at FIU has recently launched
a blog for the exchange of information between our schools. asian.fiu.edu
NFLC Guide for
Basic Chinese Language Programs. National Foreign
Language Center. Ohio State University.
Establishing High Quality
Chinese Programs: An Introductory Guide. Guide will be available next month. Program underwritten
by the College Board and produced by The Asia Society. Register
now at www.asiasociety.org and
they will alert you when you can download it.
Understanding the Learning
and Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language: New Empirical
Research. Available in 2007. CLTA is
currently accepting submissions nationwide for this publication.
For more information visit the CLTA site or contact Mien-hwa
Ask Asia. Features K-12 resources on the study of Asian societies.www.askasia.org
BETTER CHINESE. Program
specifically developed for both the young learner
and the non-Chinese student. A multimedia approach to learning
stories, festivals, and games. Program starts at preK level and is now being
expanded through high school. The high school program will first
be available in April 2006. The Cushman School has been using
this program and it has been well received. School discounts
are available, so contact them if you are making a bulk purchase.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information or with any questions. You can sign up on-line for an free
trial of the online curriculum and view and purchase all the products on the
Additionally, Better Chinese has introduced a website for teachers and
parents. It covers everything from festivals to grammar. http://usa.betterchinese.com/pta05.htm
NI HAO Series by Shumang Fredlein and
Paul Fredlein. Produced by China Soft in Brisbane, Australia.
Books and CD’s.
Geared toward middle and high school students. Hal Nicholas used
these books in the Lee County Program and ranks it high. www.chinasoft.com.au.
CHENGO. Just released last summer, CHENGO
is the result of a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Education
and the Chinese Ministry of Education. Chengo is an online game
with books. www.elanguage.cn.
CHINESETIDE. Another new program, which
has just completed a ten year international pilot program.
The program has been
developed by Tidetime Corporation in conjunction with the Beijing
Language Institute. Contact Walter Stasyshyn
Toronto, Canada. www.chinesetide.com.
Asia for Kids. Books, CD’s, videos, dolls,
Items we have used and can recommend are:
Sing and Learn Mandarin— songbook
Elementary children—After School Chinese video
China Sprout. Same as above. www.chinasprout.com
Jim Becker’s non-public site. FABULOUS
listing of all imaginable links covering topics from grammar
to food and culture. Go to the NNELL site to resources. Click
on Mary Levine’s
resource listing. In there click on Jim’s
site for Chinese and Japanese listings.. www.nnell.com.
PROFESSIONAL WORSHOPS—Summer of 2006
U of PENN - Cick Here to download the document with the detailed information.
U of MINNESOTA/CARLA - State final program discription not yet available but will be posted later at www.carla.umn.edu/institutes/2006/schedule.html.
OHIO STATE U. - www.classk12.org
TEACHER TO TEACHER INITIATIVE www.ed.gov.
Two summer mandarin workshops planned. See announcement
home page. Will follow up with details.
LINKS--- SPANISH LANGUAGE SPECIFIC
SUENOS DE COLORES---Author, teacher,
school founder, editor of early language learning for the NNELL
publications is Ana Lomba. We had Ana in Miami last year leading
a workshop for Spanish teachers from various schools. She is
a great resource. Her website is full of information and good
link connections. www.suenosdecolores.com.
Ana's storybooks come with CD's and are designed for parents
to read with their children. Books are available on Amazon.com
Mui Bien- Cick
Here to download the document with the
Mary Levine’s FL Lesson Plans and Resources
is amazing! Go to the NNELL site to resources. You will connect
from there. www.nnell.com.
Becker's site. Inside of Mary Levine’s listing you will
see Jim Becker’s vast listings. www.nnell.com.
Anacleta’s Spanish and World Language
site. Connect through
Ana Lomba’s site-resources. www.suenosdecolores.com.
related to the Spanish language and to Hispanic cultures
in th U.S. and in other Spanish-speaking nations.
. An online, multilingual picture dictionary designed
for language learners of all ages.www.pdictionary.com
. International program with a strong following in Spain and Latin America. Program range is preK-12.
A vast offering of colorful and age-appropriate materials, books and CD's. Sorry, no DVD's available at this time.
A new program for middle and upper grades is currently in development. Additionally, online resources "for teachers
and parents" are available including FREE downloadable activities for your students. Company also offers assistance
in grant writing at no charge and is located in Miami, Fla. www.santillanausa.com
CAMP N---Eight year old, award winning summer immersion
camp held at the U of M. Contact Merida Talavera or Betty Coscullela
at 305-669-6776. Children 4-10 years. www.campn.net.
QUIJOTE ACADEMY---…”a program
for children designed to build Spanish literacy and cultural
competencies that will lay the groundwork for truly functional
bilingual education throughout the children’s lives." Contact
Alicia Becker (email@example.com)
Children 2-8 years. www.quijoteacademy.com.
in Argentina and Spain. Organizes trips for students.
Offers annual trips for teaching professionals interested in locating
a sister-school. Offices in Miami and Tallahassee Contact Janice
Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org