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Teaching Foreign/World Languages Without the Frustration

Teaching a foreign language can be just as challenging as learning the language itself, if not more so. The resources in this content collection provide tools, guides, strategies and tips for effectively teaching world languages at all grade levels.
A Collection By Tracy Pinkard
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Teaching Foreign/World Languages Without the Frustration
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    The Celebrate Languages website has amassed a treasure trove of foreign language lessons, activities, printables, interactives and more on the Teachers' Page. One of the real gems here are the "Must-Read" lists near the bottom of the page. I definitely recommend bookmarking this page, as you will want to return to it again and again.
  • greatschools.org
    greatschools.org

    Learning a second language: How parents can help

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This article by GreatSchools is an awesome resource to share with parents, who are often unsure of how to support their child's foreign language learning. The suggestions are concrete, easy to understand and easy to try.
  • theguardian.com
    theguardian.com

    Teaching languages with technology: tools that help students become fluent

    6 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This article by Joe Dale discusses how and why technology can and should be used to support foreign language acquisition. It makes my "Bookmarked Articles" list because of the wealth of excellent suggestions and examples of general and specific ways to foster foreign language learning through technology.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This overview of the various methods for teaching foreign languages provided by MoraModules is an outstanding resource for any teacher planning their foreign language instruction. Each method description includes a brief historical note, salient features of the method, as well as benefits and drawbacks to the method. This is a great resource to determine how to approach foreign language instruction.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This infographic does a great job of exploring the why, the how, and the challenges of foreign language acquisition. I specifically like the challenges section because of the practical solutions provided for each one.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language has created a must-read, must-save document in this guide outlining how foreign language education should and can be integrated into other content areas and 21st century learning. The suggestions provided here are logical, effective, and, most of all, easy to implement.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This video collection compiled by Annenberg Learner is outstanding! Each video description includes an overview of the language being taught in the lesson, the grade level, and the skills being addressed. The videos here do an excellent of job of modeling issues such as connecting language instruction to other content areas, reinforcing learning, and more. I highly recommend bookmarking this resource for future review.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    I highly recommend this MOOC offered by The University of Houston through Coursera for any foreign language teachers. Whether you choose the paid Certification track, or the free track, the information and insights provided in this video series are quite valuable and will increase understanding of how students learn a second language.