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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Foreign Language Resources

Local Suppliers

NewEraLanguagesoffers a language system designed to teach you as naturally and easily as you learn to speak your own languages. A wide variety of International and African languages are available at affordable prices. Email Alan Devenish or contact +27 (11) 802-8610 or +27 (83) 601-7014

International Suppliers

Philips Language Learning System courses consisting of

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

  • Courses range between 1 and 6 levels and are designed for someone who has never heard, seen or spoken the language, up to computer, technical and medical terms, if you so wish.

The courses are available in three different formats,

  • Cassettes and books (all courses)
  • CD Audio and books (all courses)
  • CD-Rom (most courses)
  • FSI Language Courses is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format.
  • Digital Dialects website features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Games use Macromedia Flash Player.

  • Linguata There are versions of Linguata language learningsoftware in a growing range of languages. All teach words and phrases, the building blocks of language, rapidly using entertaining tests and learning games.

  • The Department of Basic Education has introduced Literacy as well as Maths Workbooks for Grades 1 – 6. Soft copies of Workbooks 1 & 2 (Terms 1 – 4) can be downloaded for free at this link.  Languages available:

    • Afrikaans
    • English
    • IsiXhosa
    • IsiZulu
    • Sepedi
    • Sesotho
    • Setswana
    • Siswati
    • Tshivenda
    • Xitsonga
    • Isindebele

I saw these workbooks at the FutureEd Expo & they are stunning. These bright & colourful workbooks would appeal to visual learners.

  • Another good website for learning and practicing language basics isLiteracy Center. Literacy Center offers games for learning and practicing French, Spanish, German, and English.

  • Multilingualbooks Video, audio and software courses to learn over 100 languages. FREE – site contains the world’s largest list of radio stations to listen to in all languages to help you learn your language faster..

English as Additional Language

  • British Council Learn English online with the help of this free website from the British Council with games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises.

    • Learn English Little Kids Do you have a younger brother or sister? Do you teach English to very young learners? Here you can find hundreds of free online and printable activities to use with very young learners of English in the classroom or at home. They will have hours of fun listening to English songs, playing games and making fantastic crafts.

    • Learn English Kids Lots of free games, songs, stories and activities for children – you can have fun and learn English too! You can search for your favourites, or have a look at the Explore section and find out where everything is.

    • The Reading Kingdom is an Ideal Way to Teach English as a Second Language (ESL). It contains the following components: Keyboard & mouse training, Skills survey, Seeing sequences, Letter land, Reading & writing levels 1-5, Progress check & Post session options.

  • Games2LearnEnglish ~ here you can play online free Little Nexeducational games. You will also find free educational material to learn English such as awesome flashcards, ebooks, and English vocabulary lists.

  • The Story of Little Nex ~ FREE interactive learning of languages, casual games and personal tools into a storyline that invites you to explore further.

  • Learn English Online ~ The free EFL / ESL course for beginners

  • ESL: English as a second language ~ ESL go.com’s free English classes: study 45 free online ESL classes

  • English Practise ~ Learn English Online / Free English Learning Resources

  • Activities for ESL Students ~ Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL) This project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) has thousands of contributions by many teachers.

    1 Language.com ~ Fostering global communication through a world auxiliary language.

    • One-stop resource site for learning English and other languages.
    • Relevant, localised information for International students and people.
    • Featured Schools, Language Directory, multi-lingual content and more.
  • TEFL Games.com ~ Free ESL Games & Quiz Corner.
  • MES Games ~ Free Games for students – grammar games, vocabulary games, and phonics programs. I hope you enjoy them!
  • Manythings.org ~ Interesting Things for ESL Students

Afrikaans

  • Reading exercises
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling and vocabulary building
  • Correct pronunciation of Afrikaans words

I received the following information from the agent:

  • They have 2 payment options ~ Either once off up front payment of R4000 or R1000 deposit with R365 per month for one year.

  • More than 3 learners can be loaded.
  • The Afrikaans will take the child all the way up to grade 12 (Matric).

  • Open Languages The Author’s Background: The author is a native Afrikaans speaker. He studied at the University of South Africa and at the University of Pretoria, before coming to the USA, where he started the Afrikaans program at BYU in 1985. Presently the Afrikaans program at BYU is under the direction of Barry Hornabrook, a former South African ambassador. The materials developed for the BYU program are the basis for this Web-based course. The paper-based version of course has been used at several universities in the USA to teach hundreds of students. The goal is that this Web-based version will teach hundreds, if not thousands more. Just in case you are wondering about the hat — it is a true African hat, made in Zimbabwe. ~ This site, in my opionon, is a good source for parents to see what needs to be taught. It also has audio sounds to enhance learning.

  • Eurotalk This one could be a good starting point. Free .pdf file that contains Language Note, Alphabet & Pronunciation, Vocabulary & Afrikaans- English Dictionary

  • Easy Afrikaans is aimed at anyone who wants to start learning the Afrikaans language or just wants to learn a few useful words and phrases before their next visit.

  • Talk-Now–Learn-Afrikaans—Beginning-Level Free demo trial download software.

  • Linguata ~ Learn_Afrikaans Linguata Afrikaans is a software program that gives you the freedom to learn Afrikaans words and phrases in a modern, practical and fun way with an emphasis on rapid vocabulary development. Linguata offers a Free Afrikaans software trial that gives you the freedom to learn Afrikaans words and phrases in a modern, practical and fun way with an emphasis on rapid vocabulary development.

  • Digital Dialects website features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Games use Macromedia Flash Player.

  • Language Quests for Afrikaans Educational Software

  • Multilingualbooks CD-ROM Course for Afrikaans

  • Aramedia World Talk is aimed at intermediate level learners who have already built up some confidence listening to and speaking the language. The interactive games and quizzes will help to further develop fluency and understanding of the language.

  • Byki Free Language Software

  • Languages on the go starts teaching Afrikaans visually with the "Visual-Flash-Card-System"

Play the Video Files on you Computer, Laptop, Ipod Video. This will give you the necessary mental image to associate the new-phonetics-words with. Then, review your learning by listening to mp3 audio files with your mp3 player; Reinforcing your learning.

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  • Digital Dialects website features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Games use Macromedia Flash Player.

  • FSI Language Courses is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format.

Please visit this page frequently as I will be posting regular updates as I find more resources.