Online Materials

TEACHING AND TESTING RESOURCES

Computer Assisted Screening Tool (CAST)

The purpose of the CAST diagnostic screening tool is to:

  • Elicit an adequate speech sample from examinees to assure a reliable floor (or baseline) rating
  • Provide feedback to the examinees on how their proficiency can be improved
  • Estimate examinees likely score on the official ACTFL OPI
  • Provide positive wash back for proficiency-based teaching. With the newly-added “reviewer” interface, the CAST can be effectively used by instructors as a tool to rate their students’ oral production and to increase their own understanding of the criteria by which ACTFL ratings are given.

CAST tests advanced level speaking proficiency in nine languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino (Tagalog), Arabic (Modern Standard), Iraqi Dialect, Persian (Farsi), and English as a Second Language.

The Lesson Plan Generator (LPG)

LARC's Lesson Plan Generator (LPG) is an online curriculum development platform designed to support increased teacher reflection and effectiveness in lesson design and delivery.

The LPG guides users through the process of complete lesson design via Understanding by Design, or "beginning with the end in mind" (Wiggins & McTighe, 1998). Users align their students' performance objectives to ACTFL National Standards and, optionally, California State Standards. The LPG also prompts users to incorporate performance assessments, including interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes, and allows for the creation of assessment rubrics, use of 5-step Lesson Plan structure, and inclusion of attachments and multimedia.

The LPG is an ideal tool for language teaching methods courses, teacher professional development workshops, curriculum modification initiatives, and more.

The Social Media and Language Learning Portal (SMaLL)

SMaLL is the intersection of social media and web technology researchers and practitioners for the world language classroom. Share and review resources, tools, activities, and research projects in order to increase professional development and collaboration in this vital area.

ARABIC ONLINE RESOURCES

Iraqi Arabic Online Language Lessons

View Lesson 1 of the new Iraqi Arabic Online Language Lessons.

View Lesson 1 Here

Audio Recording – Arabic Language Through Dialogue Series (ALTD)

This is the first edition of the “Arabic Language Through Dialogue” 1, 2 and 3 series in addition to the Iraqi Dialect through Dialogue book. The series attempts to make learning of the Arabic language more accessible and enjoyable to non-native speakers of Arabic using dialogues and communicative exercises that relate to the dialogue in each lesson.

The ALDT Listening Practice Website

Arabic Alphabet in Detail

Practice identifying, speaking, and writing the Arabic alphabet.
Start Here

Archived Passage Rating Series (Arabic)

Passage Ratings – Level 1 (Download/ Stream Online)
Passage Ratings – Level 2 (Download / Stream Online)
Passage Ratings – Level 3 (Download / Stream Online)

OTV Interview with Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure

DARI ONLINE RESOURCES

Dari Curriculum

The materials below are available to download and is protected under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. This license allows you to remix, tweak, and build upon the materials non-commercially, as long as you give credit to LARC at SDSU and you license the new creations under the identical terms.

If you are interested in the complete 5-week Intensive Dari curriculum please send an email to afghanistan.larc@gmail.com. Please include your name and institution.

Sample: Week 1 Day 1

Dari Language Learning Game

Dari Permokhtag
Play here

RICL Online Afghan Culture with Language Course

The RICL Afghan Culture with Language Course consists of 22 self-contained 60-minute narrated lessons produced for Reservist Marines throughout the country, but are also available to the general public. The lessons are available online at https://larc.sdsu.edu/afghan-culture-online/, and can also be downloaded on your computer or mobile device as a podcast. You can use this resource in its entirety or take segments from any lesson to fit your classroom needs.

FRENCH ONLINE RESOURCES

Online interactive French civilization course

Within the framework of the French civilization flipped classroom, a set of tools has been designed by LARC to facilitate students’ learning and research tasks. Among these, a full online course including a simplified version of the textbook chapters presents the main civilizational aspects discussed throughout the in-class sessions. It is currently hosted on the Moodle® LARC website both in the PowerPoint and the Articulate Storyline format, which can be read from any device equipped with an Internet browser. It can also be embedded within BlackBoard®.

Presentation: Introduction to the Online interactive French civilization course
View a Sample Chapter - Interactive Course
View a Sample Chapter 8 - Interactive Textbook (click the bottom corner to flip pages)
For more information view the French Language Page

PASHTO ONLINE RESOURCES

Pashto Language Learning Game

Pashto Permokhtag
Play the game

Pashto Writing Practice iPad App

Learn to write in Pashtu with Pashtu Practice!

Pashtu Practice is a Pashtu language handwriting practice app that allows you to practice writing the letters of the Pashtu alphabet with your finger. Simply draw the letter in the green box and press the 'Score My Handwriting' button to find out how well you did.

Each letter also contains audio of the correct pronunciation and three example words, allowing you to not only learn the correct way to write each letter, but also the correct pronunciation and a few vocabulary words as well.
View the app on iTunes

PERSIAN / FARSI ONLINE RESOURCES

The Persian Grammar Project

The grammar guides have been created with the aid and resources available at San Diego State University’s Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) in order to allow Persian language learners the opportunity to build on their learning experience through an interactive, comprehensive, and self-paced online resource, filled with descriptions, examples, audio, and activities.
Go to the Persian Grammar Project website

RICL Online Iran Culture with Language Course

The RICL Iran Culture with Language Course consists of 10 self-contained 60-minute narrated lessons produced for Reservist Marines throughout the country, but are also available to the general public. The lessons are available online at iranlessons.com, and can also be downloaded on your computer or mobile device as a podcast at https://larc.sdsu.edu/iranpodcasts/ or from the iTunes Library. You can use this resource in its entirety or take segments from any lesson to fit your classroom needs.

The Persian Conversation Course

The online Persian/Farsi resources emphasize on conversations in areas such as immediate family, colors, clothing, time, numbers, and the most common features of daily life.
Go to the Persian Online Conversation course

The Shahnameh: Persian Poetry for Language Learners

The Shahnameh is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. This famous poem has been remixed into three versions to accommodate novice, intermediate, and advanced.

SPANISH ONLINE RESOURCES

Las Voces de las Mujeres

In this online resource women from Morelia, Mexico; Xelaju, Guatamala; Donostia, Pais Vasco; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic are recorded answering the same 6 questions. The goal of Las Voces de las Mujeres is to increase Spanish listening comprehension and cultural understanding.

Go to Las Voces de las Mujeres

Literatura de Baja California

Este sitio se ha diseñado y desarrollado con información apta para estudiantes a niveles avanzados y superiores de lectura y análisis de textos auténticos que se originan en ambos estados de Baja California. El uso de los materiales tendrá un impacto en varias disciplinas incluyendo la enseñanza de la cultura fronteriza, la economía, historia y sociología. Servirá también como recurso para los cursos de online distance education (educación a distancia por internet) en estas mismas disciplinas. Los usuarios mejorarán sus habilidades de análisis crítico y explorarán el lenguaje en diferentes registros. Estos materiales se ofrecen gratuitamente, aunque para recibir crédito y obtener acceso al temario en Blackboard, el usuario tendrá que inscribirse en el curso por medio de San Diego State University.

Go to Literatura de Baja California

Human Rights in Latin America

Los Desaparecidos

OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES

Web-based Immersion Kumeyaay Language Lessons

This resource is a multimedia tool for assisting bilingual teachers of the Kumeyaay language in Baja California, Mexico. It consists of multimedia (audio and video) examples for ten immersion language lessons, originally created by the well-known linguist and language activist Dr. Leanne Hinton, in English, which can be adapted for use in teaching any indigenous language. We translated these lessons into Spanish and distributed them to Baja teachers charged with teaching Kumeyaay, in 2012. At the teachers’ request, we created additional multimedia materials to accompany each lesson.

Author

Margaret Field, Ph.D. (website)
SDSU American Indian Studies
Email: mfield@mail.sdsu.edu

RICL Pakistan Culture with Language Course

The RICL Pakistan Culture with Language Course consists of 10 self-contained 60-minute narrated lessons produced for Reservist Marines throughout the country, but are also available to the general public. The lessons are available online at https://larc.sdsu.edu/pakistan-culture-online/. You can use this resource in its entirety or take segments from any lesson to fit your classroom needs.

Russian Through Film

This online resources utilizes clips from Russian films to introduce and practice authentic language samples. View the lessons here.