Talia Kowitt

Email Talia at tkowitt@gmail.com

http://tkowitt.home.comcast.net

TOP SITES

1) www.Starfall.com for reading

2) www.enchantedlearning.com/letters/old/all.shtml great educational website for kids. Print many worksheets, including writing worksheets.

3) www.HandwritingForKids.com learn block and cursive letters

4) www.literacycenter.net/play_learn/index.htm for early literacy and writing (English, Spanish, French, and German)

5) http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics Phonetics in English, Spanish and German.

6) www.Pumarosa.com for speaking English (English-Spanish)

7) www.OmPersonal.com.ar All levels of English (English-Spanish)

8) www.languageguide.org Multilingual visual dictionary with grammar sections.

9) www.LiveMocha.com Learn almost 100 languages with Rosetta Stone-like technique and international language partners (free!).

10) www.agendaweb.org Very organized compilation of websites organized by grammar point or topic. All levels. Most lessons in English, but many available in Spanish.

11) www.openculture.com/2006/10/foreign_languag.html All free resources (iPod, radio, and website lessons) to learn many languages as well as almost any subject.

Bonus Sites

12) http://delicious.com BEST search engine/social bookmarking tool.

13) www.childrenslibrary.org 1000's of free online books for children in over 50 languages. May be used for adults in FL language classroom. Created at the University of Maryland at College Park.

14) http://babelfish.yahoo.com Translate text or web pages into/from 5-10 languages.

15) http://www.quia.com/shared Memory games, matching, hangman, and other interactive activities in more than 100 categories and in 25 languages.

16) http://fsi-language-courses.com For adults. Learn 30 languages for free (Download books and audio-lessons). 

17) http://www.word2word.com Learn/Teach virtually any language online.

18) http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/es Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation with books (and audio) in many foreign languages.

19) http://librivox.org is another example of an audio book site in several languages.

NCLRC ABSTRACT

Internet-based foreign language resources can greatly enhance the teacher's ability to accommodate the diverse needs of students in the classroom and beyond. The featured website http://tkowitt.home.comcast.net provides interactive FL websites for multilingual teachers and students (from K-12 and beyond). Family literacy is a key aspect of the ESL program, which encourages parents and students to develop language and literacy skills together. This approach maximizes multi-sensory and interactive learning.

Most websites are interactive, audio-visual and animated. Free multilingual and multi-level programs may be demonstrated or shared including:

www.childrenslibrary.org 1000's of free online books for children in over 50 languages. May be used for adults in FL language classroom. Created at the University of Maryland at College Park.

www.languageguide.org Audio visual and interactive language lessons in 11 languages for speakers of 11 optional languages.

www.livemocha.com For online Rosetta Stone-like language lessons with option of conversation partners.

http://www.quia.com/shared Memory games, matching, hangman, and other interactive activities in more than 100 categories and in 25 languages.

http://fsi-language-courses.com For adults. Learn 30 languages for free (Download books and audio-lessons). 

http://www.literacycenter.net/play_learn/index.htm For basic literacy in Spanish, German, French and English for kids.

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics Interactive phonetics in Spanish, German and English.

http://www.word2word.com Learn/Teach virtually any language online.

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/es Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation with books (and audio) in many foreign languages.

http://librivox.org is another example of an audio book site in several languages.

www.OmPersonal.com.ar, www.Pumarosa.com, www.Starfall.com, www.HandwritingForKids.com may be demonstrated for K-12 bilingual ESL literacy and education upon special request.

Participants will be instructed how to tailor online lessons for their target population. Online lesson planning can be applied to in-class learning and to distance learning. Online lessons require field testing with various populations to ensure validity. Some populations lack exposure to technology and need time to adjust to the program.

The purpose of this program is to teach students FL using technology in efforts to enhance in-class learning. Benefits include shortened "silent period," enhanced accessibility of coursework, increased rehearsal opportunities, and availability of lessons to student's family. The website has been shown to be effective when incorporated into a tutoring program with K-12 students and adult ESL learners.

 

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