K-12 Initiatives

Foreign Language Teaching Methods

Professional development modules for foreign language teachers.

An online, video-based methods course focusing on best practices for foreign language instruction at the high-school and college levels. It features 12 interactive media-rich modules taught by different professors from the University of Texas at Austin. Modules include Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pragmatics, Culture, The Language Learner, Technology, Classroom Management, and Assessment.

Author: 
Carl Blyth et al

Gateway to Chinese

Collection of free interactive language learning resources for beginning Mandarin Chinese

A collection of free interactive language learning resources for beginning Mandarin Chinese. Students now have the option to practice pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading skills at their own convenience.

Author: 
Wen-Hua Teng

Spanish in Texas

Educational resources for teachers and learners of Spanish in Texas.

The purpose of this site is to let Spanish-speaking Texans speak for themselves so that we can learn from them about the ways that they use their language. You will find links to videos of Spanish speakers from Texas with comments about the language you’ll hear and why it takes the form that it does. You will see links to the “Linguistic Landscape” of Texas with images of signs that reflect the unique nature of a bilingual Texas. And you can access facts about Spanish speakers in the United States that may help you to reconsider many of the myths people tell about Spanish speakers in the United States.

Author: 
Barbara E. Bullock, Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

SpinTX Video Archive

Authentic Spanish videos for language learning

The SpinTX video archive provides a convenient web interface to search hundreds of short video clips from the Spanish in Texas Corpus. The collection includes hundreds of video clips culled from interviews of native and heritage speakers of Spanish living in Texas. Each video is accompanied by synchronized closed captions and a transcript that has been annotated with thematic, grammatical, functional and metalinguistic information. All materials available on the site can be freely used, copied, and distributed under a Creative Commons license.

Author: 
Barbara E. Bullock, Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

A compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks.

Author: 
Orlando Kelm
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