The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Web Links For Language Instructors

Realia, media, and online lessons

Language And Cultural Exchange Wiki: Maintained by the Freedman Center staff, this Case wiki provides links to excellent autonomous learning activities, language learning exchange portals, and international media. Because it is a wiki, you are free to update it yourself with links you have found helpful! You can also submit additional links and we will add them. (Multimedia Educational Resource For Learning and Teaching Online) is a peer reviewed collection of teaching materials for many subjects, including modern languages.

The REALIA Project: (Rich Electronic Archive For Language Instruction Anywhere) is another peer reviewed site serving language educators and learners. It contains photos taken from various countries. Visitors are encouraged to increase the collection by adding their own photos and how they can be used in instruction. See an example of a recent submission from a Spanish instructor.

Online Reading Aids

Rikai: is a Japanese learning site that contains an online glossing tool. Users can read the text on the site, or read text from an external URL or even paste text into the site.

WordChamp: is a similar site to Rikai, but provides glossing for many different languages.These sites can provide excellent support to students as they learn to read web sites and other texts from the target culture.

Web 2.0 Applications (What's Web 2.0?)

Electronic Voice Tools

Chinswing: Voice message board that provides students with additional oral practice, a chance to get to know others, and is very easy to use - just ask Clara!

Comic Strip Builders

These free tools allow you and your students to tell a story in a fun, familar medium.



Concept Mapping

mind42: collaborative concept mapping program that allows contributors to add notes and links.






PodcastPeople: provides a means of creating and managing podcasts. Here is an example of a preschool teacher's students work recorded as a video Podcast.

Timeline Creation

CircaVie: allows users to create a pictural timeline of their life or of historical events. Here is an example of a person's life story represented in CircaVie.

xtimeline: presents another way to show events over time. This Ansel Adams biography provides an example.


eyejot: provides an easy way for students to send each other video emails using a webcam and microphone.

Flektor: Add video, audio, and photos to create a multimedia slideshow. The results can be posted to YouTube, MySpace, etc.

oversteam: makes it possible to add comments and subtitles to online video from and other sources. Here is an example of a Chinese soap opera with English subtitles added. After finishing their project, students can send the link to others.

UStream.TV allows users to hear and sometimes see livestreams from governmental sources, independent TV stations, and students' dorm rooms. Users can also broadcast their own livestream. There appear to be many Spanish language programs available.

Voicethread users add photos or video to which they can add verbal or written comments. When ready, users can choose to make their project open to all visitors, or only to those they select. Visitors can then add their own comments. Here are examples created by an educator: where are you? and an introduction for educators.

Thank you to Felix Kronenberg for providing these links and more on Pomona College's Foreign Language Resource Center.

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