All resources in Downingtown Area School District

Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)

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The goal of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages. Similar to other language resource centers, CASLS creates language learning and teaching materials, offers professional development opportunities, and conducts research on foreign language learning.

Material Type: Assessment, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language & Literacy (CERCLL)

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The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona is one of the 15 Language Research Centers established across the nation under Title VI of the U.S. Department of Education. CERCLL researches culture, language and literacy with less commonly taught languages. The center also strives to provide educators with teaching resources and opportunities for their professional development.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)

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COERLL produces online language learning materials (for example language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, and corpora) for teachers to adopt, adapt, modify, and share, and also provides professional development tools for teachers. You can browse materials on the COERLL website.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Reading, Textbook, Unit of Study

Author: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)

Spanish

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This Wikibook aims to teach the Spanish language from scratch. It will cover all of the major grammar rules, moving slowly and offering exercises and plenty of examples. It's not all grammar though, as it offers vocabulary and phrases too, appealing to all learners. By the end, you should be able to read and write Spanish skilfully, though you'll need a human to help with listening and speaking.

Material Type: Textbook

Critical Language Service (YouTube Channel)

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Critical Language Service offers playlists with video lessons that explain the material in Alif Baa, Al-Kitaab 1 (through lesson 11), and a series on Egyptian vocabulary. Videos designed for the Alif Baa series focus on stories to illustrate new vocabulary while the series designed for Al-Kitaab explains grammatical concepts introduced in the books, and demonstrate proper pronunciation. They also offer a playlist of 60 cartoon episodes in Arabic.

Material Type: Lecture

Foreign Language Achievement Tests (FLATS)

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The Foreign Language Achievement Tests (FLATS) measure reading, listening and grammar skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students who are in their last year of high school and in college, as it is intended to test achievement in the targeted areas equivalent to the first three semesters of university study in the language. The length of the exam is 2 and a half hours.

Material Type: Assessment

Internet Polyglot

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Internet Polyglot is a one stop free shop service that provides an enormous list of verbs, adverbs, and vocabulary words that cover a diverse array of subjects. To ease and enhance the learning process, this service provides the following types of interactive games: typing, guessing, mix, and matching. By creating an account, users are able to play the games with the full set of vocabulary words; and are able to generate their own individualized and specific list of vocabulary words with which they can play the above mentioned games.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive

National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)

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The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai'i is one of the fifteen National Foreign Language Resource Centers established under Title VI of the U.S. Department of Education. NFLRC focuses on the less commonly taught languages of Asia and the Pacific, including Arabic. The website offers publications available for sale and frequently hosts conferences and workshops.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

PBL Language Dialect Lesson

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Below I have included a link to a Problem Based Learning Lesson for learning and understanding the authenticity and importance of varying dialect in society. Both of the acitivities that are included in the lesson will challenge students to build on their prior understanding of other dialets but will also allow them to express creativity in the process. Language Dialect Lesson

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Megan Cheek

Integrating Mathematics, Science and Language

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This bilingual curriculum and resources guide and is designed to help elementary school teachers organize instruction to increase achievement of Hispanic primary-grade children whose first language is not English. The guide offers a curriculum plan, instructional strategies and activities, suggested teacher and student materials, and assessment procedures. Because language development is a fundamental co-requisite for learning mathematics and science concepts, processes and skills, the lessons in many instances begin with literature (e.g., stories, books) and discussion activities that set the stage for posing questions and presenting conflicting situations related to the Big Ideas in mathematics and science that are the focus of the lesson.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels (Spanish)

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Free practice modules for Spanish language educators Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels is a free open educational resource that can help Spanish teachers gain a foundational understanding of how to evaluate Spanish speakers. The resource includes 17 video-based practice modules designed to strengthen your understanding of the ACTFL Speaking Proficiency Guidelines and to help you evaluate the speaking levels of your language students.

Material Type: Module, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Judith E. Liskin-Gasparro