MFLA is compiling resources world language educators may find useful as they continue to teach remotely in this unique situation. To start, we’ve posted resources that encourage us to focus on our mental health and that of our students.
Tolerance.org page about teaching through Coronavirus (has lots of articles and resources): https://www.tolerance.org/the-moment/march-19-2020-teaching-through-coronavirus
- Self-Care for Educators and Students from Breathe4Change: https://www.breathe4change.com/ (currently on their homepage)
- Educator well-being from Breathe4Change: https://www.breathe4change.com/educators–schools.html
- Stop, Breathe Think – not much on their website but tons of resources on the app
- Insight Timer – great free website/app for adults and kids (kids page: https://insighttimer.com/meditation-topics/children)
- 25 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children and Teens (+Tips!): https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/
- Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak: https://www.mindful.org/free-mindfulness-resources-for-calm-during-covid-outbreak/
- 10 apps to help you deal with stress and anxiety during COVID-19 outbreak: https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/10-apps-to-help-you-deal-with-stress-and-anxiety-during-covid-19-outbreak/
- A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus (tolerance.org): https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/a-trauma-informed-approach-to-teaching-through-coronavirus
- A trauma-informed approach to teaching through coronavirus — for students everywhere, online or not (Washington Post): https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/03/26/trauma-informed-approach-teaching-through-coronavirus-students-everywhere-online-or-not/
- The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching (Edutopia): https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-and-why-trauma-informed-teaching
- A crash course on trauma-informed teaching: https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/trauma-informed-teaching/
- Free course – Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools: https://store.starr.org/Course/view/trauma-informed-resilient-schools
PD for Educators
These organizations are providing webinars on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning remotely.
- ACTFL Webinars
- EMC Publishing
- National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
- Vista Higher Learning
- Wayside Publishing
- Distance Learning Matrix – Jessica Haxhi: Comprehensive Matrix of low-tech to high tech distance learning activities across the 5Cs.
- Continuum of Support Framework – Leslie Grahn: How to support language learning from low to high levels of on-line learning.
- Choice Boards for Young Language Learners – Leslie Grahn: Ideas for any language, includes tech and non-tech strategies.
- Language Choice Practice Board: Check out this example of a practice board that you could share with students.
- EdPuzzle: A way to add questions to videos. This is a great way to engage students with authentic resources.
- Flipgrid: Great way for students to share what they learned in a short timed video.
- Google Forms: These can be used for Do Nows, exit tickets, and homework assignments. For homework assignments, they can be used as quizzes. These forms can be designed with an answer key so that, when students click ¨submit¨, they get immediate feedback. There is a drawback: There is no support for accented characters.
- QTALK Story Maker: Resource for creating customizable story boards
- Pear Deck: It is very similar to NearPod. Users can design vocabulary assessments as well as incorporate interactive slides into Google Slides.
- Screencastify: It is an extension on Google Chrome that can be used to narrate presentations of vocabulary, and to present grammar concepts via the PACE model.
- Screencast-o-matic: Similar to Screencastify, allows you to capture your screen and add voice narration.
- Seesaw: Assign activities to students that can include videos, presentational writing, labeling and describing photos, etc. Great students of all ages and easy to set up and access.
Audio & Video Resources
- Audio Lingua: Authentic recordings in 13 available languages. Can be filtered according to proficiency level (attention: These are European proficiency levels, such as A1, B1, C1, etc. A = novice; B = intermediate; C = advanced).
- FluentKey: Videos with embedded comprehension questions, in a variety of languages, by proficiency level Some videos are authentic resources.
- Pachas en Peru: Over 100 free videos about Peru, with interviews in Spanish, and some linked activities.
- Salsa: Great for early language learners, developed by PBS. Traditional folktales retold with puppets, not from the target culture, but all in Spanish.