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Free online resources for language teaching

August 11, 2011

In connection with a workshop I am presenting today, I thought I’d quickly list generic online sources for information and media that can be helpful to folks who teach languages. There are so many languages and countries, that in most cases I am not even going to try to list examples. Just search the web for the kind of resource you want, such as “Television, Greece.”

  1. Television and radio – public and commercial outlets that may offer live or recorded media, news, sports, weather, entertainment, puzzles, and more
  2. Newspapers and magazines
  3. Travel and tourism – every country has a tourism bureau and a ministry of culture – specific destinations have their own resources
  4. State-sponsored cultural centers – Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Confucius Institute, Alliance Française, Japan Foundation, etc.
  5. Free video – YouTube, Vimeo, etc. – including many music videos
  6. Free images – Flickr, Google Images, etc.
  7. Wikipedia – available in hundreds of languages
  8. Maps – gas/petrol companies, auto clubs and others offer maps online in the local language
  9. Museums – history, art, science, etc.
  10. Professional societies for teachers – US-based groups include AATF, AATG, AATSP, and ACTFL
I’m sure there are lots of other categories. Please share your favorite site in a comment.

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