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Explore a wide range of resources available in the area of world languages. Although English, Spanish, French, and German are the most popular languages taught in North American schools, many other languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and American Sign Language are growing in popularity.

Students love learning about the languages and people of other cultures. Use language and technology as a way to connect with other cultures. For example, epals provides email connections for students with a built-in language translator that helps students from a dozen different languages communicate.

Explore each of the following areas to learn more about world languages:

Professional Organizations, Standards, and Materials
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language
The only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.
EdSiteMent from the Marcopolo Project
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, explore standards-based foreign language lessons and web resources for educators
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
Promoting educational excellence and equity through bilingual education, NABE is the only national organization exclusively concerned with the education of language-minority students in American schools.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction (NCELA)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA, formerly OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Mission is to develop the expertise of its members and others involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages to help them foster effective communication in diverse settings while respecting individuals' language rights.
Teaching/Studying English as a Second/Foreign Language
A grand list (Links-site) of ESL / TSL resources.


General Language Resources

Starting Points

42explore: American Sign Language
Resources on American Sign Language (ASL)

Foreign Language from HomeWorkSpot
Organized, annotated links

Resources for Teachers

English Online
Learn English and other languages

Google Language Tools
Language translation and links to Google in different languages

Guide to language information on the web

Online newspapers from around the world

travlang's Translating Dictionaries
Online translating dictionaries

Web-based Translation Programs
Free Translation
Google Language Tools
World Reference

Resources for Children and Young Adults

Fodor's Living Language
Explore French, German, Italian, and Spanish language for travel

Foreign Language for Travelers
Explore a wide variety of languages (lots of popup ads)

French Language Resources

Resources for Young Adults
Information about France

Fluent French
Learn about speaking French

French Language Course
More than 10 lessons includes audio files.

Le Web in French
French language web starting point

Google in French
French language web starting point

Paris Digest
Information and photographs of Paris

Paris Guide
Information about Paris

travelang's French Translating Dictionary
Translate to many languages

Resources for Children

French Language from Enchanted Learning
English/French picture dictionary

German Language Resources

Resources for Young Adults

travelang's German Translating Dictionary
Translate to many languages

German for Beginners
Explore free lessons and a dictionary

German Government
German government information

Google in German
German language web starting point

Resources for Children

German Language from Enchanted Learning
English/German picture dictionary

Spanish Language Resources

Resources for Young Adults

E.L. Easton - Language - Spanish
Test your Spanish and learn Spanish

Google in Spanish
Spanish language web starting point

travelang's Spanish Translating Dictionary
Translate to many languages

Yahoo in Spanish
Popular search engine in Spanish

Resources for Children

Learn Spanish - A Free Online Grammar Tutorial
Complete a series of online tutorials

Spanish Language from Enchanted Learning
English/Spanish picture dictionary


Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) from the US Department of Education.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Principal Investigator & Professor, College of Education

Created 2/03. Last Updated 4/13