Curriculum Links: Modern Language

Webquests and Lesson Plans

Internet Activities for Foreign Language Classes contains lesson plans for French and Spanish classes. Many of the lessons include links to websites and corresponding activities and worksheets.

Foreign Language Lesson Plans and Resources provides links to many lesson plans for French and Spanish classes; there are also links to museums and other resources.


General Resources

Foreign Language Teachers Forum is a one stop shop for all the links any foreign language teacher will need. The list is daunting but this is a good place to start to explore the web resources available. There are links to newspapers, audio sites, lesson plans, culture, history and grammar.

Epals connects 1.5 million students and teachers from 24,768 registered classrooms in 130 countries within a collaborative environment.

Newseum provides link to Spanish and French newspapers by showcasing the daily front pages of newspapers from throughout the world.


For The French Teacher

French Language Resources provides links to Culture and History, Media, Language and Literature, Country and City Tours and a grab bag of other links.

French TV Stations are provided at this site with links to a wide variety of sites that can be viewed in real time with Real Player.

French TV - TF 1 - - France 3 - ARTE - M6

Web Based Activities for the Foreign Language Teacher contains a collection of interactive online language drills including online cloze reading paragraphs complete with audio, fill in the blank vocab exercises, geography drill, and grammar exercises.

French Grammar Central provides links to hundreds of grammar activities, quizzes, resources on every possible part of speech.

Online Tour of Paris provides all the tourist information a visitor needs including maps, stores, metro information., landmarks and more. Available in both English and French.

Official Web page of the Louvre provides the history of the museum, virtual tours, some of the collection, access to the online shop.

The Chateaux of the Loire

The Loire Valley online is in both French and English (click on the flag to toggle between languages) and there is a search box to enter the name of the desired chateaux. There is some historical information and pictures of many of the chateaux.

This Chateaux page is a list of links to pages of information about Blois, Chambord, Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-Le Rideau, Blois, Saumur, Angers and Amboise.

French Tourism Chateaux site has historical anecdotes about each one of the chateaux.


For the Spanish Teacher


Spanish Grammar Exercises  at Colby College provides audio and video for grammar learning. In addition, this site provides online grammar quizzes, learning activities, interactive listening modules, and links to other Spanish websites.

Resources for the Study of Hispanic Literature and Culture provides links to general Spanish topics, Spanish Art and Cultural Exhibits,Spanish and Hispanic History, and Spanish music.

About.com Resources for Teaching Spanish provides links to lesson plans, Spanish Women in History, Talking Like Animals in Spanish,culturequests and more.

Spanish Language Resources provides links to Culture and History, Media, Language and Literature, Virtual Environments, News and Magazines, Country and City Tours and a grab bag of other links.

Learn Spanish: A Free Online Tutorial contains guides, tutorials and online quizzes for the study of introductory Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Teachers can access the database to view the progress of individual students.

Tecla provides archived news of the Spanish world with activities, exercises and vocabulary for each one.

Radio, TV, and Audio

Onda Cero LA RADIO EN VIVO is radio station from Spain that you can listen to online.

Catalunya Radio - Live and ř la carte.

Radio Televisi█n de Andaluc╠a is live radio from Canal Sur.

Caracol Colombia live radio Bogota, Colombia - news, sports, talk.

Caracol Radio Miami live radio in Spanish from Miami.

Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures is a huge index page with links to listservs, Spanish language search engines, maps, colleges, Spanish grammars, online courses and lessons, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV.

Spanish Cyberguides: Teacher Guides and Student Activities provides links to a variety of Spanish webquests and online activities.

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For the Japanese Teacher

Japan Links This site is a huge index of links to a wide variety of sites about Japanese culture including Government and Politics, Business and Economy, News in English, Traditional Arts, Language and Education, Travel and Regional Information, City Information, and then a long set of miscellaneous links about even more cultural sites.

Gateway Japan This is another large link site that provides access to Japanese Travel, Culture (including Arts, Entertainment, Traditional Crafts, Religion, Archictecture, and Martial Arts), and Lifestyle (including Sports and Restaurants).

Kids Web Japan Designed for younger kids, this site still offers some interesting activities including steps for Origami, Ikebana, and Shodo (found on the Virtual Japanese Culture page) and links to Folk Legends, a Japanese Cookbook for Kids, Sports, Regions of Japan, and much more. The reading level and content are middle school level.

Japan Information Network The Japan Information Network (JIN) is a group of Websites introducing the society, culture, and other aspects of Japan; it provides answers to practically all your questions about the country. JIN sites are sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Link include Nipponia, a quarterly magazine introducing contemporary Japanese culture and society to people all over the world. Downloadable PDF files turn online NIPPONIA into an useful language learning tool; Japan Insight which presents special data and factual essays and general trends and changes in Japanese society are spotlighted; and Japan of Today, a colorful, online databank describing the salient features of Japan's government, economy, science and technology, society and culture

Japan- A Country Study Created by the Library of Congress, this site is basically an online encyclopedia about Japanese history and culture. Each of the many links leads to a short essay about a particular topic.

Guide to Japan This site offers a hypertext history of Japan, information about sports with related links, a wealth of infornation about food including recipes, descriptions of Japanese traditions with accompanying links and similar articles about religion, travel, politics, tourism, current crafts and news.

Anime Web Turnpike This is an exhaustive list of links to all things related to Anime and and Manga

Kabuki for Everyone This site uses videos and graphics to present Kabuki theatre including videos of recent plays, audio of Kabuki sounds, and articles on Kabuki's history, summaries and explanations of major plays, and an index of Kabuki related books & movies.

The Tokyo Food Page The Tokyo Food Page is a complete guide to Japanese cuisine and eating in Tokyo with recipes, culinary travel, and information on authentic Japanese delicacies.

Tokyo Disneyland Visit Disneyland in English or Japanese.