Need to convert files (audio to video, different video formats, documents, etc.)

see here:  (one place solution)

Do you need to advocate your program, get funding, persuade administrators?   (4 videos; entertaining and informative)

Tools for digital story-telling

1. photostory3 (easy to use; need to download; free)

2.  qwips  (free, account needed,  embedding in social networking sites)

3. voicethread (free, account needed)


University of Huston (sample stories, software recommendations, and more)

Univeristy of California, Berkey, Center for Digital Story-Telling

digital tasks

1. webquest

Free Online Curriculum (good for supplemental learning and students needing extra credit project)

1.    (topics are are suitable for heritage students in the US  and advanced learners.For example, 做义工-Volunteering in the community, 感恩节-Thanksgiving Holiday. Each unit is based off on a scripted dialogue acted out. Contrived, but well enunciated).

2.  (CNTV 中国中央电视台 studying Chinese series. Well-produced multimedia contents and motivating topics. The “Happy Chinese,” “Growing up with Chinese,” and “Survival Chinese” will be excellent self-study materials or to supplement similar themes in a classroom curriculum. )


Commonly adopted for high-schoolers (based on my knowledge and a discussion thread of the ACTFL listserve (credits to contributors Stuward Campbell)

Commonly adopted for College-level learners:

Annotating texts

Yellow Bridge Text Annotation Tool

Google translate:

Annotation tool at

Pinyin tool at

Chinese from simplified to traditional and from traditional to simplified  (the site is very useful, but the embedded ads are distracting. Scroll down to the bottom, you will see the actual input form).

Readability of Authentic Texts

Data visualization tools and shared resources

1. (infographics-visualized information and data are shared at this site. If your lessons/courses deal with content-areas-history, architecture, environmental science, etc., you may find useful and stunning-looking visuals to facilitate schema-activation and discussion.)

Free photos and photos shared under creative commons license

Needs Assessment

Do you know what’s your learning style? 

(take this survey)

Tools for Teaching & Lesson Planning

1. Teachers in action ( 2010 winner)  ( 2009 winner ) ( 2011 winner) (this is not a winner, but interesting and useful videos)

2. Ice-breaker ideas (lots of great icebreaker ideas and team-building activities. divided by number of people in target group. Ideas seem to have been curated and are all quite good. Recommend!)

3.  (body parts, etc. with online audio clips)

4. Caliberated Peer Review (students in a writing class may use this site to conduct guided peer reviews)

5. Build jeopardy games online

6. (pizzaz–creative writing ideas; tongue twisters; discovery games…)

7. (open educational resources)

8. (indeed, it contains many useful things for teaching ESL teaching, but can be adapted for  teaching Chinese)

Designing Tasks and Projects


Building your own corpus and using corpus in teaching

Learner Self-Access Sites

  1. the visual version of wikipedia

Authentic texts that have potential for the classroom

Tech in the Classroom (by Richard Bryne) (International Association for Language Learning Technology )

Professional Organizations and Resources

Assessment (a CAL digest on alternative assessment tools) (create rubrics for projects) Tutorials (Thanks due Marc Battista for mentioning this tool on his blog)  (guidelines for using portforlio-based performance assessment) new

Common European Framework of Reference     and related descriptors   (new)

Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Scale  (new)

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines  (new)

Potential for project-work  (creating ebooks)   (creating audio captions for pictures and embed the captioned pictures in one’s blogs or websites)  (webquest, good format for such projects as web-based research on a particular topic, travel planning, scavenger hunts, etc.)  (good format for such projects as students commenting slides and responding to each other)

Creating your own online interactive exercises and tests  (new!)


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