A new competition launched by an SBS and Community Languages Australia (CLA) partnership is encouraging young Australians to learn a new language.
The competition is open to all CLA students in Australia aged four to 18. CLA is an umbrella body that unites over 1,000 community language schools, providing language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children. CLA students aged four to seven are encouraged to draw a picture that illustrates what learning another language means to them, while the secondary primary and senior categories are to write their responses in language.
For more information, go to: sbs.com.au/nlc
The latest update to Mac operating software sees kotoeri automatically convert hiragana to kanji. Great if you want to type all in kanji, but not so great when we want to type in hiragana for our students. Luckily there is an easy fix. Watch the video to find out how.
You might be familiar with Storybird, where you or your students can create your own story books using lovely works of art.
Well if you are a fan, get comfy with your favourite beverage if you teach German, French, Italian or Spanish, and browse this great wiki where teachers share the Storybirds they have created.
Even if you don’t teach these languages, it is a great source of inspiration!
Tagxedo is a word cloud generator. You can load a file, submit a webpage or enter your own text. Change the colour theme, font, orientation, layout and shape. The more times each word is entered, the larger it appears in the word cloud. Tagxedo word clouds are interactive – mouse over each word and the word pops up. Click on the words and a Google search of that word loads. You can save the completed Tagxedo as an image, or get the link to email, or code to embed in your blog. I recommend you embed this or save the link before you leave the site, otherwise you can’t find your created word clouds within the site.