Virtual Language Laboratory Site created and maintained by - Leigh Ann Thelmadatter


Welcome to the Virtual Language Laboratory! This site is set up to provide guidance to the nearly-infinite variety of resources in the WWW that exist for those who wish to learn a foreign language. The focus will be on providing resources that have been used or reviewed by this wiki's members, stressing those that allow for authentic language practice. This is particularly important and difficult for foreign language learners.

This project started as the website for the ITESM- Campus Toluca lab's site (which still exists at http://llrc.tol.itesm) and was further developed at ITESM-CCM (not available on the WWW). However, the need to easier access to these materials plus the need for quick and easy development and updating for all the languages represented here led to the creation of this site.

You are invited to join this wiki if you are a teaching professional of any foreign/second language. The idea is to have a site created by teachers that will be useful to teachers. No spammers, please.



New Pages Added (in reverse chronological order)

Watt Pad Academic readings for TOEFL iBT http://www.wattpad.com/172884-academic-readings-for-toefl-ibt
UEfAPReading skills for cademic study http://www.uefap.com/reading/readfram.htm
Encomium TOEFL Tips Geared for the TOEFL iBT http://www.encomium.com/toefl-tips?gclid=CNiQ1Z_z8KwCFQpS7Aod-g729Q
English for Phones TOEFLTOEFL quizzes for handheld devices http://www.english4phones.co.uk/toefl/toeflhome.xhtml
Phone EnglishSite designed to be used on cell phones http://www.english-online.org.uk/mobileinfo.htm
TOEFL Tips How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/TOEFL_Tips.pdf
EDSITEment Collection of humanities resources.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Khan Academy - Short 10 minutes lectures mostly about science and mathematics topics http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy
Soccerlingua English - English lessons for soccer/football fans. Available in other languages as well. http://www.soccerlingua.net/en/index.php?page=index.php
Just a Minute - Game show where panelists must talk about a random topic for one minute. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s5dp
Says You! - Game show from Seattle, Washington, USA http://www.saysyou.net/
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me - News broadcasts from National Public Radio (U.S.) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=35
The Guardian Podcasts (U.K.) podcast site from one of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom. http://guardian.podcast.com/
TOEFL TV Youtube channel sponsored by ETS with mini-lessons and advice to prepare for the TOEFL exam http://www.youtube.com/TOEFLtv (English/Standardized Exam Preparation)
The Earth Institute at Columbia University Webby award winner 2009 with videos, articles and more tailored for classroom use http://www.earth.columbia.edu/sections/view/9 (English/Academic)
Fact Check Ed Educational version of the Fact Check website which provides lesson plans designed to get students thinking critically about what they see, hear and read in the media, including the Internet. Provides links to reliable sites for research purposes. Webby Award nominee 2009 http://www.factchecked.org/ (English/Research)
American RadioWorks site with collection of documentaries, mostly dealing with U.S. history and current issues Webby Award nominee http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/ (English/Academic/General Video/Podcasts)
ElectroCity Webby Award nominee for Best Game. Be the mayor of a New Zealand town and manage its power resources http://www.electrocity.co.nz/
Sharkrunners Game Webby Award nominee based on the Discovery Channel TV program. Players become "freelance shark researchers" assigned to track and observe a real-world shark through its online avatar http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/sharkweek/shark-runners/shark-runners.html 13 April 2009 (English/Role-playing games)
WebMD This site has long been used for medical information by laypeople. Good for nontechnical, but still authentic, materials related to health and health issues http://www.webmd.com/ 13 April 2009 (English/Academic)


Resources for Students of:
Resources for Teachers
English
Good Places to Start
Español/Spanish
Publications for Teachers
Français/French
Professional Associations
Deutsch/German
Blogs and Wikis Created by Teachers
日本人/Japanese
Free-use Images and Sounds
Italiano/Italian
Online Teacher Training, Learning Environments and Materials to use for Class
中国人/Mandarin
Networking Sites for Teachers
العربية/Arabic

Nederlands/Dutch

Nahuatl

Português/Portuguese

**русский язык**/Russian



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