LANGUAGE-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Japanese

Tofugu is a Japanese language blog for English speakers. It features articles on "Japanese topics we're passionate about, so hopefully you like the same things we like. We also write about our travels in Japan, do reviews on products, write guides to help you with Japanese, and make videos too."

Minato is "a Japanese language learning platform provided by the Japan Foundation."

Anime Manga Japan is a site that helps you learn Japanese through anime and manga.

The link collection of the JLTAV lists many links to curriculum documents and teaching materials for Japanese.

Languages NSW provides an information pack about the Japan Foundation "to summarise resources, professional learning, contests and event dates."

The Language Learning Space "provides learning resources and services for students of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian languages and for teachers of these languages."

The Japan Foundation provides various resources, including web resources and apps.

Skritter is a paid online application that aims to "help you learn and remember Chinese and Japanese characters better than anything else." 

The Japanese Film Database is "is a database of Japanese films co-managed by the Japan Foundation and UNIJAPAN. Film synopses, cast & staff, and production & distribution company information are searchable and available for public perusal."

Pinkfong is a YouTube channel featuring videos for younger learners of Japanese.

The GaijinPot blog offers a list of apps useful for Japanese teaching.

Listen Together : The Songs of Japan is a site where you can search for and listen to Japanese songs that suit your interests and the level of your Japanese language ability.

Japan Times offers a rundown of anime series available on Netflix.

German

Deutsche Welle is the website of Germany’s international broadcaster. It features articles, videos and other information designed to make German (and Germany) accessible to an international audience.

 

The Goethe Institut Australien is "the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange."

 

International broadcaster Deutsche Welle has a resource section for teaching and learning German.

AusDaF: Network of Australian Teachers of German. Its Useful links’ section provides a variety of resources.

 

Nancy Thuleen’s website contains a collection of "materials (Thuleen has) prepared over the last few years while teaching German to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin - Madison".

Slow German features slowly spoken podcasts to practice listening comprehension.

Step into German features various resources on German popular culture, including music, soccer, film and general culture.

DaF-Ideen is a teacher blog with links to further websites and resources.

 

Lehrer-Online is a German site providing ready-made, high-quality units (you must register, but this is for free) on many different topics across different subject areas, for primary, secondary and vocational contexts. Units could be adapted to suit a CLIL unit/program.

The German Project is a website featuring free German lessons and children's stories translated into German.

GOETHE INSTITUTE RESOURCES

Concepts & materials | CLIL in Australia | Rapping for language confidence

| From an idea to your own podcast

Spanish

The resources on Centro Virtual Cervantes include virtual dictionaries, teaching materials and units, PD documents and libraries.

 

Mundo Primaria features traditional stories that can be read and listened to.

 

Lingolía español features grammar and vocabulary exercises.

 

Cuaderno Intercultural contains printable exercises and activities.

 

Formespa is a network for Spanish teachers. Its members share resources and documents, all completely free. 

Marcoele is a journal on Teaching Spanish as L2. Materials and units, as well as grammar exercises for specific learner levels, are accessible here for free.

 

Todoele features activities, songs, PD information for teachers, and a special section for Spanish background learners.

Ver Taal is a site full of grammar exercises, listening practice, and theory. It includes movie trailers, ads, documentaries and cultural videos followed by comprehension questions.

The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in Australia is responsible of the promotion of the Spanish language and culture abroad through a series of international programs such as the Language Assistants program, the Spanish Resource Centres, and collaborations with organisations and institutions of Victoria such as the DET Victoria, AFMLTA, MLTAV, VATS, NGV and Immigration Museum. It also provides support and implementation to the Spanish program at schools and universities. This link will take you to a presentation providing information about their programs, initiatives and resources.

Rockalingua is a site where you can find songs, videos and worksheets related to topics for Spanish teaching at a primary school level.

The TPRS method (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is an evolution of the Total Response method and aligns with Krashen's Natural Approach. It's not a specific method for Spanish, but, as it was created in the US, it has been used primarily for Spanish and EAL – so there are a lot of materials for Spanish teachers. The method encourages the use of gestures and dramatisation of the stories.

Videoele is "a Spanish online free educational resource based on videos.

 

Kompas is Indonesia’s most respected newspaper, pitched towards a more ‘educated’ audience. Articles can be long and complex, so relatively difficult for learners to understand.

Under the Kompas banner, Kompasiana is a citizen journalism site where people submit articles, often opinion pieces. It's a great place to discover community views in Indonesia, and to experience organic language use. The style of language is formal, but typically less so than Kompas articles. The article length of texts is also shorter, and therefore far more accessible for learners. 

The BBC Indonesia site presents world news in Indonesian. 

Radio Australia site – in Indonesian. Includes both local and world news. Text length is short, making this site accessible for learners. 

SBS Radio – Indonesian. Great for listening skills, this site often includes interviews with visitors from Indonesia – such as academics and post grad students – discussing topical issues.

Indospired is a blog aiming to "promote, share and celebrate the rich diversity of the Indonesian Language and cultures."

The Language Learning Space "provides learning resources and services for students of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian languages and for teachers of these languages."

Indonesian

French

FLEvideo hosts a growing bank of videos with short quizzes to test student comprehension. Once you create an account, a teacher code is created which you can give to students, so that upon submitting their results, the results for each student are recorded in your profile. It is a great tool for integrating more listening tasks for students.

Songs by Alain le Lait. A number of fun, easy to learn resources on a variety of

topics such as numbers, colours, family, and body parts which can be used for a variety of

year levels.

Culturethèque is an initiative of the Institut Français which collates resources for French teaching, with a particular focus on cultural education. Once you register, you gain access to newspapers, books and other teaching resources.

Lawless French is a French resource blog with vocabulary, grammar, culture lessons. It features fun topics, such as French texting. It also contains videos, tips and tools for teachers.

Podcast Français Facile provides excellent resources with a number of exercises and explanations for different macro language skills. The site is organised into useful categories such as dialogues, grammar, texts, phonetics, verbs, videos, stories, vocabulary and poems just to name a few. Many of the audio files are repeated slowly then at a more natural pace.

Clep was created by the French National Ministry for Higher Education and Research, and supports the promotion of French education worldwide. The site contains a compilation of resources for both teachers and students.

frenchteacher.net was created by Steve Smith, one of the co-authors of The Language Teacher Toolkit. It offers a variety of resources organised by year level, as well as a teacher’s guide which includes lesson plans and guides on how to use texts.

Les Zexperts is a site that provides excellent games and grammar through play to get your students talking.

Bonjour de France is a "free online magazine containing exercises, tests and games for learning French as well as pedagogy cards for teachers of French as a second language." The karaoke section is a particular favourite with students. 

The French section on TES includes "resources and ideas for French, written by teachers to support teaching and learning". Some resources are free and others are paid, but you'll find many topics.

Le Point du FLE offers "more that 3300 links to the best free resources for preparing your curriculum." These resources include online exercises, printable worksheets and listening tasks.

Education et Numerique is a free online platform where teachers can "easily create their own interactive pedagogical resources". The site also features a "free catalogue of resources". It is geared towards the DELF exam, but you will find useful activities for listening comprehension, reading and writing.

TV5Monde hosts a French learning site, Apprendre le français avec TV5MondeHere, you can listen to and watch authentic French stories with supporting activities.

Lutin Bazar is a blog that aims to "share and exchange" teaching knowledge. Run by a teacher, it offers years worth of resources. The author encourages discussion between users. The site also offers free French language grammar posters.

The Simpsons Park is a site that uses TV show The Simpsons to help teach.

Here is a list of French films for children.

Mrs Geek Chic offers "ed tech du jour from a nerdy French teacher".

iSLCollective is essentially, the French version of TES. You do need to sign up but there are excellent free resources available.

French Playground offers free online activities and events for French teachers. 

FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS  

Learn French | MHS | Scoop | Teachers Pay Teachers

LISTENING PRACTICE

French Wizard | Learn French by Podcast

SHORT DICTATIONS

Bescherelle 

VIDEOS OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION

FLEVideo | Cinema Français-FLE

VERB CONJUGATION PRACTICE

Lingua | Verbs Online | Français Interactif | Bonjour de France | Bescherelle |

Conjugation-Fr

ONLINE GAMES

French-Games | Digital Dialects

GRAMMAR

Podcast Français Facile | Le Plaisir d'Apprendre

NEWS

1 Jour 1 Actu 

ADVANCED LEVEL/RESOURCES FOR VCE DETAILED STUDIES

Le Professeur de Français | Programme de FLE | Jalons

POEMS

Poetica

TV & RADIO

Webmaster Gratuit | BBC | Radio Canada | Savoirs | List of French TV shows available on Netflix | Ecouter Radio En Ligne

FREE SHORT FILMS

Films Documentaires | Les Courts Metrages

PRIMARY SCHOOL FRENCH

Victorian Government | BBC | Primary Games Arena

Chinese

TEXTBOOK SERIES

Secondary School Chinese. Suitable for Years 7-8; intricately scaffolded, suitable for courses with limited hours and students with low literacy.

 

Jinbu. Suitable for Years 7-10; accessible format and excellent grammar explanation; various extension worksheets available as part of teacher pack.

 

Edexcel GCSE Chinese. Suitable for Years 10-11; continuation of Jinbu, with a thorough revision done at the start of each chapter; full of communicative activities suitable for classroom use.

 

Discovering Chinese: Magical Tour of China. Suitable for Years 7-11; interactive content and achievable coverage; excellent range to cater for both background and non-background students.

Voyages in Chinese. Suitable for Years 7-11; featuring pared down language with bite-size chapters and a range of mechanical exercises.

Gu Wu for Secondary Mandarin Students. NEW for 2017.

Step Up with Chinese. Suitable for Years 8/9-11; series driven by extensive development of vocabulary and grammar points; potentially more suitable for background students.

Discover China. Suitable for Years 8-(12); beautiful layout and editing; thorough development of reading and writing skills; more university student focused, and big jump from Book 1 to 2.

iChinese. Suitable for Years 11-12; exam-style focused revision.

A+ Chinese (GCSE Revision). Suitable for Years 11-12; exam-style focused revision.

Pass Chinese. Suitable for Years 11-12; exam-style focused revision.

Chinese Made Easy. Suitable for Years 5-12; topics well selected, although the speed may potentially be more suitable for background students looking at developing literacy.

Easy Steps to Chinese. Suitable for Years 5-12; topics well selected, and slower than the Chinese Made Easy series; exercises are very mechanical (potentially repetitive).

NiHao. Suitable for Years 7-12; localised content, closely knit to Australian lifestyle; monotonous and occasionally includes out of date content.

Hanyu. Suitable for Years 7-12; localised content; difficulty rise quickly; the Chinese presented is potentially too “informal”, Beijing-focused, and archaic.

NOT SO SERIOUS TEXTBOOKS

ZhongGuoTong. Suitable for Years 7-10; excellent one-off activities, often leading to great intercultural discussions; slightly out-of-date, but a good collection for selective usage.

Hao Ji Le. Suitable for Years 5-7; good for one-off activities or leaving an extra; offers good support for students who are struggling with character reading.

Get Talking Chinese. Suitable for students going on study trips to China but who do not speak any Chinese.

Chinese With Mike. Suitable for teenagers and adults who want to systemically build up language without academic pressure.

Not For Parents: China. Suitable for Years 7-8 students going on study trips.

A Geek in China. Suitable for Years 9-10 students going on study trips.

Live Interactive Chinese. Suitable for finding resources in designing one-off communicative activities.

Ease into Chinese. Suitable for adults who are looking to learn about the Chinese language, rather than necessarily speak the language.

Chit-Chat Chinese. Suitable for adults with no background, who just want to learn to speak simple sentences, without having to worry about the script.

ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS

ArchChinese is a powerful character worksheet builder.

Type Pinyin with Tone Marks is a convenient input method for putting tone marks onto pinyin.

Skritter provides character writing practice using spaced repetition.

MBDG Dictionary is an easy-to-use online Chinese dictionary.

Yes! Chinese is a hub of online resources.

Online Mandarin Tools is a hub of online resources.

Mandarin Spot is an online dictionary and powerful pinyin annotator for accessing authentic materials.

Culture Agents is an online learning experience that "sets students on a path toward success in a multicultural environment while sparking global friendships that will last a lifetime."

Teacup Media is is "a digital media company that produces podcast shows related to Chinese culture." 

NEWS & WIDER READING

The Chairman’s Bao provides simplified news with excellent learner support for accessing grammar and vocabulary.

CCTV.com Learn Chinese provides official CCTV news with a touch of learner focus.

Decipher Chinese offers bite-sized news with a dictionary function to support beginning readers.

FluentU provides access to online media in Chinese with subtitling that allows you to customise learning.

FORUM

Hacking Chinese is a source of excellent pedagogical and learning-focused discussions.

Dig Mandarin provides a guide to how to learn each aspect of the Chinese language.

Mandarin Poster offers visual guides and a search database for component structures.

 OTHER

Culture Agent. Suitable for upper primary, focusing on the development of intercultural capabilities.

ImmerseMe. Speaking practise via virtual reality.

The Dragon Collective. Suitable for upper primary, focusing on the development of metalinguistic awareness.

YOUTUBE CHANNELS/SERIES

RedRooBen 红袋鼠小明. Channel of Ben McMahon, an active Mandarin learning advocate based in Melbourne.

Local Laowai. Hosted by Donny Newman, focuses on introducing various aspects of life in China to foreigners.

Qingwen: Ask Your Mandarin Questions. Language focused video lessons, with clear and excellent explanation of grammar.

Transition. A UK band that writes songs in both Chinese and English.

Italian

The free grammar exercises featured on Italiano Online can be used to inspire recap activities and worksheets.

Think Italian is an online magazine (paid subscription required) that focuses on Italian culture. Its articles can be used to introduce students to new vocabulary and different ways of using their prior grammar knowledge.

Anki is an online SRS (spaced repetition system) tool that can be useful in reinforcing any new grammar and vocabulary introduced. Language teachers can create their own deck of flashcards related to a lesson and give the link to their students. Alternatively, students can be challenged to take additional responsibility for their learning by using the system to create their own learning flashcards.

Cultura Italiana is an online grammar resource with plenty of exercises.

BBC Italian is a free English resource that collates a selection of resources.

ItalianoL2.info offers a selection of learning materials for both children and adults.

Matdid is a site offered by Scudit, the School of Italian in Rome. It provides free Italian teaching resources for foreigners.

 

Quia offers a variety of free quizzes and activities.

Italian Language Guide offers a variety of resources for English speakers.

Centro Studi Italiani Locuta is "a San Francisco-based  language centre specialising in Italian language instruction as well as  the development and distribution of Italian teaching aids." 

One World is an online learning space with the aim of "making the teaching of Italian easy, fun and accessible to all".

Loecsen is an online learning tool featuring an audiovisual library of basic expressions.

Languageguide.org is an illustrated Italian vocabulary resource organised into lexical categories. Audio resources are also available to help students practice pronunciation at their own pace.

I Learn Italian is a blog for English speaking students, containing interesting Italian language resources.

Online Learn Italian offers free online lessons covering many aspects of Italian grammar, free and printable Italian worksheets, and free lists of Italian words grouped by theme.

Impariamo l'Italiano offers exercises, online tests, vocabulary and idioms and general cultural information, as well as video and audio resources and games.

Come Italiani provides sample Units to use as models for planning units of work.

Maestra Mary offers educational worksheets suitable for children.

Digital Dialects provides free and fun Italian language learning games.

Baby-Flash offers engaging games to learn and practice Italian.

Languages Online offers free resources for language students and teachers. Game makers can be downloaded and used to create interactive language games in ANY language. Ready made interactive tasks and worksheets are also available for students learning French, German, Indonesian or Italian.

Adgblog is a list of over 100 exercises and activities using some of the most popular Italian songs. The posts have been organised  into 3 main levels of language knowledge (according to the CEFR - Common European Framework of References for Languages).

Lyrics Training is is a globally popular website highly recommended to anyone teaching and learning Italian (or other languages) through music. It is possible to use a popular song with the whole class, but the real benefit is for individuals.