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Lets Talk About Teaching Foreign Languages Preview





 Let's Talk About Teaching Foreign Language Complete Video

Part One: Language Proficiency: What it Means to “Know” a Language

Stephen Tschudi introduces the history of language learning in academic contexts, currently evolving conceptions of the role of student and teacher, characteristics of the student-centered classroom, distinctions between listening/ speaking versus reading/writing, the difference between authentic language use and academic literacy, and introduces the context of using ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

Part Two: Tasks in Language Teaching: What We Ask Students to Do

 Stephen Tschudi discusses: language use in real life; learning concepts of closed-endedness and open-endedness; relating proficiency level to actual language use; the characteristics of language tasks and how they differ from exercises; some possible classroom task configurations; rubrics for performance assessment.

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Part Three: Standards for Foreign Language Learning 

 Stephen Tschudi gives a history of the standards, defines the five key goal areas, explains how to use the standards to plan curriculum, and introduces standards-based performance rubrics.

Language Resources

| General |

| Arabic | Chinese | French | German  | Hindi |Indonesian  Italian | Spanish | Tagalog | Urdu



Interagency Language Roundtable
Information about assessing skill levels, resources for professional teachers and students of all languages

Testing and Assessment webinars offered by the Language Acquisition Resource Center.


"Aswaat Arabiyya," University of Texas at Austin. Provides authentic listening texts for all learning levels. Texts can be sped up or slowed down to facilitate understanding. 

"Phone Conversations" in Egyptian, Iraqi and Levantine dialects. Defense Language Insttute Foreign Language Center. 

Good listing of lyrics of Arabic songs


Video Clips for Listening Practice

Beginning Chinese Characters

Chinese Online Flashcards

Simplified Chinese Character Tutor

Instruction in Stroke Order for Chinese

Read and Write Chinese Characters


RFI – Radio Francais International:


BBC Languages French – French TV, Radio, vocabulary trainer

Le Point du FLE Resources for teaching and learning French

Podcast Francais facile


Goethe Institute
Goethe Institute

Introduction to German language, language trainer
Teaching German as a second language (including teaching materials)
Deutsche Welle – Radio : German news read at reduced speed, news articles with vocabulary – vocabulary trainer

Blinde Kuh – Suche : Search engine for kids

Slow German : podcast with study material

German-English online dictionary




Guide to Establishing a Hindi or Urdu Language Program

University of Washington Resources for Learning Hindi. Includes course materials, conversatoin lessons, web based Hindi materials, and much more


The University of Texas Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program. Includes glossaries, thesaurus of Hindi, worksheets, textbooks, and much more


Learning Bahasa Indonesia on the Internet

Warung Sinema: Indonesian Language Project



BBC Italian

In Italia : L’Italia e l’italiano per stranieri

Italica Italian Course online

Zanichelli Class room materials

Language : Image dictionary

Centro Studi Italiani : Online exercises in Italian

AlterVISTA : Noi parliamo italiano … e tu? : Teaching material for all levels



Cervantes Institute : Listening exercises

Radio FLE – Spanish learning radio

EU Delegation to Spain : Study Spanish Material A2-C1


BBC Spanish

Hispadictos : Resources to teach and study Spanish



Interactive Language and Filipino Culture Resources

UC Berkeley Filipino Language and Culture Resources