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In this nationalities and languages learning exercise, students choose which country or nationality people are based on the description. Students complete 10 problems.
Providing a thorough presentation on the art of written language (and not just English), this slideshow will open your students' eyes to the sociological and linguistic issues surrounding writing systems, both modern and historical. The presentation could be easily broken up into several lecture sessions, and it includes a bibiliography for additional research.
High schoolers explore world geography by completing foreign language art projects. For this German language lesson, students identify Germany and the language that is spoken in the country. High schoolers view images of objects and pronounce them in German before painting a self portrait, labeling their face in German.
High schoolers write, illustrate, and narrate studenT books in German using at least 20 German vocabulary words.
Studying the history, influences, and cognates of the English language, this presentation provides students in linguistics and language classes with several charts of information on cognates from languages around the world. The slideshow compares many common words in English as well as comparing English names with names in other languages. A discussion on English as a global language is interesting and informative as well.
Learners in seventh and eighth grade Introduction to Foreign Language class are introduced the basic greetings, farewells, courtesy words, and basic phrases in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In pairs, they create a very short dialogue in one of these languages.
Designed to accompany An Introduction to Language by Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, and Nina Hyams, this powerpoint addresses a number of language, technological, and sociological topics. The slides could be helpful in either a computer class or in a language/linguistics class.
High schoolers explore issues surrounding language norms, including the distinction between prescriptive and descriptive norms, the differences between norms for spoken English and those for written English, how word meanings change, and whether e-mail and instant messaging are influencing written language.
Students examine the experiences of a Peace Corps volunteer learning to speak Chinese. They read and discuss an essay written by the Peace Corps volunteer, analyze a map of China, and discuss the author's difficulties in learning the language.
Students read an autobiography of a peace corps volunteer studying Chinese. In this cultural acceptance lesson, students compare the dialects of Chinese with English dialects. Students discuss the differences in learning and teaching a language in different cultures and how language acquisition leads to cultural acceptance.
Students, using German language skills, create "intranet" encyclopedia entries about themselves in the year 2040. The include their future accomplishments and trade entries with fellow students. They then translate the autobiographies into English prior to reading the German versions to the class.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Even if you can't speak German now, you'll be fairly accomplished after practicing with the games and words that make up the greater part of this app!
Third graders identify correctly the ingredients of a typical German Butterbrot sandwich by matching pictures and vocabulary, and to identify the proper sequence of directions for making a Butterbrot.
Students use magazine articles to describe the clothing being worn by teenagers. Using their textbooks, they add adjectives to each picture and practice the new vocabulary. They use the internet to create a wardrobe using clothing from German department stores and complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the views of the United States and Germany in regards to culture and clothing.
Explore the history and scope of the English language with this presentation. With discussion points on the roots of English, its various forms around the world, and its status as a global language, this slide show would be a good resource for your linguistics class or any lecture that studies the foundations of the English language. It is based on The Story of English by Robery McCrum, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil.
An overview of the development of English as a global language fills out these slides. Beginning with statistics regarding how much of the world speaks English and to what capacity, a brief history is then given mostly pertaining to WWII and the spread of American English. Interesting points are made, though some references are not explained. Use in addition to a conversation about globalized English and language development. 
Learners reflect on their own language learning experience and interests. They research language learning and brainstorm ideas in preparation for creating brochures on language learning technology.
Students give & follow directions given in Spanish, using oral, written and graphics. They use maps, globes, atlases, and remote sensing, GIS, and GPS to acquire and process information about places.
Learners engage in an activity in order to study the German language. They focus on simple phrases and counting. Students review the phrases and numbers at least three to four times.
Students consider the immensity of the the task the author undertook to learn Chinese. They examine the rigors involved in learning another language-particularly one as notoriously difficult as Chinese and compare aspects of Chinese culture, such as teaching style and treatment of foreigners, with those in the United States.