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  1. 1. Language resources on the web<br />Laura Wilson<br />Reference Librarian <br />Framingham State College<br />April 14, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Mango Languages <br />Subscription based, access through the Library<br />BBC / MIT / FSI<br />Access course materials free<br />Google Translate / Babel Fish<br />Translate text <br />Project Gutenberg and LibriVox<br />Online e-books and audio books<br />Second Life and Skype<br />Chat with native speakers<br />Where can I go to learn or practice a language online for free?<br />
  3. 3. Online foreign language courses – subscription based<br />Access through the Whittemore Library<br />Trial period<br />Two levels of courses – basic & “complete”<br />Practice listening, reading and speaking<br />Need computer speakers / headphones and microphone<br />Also need Java and Adobe Flash installed<br />Commonly studied languages and lesser-known languages<br />Spanish, French, Italian, Urdu, Tagalog, Pashto<br />ESL courses <br />Mango Languages<br />
  4. 4. Free!<br />Audio and video courses for 7 languages<br />12 week courses in 4 languages<br />Get a certificate at the end!<br />Basic vocabulary for many other languages<br />Some culture information<br /><br />BBC Languages<br />
  5. 5. Courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute<br />Text (vocabulary) & audio (pronunciation)<br />Many languages, some have more materials than others<br />A little confusing, but can offer good supplementary materials to another language course <br /><br />FSI Language Courses<br />
  6. 6. Course materials from MIT published for free on the web<br />No login or registration required <br />Undergraduate and graduate courses<br />PDF documents (textbook excerpts, handouts), MP3 files (listening comprehension), lecture notes from the professor, suggested texts for further study<br /><br />MIT Open Courseware<br />
  7. 7. Google Translate<br />Translates text, webpage, documents<br />Over 60 languages available<br />Translator Toolkit <br />Take large amounts of “pre-translated” text, invite others to edit and perfect the text<br />Babel Fish (Yahoo)<br />Translate text or webpage<br />Add Babel Fish to Yahoo Toolbar in your browser<br />Highlight and click text, translate immediately<br />Add Babel Fish directly to your own website<br />Users can easily translate to their own language<br />Google Translate / Babel Fish<br />
  8. 8. Project Gutenberg<br />Free e-books (public domain)<br />Many foreign language titles<br />Search by language in advance search<br /><br />LibriVox<br />Free audiobooks (public domain)<br />Many foreign language titles<br />Search by language under “more” search options<br /><br />Combine an e-book from PG with an audiobook from LV. Read and listen at the<br /> same time!<br />Project Gutenberg / LibriVox<br />
  9. 9. Skype<br />Practice with native speakers for free<br />Need Skype account<br />Instant message, chat via microphone, or video chat via webcam<br /><br />Skype language forum<br /><br />Site hosted by Dickinson College in PA, dedicated to language exchanges via Skype<br />
  10. 10. 3D virtual world (video game)<br />Go anywhere on the virtual planet, connect with native speakers<br />Text or voice chat<br /><br />Direct links to language-friendly locations in Second Life (need SL account)<br /><br />Second Life<br />
  11. 11. Watch TV <br /><br /><br /><br />Listen to the radio<br /><br />Podcasts<br /><br />iTunes<br />ebooks / Audiobooks from your local library<br />Minuteman Network offers several ebooks and audiobooks dedicated to language learning<br />What else?<br /><ul><li> Need a library card to borrow ebooks:</li></ul><br />