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Classroom Resources: Websites of Interest



  • provides the URLs for more than 400 websites that are useful for teachers of world languages
  • provides a review of each of the websites listed
  • is divided into three language categories
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Multilingual

The websites listed offer content that includes…

  • classroom activities and materials
  • teaching tools such as graphic organizers and essay maps
  • cultural information
  • online dictionaries, newspapers and magazines
  • radio programs, podcasts, ebooks, songs, films, stories, cartoons
  • virtual museum visits
  • professional resources for world language teachers

The reviews of each website

  • provides a summary of website content
  • indicates who might benefit from using the website
  • describes the degree of difficulty of the material found on the website
  • explains whether or not there is a cost to use the website
  • provides instructions on how to subscribe to the website when pertinent

The AATSP is pleased to highlight these cultivated, quality websites as potential resources of interest to educators of Spanish and Portuguese. The websites may focus specifically on Spanish or Portuguese, or they may be generic in nature and useful to many languages. They have been selected for their rich content, and the AATSP receives no remuneration for linking to these resources. 

Use your browser´s FIND command and the following keywords to navigate this list:  app, art, business, classroom materials, cross-curricular, culture, current events, dictionary, elementary grades, film, free materials, health, heritage learners, jobs, journal, law, language for specific purposes, lesson plans, listening, music, professional resource, reading, student tool, teacher tool, technology, travel, writing.





ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative


The ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative recognizes outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. ACTFL members who have actively engaged their students in using the language beyond the classroom to become globally engaged may seek recognition for their outstanding work by submitting an application online.


Keyword: professional resource


ACTFL Guidelines 2012


Here is the most current version of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading. At this site users can explore by skill or by level, listen to and read samples in English that represent abilities at each of the major proficiency levels.  The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are a description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context. They neither describe how an individual learns a language nor prescribe how an individual should learn a language, and they should not be used for such purposes. They are a tool for only evaluating of functional language ability.


Keyword:  professional resource


ACTFL Mentoring Program


ACTFL's Mentoring Program  is designed to help early career language teachers succeed in their current assignments and learn the skills to be successful long-term in their careers. Mentoring is conducted virtually and mentors and mentees will be matched by needs, skills, and experiences.  To be considered a mentee you must be a new teacher within your first 5 years of teaching. To be considered a mentor you must have completed at least 3 years of teaching. 


Keyword:  professional resource

ACTFL Online Community   

ACTFL´s Online Community invites all language educators and administrators to connect with colleagues, join in discussions, find answers and contribute ideas.

Keyword:  professional resource

ACTFL SmartBrief

Sign up for ACTFL SmartBrief and receive a weekly collection of key articles on language education from hundreds of publications. These articles cover current news, technology and trends. A brief summary of each article is provided with links back to the original sources.

Keyword:  professional resource


ACTFL World Languages 21st Century Skills Meet Technology Infographic

Go to this website to download an infographic from ACTFL matching the 21st Century skills with emerging technologies. These emerging technologies represent some of the tools that can support World Language students as they master 21st century skills.

Keyword:  teacher tool

ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning

The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages create a roadmap to guide learners to develop the ability to communicate effectively and interact in a culturally appropriate manner with multilingual communities at home and around the world.The five goal areas of the Standards establish the link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this ability to be part of local and global communities.


Keyword:  professional resource

Activités - CRDP de l’académie de Dijon

At this site there is a collection of simple line drawings organized by theme: activities, parts of the body, careers, sports, clothing and more. The small drawings are labeled in French, but a click on the small drawing will bring up a caption-free full page drawing which then can be printed, saved as a pdf or zip file.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Activity Library

The Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon (CASLS), a national foreign language resource center, offers this page of descriptions and instructions for several types of speaking activities and techniques: information gap, jigsaw, password, semantic mapping, think-pair-share, Venn diagramming, virginia reel.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Android 4 Schools

This blog provides reviews of Android apps that are appropriate for use in K-12 settings along with some suggestions about how those apps could be used by students, teachers, and school administrators. Most of the content on Android 4 Schools is written by Richard Byrne, an educator.

Keyword:  app

Audio Memos

Audio Memos is a professionally made voice recorder for tablets and smartphones. It is easy to use, with an intuitive interface and full of powerful features such as pause record, pause play, slider, quality control, volume meter, volume boost, volume normalizing, voice activated recording and more.  Audio Memos is available at the iTunes App Store, Amazon Appstore for Android and Google Play.

Keyword:  app

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content

Blendspace is a visual learning platform for teachers and students to organize digital content such as videos, images, links and other files. Built-in search tools allow users to quickly and easily embed content from Google, YouTube, Flickr, Dropbox or a user’s desktop.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Box of Tricks - Technology and Education 

Box of Tricks demonstrates the way technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. José Picardo, author of this blog and website, offers comprehensive descriptions of Internet resources which can help to raise student achievement and participation and motivation. José is the Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Nottingham High School, a secondary school in England, and is interested in the way technology can be used to enhance and transform teaching and learning. 

Keyword:  teacher tool

CALLspot Podcast  

This podcast focuses on computer-assisted language learning (CALL). CALL practitioners and experts talk about teaching and professional development resources as well as the challenges of incorporating technology in language teaching. Listen to this podcast online at the website or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Shannon Sauro, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL, University of Texas at San Antonio, hosts this podcast.

Keyword:  professional resource

CASLS: Improving Language Teaching & Learning

The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon is a national foreign language resource center. CASLS supports foreign language education by creating teaching materials and assessments and offering long-term professional development and K-16 curriculm design. Please see for additional information.

Keyword:  professional resource

Class Cards App Mobile

The Class Cards app allows users to use a randomly generated list of students as an aid for determining which student to call upon, quickly rate the quality of each student's response, view response scores by individual student or an entire class, archive scores to a secure website where you can view class info, print grade sheets, or download the data to import into an Excel spreadsheet, and e-mail scores for all classes or a selected class.  The Class Cards app is available at the iTunes App Store and Google Play and costs $4.99.

Keyword:  app




With this app teachers can give their students encouragement during class as well as choose and customize behaviors that matter the most.  Teachers can also engage parents with ClassDoJo progress reports and instant messaging as well as broadcast reminders to all parents at once.  ClassDoJo is available in the iTunes App store and Google Play.


Keywords:  app, teacher tool Create interactive flash tools / games for education

Russel Tarr, Head of History at the International School of Toulouse, France, is the creator of this website where users can create without charge educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams. There are templates available including Fakebook page, Venn Diagram, Animated Book, Timeline, Jigsaw Diagram and many more. Each template can be saved as a stand-alone HTML file or as a Widget that can be embedded into a blog or wiki - as long as it is non-commercial. However, downloaded HTML files still need to communicate with the ClassTools server and therefore require a computer to have an internet connection. 

Keyword:  teacher tool

CLEAR Newsletter

The Center for Language Education and Research at Michigan State University publishes a newsletter twice a year in the spring and in the fall.  Each issue focuses on a topic of interest for world language teachers.

Keyword:  professional resource

Cool Tools for Schools

Lenva Shearing has compiled this wiki of web 2.0 tools for students and teachers. Included are detailed reviews and download links for presentational, collaborative, research, video, slideshow, audio, image, drawing tools and many more. The tools are listed according to their functions as well as in a very helpful A-Z index of all the tools reviewed on the wiki. 

Keyword:  teacher tool

Connect with Languages


Connect with Languages promotes language learning as well as high quality instructional strategies to create engaged learners.  There are many rich resources at this website including activities that engage students and help integrating technology into world language classrooms.  Jennifer Cornell who works for a school system in Maryland as a Resource Teacher for The Office of World Languages.

Keyword: teacher tool


Copyright issues

This page offers resources to help educators acquire a general understanding of basic copyright issues and problems, especially when dealing with multimedia materials development.

Keyword:  professional resource

Create Hypermedia Learning Units

At this site you can learn about and download FLAn, a free hypermedia text editor that will enable you to attach various types of media (text, audio clips, video clips, GIF animations and web links) to words or phrases in a reading that will help students understand unfamiliar words or phrases. Thom Thibeault, professor at the University of Southern Illinois, is the creator of FLAn.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Create info graphics & online charts is an application that can be used for creating interactive infographics and charts.  Once created, infographics can be saved and shared as pdfs.  Although there is no charge to use, users must register to set up an account. 

Keyword:  teacher tool

Create puzzles and other diversions

At this website you can create and print wordsearches, crossword puzzles and word scrambles. The puzzles created will remain on´s server for only about two months so make sure that you save a copy. This puzzle editor will accept international characters.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Crossword Maker

Crossword Forge is a crossword puzzler compiler for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It supports more than a dozen built-in languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, and allows creation of puzzles that use letters with accents, umlauts and other diacritical marks. Each puzzle can be easily converted into a word search. Puzzles can be viewed on the computer or online in a browser or printed as an pdf.  Crossword Forge costs $49.95.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Digital Wish - Foreign Language Lesson Plans

The Digital Wish website offers a variety of lesson plans for PreK-12 foreign language classrooms. These lessons incorporate technology such as digital photography, podcasting, creating audio and video clips and more.

Keyword:  lesson plans

Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad

Doceri combines screencasting, desktop control, and an interactive whiteboard in one app.  Use this app to create a lesson or presentation, insert images, save and edit projects and record a screencast video to save or share. Doceri will also allow control of the lesson or presentation live with Airplay or through a Mac or PC.  Doceri is available at no cost at the iTunes App Store.

Keyword:  app


Doodlecast Pro


Doodlecast Pro is an app that helps you create presentations on your iPad.  The app allows you to record your voice, to set backgrounds and to import your own images.  Any mistakes can be fixed quickly by using the rewind feature. Doodlecast Pro offers built-in support for sharing via Google Drive, Dropbox, Youtube and e-mail. There is no account signup.  Doodlecast Pro is available on the iTunes Store for $4.99 as well as on Google Play.


Keywords:  app, teacher tool, student tool 




Duolingo offers free online language courses.  There are 13 languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, that English speakers may choose to study.  Extensive written lessons and dictation as well as speaking practice for more advanced users are offered.  Learners progress through skill tree and there is a vocabulary section where learned words can be practiced. It is available on the Web, iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8.1 platforms.


Keyword:  student tool is a free website that offers users tools to make infographics.  To generate an infographic, select a theme, add objects and shapes and text.

Keyword:  teacher tool



Edmodo allows parents, teachers and students to communicate and collaborate by sending messages, sharing photos, setting calendar reminders and much more.  Edmond is available in the iTunes App store and Google Play.


Keywords:  app, teacher tool, student tool


Educreations is an online recordable interactive whiteboard that captures  voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that can be shared online in any web browser or by using the Educreations iPad app.   The iPad app is free and available in the iTunes App Store. Developers are working on a version for Android devices.

Keyword:  app


Embedded Reading

Embedded Reading is a technique created by world language teachers Laurie Clarcq and Michele Whaley. The technique involves scaffolding a reading by creating three or more different versions of the same text. Each version contains more information than the previous one. It also has all previous versions embedded in it. Embedded readings help students to acquire language and provides a framework for improving reading abilities. These readings can be created with fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose.


Keyword: reading


Enchanted Learning

This web site is designed for teachers of students in grades K-3. There are simple crafts, nursery rhymes, coloring book printouts, information and quizzes in Portuguese and Spanish. Some of the topics covered are animals, the body, dictionaries, food and eating, geography, weather, outdoor activities, the house, numbers, people, flags, plants, time, calendar, and tools. A $20 for one year subscription is required in order to have full access to the website with print-friendly pages.

Keyword: elementary grades

Easy Languages          


Easy Languages is a non-profit video project whose goal is to help people learn languages through authentic street interviews. The videos also showcase the street culture of the participating partner countries, through its portrayal of typical, everyday situations. Episodes focus on different topics, and are produced at various locations around the globe. Every Easy Languages video is subtitled in its local language and in English.


Keyword:  listening


Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay. is a website developed by the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English with support from the Verizon Foundation.

Keyword: student tool

eTools for Language Teachers

Canadian French teacher Sylvia Duckworth offers an excellent primer on how to use social media resources in the foreign language classroom. She first defines what each resource is and then explains how to use it to engage and motivate your students.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Explain Everything

The Explain Everything app is an advanced interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool.  Users can import and insert documents, pictures and videos, draw, annotate, move, animate, zoom, pan, record, play to create videos which can then be  exported and shared.  Explain Everything is available at the iTunes App Store and at Google Play for $2.99. 

Keyword:  app


Extempore - The Speaking Practice App 


Extempore is a teacher created platform that can be used to assign simulated conversations and other fluency building speaking activities.  Instructors create the content and provide written or audio feedback.  A built-in, customizable rubric makes for easy grading.  Institutions pay $4.99 per student per year.  There is a free 30-day trial available.


Keyword:  teacher tool


Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB     

This website offers video writing prompts on current topics for all levels. Although the prompts are in English they could be easily used for Spanish or Portuguese classes.  

Keyword: writing  

Film | Story

Film Story is a database of feature films, documentaries and mini-series organized by region portrayed, country of production, historical era, subject matter, and type of film. While the films themselves are not linked to the database, this website offers ideas for films to show about a particular place or time.  If you use film in class to support your curriculum, this website help with your planning.

Keyword: film 

Flash cards, vocabulary memorization and studying games | Quizlet   

 At this free site you can create flashcard sets, set up study groups, see what other materials have been posted in a variety of subjects. The flashcards are presented in five different learning modes: familiarize, learn, test and two games—scatter and space race.

Keyword:  teacher tool



Flashcardlet is a free, easy-to-use flashcard application.  Create your own flashcards or download decks from Quizlet.


Keyword:  student tool 


FLTeach – Foreign Language Teaching Forum

 FLTeach is a listserv for foreign language teachers. Its broad topic is foreign language teaching methods for all levels and all languages. Students in teacher training programs, teachers both new and experienced, administrators, and other professionals interested in any aspect of foreign language teaching participate in often lively online discussions. FLTeach is moderated by Jean LeLoup (US Air Force Academy) and Bob Ponterio (SUNY Cortland).

Keyword:  professional resource

Foreign Language Standards

This is a collection of many state and local foreign language curriculum frameworks complied by Dr. Robert D. Peckham of the University of Tennessee Martin.

Keyword:  professional resource

Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker

Bingo Baker is a free, online program which generates bingo cards. The cards can be printed as pdfs or played online or on the iPad. Bingo Baker was created by Matt Johnson, an undergrad at Washington State University, Vancouver.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Free Technology for Teachers 

The purpose of this blog is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms as well as lesson plans for teaching with technology. Each resource is described in detail along with advice for using the resource in the classroom. Richard Byrne is the author of this blog and a Google Certified Teacher with experience in teaching global studies and English/Language Arts. 

Keyword:  teacher tool

Funny Fake Facebook Walls - The Wall Machine


Users can create fake Facebook walls, complete with posts, photos, relationship status and friendship updates, likes, and events.  There is no charge to use this website.


Keyword:   reading, writing


Games 2 Teach


This website offers a review of popular games, language learning materials for the classroom as well as a manual for teachers on evaluating, designing and implementing game-enhanced activities.  This website was created by Dr. Jonathan Reinhardt (University of Arizona) and Dr. Julie Sykes (University of Oregon) and includes a host of international collaborators.


Keywords:  student tool, teacher tool



GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a full-featured recording studio. This app costs $4.99 and is highly rated by its users.

Keyword:  app

Google World Wonders Project

Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, the Google World Wonders Project brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Videos, photos and in-depth information helps students explore the world wonders from their classrooms just as if they were there. There are 132 heritage sites across 5 continents, including three sites in Brazil (Diamantina, Ouro Preto, Bom Jesus do Congonhas) and several in Mexico (Gulf of California, Mexico City, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Xochimilco, Morelia, Puebla, Zacatecas, Campeche, Guanajuato, San Miguel, Santa Prisca parish church) and in Spain (Mérida, Tárraco, Córdoba, Toledo, Cuenca, Salamanca, Ávila, Cáceres, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Lugo, San Cristóbal de la Laguna). Google offers classroom material-- suggestions of lesson plans, student work sheets and presentations--which may be downloaded free of charge. Google is partnering UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund on this project. 

Keyword: culture 

Graphic Organizers

Here you will find a collection of 38 free graphic organizers which may be downloaded. There is a good variety of organizers including Venn diagrams, time lines, KWL charts. Permission is given to print and copy these pages for classroom use.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Through this wiki Arjana Blazic hopes to bridge different cultures and continents by allowing teachers and students from around the world to share their stories and cultures with others by creating, posting and viewing glogs. This is an open-ended project. Arjana Blazic is a English and German teacher in Zagreb, Croatia.

Keyword: culture 

How Do You Play

Visitors to this website will find game descriptions and instructions for classroom games, icebreakers, team-building games and more.

Keyword:  teacher tool

IALLT | International Association for Language Learning Technology

The International Association for Language Learning Technology was established in 1965 to provide leadership in the development, integration, evaluation and management of instructional technology for the teaching and learning of language, literature and culture. IALLT also produces the IALLT Journal for Language Learning Technology, a peer reviewed academic journal which is online and available without cost.

Keyword:  professional resource

ICDL - International Children’s Digital Library

The goal of the International Children’s Digital Library is to build a collection of books that represents historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. At the ICDL website visitors can find e-books in a variety of languages as well as expansion activities. The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation.

Keyword: reading


Using iFakeText,  students can create fake text message conversations without actually using phones or text messages.  Fake messages can be shared by saving them to a computer, sharing the URL of the fake message, sharing it on social media platforms, or even embedding it in a website or blog.

Keyword: writing

iPhone Text Generator

Use iPhone Text Generator to create screenshots of  fake iPhone or iMessage text message conversations.  Fill in the conversation and choose the type of message (sent or received).  iPhone Text Generator is available for download without charge to the Mac OS.

Keyword: writing 

iRubric:  Home of free rubric tools

iRubric is a  free comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool.

Keyword: teacher tool 


iVoox is a platform where all types of audio topics and genres (radio, podcasts, audiobooks, lectures)can be played, downloaded and shared.  iVoox can be downloaded from the iTunes App store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store.


Keyword:  listening, student tool, teacher tool

K-12 Education & Learning Innovations with Proven Strategies that Work | Edutopia

Edutopia encourages innovation in K-12 schools by focusing on six core learning strategies --project-based learning, integrated studies, comprehensive assessment, social and emotional learning, technology integration and teacher development.  At this website are the resources, research, experts and fellow members who can guide you in implementing these strategies and transforming the learning experience.

Keyword:  professional resource



Kahoot! is a web-based student response system for creating and administering game-like quizzes. Questions, along with answer choices, are projected onto a classroom screen while students submit responses using a personal device. Kids' devices display color and symbol choices only; the actual answer must be viewed on the classroom screen. The game-like atmosphere comes from the use of bright colors, along with suspenseful music. Liveliness in the game or quiz escalates as updated ranks appear on the class scoreboard after each question -- personal points data is sent to each device.


Keyword:  teacher tool



Every Thursday an independent group of educators get together on Twitter to discuss topics of interest to world-language teachers. Use the #langchat and join the conversation.  A live stream of the chat as well as chat archives and additional resources are available on the #langchat resources page of this wiki.

Keyword:  professional resource

Langchat Wiki


This wiki offers a live stream of the Twitter #LangChat weekly discussions.  The archives contain all tweets collected during the weekly #LangChat sessions and the summaries offer an overview of the #LangChat discussion in an orderly fashion.


Keyword:  professional resource


Language Coaching


Amy Lenord uses this blog to share her ideas about coaching students towards becoming true speakers of other languages through authentic, integrated learning experiences, focusing on meaningful language and practicing for proficiency.


Keyword:  professional resource

Language Jobs: Bilingual Jobs

This website describes available bilingual jobs, translator jobs, multilingual vacancies and recruitment which offers students a view of how developing their language skills can help them find jobs in the future.

Keyword:  jobs 

Language Learning & Technology

Language Learning & Technology is a refereed journal for second and foreign language scholars and educators. It is sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawaii and the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University and is published exclusively on the World Wide Web in February, June and October each year. Articles published in this journal report on original research that links second language acquisition theory, previous research to language learning, teaching and testing practices that utilize technology.


Keyword:  journal


Language Magazine – online version

Language Magazine covers current developments in the fields of language, literacy education and communication. It has published works of Stephen Krashen and Eugene E. García as well as other experts in the fields of linguistics and language instruction. Daniel Ward is the publisher/editor of Language Magazine.

Keyword:  journal

The Language Resource Newsletter

The Language Resource Newsletter is published monthly by the National Capital Language Resource Center and offers teaching strategies and insights from research as well as announcements of professional development opportunities for all world language teachers.

Keyword:  professional resource

Language Sensei

This blog shares thoughts about teaching language and integrating technology. New areas of language teaching and new techniques to use in the classroom are also explored.  Language Sensei is written by Colleen Lee-Hayes, a secondary school Japanese language teacher in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada.


Keywords:  professional resource, technology

Legends and Folk Tales

The Department of Defense´s Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers this collection of illustrated folk tales and legends from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and Venezuela. Some are available only in English, while others are narrated in English and Spanish or Portuguese.


Keyword: reading


Lescant Photo Database


The Lescant photo database offers students experience in identifying and analyzing cultural differences that they may encounter when interacting with people from other cultures. Photos are organized by category (language, environment, social organization, context, authority, non-verbal, time), country or city. All of the photos contain a discussion blog where users and visitors are invited to contribute their comments about the pictures and the cultural descriptions.


Keyword: culture 


Lingt Classroom | Speak More

By creating a free account at this website, teachers can create almost any spoken or written exercise--spoken dialogues, dictations, pronunciation practice, oral exams, diagnostics, reading practice, image or video commentary. Students can listen to their teachers’ and their own recordings as many times as they’d like. Foreign music videos, commercials, TV shows can be embedded to stimulate learning with authentic cultural media. 

Keyword:  teacher tool


LinguaFolio® is a portfolio assessment tool designed to help individuals in setting and achieving their goals for learning languages. Students can use LinguaFolio to collect samples of their communicative abilities as well as record intercultural experiences and reflections. There is no charge to use LinguaFolio although registration is requested.

Keyword: student tool

LinguaTechnology | Journal of Technology in Language Learning and Teaching         

LinguaTechnology is a new peer-reviewed  online journal whose goal is to link research on the use of technology in the second/foreign language class to actual classroom experiences as well as to link current teaching practices to research and theory.  For more information visit the journal’s website.

Keyword:  journal

LTC, Language Teachers Collaborate Wiki

LTC, Language Teachers Collaborate is a non-profit wiki created to facilitate collaboration among foreign language teachers everywhere. If you would like to share any idea, resource and/or advice for world language teachers around the planet please request access to this wiki. This wiki is maintained by Diego Ojeda of Evansville High School in Evansville, Wisconsin.

Keyword:  professional resource


This website offers a unique way to improve listening skills. The Lyrics Gaps has YouTube videos of songs in six different languages, accompanied with cloze activities for the lyrics. Users can choose from three levels of difficulty and languages available are English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. 


Keyword: listening


Make Beliefs Comix! Online Educational Comic Generator   


At this website users can create and print comics English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin or Portuguese.  There is a Make Beliefs Comix app that can be download for free on the iTunes App Store.


Keyword:  student tool


Mango Languages 

Mango Languages offers a paid online language learning platform with lessons and courses for learning more than 63 languages.  The lessons are organized, useful (from a language-acquisition perspective), colorful, feature-rich and are comprised of large amounts of learning materials including text and audio.  Mango also offers apps for mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. Like the web platform, these apps provide great features. The apps are free to download and sync with your paid Mango account to keep all your learning materials available in one place.  Online access to all languages through participating public libraries in the United States and Canada, is absolutely free.  Otherwise, unlimited access to all language courses is available for $20 per month.


Keyword:  app, student tool, teacher tool

Mashpedia, the real-time encyclopedia

Mashpedia is a real-time, multimedia and social encyclopedia. Searches for specific topics such as concepts, subjects, personalities, events, places result in a collection of information from a variety of sources--Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Google News, books, blog posts. Teachers will find that Mashpedia is handy tool for creating reading and research tasks for students based upon authentic materials.

Keyword:  teacher tool

National Foreign Language Resource Centers

This website is a portal to the 15 Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at US universities.  These LRCs  provide support to world language educators by offering teaching materials and professional development opportunities. LRCs also conduct research in the area of language learning and develop teaching materials. LRCs are supported by grants under the Title VI of the Higher Education Act.

Keyword:  professional resource


This app allows teachers to use their tablets to manage content on students' tablets or smart phones.  Presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools are combined into one integrated solution.  It is free to use and highly rated by users.  Nearpod may be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store.

Keyword:  app

NCLRC | National Capital Language Resource Center

This website offers impressive resources for all educators interested in foreign languages and cultures. There is information on opportunities for professional development, materials and resources as well as forums and professional listservs to assist the classroom teacher and articles on innovations in world language teaching, learner diversity, and teaching language learning strategies. The Culture Club page shares multicultural and language resources such as exhibits of photos taken in a variety of cultures, a collection of menus and recipes, reviews of books, films and popular songs from a variety of countries and interviews of teenagers in various countries about food, music, fashion, sports and popular trends.


Keyword:  professional resource


NCSSFL - ACTFL Can-Do Statements

Can-Do Statements help language learners identify what they need to do to function at a specific level of proficiency. The statements also help educators plan curriculum, units of instruction, and daily lessons to help learners improve their performance and reach a targeted level of proficiency.  These statements can be downloaded at this website.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Network of Business Language Educators (NOBLE)


NOBLE  is a professional learning community working to better prepare students for the global workplace. It offers resources for business language materials, intercultural competence, and international business education. NOBLE also compiles resources on language study for specific purposes and supports faculty teaching in these areas.


Keyword:  business, language for specific purposes

Newseum | Today´s Front Page 

The Newseum displays the original, unedited front page of daily newspapers anywhere in the world. This site makes it easy to see how various countries or cities are treating an event or story. 

Keyword: reading


The Newspaper Clipping Generator


At this free site users can generate newspaper clippings, a movie clapper board and other stylized text. Text is limited in length, but it is easy to customize the name of the paper, date, headline, story and add images.


Keyword:   reading, writing


Newspapers @ The provides links to thousands of online newspapers from around the world. There is a RSS feed.

Keyword: reading

Olga's Gallery - Online Art Museum


Olga´s Gallery offers a comprehensive collection of more than 10,000 works of art. This online gallery is searchable by artist, country and movement. In addition, the works of art can be searched according to world literature, classical mythology and religious themes.

Keyword: art


Path 2 Proficiency

The Path 2 Proficiency site is designed to be a platform developed by teachers for teachers. This site offers a series of blogs by world language educators providing insights on a variety of topics such as planning, the learning environment, the learning experience, performance and feedback, learning tools, collaboration, and professionalism.

Keyword:  professional resource


PBL in the TL


This blog offers ideas for integrating Project-Based Learning in the world language classroom: example projects, lessons, driving questions, and reflection.


Keyword:  professional resource

Piktochart:  Infographic and Graphic Design for Non-Designers

Piktochart helps users create and share infographics.  There are two plans available:  Forever Free with limited themes and branded Piktochart at no charge or Pro for Education with over a 100 themes, additional graphics and no Piktochart branding at $39.99 per year.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Popplet is an online tool that can be used to capture and organize idea.  It allows users to visualize ideas by brainstorming and creating mind-maps, graphic organizers, timelines and many other forms of visual organization.  Popplet also offers an iPad app available for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Keyword:  app

QR Voice

QR Voice is a free tool that can be used to create QR codes that will play a short audio message when scanned. Type in your message or click on the microphone icon to create your QR code. All messages, whether spoken or written, are limited to 100 characters. QR Voice is available in 40 languages including Spanish andPortuguese. Students can access these messages with a smartphone or other device with a QR code scanner. QR codes can be used to link to videos, slide shows, photos, vocabulary pronunciation practice, homework assignments, individualized help, reminders, listening scavenger hunts, blogs, newspaper articles and more. QR codes can also be created at the following websites: and

Keyword:  teacher tool


This site is a resource for teachers who want to use WebQuests in their classes. QuestGarden offers WebQuest creation tools, step by step guidance through the process of creating a WebQuest as well as the opportunity to copy and modify an existing WebQuest . The original authorship of the modified WebQuest is maintained. QuestGarden also facilitates collaboration among teachers who wish to work together to create WebQuests. There is an extensive library of existing WebQuests available for anyone to use. This site does require a $20 two year subscription although access to the library of WebQuests is available to non-subscribers.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Quia allows users to create educational games, quizzes, class Web pages, and surveys. There is a sharing feature which gives access to thousand of activities and quizzes created by classroom teachers. Quia does have a $49 yearly subscription price. A 30 day free trial is offered.

Keyword:  teacher tool


QuickVoice is a full-featured iPhone/iPad/iPod voice recorder. Record ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings, classes, or entire lectures! This app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

Keyword:  app


Readlang is an online reader which allows users to import text from any website. Once a text is imported, the reader may click on any word for a translation. Any words that needed to be translated are added to a spaced repetition flashcard system which helps the reader learn the new words. Readlang operates with a wide variety of languages including Spanish and Portuguese.

Keyword: reading

ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator

At this site students can create and print an original cartoon in any language. Templates for cartoon formats, backgrounds, people, objects, speech bubbles are provided. is a website developed by the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English with support from the Verizon Foundation.

Keyword: student tool

Reading in a Foreign Language

Reading in a Foreign Language is a refereed journal published online twice a year in April and October by the University of Hawaii. It is an excellent source for the latest developments in the field of foreign language reading. The journal is sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), the University of Hawai‘i College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and the University of Hawai‘i Department of Second Language Studies. There is no subscription fee to readers of the journal.

Keyword:  journal

Resources | CERCLL

The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy at the University of Arizona has created an impressive list of web resources which can be used in teaching and learning languages as well as tools that can be used for creating materials.  There is also a downloadable pdf version with a complete list of the links.

Keyword:  professional resource


Resources and ideas for language teachers


This website was created and is maintained by Neil Jones, an educator from London.  He is interested in the use of technology and incorporating cultural understanding.  The lessons he posts reflect this interest and include videos, listening handouts and PowerPoint presentations.


Keyword:  teacher tool

Rhyming Dictionary: Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc

 A rhyming dictionary is designed to help you find the rhyme for a word.  The online Portuguese and Spanish Rhyming Dictionaries are free to use online.  Students who are working on creative projects such as songs and poems will find these dictionaries very helpful.


Keyword: dictionary



Rich Internet Applications from CLEAR


This website has a chart listing some common classroom scenarios paired with the available Rich Internet Applications that can be used to address these scenarios.  Use this chart when preparing activities for students, when thinking about how to differentiate  classroom activities or for ideas on how to address learning challenges that students may be facing.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning from CLEAR

This website describes the Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning that have been developed by CLEAR. In addition to learning about these applications, users can access available RIA documentation, video tutorials, user forums as well as suggest a RIA to be developed.  These RIA tools have been designed with foreign language learners in mind. They are an invaluable resource in developing  classroom activities and materials, especially in a BYOT environment or under a 1:1 initiative.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Save YouTube - Free Online YouTube Downloader 

At this website you can download YouTube videos to save on your computer. There is no charge for this service and the directions are very clear and easy to follow. The Free YouTube downloader will also download videos to mp3, mpeg, avi, wmv, mov and other formats.

Keyword:  teacher tool


SCOLA, a non-profit educational organization, receives and re-transmits television programming from around the world in native languages. Other language learning content is also offered on Scola´s website. Universities, Colleges, K-12 schools, cable systems, government language schools and individuals use SCOLA content for current news, language study and cultural enhancement. A subscription is required to use Scola programming.

Keyword: listening

Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Resources By Teachers, For Teachers

This website was developed by teachers for teachers and offers a place where educators can share their very best teaching resources. There is a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards. Although resources can be downloaded and shared free of charge, users are required to join Share My Lesson. Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world.

Keyword:  lesson plans


ShowMe allows users to turn their iPads into a personal interactive whiteboard to record voice-over tutorials and share them online.  ShowMe is free and available at the iTunes App Store.

Keyword:  app

Skills for Success in Multinational Business

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has created this wiki to help aspiring young people explore the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they need on their path to becoming the multinational business leaders of the future.

Keyword: student tool

Skype in the classroom

Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and collaborate on projects. The resource section of Skype in the classroom is a huge, shareable library of teaching ideas with videos, links and tips.

Keyword:  teacher tool


SLA-VanPatten | CeLTA Language Learner Training

Dr. Bill VanPatten presented two back-to back 50-minute sessions titled What Everyone Should Know about Second Language Acquisition at the 2013 Michigan World Language Association Conference.  These sessions provided a hands-on and up-to-date refresher course on second language acquisition and its relationship to second language teaching. Michigan State University’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement has divided the two sessions into a series of 6 short videos.  Each video is accompanied by a short pre/post viewing quiz and discussion questions as well as a reading list of recommended resources.  Among the topics addressed are the nature of language (representation and skill), how representation develops, how skill develops, what learners bring to the task of acquisition, why the explicit teaching and learning of language has limited effect on development, as well as other topics. Dr VanPatten is a professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program at Michigan State University as well as the author of many books and articles about second language acquisition.

Keyword:  professional resource

Socrative | Student Response System


Socrative is a student response system that allows teachers to engage their students with a series of educational exercises and games. Student can respond to multiple choice, true/false items and short answer questions.  Answers can be captured in real-time and Socrative canl also aggregate and grade pre-made activities. Socrative is available at the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Windows Store devices.

Keyword:  app

Spanish and Portuguese Review


Spanish and Portuguese Review is a new graduate student journal offered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  Starting in October 2015 submissions of original, unpublished manuscripts on culture, film, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, second language acquisition, translation and other areas related to the study or teaching of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures will be accepted.  Please check the website for author guidelines and information on how to submit.


Keywords:  professional resource, journal



Storybird provides artwork from illustrators and animators to inspire writers to turn those images into stories.

Keyword: writing

Students Abroad


The U.S. State Department has launched a new website and mobile friendly resource that provides a range of vital information related to study abroad. By using clear and useful search options, students, study abroad professionals and parents can locate pertinent information, including webpages dedicated to searching for study abroad country destinations, country-specific visa information, scholarship opportunities, featured study abroad news articles, travel alerts and warnings, as well as links for students who are already abroad.


Keyword:  travel

Super Teacher Tools provides technology tools that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in the classroom. There are a variety of review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools. Review games include Classroom Jeopardy, Speed Match quiz maker, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Board Game. A seating chart generator, group maker, random name generator and countdown timer are offered as classroom management tools. Everything on the website is free.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Style


Tagxedo is an online computer app that turns words into word clouds.  Words vary in size according to how frequently they appear in the body of the text that has been converted to a word cloud.


Keywords:  teacher tool, student tool - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original downloadable educational materials, hard goods and used educational resources. There are lesson plans, activities, exams and quizzes, worksheets, white board activities, PowerPoints and more.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Teacher Training Videos created by Russell Stannard

This website offers an extensive collection of videos explaining to teachers how they can use different technological tools in their teaching.

Keyword:  professional resource

Technology & Language Learning

This blog offers a collection of presentations that demonstrate how technology can be used to engage and motivate students.Topics include the following web tools—mobile apps to learn languages like Duolingo, blogs,Twitter, Google Docs, Google Sites, Ning—as well as integrating content into Blackboard and the use of other Web 2.0 tools.  This blog is maintained by Pilar Munday, professor of Spanish at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

Keyword:  teacher tool



Tecla is an electronic magazine published monthly during the school year by the Consejería de Educación (Embajada de España). Each issue has 3 articles ranging in levels of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Each article has several exercises and activities for practice and extension. Articles and accompanying materials are downloadable in pfd format.

Keyword: reading

Ten Ways to Turn Lessons into Games

At this site Tamara Jones describes ten generic games that can be adapted to suit almost any review lesson and any language. In addition to describing how to prepare any materials needed for the games and how to play the games, Ms. Jones also offers suggested uses for each game.

Keyword:  teacher tool



Textivate is a web application which allows users to automatically create and share a number of interactive browser-based activities based on any text of up to 500 words. Activities can be made public, shareable, private or MySite. MySite activities are designed to be accessed only via a website or domain specified by the contributor. There is no charge to use the textivate website.

Keyword:  teacher tool

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

CARLA’s Virtual Assessment Center (VAC) is a series of web-based learning modules that provides teachers with background information, step-by-step guidance, and many practical resources on developing proficiency-based second language assessments for the classroom.

Keyword:  professional resource


The Comprehensible Classroom


Martina Bex has posted numerous activities, story scripts, assessments, lesson plans and more for the TPRS/CI classroom.


Keyword: professional resource

The FLTmag


FLTMAG is an online magazine about the use of technology in the world language classroom.  Topics covered include emerging technologies, books, classroom projects, institutional initiatives, conference and symposiums and language centers worldwide.  FLTMAG is published quarterly by the Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) at the University of Colorado.  There is no charge to access issues of the FLTMAG.


Keyword:  professional resource


Tools for Formative Assessment


This is a pdf describing 60 tools for formative assessments, techniques to check for understanding and processing activities.  K. Lambert of OCPS Curriculum Services (Levy County Schools in Florida) complied this list of valuable tools.


Keyword:  teacher tool


Top 100 Language Blogs 2010

At this site you will find the top 100 Language Blogs for 2010. This blog competition is hosted annually by and Lexiophiles. The topics of these outstanding language blogs include language learning, language teaching, language technology and language professionals.

Keyword:  professional resource

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to organize information logically by creating venn diagrams that contain three overlapping circles.

Keyword: student tool


Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction

This website offers more than 460 illustrations that can be used to have students support instructional describe objects and people or entire events and situations. The illustrations are drawn with details that are sure to amuse students and stimulate conversations. Alec Sarkas is the artist of all the illustrations.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Vocabulary activities

More than 20 activities to help students learn vocabulary are described at this website. Although this site was created for English teachers, many of these activities could be adapted for the language student. This web site is produced by the British Council with content and editorial support from the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Vocabulary Man | Aquinas Grammar  


Inside each body part of the vocabulary man is a vocabulary learning or review activity.  A long list of suggested activities for the Vocabulary Man can be found at  Vocabulary Man  was created by Mrs. Kim Rhodes, Spanish teacher at Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA.

Keyword:  teacher tool


Vocaroo | Online voice recorder

Vocaroo is a free, online audio recording app. It does require the use of a computer microphone,  Messages can be shared with others via email, QR codes or embedded in a webpage. Vocaroo does not allow for the creations of login accounts.  Therefore, no work can be saved or edited.

Keyword:  app


The VoiceThread application allows users to create and share dynamic conversations using documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos. Participants in the conversation can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. This app is available for Mac and PC.  Users can purchase a K-12 subscription at $79 per year for 50 students.  There is a VoiceThread Mobile App that allows iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch users to create, comment, edit, and share VoiceThreads. This app is free and is available in the iTunes App store.

Keyword: app

Voki for education

This is a new website for teachers who wish to use vokis in their instruction. A voki is a computer generated avatar that can speak. The Voki for education site offers help in creating a voki and suggestions for using vokis in the classroom. There is also a discussion forum and a lesson plan database.


Keyword:  teacher tool



Web2 - 4 Language Teachers - iPad apps

In her wiki Kristyn Paul has grouped iPad apps according to task types--white boards/presentations, voice recorders, podcasting, voice + writing/drawing, voice + video, speaking, story makers, and more.  She has a brief description of what the apps can do, how much they cost, what age they are appropriate for, how useful they are and how easy they are to use.

Keyword:  app

WeSpeke | Free online network to learn and practice languages                          


WeSpeke is a global online platform designed for language and cultural exchange. By using WeSpeke, learners can build language skills conversing with native speakers by way of text chat, audio chat and video. WeSpeke brings individual users together based on complementary language interests and common life interests. (e.g. travel, books, music, food, sports, etc.).  WeSpeke was founded in 2010 by Mike Elchik and Dr. Jaime Carbonell, Director the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  There is no charge to use WeSpeke.


Keyword:  student tool


Word Reference

What makes this online dictionary outstanding are the language forums linked to the dictionary entries. Native speakers from around the world participate in these forums and are excellent sources of information.

Keyword: dictionary

WordItOut - Generate word clouds

WordItOut is a tool that can be used to generate word clouds. There are many custom settings that you can use to make your word clouds unique. WordItOut is free to use. No sign up is required.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle is a tool that can be used to create word clouds from text that you provide. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes and you can print your images. There is no charge to use Wordle.

Keyword:  teacher tool


World Digital Library


The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, with support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world.  The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.


Keyword:  culture


This is a wiki where teachers can share resources with each other. Most of the resources are links to Internet sites.

Keyword:  teacher tool

The World in panoramic

This website was developed with the idea of creating a virtual space where anybody can upload their photographs in panoramic format and relate them to the place where they were taken. Many of these shots were taken in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. Unfortunately, the search function does not work well. Instead, click on the authors at the top of the page and browse through the list of more than 600 photographers.

Keyword: culture 

World Maps – Geography online games

This website has a wealth of map activities about countries, regions, cities, rivers and bays. There are several levels of difficulty for these activities: Tutorial, Beginner, Intermediate and Expert. Once a player masters the Expert level, he or she may continue on to the Explorer, Geographer or Cartographer levels. Games are played by clicking on correct locations, matching capital with country names or dragging countries on to a map. 

Keyword: student tool


Zamzar offers free online file conversion. Songs, videos, images and documents can be converted into dozens of different file formats. One of the most valuable services is that Zamzar can convert YouTube videos into a format that will allow downloading and saving to a desktop.

Keyword:  teacher tool  




BBC Brasil


This is the Portuguese language site for the BBC World News service with focus upon Brazil and Portugal. RSS feed is available. 


Keyword: current events


BBC - Languages – Portuguese

At this site there are links to Portuguese Quick Fix (essential phrases in Portuguese), Talk Portuguese (an introduction to the language in ten short parts with slide shows and video clips set in Portugal and Brazil and useful phrases with sound and quizzes) and the opportunity to subscribe to the monthly BBC Languages newsletter which features current highlights from the Languages site.

Keyword: student tool

Best Portuguese Web Sites

Jim Becker, Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, has created an extensive collection of annotated Portuguese web resources.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Café Brasil podcast                       é Brasil  



This weekly podcast covers a wide range of subjects along with lots of music. Each episode is about 25 minutes in length and provides entertaining listening practice for intermediate and advanced students. Listen to this podcast online at the website or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.


Keyword: listening





ClicaBrasil offers a series of lessons for intermediate-level students of Portuguese. Aspects of Brazilian culture are highlighted by lesson topics and by the use of videos of Brazilians from all walks of life talking about their lives, their country, and their numerous activities. All lessons integrate reading, writing, listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, oral communication, and cultural activities, using the videos and PDF files as points of departure.


Keyword: classroom materials

Conversa Brasileira

Conversa Brasileira offers a compilation of brief video clips in which Brazilians talk about a whole series of different topics, everything from hobbies to shopping for friends who are going to visit. Each video offers closed captioning and PDF notes, transcripts and translations as well as a user discussion blog. This site provides listening practice for intermediate and advanced students of Portuguese. Listen to this podcast online at the website or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

Keyword: listening

Free eBooks for your iPad, smartphone or eBook reader

Matthew McClintock maintains this site which offers 27,035 free ebooks in 35 languages. Many of these ebooks are from 2003 Project Gutenberg. There are 372 titles available in Portuguese. This site has a RSS feed.

Keyword: reading

Jornal de Notícias         


This is a Portuguese news site with articles, videos, editorials, and more. This news site provides authentic material for in class or out of class work for intermediate to advanced language learners.


Keyword:  current events


Learn Portuguese | Conjuguemos is an online workbook which stores practice activities such as verb conjugation, vocabulary and grammar graded activities, flashcards, crosswords, worksheets and other printable resources. Teachers can create their own activities and quizzes.

Keyword:  teacher tool


LibriVox´s goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. Several Portuguese books have been recorded. To find these, go to and click on the advanced search and select Portuguese as the search option. These Portuguese recordings are also available as free podcasts on iTunes. Go to the iTunes Store and search for LibriVox Portuguese. 

Keyword: listening

Língua da gente


Língua de gente is a new Portuguese podcast series launched by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas.  Nearly 50 audio lessons are available, including the lesson audio, dialogue audio and dialogue transcripts and translations.  Each lesson includes a brief dialogue based on a common situation that might be encountered in the Lusophone world.  In addition to the free podcast lessons, COERLL has partnered with to provide Língua da gente materials for the tablet or mobile device. The COERLL lessons are free, but with a subscription to, learners will receive additional resources for mobile learning (e.g. lesson exercises and flashcards).  Go to a for more information.


Keyword:  listening


Lingro: The coolest dictionary known to hombre!

At Lingro users can enter a website address to make all the words on that web page clickable. Clicking on an unknown word will open a translation of the word. Lingro´s dictionaries are available in eleven languages, including Portuguese. Lingro also creates a list of websites visited as well as a personal word list which provides content for a flashcard game.

Keyword: dictionary

Português Língua Estrangeira e Segunda

This group is for all persons interested in promoting the teaching of Portuguese as a second language. The language of the group is Portuguese.

Keyword:  professional resource

Portuguese Language News and Magazines

This website of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology libraries offers an extensive collection of links to electronic journals, newspapers and magazines in Portuguese. 

Keyword: reading

Portuguese Word of the Day

Register for free and Bitesized Languages will e-mail you a Portuguese word of the day with an example sentence. You may also choose to receive your word of the day via Twitter or RSS feed.

Keyword:  student tool

Rádio ONU

This is the Portuguese language site for United Nations Radio. Each story can be listened to online or downloaded and saved. RSS feed is available.

Keyword: listening

Realia Resources | Portuguese

This is a collection of 29 pieces of realia collected in Lisbon, Portugal in October 2010. This collection can be downloaded into a zip file.

Keyword:  teacher tool

Tá Falado

This website offers 46 podcast lessons that cover the pronunciation and grammar of Portuguese and are specifically designed to help those who already speak Spanish. The lessons are built around dialogs performed by two Portuguese speakers. These dialogs are repeated in Spanish, thereby providing a direct comparison of the two languages. All lessons include downloadable PDF files with the transcripts and notes, mp3 audio files, and blog discussions. All of the dialogs present cultural scenarios that illustrate differences between North American and Brazilian culture. 

Keyword: classroom materials

TareasPlus em Portugues    

TareasPlus offers high-quality math, science, business, technology and language instructional videos in Spanish. At present there are more than 1130 videos available. Many of these videos may be used without a fee.  There is a TareasPlus app available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Keyword: cross-curricular

Verbix – conjugate Portuguese verbs 


The goal of Verbix, an independent non-profit organization, is to promote and protect linguistic diversity. This site offers free verb conjugations for hundreds of languages, ranging from national and international languages to regional and even extinct languages.

Keyword: student tool






9letras is a blog by Alberto Albarca Fillet of Huesca, Spain.  Alberto shares his free elementary Spanish resources along with a huge number of printable activities for young learners.


Keyword:  elementary grades


A Green Mouse


This  website was created in 2012 and shares French and Spanish video resources and language practice for children.  The resources include French and Spanish stories, grammar, topics and activities aimed at children at beginner and intermediate levels.  There is no charge to the website and it also has its own youtube channel at


Keyword:  elementary grades, classroom materials

A Media Voz: Spanish Poetry Website

This website offers access to a comprehensive selection of poems from Spanish and Latin American poets as well as Spanish translations of major poets from other countries. The poems are indexed by poet name and in many cases there is an audio file available, often of the poet reading his or her poem. 


Keyword: reading


Abanico Internacional | Sitio para comunicarnos en español y explorar las culturas de los hispanohablantes


Abanico Internacional is a blog dedicated to the exchanges of ideas and resources about the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.  The blog is organized according to the six AP themes and essential questions.  Students are encouraged to interact with  each other by commenting on resources.  This blog is maintained by Dr. Amy E. Gregory of the University of Tennessee.

Keyword: classroom materials Noticias de España y del mundo 


This site offers ABC news from Spain and around the world in Spanish.


Keyword: current events



The University of Kansas Collaborative Digital Spanish Project Acceso is an interactive curriculum for intermediate-level learners of Spanish. The materials on this site are provided freely to the public and are supplemented by an online workbook as well as detailed lesson plans, rubrics for the evaluation of student work, and reliable instruments for measuring student progress and learning outcomes.

Keyword: classroom materials

Acti / España: Revista de Auxiliares de Conversación

Acti/España is an annual publication of the Conserjería de Educación that offers  a collection of engaging classroom activities appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.  Each issue has 6 activities for each level of student.  Activities and accompanying materials are available for download in pdf format.  Recently the URL for this website has not been active.  You can find pdf copies of Acti/España to download by doing a Google search.

Keyword: classroom materials


Actividades Infantiles y Educacion Preescolar en Primera Escuela


Primera Escuela offers engaging pre-school activities and materials in Spanish. There are worksheets, pages to color, puzzles, games, stories and more, all covering a wide range of topics from art appreciation to transportation and all directed at pre-school children ages 2 to 6 years old. Most of these resources can be downloaded without charge.

Keyword: elementary grades

Advanced Spanish Worksheets & Resources for Teachers and Students | Free Spanish Learning Resources


This website offers a comprehensive  collection of practice activities appropriate for AP and advanced students arranged by skill and topic.  Open Exam and Schoolshape are the publishers of this website.


Keyword:  student tool, teacher tool


America Reads Spanish 2.0

The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds (FGEE) have developed the campaign America Reads Spanish, aimed to increase the use and reading of Spanish through the thousands of libraries, schools and book stores of the US. At the America Reads Spanish website you can learn about recently published books, listen to interviews with authors and hear Hispanic celebrities discuss reading in Spanish in the U.S. as well as sign up for the free America Reads Spanish newsletter.

Keyword: reading 

Anthology of Spanish Poetry

More than 25 poets from the 13th through the 19th centuries are represented in this collection of Spanish poetry. The poems are listed chronologically by author and alphabetically by the first line. After each poem there is information on the rhyme and number of syllables per line to help the reader appreciate some of the technical aspects of Spanish poetry. Also there are guidelines describing assonance and how to count the number of syllables in a line of poetry as well as with practice activities.

Keyword: reading

Aprende español callejeando por Madrid

This Spanish-language blog provides an excellent source of short, authentic reading material by focusing on signs in Madrid.  The signs that share a common theme are grouped into sets and each set is accompanied by a discussion of the linguistic and cultural information illustrated.    Marisa Cornado, instructor at Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Madrid-Goya, created and maintains this blog.

Keyword: reading

Aprender español con delearte   


This website offers a variety of activities covering cultural information, grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary and listening.  Short videos as well readings giving additional information supplement the activities.


Keyword:  student tool


Aprendemos juntos

This website has a variety of resources for students and teachers:  listening and reading exercises, cultural readings, links to vocabulary activities, grammar lessons, videos, games, links to other resources and more.

Keyword: classroom materials


ARASAAC Graphic Resources


This website offers a number of Creative Commons clipart items made available by courtesy of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports of the Aragonese Government.


Keyword:  classroom materials 

 Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape 


The Library of Congress has launched an online selection of recordings from its "Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape," a series of over 700 audio recordings from renowned poets and prose writers in their native languages. Thirty-two different countries are represented in the 50 new digitized recordings that were previously only available on site at the library.


Keyword:  listening



Audiria offers free daily podcasts which are organized into the following channels: beginners, songs, grammar, culture, pictures, books, press, short scenes, daily scenes, TV, radio, movies, history, art, and Don Quijote. The podcasts are also grouped by levels of difficulty and each podcast has a script which may be downloaded as well as exercises and activities. Audiria has a RSS feed.


Keyword: listening


Aula de El Mundo


This web page is part of Spain´s El Mundo newspaper website Here you can find several láminas covering a wide range of topics. A lámina is a graphic with text used to illustrate or offer additional information about a news story. These láminas can be downloaded and used for authentic thematic readings.


Keyword: reading


Aula Intercultural


Aula Intercultural is a website for Spanish language learners that promotes interculturality and appreciation of and respect for multiculturalism.  Here educators can learn about good practices, access materials, and stay up-to-date with the latest news about multiculturalism in Spain.


Keyword:  classroom materials, teacher tool

Authentic Spanish Language and Pedagogy http:/

Authentic Spanish Language and Pedagogy offers a collection of videos of native Spanish speakers. The videos are grouped by level and topic and are appropriate for novice to advanced level students. This blog has been created by Karen Schairer and Benning Tieke, professors at Northern Arizona University.

Keyword: listening


Ayudas gráficas


Here you will find a collection of 37 free graphic organizers with student directions and graphic organizer text in Spanish. There is a good variety of organizers including Venn diagrams, time lines, KWL charts. Permission is given to download, print and copy these pages for classroom use.


Keyword:  teacher tool



Laura García and Álvaro Mediavilla, teachers from Spain, founded Bablingua to create videos that showcase Spain and that are interesting and understandable for a student learning Spanish. Each video comes with activities to help with lesson planning, a forum for exchanging ideas with other teachers and vocabulary cards to use to reinforce the words learned. Videos may be purchased by opening a school account for $325 per year which offers unlimited access to all current materials. In addition, individuals may purchase these resources with prices ranging from as little as $1 for an Icebreaker video (1 to 8 minutes in length on a variety of topics designed to accommodate different learning levels) to as much as $35 for the DVD-Teacher’s Book package.

Keyword: classroom materials

BBC Mundo | Estudio Abierto

BBC Estudio Abierto offers a collection of interactive interviews with noted personalities. Listeners are invited to participate in the interviews via online chat. There are extensive archives of past interviews from Estudio Abierto and Estudio 834, the name of this program before it became interactive. These interviews are appropriate listening practice for intermediate high to advanced students.

Keyword: listening

BBC – Languages – El Mensual

El Mensual is a free intermediate audio magazine which incorporates reports from BBC Mundo plus other materials. All reports can be browsed by topic or language focus (vocabulary, functions, parts of speech). Many of the articles are accompanied by vocabulary, quizzes and/or audio clips.

Keyword: listening

BBC – Languages – Spanish

At this site there are links to Spanish Quick Fix (essential phrases in Spanish), Talk Spanish (an introduction to the language in ten short parts with slide shows and video clips and useful phrases with sound and quizzes), the opportunity to subscribe to the monthly BBC Languages newsletter which features current highlights from the Languages site and more.

Keyword: student tool

BBC Mundo

This is the Spanish language site for the BBC World News service with focus upon Spain and Latin America. RSS feed is available.

Keyword: current events


BBC Primary Languages

This website has short lessons with audio as well as games where children ages 5-11 can learn some basic language in Spanish.

Keyword:  elementary grades

Best Spanish Websites 


Jim Becker, Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, has created an extensive collection of annotated Spanish web resources.


Keyword:  teacher tool

Biblioteca Babab            


This website features articles, music, poetry, and literature. TheBiblioteca Babab on the site has downloadable texts in PDF format of Spanish and Latin American authors.


Keyword:  culture

Biblioteca virtual de teatro infantil juvenil


This website offers plays as well as essays and articles about the theater and education. The works available here are suitable for young students and can be downloaded. There is no charge to use this website.

Keyword: elementary grades

Bilbao Turismo – Ayuntamiento de Bilbao

Planning a trip to Bilbao? Find everything you need at this website to plan a perfect trip. 


Keyword:  travel


Blog de Noticias

This site offers a variety of interesting blogs in Spanish:  Blog de noticias, Ciencia curiosa, El Viralero, Guía para estudiantes, Lengua viva, La Historia pendiente and Pulso USA.  Of particular interest is the Lengua viva blog with detailed word of the day entries by members of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española.

Keyword: classroom materials


Blog | Spanish en casa

Spanish en casa offers short, engaging readings.  There are also grammatical explanations with practice exercises and some short videos. This blog has been created and is maintained by Diana, a Spanish as a second language teacher and textbook author from Barcelona. 

Keyword:  culture

BrainPOP Español

BrainPOP offers a collection of short animated films in Spanish about natural sciences, math, social studies, English, Spanish, tecnology, health art and music. These films can be used with individuals or groups to introduce new themes, explain difficult concepts or review material previously presented. Each film includes activities such as worksheets, lesson plans, experiments, mental maps. BrainPOP is a paid subscription service, but you can register for a 5 day free trial to explore it. Subscripition rates range from $150 per year for a single user to $825 per year for school-wide use.  There is also a BrainPOP Español app available at the iTunes App Store and Google Play. 


Keyword:  cross-curricular


Caminos de Seferad

At Caminos de Seferad, visitors will find information about the history, culture and heritage of the Jews in Spain displayed in maps and timelines. The Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters, a non profit public association with the goal of protecting the Sephardic heritage in Spain, has collaborated with Google to produce this interactive multimedia experience. Visitors can opt to explore this site in Spanish or in English.

Keyword: culture 

CAPL: Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon


CAPL is a free, online, non-commercial visual glossary of authentic photos for language and cultural instruction. There are more than 3000 photos from Spain and Latin America. These pictures may be viewed, downloaded, linked, manipulated, copied, displayed, and redistributed free of charge for educational, non-commercial purposes as specified by the Creative Commons license . CAPL @ should be cited as the source.


Keyword:  teacher tool


Caramba Kids


Sing and learn in English and Spanish! Caramba Kids is a new and innovative education program based on the music of José Luis Orozco, renowned bilingual educator. Award-winning experts in animation, music, technology and early childhood development who are committed to the development of exciting educational content for children 8 and under are the developers of Caramba Kids. This website offers in English and Spanish activities (Buenos días, Diez deditos, El abecdario, Mónica, Baile de los colores, ¡Sí se puede!) with printed lyrics, information for parents and information for teachers that can be downloaded. In addition, there are links to Orozco´s materials for sale on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby.  The songs for sale range in price from .99 for individual songs downloadable from iTunes up to $11.99 for albums from Amazon or CD Baby.

Keyword: elementary grades

Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España  


This is the official site of the Spanish royal family offering detailed information about the members of the royal family and their activities.


Keyword: culture 


Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain   

This site offers a detailed history and description of the Cuevas de Altamira.

Keyword: culture


Centro Virtual Cervantes


Centro Virtual Cervantes is a website created and maintained by the Instituto Cervantes in Spain. This site has materials and activities for teachers and students of Spanish. Click on Pasatiempos de Rayuela ( to find more than a thousand interactive games and activities organized by level of difficulty. Centro Virtual Cervantes has a RSS feed. 

Keyword: classroom materials

Children´s Books Forever

At this website there are free children’s books in various languages. The books can be used on an interactive whiteboard, power point, overhead projector, on iPads and other devices or on classroom computers as well as downloaded in pdf format. and are wonderful for expanding your classroom library. New books are being added regularly so be sure to check the website often.

Keyword: reading

Children´s Tales

Children's Tales is a universal iPad/iPod app which contains a selection of illustrated books and comics for children in Spanish and in 5 other languages. Some books are free; others may be purchased within the app. The books and comics are appropriate for children ages 3 to 9 years.

Keyword:  app

Chillola: Website with Language Resources for Young Children

Chillola gives children all over the world the opportunity to explore foreign languages and learn about different countries, cultures, and people. Playful illustrations, real life pictures, native speakers and sounds captures children’s interests and creates a fun, learning environment. Children enjoy learning through games and activities, as they play along. There is no charge to use Chillola and materials are available in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish.

Keyword: elementary grades

Cine con clase

Short clips taken from Spanish films can be downloaded from this site for use in the classroom. A script, bilingual vocabulary, written activities and additional cultural information are available for each clip This website is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia and the Center for the Liberal Arts at the University of Virginia.

Keyword: film 

Cinergía: Critical Resource for Spanish and Latin American Film

Cinergía is a website dedicated to the study of Spanish, Latin American and Latino cinema, film, movies and media. Each movie file available is composed of three areas: background links and pre-screening questions, comprehension questions and critical approach, still analysis and media literacy questions. Cinergía was created and is maintained by Sophia A. McClennen, associate professor Pennsylvania State University, with the help of scholars and students of Hispanic cinema.

Keyword: film

Clases de conversación de español


Clases de conversación de español offers articles about developing and using oral activities in the classroom as well as activities using videos and role play.  This site was created and is maintained by Loli Barbazán, an educator from the Universidad de Barcelona.


Keyword:  teacher tool 



ClicClicClic offers interactive stories for young children  The stories are arranged in two groups, one for children ages 3-6 and the other for children ages 6-8.  This site is offered by el Plan Avanza del Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comericio del Gobierno de España.

Keyword: elementary grades

CNN en Español

At this site you can watch the news in Spanish.


Keyword: current events


COERLL’s Heritage Spanish Community website


Despite their growing popularity, Heritage Spanish programs remain underserved by commercial textbook publishers. What that means for teachers of heritage learners is that we are left either to adapt the few published materials that do exist to fit our programs or else to create our own. This community is intended to become a place where you can find and share resources easily. Share your resources (syllabi, activities, lessons, etc.), or information about events with this new community.


Keyword:  heritage learners, professional resource, teacher tool


Coloquialmente:  Online Spanish Slang Dictionary


At this site visitors will find a glossary of colloquial Spanish as spoken in modern Spain.  A short explanation and examples needed to understand its usage and full meaning as well as a description of the social or cultural context is provided for each word or phrase.  This site may include material that is inappropriate for some students as some of the entries contain explicit sexual language.  This site was created and is maintained by Gustavo Sánchez Muñoz.


Keyword:  teacher tool


Conjugador TIP

Conjugador TIP is a free online verb conjugator that aligns with the Nueva gramática de la lengua española, Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española , Diccionario panhispánico de dudas de la Real Academia Española and others. Detailed information is given including models of conjugation, verbs with double conjugation, irregular verbs, defective verbs, irregular participles, spelling changes and more. This conjugator has been created by Rodríguez-Rodríguez, G; Carreras-Riudavets, F; Hernández-Figueroa, Z; (2009). Conjugador de verbos del español TIP is available at

Keyword: student tool

Conjugation Nation Spanish

Conjugation Nation Spanish is an iPad/iPod/iPhone app.  Students review by conjugating verbs with an interactive quiz. The  verb, tense, and pronoun are provided  and  the student must give the correctly conjugated verb. Quizzes are available in sets of 10, 25, and 50 questions. Teachers can customize quizzes by selecting from a list of 501 verbs, 13 tenses, and 6 pronouns. This app costs $2.99 and is available in the iTunes App Store.

Keyword:  app – 24 horas de Radio e Información on-line  is the multimedia web portal of COPE radio—a private commercial radio station in Spain. Listen to international and national news, sports, opinion, blogs and more.

Keyword: listening

Consejerías Exteriores : Publicaciones


Materiales, a publication of the Consejería de Educación en Estados Unidos y Canadá, is dedicated to the theme of multicultural education. Each issue has a variety of activities for novice through ad

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