The Internet for language teaching and learning


Languages and the Internet
European networks
Activities for the Web
E-mail in language learning
Finding E-mail partners


Languages and the Internet

  • Web Skills for Language Learning
    A booklet produced by the WELL Project and available online, which provides an introduction to the use of the web for new users, whether they are staff or students.
  • A Language Professional’s Guide to the World Wide Web (USA)
    Starting with Internet basics, this extremely useful article, takes the reader through some Web sites of interest to language professionals, examines copyright constraints on using Web data, discusses how to get set up for Webbing, and explains how to create individual Web documents. By Carolyn G. Fidelman of Northeastern University.
  • Exploiting the Internet for Language Teaching and Learning
    A guide through the Web for language teachers from Ros Potapov. Includes On-line dictionaries and translations; Language Testing on-line, Exploiting realia.
  • Foreign Language Teaching Forum (USA)
    Aimed at teachers, trainee teachers, administrators and other professionals interested in foreign language teachers, this service includes Web pages and a highly active e-mail discussion list.
    Basic Internet Tools for Foreign Language Educators
    Choosing and Using Materials for a ‘Net’ Gain in Foreign Language Learning and Instruction
    Enhancing Authentic Language Learning Experiences Through Internet Technology
    The above articles by Jean W. LeLoup and Robert Ponterio (moderators of FLTEACH) focus on the Internet and use of electronic technologies in foreign language teaching.
  • Language Interactive – Language Learning and the Web (USA)
    A trailguide for language teachers with an interest in the application of technology to language learning. The specific focus is on the World Wide Web, but there will be some incidental discussion of other computer-based applications.
  • Schools On-Line Project
    A joint government / industry project to help schools use the Internet, Schools OnLine is supporting the development of materials in two curriculum areas, Science and Modern Languages
  • Windows on the World
    From the Central Bureau, Windows on the World is a database for schools and colleges seeking partner institutions anywhere in the world in order to develop international education projects.

European networks and initiatives

  • European Schoolnet
    The European Schoolnet intends to promote the use of ICT in education at European schools.
  • European Schools Project
    The European Schools Project supports teachers and pupils in participating in the world of Internet-based Computer Mediated Communications and in using the Internet’s Information Resources to improve learning and teaching.

Language teaching activities for the Web

  • Teaching with the Web (USA)
    Teaching with the Web is a compilation of ideas for using WWW resources as a language teaching tool. It also offers links to sites that have pedagogical information.
  • Internet Activities for Foreign Language Classes (USA)
    The web pages of the California Foreign Language Project offer suggestions for using the web as a resource for authentic documents in foreign language classes. They include ideas for software, hardware, using the web in the one computer classroom, suggestions for writing activities using the web, sample lessons, references to 480 web sites useful for foreign language classes, etc.
  • Language Learning Activities for the World Wide Web (USA)
    Suggested activites include: Cooks Corner, Talking Heads (Culture), Virtual Fashion Show, Burning Issues, My Refrigerator’s Empty, Matching Majors, Hometown Magazine
  • Web-Based Activities for Foreign Languages
    The purpose of this page is to showcase some of the creative ideas others have used to incorporate interactive Web exercises into their language pedagogy.
  • Schools Activities Lancaster University
    An example of how resources can be shared using the WWW


  • Using the World Wide Web to integrate Spanish language and culture
    An article in the on-line journal Language Learning & Technology (Vol. 1, No. 2, January 1998), looking at a pilot study investigating the potential role of Internet resources as a means to gain a deeper sense of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world for college students.

E-mail in language learning

  • Setting up an email link
    Pedagogical considerations, practical implications, advice and suggestions for setting up an e-mail project from Schools OnLine.
  • Keypal Opportunities for Students
    Focusing mainly on teaching and learning English via e-mail this site includes an article about how to prepare classes to use e-mail, details of e-mail and Web projects and useful links for students and teachers looking for e-mail partners.
  • E-Mail-Projekte im Deutsch als Fremdsprache-Unterricht
    E-mail projects in the teaching of German as a Foreign Language.

Finding E-mail Partners

  • Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections
    IECC is a free teaching.com service to help teachers link with partners in other cultures and countries for email classroom pen-pal and other project exchanges.
  • International Tandem Network
    In the International Tandem Network, universities and other institutions in many different countries work together to help their students learn languages in tandem (primairly via the Internet).
  • Partner finding
    Including a partnership-finding service for schools throughout Europe and links to other partner finding agencies (from the European Association of Teachers)

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