With globalism on the rise, it is now more important than ever to be able to communicate in different languages. Some of us were exposed to a variety of languages at a young age and learn them with ease, while others might need more intensive study and practice to build confidence.
Here we have provided a list of resources for all things language. Whether you are interested in the study of multilingualism, are trying to learn a language yourself, or are a teacher, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for here.
- ELBES Multilingual Communication: ELBES provides a form for a variety of contributors on a multitude of topics in different media forms. Topics range from multilingual communication, machine translation, and language acquisition.
- International Multilingual Research Journal: Brought to you by Arizona State University, this journal is interested in the relationship between culture and language. It can be ordered through the publisher, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Language on the Move: Language on the Move is a fascinating research site exploring the connections between language and all aspects of culture such as identity, globalization, and family issues. The blog is updated regularly with posts in different languages.
- Languages and Multilingualism: Here you will find a list of links to publications that UNESCO has written in the areas of multilingualism. Interesting topics have been published in the form of books, articles, and documents.
- Multilingual Living: This fun, informative site is dedicated to helping parents who are raising children in a multilingual home. It offers a magazine, email updates, and a forum.
- National Association for Bilingual Education: NABE provides a place for educators, parents, researchers, and students to learn, share, and contribute to the study of multilingualism. Along with a journal, they also conduct research, encourage advocacy, and host conferences.
Teaching Foreign Languages
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: The ACTFL is an organization that promotes the teaching of all languages at all levels across the board. They host conventions, webinars, conferences, and several publications.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe: This is one of the most popular resources for individuals teaching English overseas. There are lesson plan ideas, a massive job board, and forums for teachers to exchange ideas.
- ESL Teacher Resources: Brought to you by Purdue University, this is a collection of links to different language teaching organizations and teaching resources.
- ESL Teacher’s Board: ESL teachers and students need look no further. Skim through lesson plans, post your resume, or contribute to threads on a variety of topics.
- Foreign Language Lesson Plans and Resources: California State University Northridge provides an extensive, helpful list of links for language teachers. The section on lesson plans and activities is substantial.
- Resources for Language Teachers: SUNY Cortland has provided a massive list of useful resources for teaching languages. Teacher-provided information, ESL help, dictionaries, and language-specific links are all on offer.
Learning Foreign Languages
- A Few Brief Suggestions on Studying a Foreign Language: Columbia University provides a few tips on language acquisition on this page.
- BBC’s Languages: Brought to you by the U.K.’s leading news source, this site offers audio and video lessons in French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, Greek, and Portuguese. You can also choose to receive an RSS feed with a word or phrase of the day or take advantage of helpful phrases in over 30 languages.
- ELanguageSchool: This site is a great start for people interested in learning the basics of one of the 10 most common languages, including Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish among others. You can take advantage of the history facts, practice conversations, and receive grammar help.
- Fluent in 3 Months: Benny is an Irish blogger who moves to a new country every three months to learn a new language. Along with documenting his journey, he offers lots of tips and tricks he picks up along the way.
- Live Mocha: Live Mocha is basically a free Rosetta Stone with interactive lessons for numerous languages. The best part is the option to make friends learning your language and practice speaking with them via chat or voice.
- Omniglot: Omniglot provides advice on the writing structures of different languages, tips on language learning, and a few handy phrases in a variety of languages.
Learning a Specific Language
- Chinese Learner: Broken up into segments, choose your area of interest by writing, pronunciation, speaking, grammar, or reading. This site also provides Chinese songs along with accompanying lyrics.
- Deutsch-Lernen.com: Learn German for free on Deutsch-Lernen.com. The site provides free beginning and advanced lessons, or you can take a test to evaluate your skills.
- FrenchAssistant.com: This free site provides users with a chance to follow courses based on beginner, intermediate, and advanced speaking levels. If you wish to take advantage of the sound option, the cost is $16 per three months.
- Learn Japanese Free: This site is divided into 10 basic lessons, 13 intermediate, and 3 other levels of increasing difficulty. While studying, you can take a break by listening to a few of their Japanese songs to aid your learning.
- Let’s Learn Korean: This site is geared toward those planning on working in South Korea as English teachers. Aside from the basics, it offers situation-specific keywords and phrases such as, “in the airport,” “at the post office,” and “at the beauty parlor.”
- SpanishDict: For those intermediate Spanish speakers, SpanishDict has a massive English/Spanish dictionary, along with examples and different forms of use. The most helpful is the conjugation for all the verbs listed after the definition.
- StudySpanish.com: This is an excellent site for self-study. You can use the suggested lessons and quizzes or jump right to any grammatical areas you’re having problems with.