Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages

Resources for Teaching Linguistics

The Linguist List—Teaching and Learning Area.
This site provides information about language and linguistics pedagogy. Offers links for faculty to linguistics courses and syllabi, exercises and teaching aids, resources for teaching and learning ESL/EFL/TESOL, and language learning software.  Includes a comprehensive Student Portal.

Linguistic Society of America.
The society’s mission is to advance the scientific study of language.  Provides student resources; interactive LSA resources such as blogs, wikis, and other social media; publications; and other linguistic resources.

Cyberling Blog.
 Information about cyberinfrastructure and data sharing in linguistics and language sciences.  Free and open to everyone.

The Web of Language.
DennisBaron’s go-to site for language in the news.  Offers articles of interest to linguistics faculty and students.

Center for the Enhancement of Linguistics Student Research (CELSR).

MSU Linguistics Section of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages.

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Resources for Teaching German

German Teaching Resources (American Association of Teachers of German).
Offers a large database of online resources for teaching German (GROW), including Web activities and exercises, thematic units, projects, and free online courses.  Also links to books, magazines, newspapers, radio, and TV for teaching German.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching).
Type German into their searchable database for over 200 annotated links to materials for teaching German such as pronunciation and vocabulary guides and other online resources.  See also the World Languages portal.

The Goethe-Institut.
This institute from the Federal Republic of Germany promotes the study of the German language abroad and provides information on its culture, society and politics. Offers teaching materials, services, and training workshops for teachers of German.

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Resources for Teaching Russian

Russnet (American Councils for International Education with partial funding from the Ford Foundation).
A Russian Language resource center with services and products such as Language Learning Modules and numerous links to Internet sites with online Russian teaching materials.

Resource Center for Teachers of Russian. A comprehensive resource for teaching Russian with materials by aspect and level, syllabi, teaching tips, tests, and links to other relevant sites.

Russian for Heritage Learners (National Capital Language Resource Center, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the Center for Applied Linguistics).
This site links to Russian for Russians, with eight units plus additional audio texts, and also to bi-weekly Russian webcasts and other teaching materials.

Russian Language Mentor.
This is a self-paced language maintenance and development curriculum intended for intermediate to advanced Russian language learners.  Tools include reading, listening, and grammar modules plus such other features as crossword puzzles and over 500 audio clips with transcripts and translations.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching).
For access to numerous links for teaching Russian, type Russian into their searchable database.  Materials include vocabulary, webcasts, films, and an online tutorial.  See also the World Languages portal.

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Resources for Teaching Asian Languages

MIT OpenCourseWare.
Syllabi, course materials, assignments, and assessment for numerous courses in Chinese and Japanese language and literature, plus other Asian cultures and literatures and Asian American Studies.

Asian Languages and Cultures at Michigan State University.
Links to MSU’s studies of Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean and Less Commonly Taught Languages.


Marjorie Chan's ChinaLinks (Ohio State University).
Annotated links to over 600 China-and Chinese language and linguistics-related websites. Well-organized with a Table of Contents and divisions by topics.

Integrated Chinese (IC) Home Page (University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature).
Chinese language teaching materials for teachers and students that emphasize all four language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—and make use of Internet resources. Also offers links to other Chinese and related sites.

nciku—Online English Chinese Chinese/English Dictionary.
Provides dictionary and tools for learning Chinese Mandarin online.


Japanese Program at MSU.
Homepage to information and materials for students and teachers, including syllabi, examples of student work, photos, and other links.


Hindi Language at MSU.


Korean Language at MSU.

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Resources for Teaching African Languages

African Languages at MSU.
Homepage to the African Languages section.  Provides links to the three main
African languages taught at MSU—Arabic, Hausa, and Swahili—plus other useful resources such as links for international radios in many languages (in the Hausa section). 

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Resources for Teaching Middle Eastern Languages

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at MSU.
Links for programs and materials in Arabic:

Links to programs and materials in Hebrew & Israeli language and culture:

American Association of Teachers of Arabic.
Offers links to resources for teaching Arabic, information on Arabic software, online learning sites, organizations, and other materials useful for Arabic educators and students.

Arabic Language Website.
An informative site with material on a wide range of topics, including such areas as Arabic grammar, literature, dialects, phrases, and slang.

Arabic Language—Learning & Teaching Modern Arabic (Arab German Consulting).
Provides links to sites with everything from Arab newspapers to Arab music, language, and television. Also offers links to several free online Arabic courses and other teaching resources.

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Resources for Teaching Less Commonly Taught Languages

Less Commonly Taught Languages Program (LCTL) at MSU.
Provides links for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Instructor Resources for Teaching Methods, Materials, References, Lessons and Textbooks.

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Michigan State University Resources in Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages

MSU Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages.
This home page offers links to MSU’s programs in Linguistics, TESOL, German, Russian, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University.
Homepage to the Title VI National Undergraduate Resource Center at MSU.

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Michigan State University Resources in Language Learning

MSU's Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).
This Center develops and implements programs and instruction to support language learners and teachers at all levels and in all languages taught at MSU. The Teaching Resources section provides links to many online resources for language educators.

MSU Office of Study Abroad

Sociolinguistics Lab at MSU.

Language Acquisition Lab at MSU.

The Language Learning Center at MSU.
Provides media resources, including audio, video, and software, to support language learning and teaching at MSU.

Center for Language Education and Research, CLEAR (U.S. Department of Education Title VI Language Resource Center at Michigan State University).
This Center is dedicated to promoting and supporting the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the U.S.  Offers many free products for the foreign language classroom such as CD-ROMs, downloadable instructional guides, and videos.  The CLEAR newsletter, published spring and fall online, has articles on current topics in foreign language teaching.
Here is one of the resources offered by CLEAR.  See the CLEAR website for an annotated list of all the materials they offer:

MIMEA, Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment (Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research).
Offers modules free of charge for language learning, practice, and assessment.  Modules are based on video clips and include interactive exercises.

Links to the Fifteen Department of Education Title VI Language Resource Centers.
First established at U.S. universities in 1990, Language Resource Centers create language learning materials, offer professional development workshops, and conduct research on foreign language learning.  The Centers offer many resources they have developed for teaching foreign languages from around the world.

MSU Master of Arts Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Resources Page for Teaching English as a Second Language.
Links to journals on language learning and teaching, and other useful sites for teachers such as Ice Breakers and online Listening Texts.

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Teaching Foreign Languages in Higher Education

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
A national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S. Offers webinars, workshops and an online foreign language teaching methods course.

National Capital Language Resource Center.
A joint project of Georgetown University, The George Washington University, and the Center for Applied Linguistics, this Resource Center offers free online language teaching materials such as "The Essentials of Language Teaching," and "Portfolio Assessment Guide." Also provides a Teachers Corner for advice questions, and community; technology for teachers; a newsletter, and much more.

Language Links (Lauren Rosen, University of Wisconsin).
Comprehensive collection of web-based materials for the many languages taught at the University of Wisconsin;  cultural, linguistic, media, and historic information. A rich resource for the university language instructor.

Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New Structures for a Changed World” (Modern Language Association Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages, 2007).
Assessment of the current approach to foreign language education in higher education and recommendations for the future in which the goal is translingual and transcultural competence.

Foreign Language Annals (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
Articles focus on the advancement of foreign language teaching and learning.  Subscription required, but titles and abstracts are available online starting with 1967.

The Language Educator (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
Articles on teaching practices, news, information, and relevant issues for foreign language educators of all languages at all levels. Subscription required.

The Modern Language Journal (National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association).
Articles and columns focus on research and discussion about the learning and teaching of foreign and second languages.

Language Learning and Technology.
A refereed journal for second and foreign language educators published for free on the World Wide Web.  Articles and reviews focus on technology and second language education.

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