Resource list, long pt. 1
Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:42 PM
There are lots of wonderful resources at the library, including books,
tapes, CDs, videos, and online resources, such as Mango
(http://www.mangolanguages.com/), a full-on learning program. Many
libraries offer free online courseware for language acquisition, so check
your local library for its holdings.
?The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second
Kendall King and Alison Mackey. This book is a good one for a couple of
reasons. First, it?s got a lot of digestible but solid science to back up
what it advocates. Secondly, it has resources.
The AP study guides and materials available for many languages are good
places for a little more advanced study at a cheap price.
There are many bilingual children?s books, and you can search for them in
the target language on any search engine, or in Amazon. ?Le Chat au
Chapeau,? anyone? DK Publishing books are brightly illustrated with
photographs and high quality binding, so I specifically recommend those for
early vocabulary. If you are a religious family, it is easy to find
religious materials in many languages for side-by-side study.
There are an enormous amount of foreign language study books on the market,
and it really is just a matter of personal preference in the style of the
book. Don?t be fooled by the ?Ten Minutes a Day? series ? it?s tough!
MIT offers open courseware for foreign languages, including Chinese, German,
French, Spanish, and Japanese. One wonderful thing about this (besides
being free) is that there are culture and literature courses as well, so a
student can get a real flavor for the language and its heritage.
http://ocw.mit.edu/c...nd-literatures/. MIT also
offers some OCW (open courseware) specifically for high school students on
other topics at http://ocw.mit.edu/h...school/courses/.
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ - The BBC has a specialized (and for money)
program called Muzzy geared just to kids, but this site works just fine and
is free. There are full courses in seven languages, and more limited
curriculum in others. You can do everything from the word/phrase of the
day, to routine and very orderly coursework. Be sure to check out the video
on how to use it at the site below.
http://freelanguage.org/ - If you are trying to decide on a language or want
more information on places to go for a specific language, this site offers
tips and resources for learning a number of languages for free.
http://www.multiling...line-radio.html - Find online radio
stations in foreign languages at this site. You can search by language and
http://www.multiling...newspapers.html - Find foreign
newspapers online here. There are a number of them available in common and
http://www.transparent.com/wotd/ - You can subscribe to a ?word of the day?
email in tons of languages here. There are other resources as well, but
stick to the free ones.
www.quia.com/web - This site has activities and quizzes in tons of subjects
(including languages) that people have made and submitted. Your child can
even create them!
www.chillola.com/at/starterpage%20english%20new.html ? This site offers free
activities in many languages. Each language has its own site, and the
printing is in the target language, but you don?t need to understand it to
be able to tell what to do. This is a beginner activity site ? not a program
for acquiring the language.
www.youtube.com ? Strange, but true. You Tube has lots of language videos
available in any language your child may be interested in. Going on
vacation to China? Here?s a video to practice checking in to the hotel:
http://teachwithyour...ge AppsAlthough not
really a website, there are many language learning apps for android and
iPhones, also. This site has a short list, but there are more. I included
this site because the apps were geared to kids.
http://foreignlanguagefun.com/ - A support site for teaching foreign
languages, this is an engaging and content-rich site with loads of ideas and
links for homeschooling or other families trying to incorporate foreign
language study into their home.
http://www.literacycenter.net/ - For pre-schoolers, this site offers lessons
in four languages, French, Spanish, German, and English.
http://www.ipl.org/div/hello/ - Magyar! That?s Hungarian for ?hello.?
Learn to say hello in dozens of languages at this site. This is fun!
http://www.word2word.com/course.html - This is a fairly comprehensive list
of language courses available in a huge number of languages. They make no
claim to quality, but if you have an unusual language in mind, this is a
particularly valuable resource. There are lots of links here.
There is actually a contest for high school students who are budding
linguists. For more information, see
High-quality, Complete Programs for Sale:
? Rosetta Stone www.rosettastone.com
? Muzzy www.early-advantage.com
? Little Pim www.littlepim.com
? Professor Toto www.professortoto.com
Specific Languages: (remember the BBC site and MIT for free courses in most
of these languages)
http://www.cslpod.co...od/Default.aspx - Very well done podcast-based
http://learningchineseonline.net/ - Less techno-savvy, but also fairly
http://www.zapchinese.com/ - Not as thorough as the other sites, this one
has basics and an audio component.
Learn how to write the characters:
A Character a Day: http://www.learnchineseeveryday.com/ (attractive and not
USC?s Chinese Language Program:
Learn how to count to twelve:
This looks like a general translation site, but if you explore a little,
it?s got loads of great stuff:
http://www.frenchtutorial.com/ This site has both free and premium (although
still cheap) versions. There is audio and print available, so it?s not just
web. They have a Facebook presence, too, so a teen can get reminders in a
cool, teenager way.
http://www.frenchrevision.co.uk/ Geared specifically to secondary students,
this British site has audio and three different levels of language.
http://www.zapfrench.com/ - Though not comprehensive by any stretch, this
site is free, has audio, and is easy to use.
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/French - A wiki textbook for French, this site
allows kids to edit the page as they learn and can add to the conversation.
http://fslactivities.ca/ - Geared to kids, this site has activities and is
very easy to work in.
http://www.pdictionary.com/french/ - This is an internet picture dictionary.
http://www.learn-german-links.net/ - Loads of links to places to learn
German and German culture.
http://www.dw-world....0,,2547,00.html ? Another comprehensive site with
radio and television!
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/German - This site is a constantly-constructed
textbook. It has three different levels of lessons, and has a pdf format
available as well.
&Itemid=40 ? Fairly expensive, but very good, this online class from
Oklahoma State offers through AP level German.
http://www.deutsch-lernen.com/ - Comprehensive and free, with a pre-test.
http://german.about.com/ - I was skeptical, but there is actually a lot of
good information here. I liked the riddle of the week.
Games: http://www.digitaldi....com/German.htm - These are easy games for
the beginner, but there is a link to a companion site for more advanced
This is a free online class specifically for homeschoolers, but open to
Britain?s National Archives offers this free Latin course:
http://www.cherryh.c...in_language.htm - Latin made palatable. This
site is teen-friendly.
Even guests have access to lots of materials here:
Comprehensive, but not attractive, guide to Latin grammar:
This is a one-man-show, friendly site:
Greek is also available on this site: http://www.textkit.com/
This site is a support site for a textbook program, but even without the
book it has great stuff. The games work, there are cool gadgets, and even
though it looks a little frumpy, the quality fo the material is fine.
Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:00 AM
Just wanted to note that the price for Oklahoma State German (not sure for Spanish) is reduced for homeschoolers...the last I heard it was 250 instead of 389...I'll be getting a bill soon...
Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:56 PM
It does explain why learning languages is usefull and how important it is to raise your kids bilingual. All very nice. Then it shows you how to teach a foreign language: get a bilingual nanny and join a foreign language based playgroup. Tada....saved you $$ that you now can spend on a nanny .
Posted 25 August 2011 - 03:36 PM
Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:58 PM
can we make these two posts of yours a sticky at the top?!
Good idea! I'll message the moderator if I can figure out how.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 07:32 PM
Posted 28 August 2011 - 07:15 PM
It was my understanding that this board was for the families who deal with already bilingual kids, not those learning a new language. Quite a few of those 'resources' are for learning a new language at home.
Sure once in a while, we sneak in a question about an actual foreign language, but that's not the goal of the board.
Don't get me wrong, some of those resources are great, but they also give a wrong idea about what the board is for.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 01:31 PM