Ideas for C U E


Language Learners onLine

This website resource page was created for the March 4, 2010 CUE Tip Session at the CUE Spring Conference:


The session overview was created using PREZI –

Click here for another version of the Prezi content created on YUDU.

“Jogging” through some of the sites was created using the education version of Jog the Web –

The jog for this session is HERE.

Our drawing for this session was sponsored by Teacher’s Discovery:

to spotlight their new product:


Watch for a French version of this (My DEVOIRS) coming soon.




Building Vocabulary…

We started the school year writing daily journals using: and Nice Translator

The students (especially the beginners) were able to create meaningful sentences right off the bat, and both of these sites do a pretty good job of translating EXCEPT when the students use idioms.  (i.e.  “I was hanging out with my friends…”).  Slang and idioms are so engrained in their speaking and writing that sometimes they get really interesting translations.  But, these sites allowed them to play with the language right off the bat.

Then I happened upon…


JOLLO takes translating up a notch by aggregating multiple translation sites.  The students can take a look at the different translations and compare them. (Critical thinking – yeah!)  If they have used slang or idioms, then often the random translation results give them a clue that they may need to rethink their input.  IN ADDITION, with Jollo, they can listen to the spoken translation too.





“Welcome to Online Talking Dictionary.  Dictionarist provides translations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek, Albanian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean dictionaries.”   With Dictionarist, searching for a word yields its translation in lots of different languages AND an audio file is included as well.

~Word of the Day from Transparent Language~

“Why learn a word a day? Simply click on any “more about this word” button below to visit the specific language. Sometimes we’re flooded with so much information that we don’t have time to digest what we learn. Word of the Day gives you 24 hours to meditate on a single word, reading it, hearing it, and seeing it used in real sentences. We figure sometimes slow and steady wins the race.”

You just click on the widget for the language that you want, and the word of the day is presented with audio files to help you learn.


Forvo is a social site where members from around the world contribute to the pronunciation bank.  Just type in the word that you want pronounced, and you will be able to listen to native speakers.


“French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai pronunciation guides; pronunciation samples by over 40 native speakers – All 500+ pages free”





Most languages require a variety of accent marks to be written accurately, and LiteType enables users to choose a specific language keyboard for adding those critical accents while typing.

The keyboards in LiteType are set up the way native speakers type, but there is a visual of the order of the keys on the screen and you can type by clicking on the letters and symbols.  LiteType is a Free Online Virtual Multilingual & Interactive Keyboard Tool. You can type, search and translate in more than 50 foreign languages, with no need to install any additional software. Search the typed text by using the “Google Search” or the “Wikipedia search” buttons.


TypeIt allows you to easily type accents and characters without a special keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.





Search in two languages!  2Lingual will give you a side-by-side bilingual search.





AudioPal allows you to create audio files by telephone, by text-to-speech, or using a microphone.  Using the text-to-speech feature enables you to choose from a variety of languages and voices.  After you create your file, you type in your e-mail address, and you receive a link that takes you to the code to use to embed this file.


Fun freebies that will help student practice pronunciation and also provides translations.  (Limited to these features for free.)

~Read the Words~

English/Spanish/French read text for you…. free version limited to 3 files at a time.


Creates text to speech files in English, Spanish, French and German. The files download as Quicktime to use in projects or on the web.





“The coolest dictionary known to hombre! “

Just enter the URL of a website and make all the words on the page clickable for instant definitions or translations.




~Illustrated Vocabulary~

Illustrated Vocabulary is a Belgian site created to help practice English, French, Danish and Dutch vocabulary through the use of pictures and a multiple choice activity.


This is a great tour for the site:

In a nutshell, WordSift aggregates pictures from Google Images, a synonym map from Visual Thesaurus, a tag cloud, and more to help relate meaning and context for words.


Lexipedia is another vocabulary site that lets you explore word relationships in several languages .    “Lexipedia presents words with their semantic relationships displayed in an animated visual word web.”


This site has a collection of thought-provoking pictures that students can enhance with text – in any language.

PicLits is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you.

The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

CUE SESSION ALERT….learn more about PicLits by attending: = A Teaching Tool for Language Arts and ESL/ELL

Terry Friedlander  3015

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday

Mesquite H – Palm Springs Convention Center





Students can really improve their second language skills by communicating with students in other countries.  Hook your students (and yourself) up with students and teachers around the world using ePals.  Lots of opportunities on ePals to collaborate on projects too.

CUE SESSION ALERT…learn more about ePals by attending:

Finding Partner Classrooms for Global Collaboration and Project-based Learning

Rita Oates – Saturday   12:30-12:50

OASIS 1 – PSCC   (another CUE Tip session)




~Make Beliefs Comix~

Students can design their own comic strips in the target language.

Ideas for classroom use –

~Newspaper Clipping Generator~

Students can create a newspaper clipping in any language, and the size of the clipping adjusts to the amount of text that is added.


Wordleis a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Here are some ideas for using Wordle:

~Word It Out~

A lot like Wordle, but you can choose to eliminate some words, and you can customize the colors and text more easily.




~Voice Of America News~

Voice of America has been around since 1942, and there’s a menu on this website that allows choosing the news in a variety of languages.  Great, timely reading resource for foreign language classes.

For English Learners – VOA Special English Podcast RSS Feed

Students can listen to recent news podcasts while following along with the text of the article being spoken at a speed that is much slower than a normal newscaster would speak.  In addition, the vocabulary is controlled, enabling better comprehension by the students.




~Clip Art Collection for Foreign Language Instruction~

“You can freely use these drawings without any fee as long as they are used for not-for-profit educational purposes.”  Just remember to acknowledge the source.

Lots of good black and white drawings to use to demonstrate verbs, adjectives, nouns and pronouns – as well as medical terms.

~Google Image Swirl~

This is a visual search that shows sets of image clusters related to the key word.  When you click on a stack, a swirl of photos pops out for you to peruse.

~Tag Galaxy~

This German site uses Papervision3D to explore Flickr photos via virtual planetary systems.  You enter a tag, and the related galaxy appears on screen.

Each planet contains the pictures of a certain tag, and when you click on them, the images are placed on a 3D rotating globe for you to peruse.


With the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon site (CAPL) you can locate authentic images for language learning.

Check out this publication for ideas for using this site in the classroom:





Teacher’s Discovery has created a site for Spanish students – My TAREAS – and they are working on My DEVOIRS for French students. This page of the site is free…with Spanish games created by My TAREAS teacher subscribers.

You can check out the subscription site here:

~Flash Card Flash~

Flash cards have been around as a study tool for years, and there is a variety of flash card sites that can be used to help students study.  Flash Card Flash aggregates a bunch of these sites into one location.  The search box allows you to type in a specific topic and find existing flash cards.   You can also check out these links to learn more about the individual flash card sites where you can create your own study cards.

~Memorize Now~

A simple tool good for practicing vocabulary words, dialogs, etc.

~Digital Dialects~

Learning games help students acquire language less painfully. =)

~Free Rice~

For every right answer, the World Food Program donates rice to help end hunger.

~Languages Online~

NOTE: The games on Languages Online were created using a downloadable freeware game creation program called HOT POTATOES that is available from the University of Victoria in Canada:

They also provide this clipart site for language learners:


Classtools is maintained by a teacher at the International School of Toulouse in France. allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!”

Create games here:

~Literacy Center~

Although advertised for pre-schoolers, beginning language students can benefit from some of these activities and listening to the audio files.

~Word Reference~

A mini-version of this site can be embedded in blogs and websites:


Try some interactive language lessons. Education~

Find lots of vocabulary, grammar and culture resources for commonly taught languages.

~Homework High~

A variety of language information for French, German and Spanish

~Indo-European Languages~

Free language tutorials: basic phrases, vocabulary and grammar in 15 languages.

~1000 Images on the Tip of My Tongue~

French, English and Spanish idiomatic expressions inserted into a short text that illustrates its meaning and contains a digital audio file with exercises and games and animations.


Do you have any sites or ideas that you would like to share for Language Learners onLine?

Go to the Google Moderator page that is now available for your input.

(P.S. You do need to have a Google account to contribute.)


Click HERE to learn about French and Spanish Rap Activities also available from Teacher’s Discovery and JDMLS, Inc.

Not free, but definitely fun!

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