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Spell checking

Students writing essays for language courses frequently feel the need to spell check their work before turning it in. Although not all language faculty may agree on whether providing spelling and grammar checking options to students is necessary, students do have many tools at their disposal to turn in their best work.Ipad

Foreign Language Films

Abrazos rotos There are times when your Library or Media Center may not have a particular foreign film for your course or their collection may not meet your course needs. Although it may be possible to get some titles via interlibrary loan or show them in class via Netflix, if you need to purchase the DVD, you can look through online databases such as IMDB to see what's available.

Foreign Language TV

broadcast

Many L2 students like to watch TV broadcasts from the country they are studying as a way to immerse themselves in the target culture while staying on top of world news. Often times this experience helps them understand biases in the way events are reported in their own country and what constitutes 'news' around the world.

Audio recording online

audio podcastAudio recordings are an easy way to get students to practice a foreign language. In years past students would record themselves using cassettes that would then be reviewed and graded by the instructor. A cumbersome process to say the least. Thanks to improved online tools, this process has been simplified to the point that all you really need is a cellphone or a computer with a mic. It's that simple.

Online translation tools

Babel

The ability to translate any page on the Internet into a language that we understand is a worthy cause and many companies are trying to devise tools to facilitate this process. Recently, Meedan, a nonprofit social technology company, has released a tool to provide machine translation of Arabic/English texts.

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