Other Resources

This section contains a list of additional language resources available from linguacast - affiliated projects / websites.

Language Resource Centre

The Language Resource Centre supports, facilitates and encourages the learning of languages and cross-cultural communication both within the university and in the North East region. The centre is committed to quality provision and service. The centre can make special arrangements with Sixth Forms and F.E. educational establishments to provide access to their students.

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Teacher's Toolkit

Teachers' Toolkit is a resource-bank for teachers. It helps you connect students with cutting edge research being carried out at Newcastle University. The website contains a wealth of material including short interactive exercises, images, videos and full listings for all of the events occurring on campus. All of Linguacasts' Video and Audio resources are available as downloadable storyboards on the Teachers' Toolkit. Having downloaded the storyboard in PowerPoint format then you are free to adapt our resources as you please. This enables you to tailor the resources to your own teaching needs (for example, by inserting deliberate changes in the onscreen text for students to spot, replacing words in speech-bubbles with gaps to be filled; or, changing the language of the video subtitles).

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Universed is a web-based repository of language resources on. This is designed to be more appealing to pupils undertaking homework tasks and features a huge range of materials that will engage an interest in foreign language learning for access in school or at home. These are divided into: videos, blogs, pictures, podcasts and bookmarks. All content is tagged and the ‘tag cloud’ at the bottom allows for easier navigation of the site. Universed was developed as an autonomous learning platform for pupils. Content is brought into Universed from across the internet through RSS feed before being overseen by a team at Newcastle University which verifies that the content is suitable for children and has educational merit before allowing it to go live on the site. We created this site to draw in all those useful videos and many other language learning resources on the internet that are relevant, without housing any content (or claiming copyright or ownership). A reliable homework tool; the Universed website can also be useful in the classroom.

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The M-Lingua pilot project is currently developing a mobile app which will be due for launch in December 2012. The app will be usable across a range of platforms accessible on mobile phones, iPods and iPads.

GOBL (Games Online for Basic Language Learning)

Funded by the European Union, this project aims to provide free access to materials for the development of communicative proficiency in French, Dutch and English through web-based mini-games that support spoken interaction. Educational mini-games are small, self-contained games which focus on well-defined learning topics, which are highly motivating, reusable, and cost-effective. Mini-games are particularly fit for the development of language skills at the lower end of the proficiency scale. Moreover, there is evidence that disadvantaged and low-skilled language learners profit most from such mini-games. Finally, mini-games can be easily and cheaply distributed via the web, which has become a primary source of entertainment, especially for the mentioned groups. This project aims to develop such mini-games in a user-centred way for the teaching of grammar in use, vocabulary and basic communicative skills in French, English and Dutch as a foreign or second language. Learning materials target the A2 level of the CEFR. Dedicated speech recognition technology will be put to use for stimulating speaking practice in Dutch and English.

CLaN (Culture and Languages Network)

Access to CLaN is restricted to Language Learners at Newcastle University and Language Resource Centre users. CLaN provides a wall-gardened social network for language learners so as to facilitate Tandem Language Learning and exchanges both in-person (on campus) and online (via audio and video chatroom facilities).