New and Noteworthy Resources
Voice of America: The Classroom
News stories and timely, topical articles featuring text and video, with lesson plans and interactive activities for English learners at various proficiency levels.
This site is a new resource for adults and Secondary students learning English. There is a half-hour TV Show, with videos available as well, and a variety of print support as well.
Lullabies in many languages
"Languages from the Cradle" is a European Union funded project to collect the lullabies of Europe. Lullabies in the original European languages, with their translations and background will be available here for families, schools and children to use. A wiki space is also available.
PBS has launched a new Web site for K-12 educators, called "PBS Teachers," offering thousands of free lesson plans, teacher professional development opportunities, videos, blogs and more.
Books in 38 Languages for Your Classroom
This new web-based library is building a collection of more than 10,000 books in at least 100 languages and is freely available to children around the world. The library currently has over 1,500 children's books in 38 languages. Users of the site can choose among 11 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, Filipino/Tagalog, French, German, Hebrew, Farsi, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai) in which to read the navigation and search options.
Institute for Language and Education Policy
The Institute for Language and Education Policy is a newly formed, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting research-based policies in serving English and heritage language learners. The Institute is comprised of teachers, administrators, researchers, professors, students, and others who believe that the time for advocacy is now, and that in an era of misguided "accountability" measures, high-stakes testing, cutbacks in school funding, and English-only activism, strong advocacy for children is essential. Scientific knowledge about what works – not ideology or political expedience – must guide language and education policy.