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Utilizing the Net

Claire Bradin Siskin's Homepage
Claire Bradin Siskin, of Michigan State University, does outstanding work. Her site points to collections of useful links, but also includes presentation materials she has used to discuss how to use websites for teaching and learning.

"Language Links: A New World of Understanding" - Lauren Rosen
I met Lauren at a workshop sponsored by CLEAR. She is based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Like Claire's site, she includes resources and discusses how these sites could actually be used.

FLTeach (Foreign Language Teaching Forum)
FLTeach sponsors a popular listserv - many messages - that allows you to discuss language teaching with many diverse educators. (Listservs are e-mail groups that you subscribe to - there is no cost involved. Often, you can also search web-based archives of these on-line discussions.) They also have a comprehensive index of web resources for a variety of languages. Additionally, they have very lovely activities for French and Spanish: Taller Hispano by Jean LeLoup and Civilisation Française by Marie Ponterio.

Timecast (Real Audio)
This database allows users to search Internet-based TV and radio stations by language.  Go to Advanced Search.

Another matching site for keypals.
Thanks to Jo Anne Wilson of MICH-I-LIFTS for this link.

Interactive Communications & Simulations: International Poetry Guild
The ICS group at the University of Michigan sponsors an interesting writing project called the International Poetry Guild. The project runs in English but also has a French language session that runs from time to time.

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Journals & Research

Center for Language Education and Research  
Housed at Michigan State University, CLEAR is one of a group of fifteen federally funded language research groups. Their site offers diverse resources and exciting new tools (free!), including information on their summer institutes.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition   - Activities for Teachers! 
CARLA out of the University of Minnesota, like CLEAR, provides outstanding resources.  Most recently, I've been introduced to the work of Marlene Johnshoy whose instructional modules on the ACTFL National Standards and Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) are available online.  A nice resource for those in-service days....

National Capital Language Resource Center
This resource center is a collaborative effort by Georgetown University, The George Washington University, and the Center for Applied Linguistics.  The newsletter is available via email or online and has rich information.  The culture club is another unique resource.

CAL Resources: Né ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics
ERIC no longer exists in the same form, but many resources are available at the above link from the Center for Applied Linguistics, including a Foreign Language section.

Language Learning & Technology
"The journal seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the U.S. and around the world on issues related to technology and language education." - L L & T

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Professional Organizations

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Homepage
ACTFL includes a web-version of their WebWatch column online. (I was proud to have Casa de Joanna featured in February of 2007).  You'll also find good links to organizational pages (e.g. AATF, AATG) which feature language-specific link collections.

Michigan World Language Assocation
Official site for the MiWLA. 

The International Association for Language Learning Technology
IALLT is another excellent organization for educators interested in thoughtful approaches to technology use in the language classroom.  Michiganders - Make sure to check out our regional organization: MWALLT.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
CALICO focuses on technology in language teaching and learning. Their site includes access to their journal and a clearinghouse of resources. CALICO maintains an on-line index of software reviews.

Latin American Resource Center at Tulane University
Tulane University offers a lending library of books, kits, videos, manipulatives that are loaned for FREE to educators. (You are required to pay for the postage to return the materials). 
Thanks to Cindy Kendall for this great link.

International Society for Technology Education (ISTE)  
If you aren't familiar with ISTE, it's worth your time to take a look.  One important aspect of their work centers on NETS (National Educational Techology Standards) which exist for both students and teachers.

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CALICO Software Reviews
The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) focuses on technology in language teaching and learning. Their site includes access to their journal and a clearinghouse of resources including these reviews.

Yahoo's Foreign Language Software
Here's a starting point for exploring language learning software and utilities.

What am I currently using?
When we are in the lab, we spend much of our time on the Net or using Office applications.  These are the other titles that I am presently using. I am including this information as examples - not as a recipe. Caveat emptor.

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Consulting & Fundamentals

I work with language teachers and departments to help them infuse their teaching with technology. Click the LinguisTech link to find out more about workshops and conference sessions that I have conducted.

¡@&*! How do I make accents?
This page includes a variety of options for making accents and other special characters for websites, Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Language Learning and Technology: An Implementation Plan (1996)
Many years ago, I wrote this in response to a request from my school district, Grosse Pointe Public Schools, to articulate a five year plan for technology implementation. It has since been adopted as our department vision statement. It is an interesting time capsule for me.

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