Day of the Dead in Detroit 2013: Detroit
Institute of Arts • Run
of the Dead • Southwest
The Alley Project: Vía de
los Muertos • Web Activity
This page was designed to be a jumping off point for Middle
School and High School folks, teachers and students alike, who are exploring the
Web as part of their language-learning. Internet-based sources are fabulously
rich, but they are just a beginning, a Punto de Partida or Point de
Départ for larger interactions within a learning environment.
What you will find here are:
- French and Spanish language websites to explore including thematically
organized authentic links for French and Spanish
- French and Spanish language search engines and portals/web guides
- Link collections to support other language study
- Rich art links in English, French and Spanish
- Web-based activities and resources on technology implementation
- Access to professional organizations and journals, software information
and consulting services
Teacher & Consultant
Please e-mail me with good URLs
or if you have problems with those included here. Thanks. Gracias. Merci.
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- The corps links of the site really haven't been
updated in ages but I don't actively update this site very often - except
around Day of the Dead. Below you'll find the organizational principles that
I used to organize the work. - Joanna (10/26/13)
Not a hint of Web 2.0!
- Welcome to Web 1.0. No kidding. I'm not against Web 2.0
technology and use blogs, podcasts and RSS feeds as part of my teaching and
daily life, but that is not the focus of this website.
Otherwise, same old, same old...
Still Featuring: No "Educational" Links, However...
- I've worked on adding new links and culling out the ones that don't
work anymore or whose content has shifted. As for this site, there
haven't been any structural changes since the last revision.
- Both the French and Spanish collections have been updated. As
always, my goal is to provide a choice selection of authentic links to
support language learning. The fewer, the better. As I've said, my vision
for Casa is that it should only present those outstanding sites that can't
be missed, or showcase commonly-used sites in the context of meaningful new
- Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration but it does make for a catchy title.
What I am trying to do is move even further away from websites that use the
web exclusively for delivery. What do I mean? If there are activities - even
really good ones - that are designed to teach language, but could work just
as well offline without live Internet content, I'm leaving them out. Don't
get me wrong; there are many excellent websites out there with
engaging, useful activities. It's just not my niche.
- P.S. My kids are Quizlet.com addicts.
- You will continue to find icons on every link to distinguish between
resources, student activities, tools and teacher resources. See the legend
- Outstanding site
- A special find
- Authentic or other useful site that could be the basis of an
- Link collection
- Lesson plans
- Outstanding model of technology use
- Pedagogical discussion
- Search engine or other tool
- These sites highlight my current favorite
links. They are authentic French-language and Spanish-language sites
that are wonderful finds. You will find these links identified throughout
the site by star icons.
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I would like to thank Lynda
Milne for excellent design advice and pointers to many useful resources on
the Internet. Thanks also to Dr.
Patricia Baggett, Dr. Carl
Berger, Dr. Jerome Johnston,
Dr. Fred Goodman, Dr.
and Dr. Sandy Dugan for
encouraging me to pursue this work within the context of their classes at the
University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Merci and Gracias to the
folks from CLEAR (Center for Language Education
and Reseach) at Michigan State University, Pat Mosele, Charlene Polio,
Dennie Hoopingarner and India Plough, for allowing me to develop the writing
activities during their summer institutes. (And especially for introducing me to
Terry, Donna, Gretchen, April and the gang.) Many thanks to people who have
passed along useful websites to me, including: Robert Abel, Maria Kourouvasilis
and Bonnie Middeldorf (Grosse Pointe Public Schools), Dr. Eugene Gray and Claire
Bradin (Michigan State University - MACUL
'96), Dr. William Cline and Dr. Sandy Dugan (Eastern Michigan University - MACUL
'98), Cindy Kendall (Williamston High School), and Emily Spinelli and Carol E.
Galvin Flood (University of Michigan & Lahser High School - MFLA
'98) and again to Claire Bradin Siskin
who always has great ideas. Thanks to the Yahoo folks for the new/nuevo/nouveau
gifs. Thanks also to Cindy Kendall for all things technical, always. A final
thanks to my brothers, Dan and Steve, for their technical wizardry, graphical
design assistance, and spider management. And thank YOU for reading the entire
acknowledgement section. You weren't skimming, I hope.
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