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‘Real World’ Japanese

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site presents various types of conversations in various situations that visitors in Japan may encounter. Topics and materials included in this site are general Japanese conversations, business Japanese conversations, and kids Japanese conversations. In addition, the conversations are separated into three levels: beginners, intermediates, and advanced. Start by ‘General’ since it includes Japanese conversations in general situations from eating a meal to asking about a specific bus stop. Be aware of the fact that you need Flash Player to play the conversations.

A child’s picture dictionary: English/German

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a German/English picture dictionary with an illustrated section of words accompanying each letter of the alphabet. Be aware of Illustrations are identified in both languages.

Citation: Sheheen, Dennis. New York : Adama Books, c1986. ISBN/ISSN: 0915361418.

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A Homestay in Japan (1992)

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Recommended because this is for intermediate reader for high school students. In 20 chapters, relates the experiences of an American high school student who spends a year living with a Japanese family. Authentic language depicts everyday situations realted to home and family, school, shopping, social situations, and special occasions such as the New year. Each chapter combines both narrative and conversational styles. Rich in cultural detail. Contains vocabulary lists, comprehension exercises, culture notes, and activity and resource guides for teachers. 400 kanji. Highly recommended. This review was originally written by the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Citation: Allen, Carol., & Watanabe, Natsumi. Stone Bridge Press Paper, $16.95, hardcover $27.95

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A Romance of Three Kingdoms

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Recommended because witten 600 years ago and set in the Han Dynasty, the story of the Three Kingdoms is perhaps China’s greatest work of historical literature. Now you can immerse yourself in the story of the Three Kingdoms with the popular CCTV production of 84 episodes subtitled in both English and Chinese. Episodes include adventures, exploits and battles of Some of China’s most famous historical figures including Liu Bei, Cao Cao, Zhu Ge Liang, and many more. This complete series pn VCD is an excellent introduction to Chinese history and literature.

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AATSEEL

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is the website of AATSEEL, the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. This organization is more oriented toward college instructors of Russian and other East European languages than secondary school teachers, but even secondary school teachers should be aware of this association and what it does. Unfortunately, there is very little here of interest to students. Start by clicking on the Why Join? section to learn about the benefits of membership in AATSEEL. Be aware of the fact that this website contains many sections that may be of interest: for example, there is the Directory of Pre-College Teachers of Russian in the Departments and Programs section, as well as the Language Programs for Middle and High School Students in the same section. Listed separately are sections like, Resources for Teaching, Why Study Russian?, and Internet Resources, to mention just a few.

ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs (2003)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this easy-to-use dictionary presents 400 Chinese proverbs alphabetically arranged in Hanyu Pinyin. Includes literal (and when necessary also a figurative) English translation literal and figurative translations, informative cross-referencing of usage, notes on parallels and also comments on the history of the proverbs. Additional data such as brief usage notes, sources, parallel expressions, cross-references, and famous instances of use are provided where available. This publication will prove a significant basic text. This resource was originally recommended by University of Texas-Austin.

Citation: Rohsenow, John. University of Hawaii Press. $18.00

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About French Gestures

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides cultural information on authentic French gestures including photographic documentation of each gesture. The site would also be excellent for introducing body vocabulary along with cultural knowledge. Topics and materials include regularly updated lessons and multiple links to other French educational resources including dictionaries and pronunciation kits. Links to free on-line discussion forums on France and Francophonie, and a free subscription to twice-weekly About French newsletter are also available. Start by clicking on individual expressions and gestures on the first page to learn how the site works. Be aware of the fact that the site is used for commercial advertisement of educational resources and might require payments to get complete access to some of its resources.

ACTR

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Recommended because this is the website of ACTR, the American Council of Teachers of Russian. This organization provides a multitude of information and programs of interest to Russian language teachers and students. Start by reading the home page to get an idea of the basic mission of this organization, then have a look at the Programs, Language Learning, and Services sections for a more concrete idea of how ACTR can aid you and your Russian language program. Be aware of the fact that you can become a member of ACTR, so have a look at the Membership section for details on how this might benefit you.

Advanced French Grammar

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides extensive information on French grammar designed for advanced students and teachers of French wishing to improve their understanding of the French language. Although the book is for advanced learners of French, it is in English. A rare feature, it makes the book very effective at clarifying some of the more complex linguistic and grammatical concepts of French to English speaking audience. The book is a reliable and lasting investment.

Citation: L’Huillier, Monique. Cambridge University Press. 1999.

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Alexander II and the Modernization of Russia

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Recommended because Recommended as a brief, but highly readable analysis of Tsar Alexander II (ruled 185Slavic and Eastern Europe-81) and his Great Reforms of Russia. Availability: apparently out of print, but used books can still be obtained from Amazon.com for varying prices.Reviewed by Bill Wolf, August 2003.

Citation: W. E. Mosse (1958)

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Alexander Nevsky

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Recommended because because this 1938 film classic depicts the famous Battle of Tannenberg (1240) where Russian forces led by Prince Aleksandr Nevsky defeated the invading German forces, and in the process, prevented Russia from being converted from Eastern Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism. One of the greatand most celebrated battles in all of Russian history, this film is by master director Sergei Eisenstein who with Nevsky created just one of his many masterpieces. This already exceptional film is enhanced by the terrific musical score by the great Russian composer, Sergei Prokovief. 107 min, Suitable for viewing by high school and junior high school students. Be aware of the fact that this film is available from Amazon.com for $23.

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Ambiguous Adventure

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on Senegal. The novel is an important work of post-colonial African literature written by a native of Senegal. It tells the story of an African traveling to Europe to study and the resultant clash between traditional African values (in this case also: Islamic values) and those of the West. The book is also available in French. Although the original French language version of the book would be considered as an advanced French language material, it is fairly easy to follow and enjoy. Both English and French versions could be used in conjunction when teaching literature or culture classes. I recommend this book for use by advanced French language high school learners.

Citation: Cheikh Hamidou Kane. Heinemann International Literature and Books. 1972

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American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

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Recommended because it provides cutting-edge professional information for teachers of French in the U.S. In addition to informing about recent developments and innovations in the field, the site is also a demonstration of professional collaboration and unity among French educators in the U.S. Topics and materials include professional standards and development, cultural competence, promotion of French education, use of technologies in the classroom, access to better resources, and others. Start by visiting About AATF section that contains a detailed overview of the organization. Be aware of the annual membership fee required to join the AATF.

American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)

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Recommended because AATG is supported by the Goethe-Institut in Germany, offering German language, literature and culture to teachers of German at all levels of instruction. Start by looking at Member Services and Local Chapters, then moving on to Programs and Teaching Resources. Teachers can also join AATG Listserv. Be aware of Subscriptions to German Quarterly and Teaching of German (Die Unterrichtspraxis) are not free.

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

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Recommended because it offers a variety of cultural exchange programs and educational opportunities throughout the world for American and International students and au pairs.  Programs include study abroad, Summer Institute for the Gifted (ages 4-17), University prep, Camp America, Global Insurance Coverage, Au Pairs, and educational group tours for all ages. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction : Introduction to a Culture

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Recommended as a collection of some of the most important works in Russian literature. Arrangement of the selections is chronological and each section places the literary works in their historical context and notes later cultural resonances. Following each text is an introductory guide to primary and secondary sources, including available aesthetic transformations of the work, its subjects, and its motifs in film, video, musical recordings, and art collections. These listings helpfully emphasize Russian rather than non-Russian responses in the arts (e.g. Sergei Bondarchuk’s film adaptation of War and Peace rather than the American version). Professor Rzhevsky is in the Russian department at SUNY, Stony Brook. Available from Amazon.com for $40. Reviewed by Bill Wolf, May 2002, updated 2003.

Citation: Nicholas Rzhevsky (Editor), M.E. Sharpe (1997)

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Analyzing Japanese Imperialism

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this lesson plan includes various activities and handouts that teachers can use to teach Japanese imperialism. Start by the first two pages of this pdf file since they discuss how teachers can teach through various activities or what they need. Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan was designed by a high school teacher.

Anastasia

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Recommended because this website was created by a twenty-eight year old Russian woman from Kazan, and it provides lots of information about Russian culture and Russian life. The very thoughtful text is accompanied by excellent photographs. There are also sections on the Russian language as well as Russian literature, in addition to lots of information about Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, a very interesting and important region of Russia. Start by clicking on the About section to learn more about Anastasia. Be aware of many of the sections of this website have subsections, so it is even larger than it appears at first glance. Also, there is a Guestbook section where you can write to Anastasia and read the comments of other visitors to this site.

Antolog

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Recommended because this site contains literature in Spanish in the form of poems and fables that can be used a reading material for intermediate to advanced students. The Poesia section contains poems from authors like Rafael Alberti, Federico Garcia Lorca, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Antonio Machado and Gabriela Mistral among others. The Fabulas section has access to fables written by Tomas de Iriarte and by the renowned Felix Maria Samaniego. Finally, the Otros Servicios section features links to other sites, games, Spanish poetry, etc. Start by visiting the fables for Felix Maria Samaniego who is a famous Spanish literature writer. Be aware of this site contains links to other sites that should be verified before using them in class.

Artes e Historia de M

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Recommended because it provides a very comprehensive collection of resources that can be used to teach contemporary Mexican culture. This site is divided in the following sections: anthropology and history, architecture, art, photography, movies, dances, music, theatre, literature and museums. It also features the editorial comment, the weekly cultural specials and the news section. Start by visiting the Literature section for reading materials and also visit the Photography section in order to learn more about Mexico through pictures. Be aware of most of the content is available after signing up for a free subscription. Some selected content, specially in the data bank, is only accessible through a paid subscription.

Asahi Shinbun Newspaper (Michigan)

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Recommended because this site offers up-to-date information about Japan and Japanese culture. This site would be good for junior and high school students. The topics and materials included in this site are newspaper articles about national, politics, international, business, sports, culture, opinion, editorial, and Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Tensei Jingo). Start by “Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Tensei Jingo)”. This section provides daily columns translated in English, which are popular for Japanese people. Be aware of the translated column, which is usually posted in this site two days after the original column in Japanese. This resource was originally recommended by the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, & Korean Studies at University of Michigan.

Asia Video Reports – Japan (2000)

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Recommended because this video report was designed by this module having students analyze Japanese culture by looking at Japanese food, housing, arts, and festivals. Grades: Slavic and Eastern Europe-12. Module themes include: tradition and change, daily life as a reflection of cultural values, and transmission of culture from generation to generation. Report includes a 1Slavic and Eastern Europe-minute videotape of four-to-five short video segments on a topic, plus an accompanying teacher’s guide with readings, lesson plans, classroom activities, and Internet resources. Videos include:
Asia Video Reports Food
Asia Video Reports Housing
Asia Video Reports Arts and Crafts
Asia Video Reports Festivals
Reviewed by Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Atando cabos: A Complete Program in Intermediate Spanish

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Recommended because this book emphasizes on language interaction and communication. Students will learn how to express and negotiate meaning using specific Hispanic culture contexts. The chapters address different topics of interest such as: the environment, the Hispanic presence in the U.S, identity, Mexican muralists, technology, and more. Significance of culture and interpersonal communication in Spanish are the main purposes of this book. Be aware of of the fact that students need to be in an intermediate level of the language.

Citation: Rosso-O’Laughlin & Marta & Gonz Upper Saddle River, N.J. Pearson Prentice Hall.

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Ausenegal.com

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a rich source of cultural information on Senegal. Topics and materials include such areas as history, population, fauna, flora, climate, geography, social life, nightlife, sports, arts, culture, maps, and much more. Most importantly, the site offers a plethora of photographic and other images that in of themselves compose an extensive overview of the country and its riches. Start by visiting the Cartes et Plans section that contains multiple maps of the country. Be aware of the primary use of French by this site.

Beloe sol’ntze pustiny (White Sun of the Desert)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this may very well be the most popular Russian film of all time. It is the kind of film that many Russians have seen so many times, many of the phrases from the film have become common sayings (for example, za derzhava, obydno or Vostok, delo tonkoe). This is the story of a Red Army officer during the Russian Civil War who is serving far from his home in the hot desert sands of Central Asia. Runs 85 minutes and was made in the sixties. Suitable for viewing by high school and junior high school students. Be aware of this film is available from Amazon.com for $27.

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Berlitz Basic Russian

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Recommended because because this is one of the most time tested Russian language instruction texts. Along with the texts are audio cassettes which allow the student to teach him or herself the language. Berlitz may be too old fashioned in its pedagogy for some, but many find it very useful for learning Russian. Be aware of the fact that this book is available from Amazon.com for $23.

Citation: Berlitz Guides, 1997

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Brother (Brat) (1997)

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Recommended because this is a film set in post-Soviet St. Petersburg. The story begins as a young soldier returns to civilian life by working with his older brother as a hired assassin. This film has become a cult classic in Russia. It is very good for getting a glimpse at the darker side of life in post-Soviet Russia, a life that is replete with drugs, gangsters, violence, and a lack of a sense of purpose (i.e., the changes that cause many older Russians to want to return to the “good old days” of communism when life was more orderly, there was less crime, and one did not see gangsters dining in restaurants or speeding by in foreign luxury cars. Even though this film portrays the “New” Russia, one should not think that this movie portrays “typical” life in Russia in the late 1990s. Directed by Aleksei Balabanov (95 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $80.

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Business and Human Rights Resource Center

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Recommended because Business and Human Rights Resource Center functions as a detailed resource center and on-line library in promoting greater awareness of business’ impact on human rights issues around the world. Topics and materials included in this site- business ethics organizations, business organizations, business schools, companies, corporate responsibility organizations, environmental NGOs, etc., and discussion of important policy issues, such as workplace health & safety, sexual harassment in the workplace, age discrimination in the workplace, child labor, the private sector & education, etc. Start with News (homepage) for the most updated information about business and human rights. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Cantonese Listening Tasks (Language Center at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

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Recommended because it contains interesting, real-life Cantonese dialogues, with a total of 16 units, each of which consists of two or more dialogues arising from a theme. Included in this site are asking each other about preferences, thoughts, new information, health problems, life experiences, etc. Start by any topic of your interests. Be aware of the fact that all the dialogues are provided with an English gloss, a transcription in Chinese characters and Yale romanisation in order to support learners’ listening and to help them gain more from the dialogues. The site is most suitable for learners from intermediate to advanced level.

Centro Virtual Cervantes

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Recommended because of its well documented contents about the Spanish language and culture which is suitable for different levels of Spanish ranging from beginners to advanced. Topics and materials include a section called oteador for searches on categories like Language, Literature, Dictionaries, Art and Culture, Libraries, Editorials, Philosophy, Media, Academic world and Public institutions. A section called Actos Culturales is dedicated to Spanish cultural references like biographies, tales, expositions, museums, movies and places. Another section called Aula de lengua contains reading materials, teaching activities in Spanish (Dictared), interactive online educational material and interactive vocabulary. Start by visiting the original edition of Spanish tale, Raton Perez located in the cultural section, which can be used as reading material with a hint of culture and tradition. For multicultural education review the Historias de debajo de la luna useful to learn and teach Spanish through students views from different countries that live in Spain. Be aware of the fact that it is necessary to register in order to participate in virtual conversation forums like the Foro Didactico dedicated to Spanish language teachers, Foro del espa

Changing Lifestyles (2003) Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) $129.95 per video

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because from busy, overcrowded cities to the bucolic remoteness of the countryside, the lives of average Japanese people vary greatly. Japan 2000 concludes with a look at these different lifestyles. A typical, expensive high-rise apartment is compared with projects designed to provide cheaper housing and relieve city overcrowding. A young family on a remote island discusses the advantages and disadvantages of their chosen lifestyle. A young woman compares her lifestyle with that of her more traditional parents. 2003; English. Color. This review was originally written by Asian Educational Media Service.

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Child Soldiers

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This UNICEF page describes how child soldiers are being integrated back into society in Chad.  There are also links on the right side for additional information and articles related to the situation of child soldiers in Chad.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

China Daily

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this China Daily is one of the country’s top news portals today. Topics and materials included in this site are a wide range of news, business information, photos and syndicated cartoons. Start by “Life” since it provides news articles about daily life of people in China or their interests. Be aware of the fact that the front page of this site offers a list of links to E-Papers at the bottom.
Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy, 5/13/02; updated by Masataka Kasai, 7/03/03.

China the Beautiful

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Recommended because this site provides audiovisual and map resources. Start by “About ‘China the Beautiful’ and then to China Room. Excellent map section including satellite photos, historical maps, a map of China superimposed on the U.S. Hear poetry read in Chinese. Has on-line Chinese flash cards with pronunciation, parables in English and Chinese, artwork, calligraphy, poetry, classics, novels, science, philosophy / religion, history culture, language, theater / opera, descriptions of holiday, slides. Be aware of the fact that this site is a mega site offering numerous information and materials. Thus, it is recommended for teachers to have particular topic to search before exploring this site. Recommended for high school and middle school.

China West Exchange

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Recommended because China West Exchange offers a place for Westerners to meet and learn about Chinese and for Chinese people to meet and learn about Westerners. Topics and Materials included in this site are free, interactive online Cantonese lessons, Mandarin lessons, and Chinese character lessons. There are also comments on Chinese culture, a discussion board for chatting about Chinese or for meeting pen pals, and links to other Chinese resources. Start by the Overview in the “Chinese Lessons” section on the homepage. Be aware of the fact that users need to register (free of charge) in order to join the discussion forum and pen pal service.

Chinatown-online.com: New York Chinatown

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Recommended because it offers extremely detailed information and links about New York City Chinatown as well as various useful resources of Chinese culture and Chinese language learning. Topics and materials included in this site are news, activities, photos, shopping, sightseeing, eating, etc. Start by the “Chinese Culture” to learn about Chinese zodiac, lunar calendar, festivals, geomancy, ancient jokes, myth & fantacy, and more! Those interested in language learning may also click on the “Learn Chinese” section to find links to many great websites or online tools for learning Chinese. Be aware of the fact that there is also an interesting “Get a Chinese name” tool that Chinese-culture lovers wouldn’t want to miss.

Chinese Characters Dictionary Web

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Recommended because it interlinks several major Chinese character dictionaries on the web at a character-to-character level, allowing visitors to quickly jump across dictionaries to check the same character entry without having to search again for the character. Users can find a character in any of the above dictionaries and follow the blue links, jumping between more than a dozen dictionaries spread across seven countries and four continents. Topics and materials included in this site are dictionaries of Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, Cantonese, Hakka, as well as Chinese characters in Japanese, Korean and Buddhism. Start by typing or pasting Chinese characters or English words in the search bars on the right column of its homepage. This resource was originally recommended by Global East Asia Studies Center at Duke University. Be aware of the fact that there are some Chinese on-line newspaper and magazines available in this site.

Chinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary (1998)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this dictionary is specially designed to help students understand, appreciate and remember Chinese characters. It has the following features: every character entry includes a brief traditional Chinese etymology; genealogical charts highlight the connections between characters, showing the creation of more than 4000 characters from less than 200 simple pictographs and ideographs; Mandarin standards in China and Taiwan are distinguished; simplified forms for each character are given; character entries list all words which use the character in any position, allowing a word to be found even if the first character is unknown; English definitions are referenced in an English-Chinese index; a word pronunciation index allows students to directly search for an overheard word without having to guess the initial character; a stroke count index lists every character by number of strokes.

Citation: Harbaugh, Rick (editor). Zhongwen.Com. $18.95

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Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

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Recommended because this site created by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools provides a national network for the exchange of information, ideas and curricular resources related to the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the United States. Topics and materials included in this site are News, Photos, Announcements, and Links which educators should find useful. Start by K-12 Standards, which specifies important “Standards for Chinese Language Learning.”Be aware of the fact that the Teaching Tips section is currently under construction as of August, 2004. This resource was originally recommended by National East Asian Language Resource Center at Ohio State University.

Chinese Resources

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Recommended because it provides a variety of resources for the teaching, learning, and study of Chinese language and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are Texts & Voice (with original Chinese texts and compiled teaching texts for instructional purposes), Images & Realia (with photos and printed materials such as calendars, maps, and atlases), Categorized Links. Start by Teaching Materials in “Links to Other Chinese Text-sites” under the Texts/Voice section. Be aware of the fact that you’d need to see its computing page in order to get information about viewing Big5 or GB on your browser. This resource was originally recommended by National Foreign Language Center at University of Maryland.

Chocolat (1988. France/Cameroon. Directed by Claire Denis)

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Recommended because it is a great resource to teach about French colonialism and post-colonial Africa to advanced and older students. The film tells a story of a young French woman, named France, who travels back to the country of her childhood, Cameroon. Through Frances memory flashbacks, we are revealed the injustices and harsh realities of the colonial Cameroon. Dominated by the internal and external conflicts of the Cameroon native, Protee, whose entire existence is limited to serving Frances French family, the film is an exploration of the last days of colonial empire and the beginning of independence in West Africa. The film is filled with subtle humor and at times sarcasm directed at the European desire for the exotic. There are a number of scenes that could be used to depict colonial lifestyles. The film is subtitled Be aware of some adult content.

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City Sites

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Recommended because it contains a collection of several official city web sites in France. The site could be used to study vocabulary in travel, geography, transportation and other units. It could also be used to study French culture and, in particular, several of the major cities in France. The selected sites emphasize different aspects of the cities they represent, including city holidays, important history, people, etc. Start by browsing the sites to get a better idea of the range of topics and emphases contained in the sites. Be aware of the commercial touristic purposes of the site.

ClicNet

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Recommended because it contains a large quantity of French language and grammar information. Topics and materials include online interactive exercises drawing from everyday life, culture, music, visual arts, and others. The site contains a plethora of listening, comprehension, and conjugation exercises, dictionaries and much more, including interactive online help section. Start by installing RealPlayer on your computer; then browse through the main menu. Be aware of potentially unstable links.

Collection of Videos in Spanish

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Recommended because it is a cultural insight into the Spanish culture through a series of videos that describe different aspects of life in Spain. This is a good material for intermediate and advance students. The Oficios Perdidos collection shows several occupations from the past; the Fogones Tradicionales show the preparation of traditional recipes; La Espa

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Conradish.net

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Recommended because this website provides the literary texts of twenty-one Russian authors in the original Russian. Of course this site will be useful only for advanced students, but it is a tremendous resource and even beginning and intermediate students may want to access it to see first hand what good Russian literature looks like. Start by clicking on any writer you are interested in. You will then see a list of all the works by that author that are included in the website (under Dostoevsky one finds seven separate works, including The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment. Be aware of the fact that this website is maintained by Chung W. Leong, who apparently was (and perhaps still is) a student at the University of California at Berkeley.

Contemporary Japan: Culture and Society

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Recommended because this site presents the video segments of American scholars describing the character of both urban and rural life in Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are video segments to talk about urban & rural life in Japan, the Japanese family, education & work in Japan, Japanese society, Japanese pop culture, and Japanese religions. Start by watching “Tokyo” and “Rural Life” to see how two professors at Harvard University describe these two regions. Be aware of the fact that description of all the video segments is made from the American point of view. Also, “Related Links/Images” provides a list of links to present cultural information or images about Japanese culture and people. This resource was originally recommended by the East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Cool Girls

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Recommended because this site attempts to present current trends of fashion or daily lifestyles of Japanese women. This site would be good for high school students to learn about what fashion are trends in Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are information about fashion, shops, and fortune telling. Start byGirls Room” since it provides Japanese girls’ profiles including their favorites, hobbies, and jobs. Be aware of the fact that this site focuses on particular girls rather than every girl in Japan. This resource was originally recommended by the Institute of East Asian Studies at University of California Berkeley.

Cuentos Espa

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Recommended because its excellent collection of 13 short stories written by some of the most important Spanish and Latin American writers between the 16th century to contemporary times like Miguel de Cervantes, Pedro Antonio de Alarc

Citation: Flores, Angel Dover Publications Inc., New York, NY (2000) ISBN: 0-486-25399-6

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Cuentos f

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Recommended because of its collection of Spanish and Indigenous fables and description of traditions of 20 countries across 500 years of history from colonial times until recent years. It is the first anthology that represents the folkloric tradition of Latin America.

Citation: Bierhorst John. (2002). New York: Pantheon Books.

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Cultura e intercultura en la ense

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Recommended because of the great variety of articles about Spanish teaching using cultural contexts. The use of the Internet, intercultural activities, use of hispanic newspapers, and cultural practices are some topics suggested in this site to teach language and culture. Start by the Secciones which present articles about cultural manifestions and the importance to develop not only linguistic competence but also cultural competence. The Manifestaci

Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (Cultural Atlas Series)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this publication (revised 1998 edition) is a dazzling display of the history and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union through 50 maps and 300 photographs (200 in color). A survey of Russian civilization from prehistory to the present. Be aware of the fact that this resource is available from Amazon.com for $35. Originally reviewed by Bill Wolf, April 2002.

Citation: R. R. Milner-Gulland, Nikalai Dijeuski, Robin Miner-Gulland, Nikolai Dejevsky; 240 pages

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Culture Shock!: Germany

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Recommended because this book will take you beyond the stereotypes by introducing you to the vibrant and complex society that is still coming to terms with its own identity. Start by browsing through the table of contents and selecting chapters on German history, landscape, population, law, religion, food, entertainment, East meets West, society, language as well as doing business. It also has a very informative section on multiculturalism in Germany today. Be aware of at the end of the book teachers can find a cultural quiz with do’s and don’ts as well as a resource guide.

Citation: Lord, Richard. Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company; Revised edition (May 1, 2003). ISBN: 155868756. $13.95

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Cyberschoolbus

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Recommended because Cyberschoolbus is a United Nations global education project.  It provides a wealth of information for educators on the world and its issues. There is a link for purchasing publications in many languages, but also free curriculum resources for educators K-12.  Start with the curriculum links to locate free resources for each global education curriculum topic.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.


Das Deutschland-Portal

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Recommended because this is a comprehensive website with lots of information related to Deutschland. Start by selecting from Education, Health, Culture, Media, Sports, State, Tourism, Economy and Science. Be aware of Germany at a glance gives a brief overview of population, geography, the political system and the economy. The site can be read in German, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.

Deai Website

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Recommended because it provides photos and information on daily life of seven actual Japanese high school students. This site would be good for high school students to learn about Japanese high school students, their daily lives, and school events. Topics and materials included in this site are photos, stories, and message video (Real Player required) of the seven Japanese high school students and support information for Japanese language teachers. Start byPhotos, My Story & Message Video” of “Deai Website”. This unit provides photos, profiles, daily lives, and stories of seven Japanese high school students. Be aware of the fact that ‘Teacher Support Information provides lesson plans, activities, or resources for Japanese language teachers. This resource was originally recommended by East Asian Studies Center Indiana University.

Demystifying the Chinese Language

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Recommended because those who are teaching world cultures or early civilizations will enjoy using this introduction to written language (including pictographs and ideographs) as you “demystify” written Chinese. Students will create their own symbols to communicate concepts, words, and ideas to others, learn some contemporary and historical Chinese characters, and then apply their knowledge as they read a story written in English and Chinese. This resource is originally recommended by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Citation: SPICE http://spice.stanford.edu/ldml/viewpub_sp.lasso?id=10035

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Department of German Studies at Cornell University

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Recommended because the site offers students a wide variety of opportunities to explore the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries, whether as part of their general education, a major in German Studies or a double major involving another discipline, preparation for graduate school or an international professional career. Start by browsing through Overview which highlights the German major as well as information for students who already have some knowledge of German. Calendar of Events has upcoming events as well as speaker/colloquia and symposia/conference information. Of special interest is the leading journal of German Studies New German Critique, covering twentieth century political and social theory, philosophy, literature, film, media and art, reading cultural texts in the light of current theoretical debates. Cornell’s Institute for German Cultural Studies promotes German Studies through faculty exchanges as well as a Newsletter. Be aware of this site is most useful for teachers. Some links are not accessible for non-Cornell faculty (user name and password required).

Der Struwwelpeter, oder lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder

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Recommended because these German classic tales in verse tell about naughty boys and girls and the fates that befall them when they misbehave. Be aware of the English title is: Slovenly Peter or pretty stories and funny pictures for little children. Text in German and English.

Citation: Hoffmann, Heinrich. Frankfurt am Main : Insel Verlag, 1985. ISBN: 3458141014.

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Descubrir el Per

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Recommended because this cultural and historical resource can also be used as reading material for intermediate to advanced level students. It provides an extensive set of pages with information and pictures about the Peruvian past and present eras, depicting different ethnic groups. El Per

Deutsch – Warum nicht? (Beginning)

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Recommended because this is Part One of the German by radio course “Deutsch – Warum nicht?[German - why not?]“, sponsored by The Goethe Institute and Deutsche Welle online. Start by scrolling down the menu of Series I and II which gives you an overview of the units. Each one has 26 chapters as well as information on grammar. Look at Introduction which gives you the reference text to the listening exercises (in pdf-format). If you already have a beginning knowledge of German, you can go directly to Series III and IV. The story and characters as well as the grammar will be summarized at the beginning of each new series. Be aware of Each chapter is available as a text in PDF format and as an audio file in MP3 format. In addition to the text book, some chapters also offer a manuscript with a word-for-word repetition of the audio file. Manuscripts can also be downloaded as a PDF file. You can listen to the audio files (MP3) either with Realplayer or with Windows Media Player.

Deutsch Plus!

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Recommended because this is an internet TV course for self-learners from the BBC with streamed audio and video plus exercises on themes and topics of everyday relevance for communication. Start by selecting GCSE Bitsize German, a resource for teachers and Staff room to see an overview of all courses and programs. Be aware of For topic-based guides and printable factfiles to use in class you will need Acrobat reader to access them. Click here for a free download of Acrobat Reader.

Deutsche Sagen Und Legenden: A Collection of Legends from the German-Speaking World

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Recommended because it is a captivating collection of beautifully illustrated tales and legends drawn from the rich Germanic folk heritage, some featuring heroic deeds while others explain how German cities got their names – all written with the language learner in mind. Start by selecting from the the stories, followed by a series of comprehension questions and activities, as well as by exercises that highlight the grammar and vocabulary used in the text. Be aware of even though the stories are written entirely in German, the language and style are accessible. Difficult words are defined–in English–at the foot of each page. There is also a bilingual glossary at the end of the book that defines the words from the stories. Perfect for readers at the intermediate to early-advanced levels of German.

Citation: Kernecker, Herb and Hyde Flippo. National Textbook Company; Illustrated edition (June 1, 1998), ISBN: 0844220752. $29.32.

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Deutsche Welle DW-Radio

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Recommended because you can listen to this broadcast from Germany in English Start by using the scroll-down menu to select from the list of program titles such as “News”, “Update Europe”, “Living Planet”, “Hits in Germany”, “Europe in Capitals” and “Feature of the Month”. You can also Subscribe to the DW-newsletter of your choice. Be aware of You can use the audio and video clips with either the Real Player or Windows Media Player.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) DAAD

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Recommended because the DAAD, although a German Academic Exchange Service, is one of the largest academic exchange organizations promoting international academic relations and cooperation for students, faculty as well as administrators. Be aware that most of these programs are designed for higher education students and faculty.  Some opportunities for high school students are available in the form of summer programs or internships.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Deutscher Bundestag

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Recommended because you will find information about the German Bundestag, the German national parliament with Bundestag’s structures, procedures, powers and rules. Start by Information counter, then introducing Organization and working methods, Legislation, European Parliament and International. The Parliament Live webcasting service Web TV carries full audio-visual coverage of the plenary sittings of the Bundestag. Especially interesting is From Bonn to Berlin, describing the decision to move after the German reunification. Be aware of the Web TV can only be received via satellite (Intelsat 705)which can be purchased through Telekom.

Deutsches Museum

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Recommended because this is the website of the Deutsches Museum (German Museum) in Munich, Germany featuring exhibits from aerospace and aviation to weights and measures throughout German history. Start by selecting Interactive Demonstrations, moving on to Video Clips, Audio Clips and Education. Be aware of the site can be read in German, English and Italian but the audio clips are mostly in German. The German flag next to a link means that this link is only available in German.

Diversity Simulation Games: Exploring and Celebrating Differences. (1995).

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Recommended because it contains five simulation games that focus on cross-cultural encounters, communication, and interaction. The handbook provides detailed instructions on preparing, debriefing, and facilitating the five simulation games and adapting the games for various cross-cultural audiences and learning situations. The handbook is recommended for adults and adult learning/work settings, however the simulations can be adapted to P-12 students.

Citation: Thiagarajan, Sivasailam. Amherst, MA: Human Resource Development (HRD) Press. http://www.hrdpress.com

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Don Quijote

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Recommended because this video can be used as a good cultural resource for advanced level students who want to learn about classic Spanish literature. The movie is based in Don Quixote which is one of the most famous novels written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, an important writer from the XVI century. Start by visiting the Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site to learn more about this video. Be aware of the fact that this video contains classic Spanish spoken in the province of Castilla in the XVI century and can be a little challenging to students.

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ECIS Internet Radio Broadcast

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Recommended because this site offers broadcasting news about current events in Japan and Japanese culture. Topics and materials included in this site are 46 weeks news about the events or culture for intermediate, advanced, and superior learners of Japanese language. Start by “Week 1″ since this site puts news in a chronological order. Be aware of the fact that you can read texts while listening to the news.

El Comercio.com

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Recommended because this is a very useful reading resource for intermediate to advanced level students. El Comercio, from Lima, is the oldest and most respected newspaper in Peru. The online version of this newspaper also provides access to most of the sections from the printed version. This web site is structured in the following sections: Politics, News from Lima, News from Peru, World News, Sports, Economy, Culture and Shows, Editorials, Forums, Opinions and Humor. The last section provides articles about Education, Travel, Social Events, Gastronomy, Pets, Technology and Health. It also provides a section in Spanish for the PC World magazine and the Sunday paper. Start by visiting the cultural section that provides access to virtual art galleries and description of current cultural events. Then continue reading the articles from the Dominical section that is one of the main features of the Sunday paper. Be aware of there are many sections and articles that change on daily basis although they can be located using the Archivos section that provides access to past editions.

El Mercurio.com

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Recommended because this is a useful resource suitable for intermediate to advanced students. El Mercurio from Santiago in Chile is one of the most known newspapers in Latin America and it is now available online through this web site. It is grouped in sections like the Editorial, National news, International news, Economy & Business, Sports, Social Life, Society, Cultural Activity, Shows, Internet, Science & Technology, etc. Start by visiting the Sociedad and Actividad Cultural sections that contain articles about daily live activities and cultural events. Be aware of all links to sections and articles are date-driven and therefore they have the date embedded into the URL. This is useful for keeping track of the articles over time because their link will not change. However, the little disadvantage for this style is that it is not possible to have generic URLs for a specific section like cultural activities for instance.

Enchanted Learning

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Recommended because it provides language resources for elementary level learners. The site contains the English-French Picture Dictionary with numerous links for games and other learning tools. Start by selecting the letter of you choice and then reviewing the dictionary’s potential. Be aware of the fact that by clicking on any word you will be redirected to a page that contains additional vocabulary activities and exercises.

Environmental Education for the 21st Century: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (1997).

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Recommended because it provides multiple (international and interdisciplinary) perspectives on environmental education that explore the state of environmental curriculum in the humanities, the social sciences, teacher education, family & consumer sciences, business, and journalism. The book is divided into four parts which explore (1) a global perspective, (2) eco-politics and environmental ethics, (3) nature and culture: gender and environment, and (4) strategies in environmental education.

Citation: Thompson, Patricia J. New York: Peter Lang.

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ePals: Classroom Exchange

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Recommended because ePals allows students K-12 to connect with peers around the world through a global social learning network.  Educators looking to collaborate internationally on projects for their classrooms can find specific information links from the homepage- geographically or topically.  Be aware that registration is required, but access is free.  This website also provides a safe, secure learning environment for students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Esclavage-Martinique.com

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Recommended because it contains important cultural and historic information on Martinique. The site tells the story of the Martinique slaves. Topics and materials include the abolition and the origins of slavery in Martinique, a look at the modern day slavery, and the lexicon used to teach and learn about slavery. The history of slavery is explored through investigation of the family and life of a young student from Martinique. To say that the site is interactive is an understatement. The site offers access to a free transcontinental discussion forum on slavery which can be accessed via the home page or by clicking at this Forum link. The discussions are available in both French and English. Start by viewing the the Jeu Ludo-Educatif as a starting point. Be aware of the potential difficulty during initial navigation that gets easy quickly.

Espejo de Escritores

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Recommended because it is an interesting cultural and language material for advanced level students. These series of videos contains several videotaped interviews and readings of contemporary Hispanic writers like Carlos Fuentes, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Juan Rulfo, Angel Rama, Julio Cort

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Families of the World Series: Families of China

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Recommended because it takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each video focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family interaction, foods and even celebrations. Join us in our visit to the countryside, cities, communities, schools and homes of two families-from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between. This resource is originally recommended by Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University.

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Famine Early Warning System Network

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Recommended because this is an excellent site covering famine/food issues around the world including African, Central American, Central & Middle Eastern countries and Haiti.  It maintains current situations of food supplies and factors affecting those supplies in these regions.  Categories of interest include: Agro-Climatic Monitoring, Markets & Trade, Livelihoods, Weather Hazards, etc.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Favorite! United for a Multicultural Japan

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Recommended because this organization is committed to uniting to promote and defend the rights of foreign nationals in Japan. This site would be good for junior high or high school students to learn about foreign nationals in Japan. Start by “Best Articles” in “UMJ Newsletter” since it provides selected articles of the UMJ newsletter about various aspects of foreign nationals in Japan. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/27/02.

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

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Recommended because it is an international classroom for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. Lesson plans and materials included in this site are provided for each of three school levels: primary, intermediate, and secondary. The lessons have been directed towards the middle of the developmental skills range for each level. Please be sure to click on titles of each lesson for more detailed explanations. In addition to lessons of teaching hunger, this site also includes links of sites of global education and world hunger. Start with the Youth Window for resources on Hunger. Be aware of the fact that this site contains an interactive forum for exchanging ideas. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Francophone Newspapers

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Recommended because the site contains essential cultural and linguistic information on Francophonie. The site offers access to a large collection of Francophone newspapers from the Antilles, Caribbean, North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Although most newspapers are in French, many of them are also available in English. Start by reviewing the newspapers in the region of your interest. Be aware of the inconsistent links.

Francophone Television and Radio

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Recommended because it provides extensive information on Francophone cultures. The site is an extensive collection of television and radio stations from a number of Francophone countries of Europe, Africa, North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Oceania, and others. Start by reading the introduction to the site displayed inside the yellow rectangle at the top of the site. Be aware of the inconsistent links.

French Basic Grammar

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Recommended because it offers an extensive but concise kit for the study of basic French grammar. The site could be used in conjunction with a textbook in the classroom and by students independently. The site could easily substitute any basic grammar textbook, an important feature considering that the site is free to use. In addition to the usual grammar repertoire, topics and materials also include photographs of urban and rural France, and also interactive surveys that explore various cultural aspects of french people and society. Start by reviewing the table of contents on the left side of the front page to verify the extensiveness of the site. Be aware of the bilingual French-English presentation of every item included in this site.

French Comics

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on France and, in particular, on French comics. The site is an overview of history and variety of French comics. Topics and materials include detailed history of the French comic art; summaries of story plots of various comics; description of main characters; sources of origin of comic plots and stories; publishing information; information on authors; links to related websites; and others. Start by exploring the Timeline section that offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of French comics. Be aware of the fact that the site is in English, a feature that would allow students to explore it independently.

French for Children (Language for Children Series)

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Recommended because it is an excellent tool for the study of French language by children of ages 6-10. The book is fully colored and contains carefully structured and explained activities. The book is a part of the fully integrated program that also contains two 60 minutes CDs with activities and songs for children that accompany the book. The on-going episodes of super-cat are also included. An additional Parent/Instructor’s CD provides tips for helping children get the most out of the program, additional games and activities, and all the program songs collected together. Topics and materials include basic language skills, such as introducing yourself, counting numbers from 1-20, talking about family, talking to friends, describing things, expressing likes and dislikes, and many others. The program encourages children to learn with their parents (who require no knowledge of the language) – but it does include activities that children will enjoy playing on their own, or with their friends or siblings. Be aware of of the fact that the book is published in French.

Citation: Bruzzone, Catherine. Second edition. McGraw-Hill. 2003.

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French Language Newspapers and Magazines

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on France and other Francophone countries. The site offers access to a variety of national, regional, and local French language newspapers and magazines on a broad range of topics. Start by choosing your publication of interest and exploring it. Be aware of the fact that some of the links might not be consistent.

French Steps

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Recommended because it offers excellent listening and comprehension exercises for beginners and intermediate French students. Topics and themes encompass every practical area of spoken French. Start by clicking on “Start Steps” link and selecting the area of spoken French appealing to you. Be aware of the additional languages available for listening under the Language heading.

French-at-a-Touch

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Recommended because it provides extensive cultural information on all Francophone countries. Topics and materials include detailed information about history and everyday life of numerous cities and regions in France and Francophonie, French and Francophone cuisine, maps, travel, universities, schools, children, pets, architecture, cheese, wines, and numerous others. Start by visiting the Maps and Photos sections that contain extensive collections of respective resources. Be aware of the identical organization of the site for each Francophone country that makes the site very easy to navigate. Also, although the site itself is in English, most of its resources are in French.

Fromages

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on France, and in particular on French cheeses. Although the site is designed to serve primarily a commercial purpose, it is effective at introducing an essential component of French culture cheese. The extensiveness of the site is so complete, that its readers are inevitably led to understand and appreciate the French affection to cheese. Topics and materials include a cheese library; a monthly gazette that carries news in the world of cheese; the Cheese Board of the month; free cheese newsletter; an opportunity to select and order your cheese of preference; and others. Start by by exploring the Cheese library to find some familiar cheese names. Be aware of the fact that the site is available in French and Englis

Garabato

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Recommended because this is an interesting resource to practice reading and listening skills, especially for children from basic to advanced level. The Almacen de Cuentos section contains an alphabetically sorted list of children tales in Spanish. The web site also features links to listen to recorded tales, download programs that interactively play some tales and download images from famous tales. The Mas literatura infantil section contains fables, theatre, poetry, proverbs, riddles, tongue twisters and songs for children. Start by visiting the

Gateway to the Chinese Classics: A Practical Guide to Literary Chinese

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Recommended because for students who want to read Chinese history, philosophy, and literature must first master the difficult language of literary Chinese, or wenyan. The dense poetic language of ancient China is often deliberately ambiguous, to the point that Chinese scholars need commentaries to understand them. The introduction presents the structure of literary Chinese, including grammar, basic vocabulary, cultural notes, translations, and exercises. Professor Faurot has used interesting, original texts in the lessons including poems, selections from Lao Zi, Confucius, Sun Zi, and contemporary idioms. Gateway to the Chinese classics is intended for self-study and classroom use. Upon finishing the book, students will be ready to venture (with a good dictionary) on their own into other classical works.

Citation: Faurot, Jeannette L. China Books and Periodicals, Inc. $15.95

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German Cultural Studies: An Introduction.

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Recommended because looks at cultural changes in class, place, gender and race of German culture and society since 1871. Start by browsing through the section in chronological order, starting with Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the German Democratic Republic, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The book offers excellent illustrations as well as an extensive bibliography. Be aware of even though the book provides a witty and correct introduction of German culture it is not up-to-date at this point of time (published in 1995).

Citation: Burns, Rob. Oxford University Press; (November 1, 1995) $44.00

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German for Travellers

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Recommended because at this site you can learn German, find great places to visit, buy German products, and explore tons of links. Start by 1. Learn (basic German and audio files), 2. Travel (travel info for Austria, Germany and Switzerland), 3. Shop (books, CD’s, videos, CD-ROM’s, dictionaries and more) and 4. Explore (facts and figures, history, news and literature links). The Cultural Pages give you an insight look into holidays and events and do’s and dont’s). Be aware of Students can meet people, discuss and talk about things in German in Penpals.

German: A Self-Teaching Guide. 2nd ed.

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Recommended because this practical, self-paced guide provides all the essential German vocabulary and grammar needed for everyday conversation with exercise, explanations of the grammar as well as sample dialogues with cultural notes. Start by introduction to the pronounciation and spelling of the German letters in the alphabet, greetings at different times of the day and getting acquainted in German-speaking countries (regional differences, degree of familiarity, shaking hands, forms of address). Be aware of See inside for information on German pronunciation cassette. This is for students who have litte or no knowledge of the German language.

Citation: Heimy Taylor and Werner Haas. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997. $19.95

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Germany Maps

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Recommended because this collection of maps of Germany is recommended by the University of Texas in Austin. Start by looking at the Small Map, Ancient Germany/Germania, and thematic maps such as Eastern Germany resources and processing 1981, and West Germany major industry. Be aware of the thematic maps show basic resources, land use, population and major industry areas before 1989.

Glimpses of China: Short Fiction for Chinese Study (1991)

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Recommended because this book is intended for intermediate Chinese language students, Glimpses of China features short (usually one page) stories about life in China, providing interesting texts for reading practice. Taken from the pages of some of China’s leading literary journals with both simplified and traditional characters, vocabulary lists, explanatory notes, and questions for discussion, the stories will bring the readers a deeper understanding of contemporary Chinese culture while increasing their ability to read authentic literature.

Citation: Faurot, Jeannette L. China Books and Periodicals, Inc. $11.95

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Global Chinese Language and Culture Center

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Recommended because it is a great site supported by the government of Taiwan, Republic of China for Mandarin teaching, especially for traditional Chinese language, with plenty resources of Chinese language and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are Language Classroom (Chinese, Taiwanese, Hakka) which provides Chinese learning activities for kids and all levels of Chinese learners, E-School (on-line Chinese proficiency test, e-book download, etc.), Culture Experience (historical stories, music, fine arts, etc.), and Taiwan Panorama (natural scenery, tourism). Start by the e-book or select any preferred level of Chinese lessons in the “Chinese” language classroom link. There are also “Educational Resources” and a “Scholar Forum,” which are of great help for Mandarin teachers. Be aware of the fact that there is no explanation for each individual Chinese word; users are required to have certain basic knowledge about Chinese and pinyin system.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

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Recommended because it is a global science education site. GLOBE is a partnership between schools, colleges & universities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 95 other countries. The purpose of this partnership is engage students in the scientific study of the environment through research-based initiative and activities that focus on advocacy and the training of future researchers for industry, academia, and government. Start with the Teachers Guide link for education resources. This site is an excellent resource for science teachers!  Be aware this site is especially useful for educators of elementary and secondary students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Global Voices

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Recommended because Global Voices is an online community of bloggers around the world who are not part of the international mainstream media.  Representing “average” citizens around the world, Global Voices allows perspectives to be shared, encourages freedom of expression, and advocates for the protection of free speech rights. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Goethe-Institut

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Recommended because this is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide, promoting the study of German abroad, encouraging international cultural exchanges, and fostering knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. Start by looking at their Range of Services and Learning and Teaching German for language courses and teaching materials. Culture and Society offers information about the arts, society, media and education and science. Information for the Islamic World can be read in Arabic, English or German. Be aware of links who have the German flag next to them are only available in German. To read the text in English click on the British flag.

Golosa

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Recommended because because this basic Russian language instruction text is widely used and respected in the United States. Here is a description of the book from the book’s website: “Golosa” is a basic course in Russian. Students successfully completing a course taught in concert with both Books 1 and 2 can expect to reach the ACTFL Intermediate range in speaking and Intermediate High in reading and listening. Each volume of Golosa includes a main textbook, and a student workbook with laboratory drills and written exercises. The audio program runs approximately 15 hours per volume and includes listening comprehension exercises, speaking dialogues, and rapid-pace oral drills. Teachers adopting Golosa can download the audio from the Golosa website or order CDs of the audio program from Prentice Hall. Teachers receive desk copies plus access to the on-line Instructor’s Manual with tape scripts and keys to the audio comprehension exercises.” Be aware of the fact that this book is available from Amazon.com for $75 (book one).

Citation: Robin, Richard; Karen Evans-Romaine; Galina Shatalina; Joanna Robin; and Kathryn Henry Prentice Hall

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Goodbye Lenin!

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Recommended because this contemporary comedy (winner of Felix for Best European Film and French Cesar for Best EU Film of 2003) of how the heroine has to re-created East Germany in a tiny appartment provides the Germany’s unifying process in a refreshing yet satirical way. Start by checking out the website which also has a section for Teaching material. The site is in German. Be aware of The VHS version has English subtitles whereas on the DVD English and German can be selected (with the option of subtitles respectively).

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Gram

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Recommended because of its display of Spanish practicas, grammar rules, online dictionaries, and useful links. The language rules and exercises focus on structures that can be difficult for students like subjuntivo, genero, pronombres, usos de por & para. The Cultura section is a great introduction to Latin America, Spain, and Hispanic American literature. Topics and materials include sections for grammar rules, exercises, culture, online and computer programs. Start by looking at the Ejercicios en la red to get familiar with the great number of online Spanish practices. Click on Recursos en la red to start an interesting journey in the Hispanic culture. Be aware of the fact that links like Internenes (ejercicios en la red) can take some minutes to download. You might need a high speed bandwidth.

Green Teacher

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Recommended because Green Teacher publishes a magazine dedicated to helping educators incorporate environmental and global education in their classrooms.  This site also highlights webinars for educators, and resource books written for students of different ages K-12.  Start by browsing their free magazine online, then explore links to additional resources. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Gu

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Recommended because its description about Mexico that can be used as a cultural resource for intermediate to advanced level students. The la ciudad section contains an overview description of the city and its history. The section called de visita has a collection of links about places to visit in the city, the acci

Hate (1995. 76 min. France. Directed by Matthieu Kassovitz)

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Recommended because it offers a sobering look at the aspects of French culture, which are rarely mentioned. The film takes a look at the life in the so-called ghettos of Paris, the suburbs. Although it was shot on location in Paris, the conditions of life described in the film are characteristic of most major cities of France. Instead of the usual charming presentation of the City of Light, the film explores the other Paris. Following in the footsteps of three close friends (all three of whom are of Francophone and not French origin), the film uncovers the crime, the violence, the drugs, the murder, and other horrors that have all become part of everyday lives of the large immigrant populations of France, most of whom are hopelessly channeled to reside in the most poor and unhealthy environments in the country. The film could be used with older students when learning about everyday life and culture of France. As part of its artistic statement, the film is in black and white. It is subtitled. Be aware of the occasional adult language used in the film.

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Heinle Introductory French Video/DVD

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Recommended because it is a useful and effective addition to the Invitation au Monde Francophone textbook that could just as effectively be used separately. This video, filmed on several locations in France, reflects both French and Francophone lifestyles and models the functions, grammar, and vocabulary presented at the introductory level. Each segment represents a complete teaching unit filled with drama, culturally authentic situations and culturally appropriate language. As students get to know the characters, they are exposed to both the modern-day and historical situations that render France and the Francophone world what they are today. Be aware of the fact that the new video/DVD will not be available until 10/04. The older version of the video is already availble.

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Hist

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Recommended because these books contain a collection of traditional legends that can be used as reading material for intermediate and advanced students. These legends can also be used as historical and cultural resources for learning about traditions in Mexico, Spain and several Latin American countries. An interesting feature about this series of books is the side by side bilingual transcription of these legends in English that allows the reader to have a better understanding and therefore a better learning of Spanish. Start by reading the Appendix and Vocabulary section that contains concepts and word definitions which are very useful to learn before reading the book. Be aware of the fact that the readings contain some vocabulary specific to the country where the legend was originated and some of the Mexican legends are up to 500 years old.

Citation: Barlow, Genevieve and Stivers, William N. and Muckley Robert L. Series: Side by site bilingual books (1995), (1999), (1995), (1998) The McGraw-Hill companies. ISBN: 0844208116, ISBN: 0844204994, ISBN: 0844208124, ISBN: 0844204021

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History of Russia

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Recommended because this is a very detailed and hyperlinked account of Russian history from 860 to the post-Soviet period. Start by scrolling down to the “Contents” section which shows in a glance the various periods and subjects covered. Be aware of the fact that this webpage is part of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Interactive Online Russian Reference Grammar

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Recommended because this is probably the very best Russian grammar manual on the Internet. Not only is the manual large and comprehensive, it is beautifully done with color, graphics, and photographs. Furthermore, it is interactive, so students can test themselves online to verify their understanding of grammar rules after reading each section. This is a wonderful resource! Start by scrolling down the Table of Contents to find a subject of interest and then click on it. Be aware of the fact that this website was produced at Bucknell University by Professor Robert Beard. As such, it is part of the fabulous Bucknell University Russian Program website.

International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

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Recommended because it is a global network of civil society organizations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which is composed of a wide range of organizations concerned with small arms, including policy development organizations, national gun control groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, victims, human rights and community action organizations. Topics and materials include women and guns, arms brokers, production of small arms, child soldiers, arms trade controls and many others. Recommended for high school students. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Recommended because  The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s goal is to promote sustainable development throughout the world, to include economic, environmental, equality, technology, and peaceful initiatives.  Start with the “Our Knowledge” tab on the main menu bar for topic themes and initiatives.  From here, you can find publications and research on each topic.  This site is appropriate for secondary and post-secondary students.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Invitation au Monde Francophone (with Audio CD).

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Recommended because it provides linguistic, grammatical, and cultural information for elementary and intermediate level learners of French. This is a textbook of French. Unlike many textbooks, this text places a significant emphasis on Francophone countries and not just France. Much of the book is dedicated to the study of French and Francophone cultures settings outside of France. One of the overriding goals of the book is to show interconnectedness and unity among Francophone countries and cultures. Another goal is to use technology in combination with the book. Internet sites, computer exercises, and other similar activities are common in the book. An audio CD with student pronunciation and grammar exercises corresponding to each of the 14 chapters accompanies the text. Teachers annotated edition, teachers manual, student activities handbook with mandatory for it audio CDs, and 50-text specific transparencies are recommended to accompany the main text. Teachers are also given the option of purchasing an educational Invitation au Monde Francophone video. Be aware of of that fact that the second edition of the text is underway.

Citation: Gilbert A. Jarvis, Diane W. Birckbichler, Therese Bonin, Philippe DuBois. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, a division of Harcourt College Publishers. 2000.

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Ironiia sudby ili s legkim parom (The Irony of Fate)

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Recommended because this is the most loved New Year’s film in Russian history, it can be likened to the American equivalent of the Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life. For many Russians, it is a tradition to view this film at the end of the year. Great for getting insight into Russian culture (for example, the Russian sauna scene) as well as Soviet culture (the uniformity of Soviet life). Made in the 1970s, runs about three hours long, and is suitable for viewing by high school and junior high school students. Be aware of the fact that this film on DVD is available from for $40, but can be borrowed free from several Russian studies centers at major universities throughout the United States.

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Japan Times Online (Texas)

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Recommended because of its up-to-date information about Japan and life in Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are general news, business, opinion, arts & culture, life in Japan, sports, festivals, and cartoon. Start by “Life in Japan” as it presents current trends or lives of Japanese people. Be aware of the fact that this site provides “Weekly Roundup” offering a list of key words for weekly news in Japan.

Japanese for Busy People : the Video III [videorecording] (1999) Association for Japanese-Language Teaching

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Recommended because Japanese for Busy people III: The Video features nineteen entertaining episodes that provide a wealth of vivid images about life in Japan. Adapatable to any teaching situation, it can be used independently– both for self-study and in the classroom– in tandem with the Japanese for Busy People course, or with any other text-based course, creating a positive learning atmosphere in any classroom. The review was originally written by the Ohio State University OSCAR.

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Japanese for you : the art of communication: Eibun jitsuyo nihongo.

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Recommended because this book is an intermediate level conversational Japanese textbook for those who have studied basic grammar. Topics and materials included in this book are 12 chapters each of which consists of dialogs, grammar notes, drills, and vocabulary list. Start by the first chapter since it deals with conversations with easy grammars and words and includes some grammatical items that students can review. Be aware of the fact that a set of cassette tapes (sold separately for 6300 Yen) accompanies this book and contain dialogs and selected drills.

Citation: Ohsho, Mieko. & Koyama, Yoko. (Eds.). (2001). Tokyo: Taishukan Publishing Co., Ltd. 2310 Yen.

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Japanese Language Education System for Speech on an On-demand Network

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Recommended because this offers dictation quiz for Japanese learners. The best thing is that the learners can set up the type of dictation, level, and the type of display of the language. This site could be used as hearing practice or term exam. Start by any level that seems to be appropriate for your students. Be aware of the fact that this site provides a list of useful websites for Japanese learning in ‘Links.’
This resource was originally recommended by East Asian Studies Center at the Ohio State University.

Japanese-Online

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Recommended because this provides 16 lessons to learn Japanese. Topics and materials included in this site are serialized lessons showing everyday experiences of a high school senior, Jason Miller, and his parents from Seattle, Washington in Japan. Start by any lesson which looks appropriate for your students. Be aware of the fact that some parts of this site require Japanese display capability (explained in this site) in your computer since lessons over level 6 are displayed in Japanese Kana.

Jorge el Curioso

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Recommended because this is a series of tales that English speaking children are familiar with. It was translated into Spanish from the famous Curious George tales and it is an easy reading material for elementary students with nice illustrations. Children who have read these short tales English can easily make connections when reading the Spanish version. Be aware of the fact this book does not have any words in English nor it has a translation or vocabulary section.

Citation: Rey, H.A. (1990) Editorial: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston ISBN: 0-395-17075-3

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KeyPals Club

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Recommended because of emailing classrooms and students world wide. Topics and materials include database of connected classrooms, topics for teachers, students, and youth. “The safest way to connect classroom to classroom…student to student … worldwide.” Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/31/02.

La Naci

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Recommended because this is a website of the traditional Argentinean newspaper, La Naci

La Navidad Latina: Costumbres, Recetas, Villancicos Navide

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Recommended because it can be used as a cultural and reading material for Spanish students at intermediate and advanced level. It contains descriptions of Christmas celebrations across countries in Latin America. La Navidad section includes descriptions of Christmas

La otra cara de Am

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Recommended because it provides an insight view of how documented and non-documented Hispanic immigrants perceive the United States. It is a valuable book to be used as a reading material for advanced students who are interested in learning first-hand testimonies about problems and prejudice experiences by Hispanic immigrants while trying to obtain proper documentation, jobs, and improve their lives in their way to achieve the American dream Start by reading the section where the author presents valid arguments against very common misconceptions around the negative presence of Hispanics in the US by affecting the welfare system, the social security system, the draining of the US economy by taking jobs away from U.S. Citizens, etc. Be aware of the fact that this book might be controversial and should be presented in an open discussion setting where students can exchange their viewpoints about this subject.

Citation: Ramos, Jorge Editorial Grijalbo S.A., Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico, D.F.(2001) ISBN: 970-05-1220-7

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Landeshauptstadt Duesseldorf – Carnival on the Rhein

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Recommended because at the beginning of February, millions of Germans will celebrate Carnival with parades and dancing on the streets. This is the webcam of Duesseldorf, where on February 7 at 2 PM MEZ you can watch the parade live. Start by getting acquainted with the traditions and customs of carnival in Germany which is associated with the history of the cities of Duesseldorf and Cologne. You can also view pictures from last year’s parades in Cologne. Be aware of you can change to English language by clicking on the British flag but many links are exclusively in German.

LANIC

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Recommended because LANIC stands for the Latin American Network Information Center, and is an incredible clearinghouse of information. The maps page supplies regional overviews and country maps. This is a VERY large site, however its alphabetized listing make it easy to use. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Latin American Network Information Center

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Recommended because it provides a vast collection of links to web sites related to Latin America and grouped in different categories which can be used as cultural resources. The Paises category groups different countries according to the region (South America, Central America, North America and The Caribbean). Bibliotecas y Referencias provides access to libraries, directories, portals, maps, archives, museums and other references about Latin America. Ciencias Naturales has a list of resources on astronomy, Health and Medical sciences and Natural Sciences. Ciencias Sociales gathers resources on anthropology and archeology, political sciences, economy, history, etc. Comunication y Medios has a list of resources on Movies, Media, Photography, Journalism, Radio and TV networks. Cultura y Sociedad provides links to Folklore, Human Rights, Indigenous communities, Religion, etc. Desarrollo Sustentable collects resources on Agriculture, Development and Environment. Diversi

Latino/Chicano History and Society: Latino Influences on the United States. (1998). TMW Media Group.

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Recommended because of the Latino/Chicago history and community in the United States and how it has reshaped and influenced the culture, language, and even food of this country. The video addresses issues of prejudice and discrimination and help students to finds ways to live in a multicultural world. Be aware of the fact that the video is in English Original, and the running time is 20 minutes. Recommended for students in grades 7-12.

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Latinoam

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Recommended because this web site contains information and links about Latin American culture which will be very useful to teach cultural issues and practice reading skills for intermediate to advanced students. The Noticias section contains articles about recent Latin American events. The Contenido section provides a sitemap of this web site. The Proyectos describe ongoing contests and projects sponsored by the Latinoamerica.org. The Nuestros Objetivos section contains links to the vision, benefits and values shared among the members of this organization. Finally, the Ultimos Escritos provides an interesting collection of articles that illustrate cultural elements and view points from Latin America. Start by visiting the paises integrantes that contains the flags of Latin American countries. Click on the flag to access the lyrics and music for the national anthems. Be aware of this web site is sponsored by a non-government organization and some of the articles express a political position. Teachers can use these articles to encourage discussions about political and cultural view points.

Le Jouet (1976. 95 min. Directed by Francis Veber. Starring Pierre Richard)

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Recommended because because it is a touching story of friendship between a middle-aged man and a young child. The film or its parts could be used to teach introductory and intermediate vocabulary and some aspect of French culture. Light humor and well-written dialogue add to this remarkable story and a heart-touching ending. The film has served as an inspiration and a source of endearment to many a generation of French and other peoples around the world. Be aware of the fact that the versions of the film circulating in the U.S. are subtitled, but rarely dubbed. Also, be aware that a Hollywood re-make of the film was successfully produced in 1982.

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Le site Officiel de la Tour Eiffel

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Recommended because it contains extensive information on one of the world’s most famous and loved landmarks – the Eiffel Tower. The site is very interactive. It contains a variety of visual information, including 360 degree views of Paris from the Tower, virtual tour of the tower, popular postcards with images of the landmark that can be filled out and send online (an excellent interactive tool for language practice and learning!), screensavers with historic and modernday photos of the Eiffel tower, video files of the now famous 2004 Eiffel Tower fireworks, well documented and visualized history of the Tower, and much more. Start by visiting the Carte d’Identite section to begin the proper acquaintance with this architectural phenomenon. Be aware of needing to have QuickTime Player to view the video files.

Learn Cantonese!

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Recommended because it offers information for learning colloquial Cantonese (Yue Chinese) as it is spoken by today’s youth in Hong Kong and in overseas communities such as Canada, the United States and Australia. Topics and materials included in this site are basic vocabulary, grammar, thematic vocabulary, resources, etc. which cover all kinds of terms of everyday Cantonese such as animals, body, clothing, colors, food, health, holidays, household items, love, music, movies, occupations, weather, zodiac, etc. Start by the ‘pronunciation guide’ which could be of big help for correct articulation. This site is great for learners from beginner to intermediate levels.

Learn German online

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Recommended because this online resources makes you familiar with business, touristic or cultural aspects in Germany; and to provide you with external links and useful tips. Start by Explore Germany with helpful practical guides and tips, Learn and Practice German at distance with textbooks, software, dictionaries, Practice German with links to cinema, literature, radio and tv, jokes and more, Learn German where it is spoken, providing links to language courses abroad as well as further educational resources. You can also purchase the audiomagazine Schau ins Land on CD or cassette in German here. Be aware of all the links can be read in German or English.

Learn Japanese

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Recommended because this site attempts to develop learners’ conversation skills or grammatical knowledge by introducing various topics such as Japanese lifestyle and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are 24 conversation topics including conversation dialogues, grammars, and dictation quizzes. Start by any conversation topic interesting to your students. Be aware of the fact that each topic is available in Word and pdf files and each activity in the topics is leveled by its difficulty (one star easy through three stars difficult). Also, this site provides Exercises for Basic Japanese Grammar.

Learn Russian from Ilike2learn.com

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Recommended because this website is good for learning first year level Russian vocabulary words. Divided into several lessons, each one is like a slide show of Russian vocabulary words which are displayed and spoken (by a native Russian speaker). Each lesson also has an interactive quiz. Start by clicking on the Learn the Letters’ Names and Where They Are Located on the Keyboard section. Be aware of the fact that this website is part of the larger Ilike2learn.com website which also features interactive geography quizzes.

Learn Spanish

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Recommended because of its online classes, references, online quizzes, online tests and oral exercises suitable for students and teachers at beginning and intermediate levels. Topics and materials in this web site include a Pronunciation section with audio plays for different vowels, consonants, intonations and diphthongs. The Grammar section is divided into eight units that describe the usage of gender in nouns, cardinal numbers, plural forms of nouns, definite and indefinite, ser and estar verbs, etc. The vocabulary section includes words associated to scenarios like bathroom, plants, kitchen, animals, etc. The verb drills section describes and contains self-quizzes for the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs and different tenses like present, preterit, imperfect and subjunctive. The site also includes other resources which are very useful including the idiom generator for Spanish expressions, top-ten list of idiomatic expressions, online translators and links to external resources. Start by registering as a free student/teacher and visit the getting started section for students and/or teachers that explain the resources and curriculum offered by this site. Visit also the Suggested Order of Study to follow a structured agenda to visit the learning resources hosted in this site. Be aware of this site offers additional resources to premium members that subscribe on monthly basis or purchase the class collection in CDs.

Learn to Read Russian

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Recommended because a simple, but effective website for helping students to learn the Cyrillic alphabet. The idea is to let beginning students try for themselves to make heads or tails of Russian words after explaining to them, one at a time, how to read Cyrillic letters. It is a primitive, but very interesting and presumably useful method. Be aware of that there is only one (long) page here–no hyper-links or multimedia effects, but the page is very cleverly designed and should hold the interest of beginning students.

Learning Chinese Online

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Recommended because this impressive web site is full of wonderful links to the articles and resources on Chinese language, tools, online testing, learning materials, audio files, etc. Topics and materials included in this site are Online Schools, Pronunciation, Conversation, Characters, Grammar, Reading, Listening, Dictionaries, Translation, Testing, Chinese programs, Learning Materials, Bookstores, Experiences, CD Title Reviews, Study in China, and Tools for Teachers. Start by Tools for Teachers if you are teaching Chinese and need more teaching materials such as animated Chinese characters. Be aware of the fact that there are always some new added web information about Chinese teaching and learning in the Recommendations this month. This resource was originally recommended by California State University.

Legends of the Monkey King

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Recommended because this classic Chinese story is all about Monkey King, a most unlikely hero, on a most extraordinary journey. This fantastic 72-minute feature will introduce you to the Monkey King – from how he was born and how he became the king of Fruit & Flower Mountain. Children will watch in amazement as Monkey King always fights the forces of evil by using his magic powers given to him by the Sun God. Originally produced in Chinese by CCTV, this series was China’s most popular animated television series in 1999. Subsequently co-produced in English by CCTV and CINAR Corporation, all the characters now have their own English voices. Chinese children have known and loved the Monkey King for generations, and now your child can share in the fun and classic adventures of this amazing super hero.

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Lengua y cultura

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because its cultural contents related to the Spanish language useful for advanced level students. This site provides a variety of articles that can be used as reading materials starting with a list of languages spoken in Spain, Castellano and the linguistic origins and influences of other languages used in the Iberia peninsula. The site includes links for short descriptions of historic phases starting on the primitive cultural manifestations of the peninsula, continuing with the Roman empire, Medieval age, Renaissance, the Golden Century, Baroque, Illustration, Romanticism and the Modern era. It also includes sections about post war and Spanish culture in the Contemporary era. Start by visiting the link related to Lenguas habladas en Espa

Lenguaje.com: El sitio de la ingenier

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Recommended because its variety of tools and references for intermediate and advanced students which are listed under the Herramientas section that includes spell checking, synonyms and antonyms, cross language synonyms (English-Spanish), verb conjugation, word partition into syllables, and Flexionador. The resources section contains links to virtual libraries to literature and dictionaries, questions and Answers in Spanish about orthography, literature, peculiarities about the Spanish language and dictionaries for slang idiomatic expressions. Start by visiting the Pruebe su Espa

Letiat zhuravlei (The Cranes Are Flying)

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Recommended because this is one of the very best Russian movies made about the Second World War. A tragic story of a young Muscovite couple separated by the war, this is a classic Russian film. Made in 1958, the movie runs about 94 minutes– and is suitable for viewing by high school and junior high school students. Be aware of the fact that this film is available on DVD from Amazon.com for $27.

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Life in Russia: Interviews, Video Shots, Articles

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Recommended because as the title implies, this website provides information on everyday life in Russia through interviews with Russians and videoclips of ordinary life. Start by by clicking on the Russian People section to read transcripts of interviews with dozens of Russians from all walks of life. Be aware of the fact that this website is part of the excellent waytorussia.net website, which is a huge and valuable resource for those considering traveling to Russia.

Live Radio En Direct Tuner Tuner Virtuel

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Recommended because this site includes information about radio programs broadcasted in Japan. Start by some of the radio programs (e.g., Beach FM Tokyo Japan, FM 76.3 Japan, and FM YY Tokyo Japan) since they can be listened online. Be aware of the fact that you need to have audio tools such as RealOne Player. Also, since they are live broadcasting, you need to consider the time to listen to. Most of them are not broadcasted in the early morning in Japan.

Lola rennt (Run Lola Run)

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Recommended because the movie is a thrilling contemporary roller-coaster ride about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives (received Sundance Film Festival Audience award). Be aware of the movie is in German with optional English soundtrack; optional subtitles in English or French.

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Maps of China

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Recommended because this is a good source of maps of contemporary China from full country maps to provincial maps. Recommended for middle school and high school.
Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy 4/17/02.

Marjorie Chan’s ChinaLinks

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Recommended because this site as a huge database has annotated links to over six hundred China- and Chinese language and linguistics-related websites. Topics and materials included in this site are Search Engines, Chinese Studies, E-Texts, & Netnews, Chinese Language Software & Audio/Video Programs, Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Linguistics and Internet Resources, etc. Start by Chink Links 3 and check out links for “Chinese Language Teaching and Learning Resources” if your interest is focused on Chinese language learning and teaching. This resource was originally recommended by National East Asian Language Resource Center at Ohio State University.

Mastering German Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach.

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Recommended because it gives an excellent overview of German vocabulary with English translations and shows how the words can be used in a sample context/dialogue. Start by selecting from the various categories such as daily life, communications, business, medicine, politics and more. Be aware of this should be used as a supplementary text for the classroom.

Citation: Forst, Gabriele. Barron’s Educational Series, August 1995. $12.95.

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MasterRussian.com

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Recommended because this website provides a range of materials for students of Russian, from tutorials for beginners, to dozens of links to online resources relating to Russian language and culture. Start by clicking on the Russian-Basic section for online tutorials for Russian language beginners, but be sure to check out the multitude of other categories listed on the left side of the screen. Be aware of the fact that this website is commercial, so there are goods and services advertised here, but in a fairly unobtrusive way.
s good for learning first year level Russian vocabulary words. Divided into several lessons, each one is like a slide show of Russian vocabulary words which are displayed and spoken (by a native Russian speaker). Each lesson also has an interactive quiz.