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Language Teaching Resources:


Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
The Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) strives to promote and support the teaching and learning of foreign languages. The majority of CLEAR's products are available free of charge. This includes web applications for language learning and teaching, CD-ROMs, and a variety of downloadable PDF publications. Some products, such as language learning software, workbooks, and videos, are available for a modest cost. Proceeds from the sale of these products go toward further materials development at CLEAR.
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Facilitating Connections to International Business: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators

Foreign language educators face the challenge of how to facilitate connections of foreign language education to international business. Patricia Ryan Paulsell and Cate Brubaker provide a guide to these educators showing best practice from five leading universities on international business education. The guide also provides the 'stakeholders' strategy to cater needs of the students and parents, the institutional decision makers, and the business community. Opens in PDF format.

Category: Internationalization Resources




Learning Foreign Languages


there are 5,000 active languages in the world


Trouble is that most foreign language courses offer English -to-foreign language lessons.  But, what if you native language is Polish?  To address this problem, many web2.0 sites have sprung up.  See the discussion from TechCrunch:  Learning a language the Web 2.0 way



From a business perspective, English is the number one language in the Second Language Acquisition industry - with 750 million learners according to the British Council.



Mobile language lessons:


Here is a unique company that is using mobile technology to deliver english lessons globally:   Urbanmobile



Languages to learn + tools to use:





daphnee Video app offers a droll approach to learning French

The Daphnée iOS app features actress Anne-Sophie Franck teaching
French in a light and practical way while guiding viewers through the
city of Paris. Each hour-long episode includes a glossary and quiz.




spanish - http://www.speakshop.com/


Miami spanish classes:  http://www.miamispanishclasses.com/






DVD - as used by portuguese school in Brazil



 Portuguese - list of slang





No Wonder English is So Hard to Learn!


  • We polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • A farm can produce produce produce.
  • The dump was so full it had to refuse refuse.
  • The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
  • The present is a good time to present the present.
  • At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum.
  • The dove dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance for the invalid was invalid.
  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • After a number of Novocain injections, my jaw got number.
  • I shed a tear when I saw the tear in my clothes.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  • I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt




Online Language lessons


Language learning online is picking up again. We already have sites like Mango Languages and LiveMocha which offer new interfaces on languages, and often social networking features. LingQ, offers vocabulary and grammar drills. Then in Europe you have FriendsAbroad, VoxSwap and the LearnItLists widget startup. Not to mention italki from China.  So now Babbel, the Berlin-based language learning startup which we wrote about in January and which appeared at our London TechCrunch Pitch! event, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from German investors Kizoo and VC Fonds Berlin.





This site provides detailed lessons and information on vocabulary and phrases, as well as grammar, and includes follow-up practices and exercises for further learning. The languages covered are Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Nearly all the content is free, with the exception of podcasts and other multimedia sessions.


LiveMocha Inc., a Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of online language education, has raised nearly $6 million in Series A funding led by Maveron Equity Partners, according to a regulatory filing. www.livemocha.com





Internet in many languages:


Even among the largely English-speaking base of around 50 million Web users in India today, nearly three-quarters prefer to read in a local language, according to a survey by JuxtConsult, an Indian market research company. Many cannot find the content they are seeking. “There is a huge shortage of local language content,” said Sanjay Tiwari, the chief executive of JuxtConsult.


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Translate/ Translation services online:


Facebook:  taps the community to translate pages for them:




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