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Foreign Language Resources

National, State, and Local Organizations:

National Foreign Language Resource Centers:

The U.S. Department of Education funds nine National Foreign Language Resource Centers across the country, established to improve and enrich the nation's foreign language capacity.

Selected Regional Foreign Language Conferences:

  • The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSC) serves 17 Midwestern and Central states through an annual conference, advocacy activities, and professional awards. It has the following URL: http://www.ualr.edu/~centralstate
  • The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) serves the Mid-Atlantic coastal states and the Northeastern states. NEC's Web site includes information on the annual conference, NEC membership, publications, and links to other regional conferences and resources. It has the following URL: http://www.dickinson.edu/nectfl
  • The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) serves the Southern and South Central states. SCOLT publishes SCOLTalk, a semiannual newsletter with information about upcoming conferences; Dimension, the selected, edited proceedings of the annual conference; Research Within Reach; and Managing the Foreign Language Department. Information about the annual SCOLT conference may be found at the Web site. It has the following URL: http://www.valdosta.peachnet.edu/scolt
  • The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) works to promote, develop, and enhance the study and teaching of foreign languages and cultures. SWCOLT serves the Southwestern states. Visit their Web site for information about the annual SWCOLT conference. It has the following URL: http://www.learnalanguage.org/swcolt/home.htm
  • The Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL) serves the Pacific North Coast and Western states. It has the following URL: http://www.isu.edu/~nickcrai/pncfl . PNCFL holds an annual conference and publishes SELECTA, a journal devoted to all aspects of languages and cultures, located at http://www.usd.edu/selecta/

ListServs:

  • Causerie is a general French discussion list. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE CAUSERIE YOURLASTNAME YOURFIRSTNAME
    to listserv@uquebec.ca.
  • EDUFRANÇAIS is an international list where French teachers at all levels and in all countries can exchange cultural and linguistic information about France and other francophone countries. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to listserv@univ-rennes1.fr.
  • ESPAN-L is a list for teachers and speakers of Spanish. Discussion includes a wide range of topics from cultural notes to grammatical points. Send the message
    SUBSCRIBE ESPAN-L YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to listserv@vm.tau.ac.il.
  • The Foreign Language Teaching Forum (FLTEACH) is the major listserv for foreign language teachers, with lively and informative discussions. To subscribe, leave the subject line blank; send the message
    SUB FLTEACH FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
    to listserv@listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu.
  • France is a listserv for discussions about the French language. To subscribe send the message
    SUSCRIBE FRANCE FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
    to France_langue@culture.fr.
  • The Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections (K-12) list provides a service for foreign language teachers seeking partner classrooms for international and cross-cultural electronic mail exchanges (not individual penpals). To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to IECC-REQUEST@STOLAF.EDU.
  • LCTL-T is a discussion list for teachers of less commonly taught languages (i.e., all languages except English, Spanish, French, and German). To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE LCTL-T YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to listserv@tc.umn.edu.
  • LIM-A hosts discussions about language immersion programs. Teachers, administrators, and parents are welcome to join. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE LIM-A YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to LISTSERV@tc.umn.edu.
  • LLTI, Language Learning and Technology International, serves as a distribution point for information on language learning and technology, language lab technology, computer supported language learning, interactive video, interactive audio, language workstations, international standards, conversions, etc. Subscribers can post notes and queries as well as search databases. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE LLTI YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to LISTSERV@DARTMOUTH.EDU.
  • LTEST-L, Language Testing Research and Practice, is an open forum for discussion of issues related to language testing, theory, and research. Members are primarily university professors, graduate students, and institutions such as the Educational Testing Service. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE LTEST-L YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to listserv@psuvm.psu.edu.
  • ÑANDU participants discuss timely issues related to foreign language learning in Grades K-8, provide resources to one another, and share experiences with early sequence programs. To join Ñandu, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to nandu-request@caltalk.cal.org.
  • RIBO-L is a list for German and English discussion. Postings are in both languages. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE RIBO-L YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to LISTSERV@URIACC.URI.EDU.
  • SLART-L is for those involved in second language acquisition research or teaching. Participants may discuss research in progress, solicit advice, and post papers for feedback. To subscribe, send the message
    SUBSCRIBE SLART-L YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
    to listserv@cunyvm.cuny.edu.
  • Additional ListServs may be found by connecting to http://www.tesol.net/langlist.html

Materials and Other Resources:

  • Center for the Advancement of Language Learning (CALL) A collection of foreign language learning resources and links, especially related to authentic materials, for teachers and learners located at: http://call.lingnet.org/
  • Computer Technology in the FLES Classroom A resource site for teachers using computers in teaching foreign languages to young students located at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~egarcia/fles.html
  • Database of Language Links Web-based resources for the foreign language teacher, listed by language located at: http://webpages.marshall.edu/~jmullens/lang.html
  • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) A national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature located at: http://www.accesseric.org/index.html
  • Foreign Language Applications and the Multimedia Environment This site provides information on putting foreign language learning in cultural context through the use of computer driven multimedia in the classroom located at: http://www.umich.edu/~proflame
  • Foreign Language Resources on the Web A well selected list of foreign language / culture-specific teaching resources from Berkeley; listed by language located at: http://www.itp.berkeley.edu/~thorne/HumanResources.html
    Foreign Language Teaching Forum (FLTEACH) An integrated service for foreign language teachers including WWW resources, a listserve, and gopher file retrieval located at: http://www.cortland.edu/flteach/
  • Foreign Language Teacher's Guide to Learning Disabilities The latest information on research, teaching techniques, technological advances, and more for students with disabilities located at: http://www.fln.vcu.edu/ld/ld.html
  • Foreign Language Testing Database This database from the NFLRC includes secondary and college level tests in languages other than English. The database currently contains over 200 tests in 60 languages located at: http://www.cal.org/cal/db/flt/flt-dir.htm
  • Iowa Foreign Language Association (IFLA) Explore the comprehensive lists of WWW links for teachers of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish located at: http://www.uni.edu/becker/IFLA.html
  • Language Interactive A complete guide to developing WWW-based materials for language learning; includes sample forms located at: http://www.fln.vcu.edu/cgi/interact.html
  • Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Project A project designed to advance the teaching and learning of LCTL's located at: http://carla.acad.umn.edu/lctl/lctl.html
  • National Capital Language Resource Center (NFLRC) A huge database of foreign language testing materials located at: http://www.cal.org/cal/DB/FLT/FLT-DIR.HTM
  • "National Foreign Language Week" sponsored by ALPHA MU GAMMA, National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society located at: http://citywww.lacc.cc.ca.us/activities/honor/amg/nflw.htm
  • TFLTA Professional Resource Center Approaching 200 links, this is comprehensive resource with an unparalleled collection of state standards documents, indispensible for those engaged in standards research located at: http://www.utm.edu/departments/french/resctr.html
  • Tom's Teacher Resources A variety of links to Teacher Resource Sites on the web useful to teachers of all age groups; arranged alphabetically located at: http://tpduggan.tripod.com/teach.html