Veinte Mundos

Veinte Mundos is a free, online webzine which provides articles, audio, videos and photos on a topic. These articles can used “as is” or adapted for use with your classes in a variety of ways, as long as you make sure the input is comprehensible. The name of the webzine is based on the fact that Spanish is the official language of twenty different countries in the world. It has been published monthly online since January 2009 by Lingua Publishing, in association with several journalists in Latin America and Spain.

Syying Lee

Sy-ying Lee is a member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics at National Taipei University. She has written several articles for the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and has co-authored articles with Stephen Krashen. She most often writes about reading and the practice of SSR (Silent Sustained Reading) and how these things impact language development and writing skills. On her website you can find links to her publications. They are very scientific in nature and tend to reference extensive studies that have been done to prove her theories.

Reading A-Z

Reading A-Z is a complete reading program with affordable books, lesson plans, worksheets and assessments to teach leveled reading, phonics, phonemic awareness, alphabet, vocabulary, and comprehension to K-5. These books and materials can be projected on a SmartBoard or something similar and can also be printed and folded into an actual book.

Materials are available in Spanish, French or English but a subscription is required ($89.95 per classroom annually).

German Popular Music

If you are looking for music to use in your German classes, the Goethe Institute has a great site that lists top songs and artists. They have also created some useful worksheets to go along with the songs. The worksheets include the lyrics to the song and some “traditional” exercises, but you can use what you want to and just get rid of the rest! They are written entirely in German so you may also need to make them more comprehensible for your students if you decide to use them.

My personal favourite from the current list is Wir sind wir by Paul van Dyk und Peter Heppner. This song deals with the deep feeling of emotional insecurity that permeated the German society in the early 21st century and there are a lot of things that could be done with it. The video also shows several key clips from German history that would be useful for starting a discussion. All this material AND it’s actually a good song!

Source: Nathan Black, mjTPRS