Lisa Stevens, a primary language educator and consultant, offers her thoughts on teaching and learning primary languages. There are many thoughtful discussions on best practices and connecting with students. She shares some of her personal experiences, as well, and offers some suggestions and resources.
2. Teaching and Learning Spanish
This resource-rich blog includes tools, videos, publications and other relevant information for those who are either teaching or learning Spanish. Each post includes relevant links and information. There are also lists of resources on the Web. This is a great site for anyone involved in Spanish education!
3. Foreign Language Fun
French and Spanish are the focus of this blog, but the activities could easily be modified to fit your classroom needs. There are numerous suggestions for games, crafts, activities, and study aides that you can use in the class. There are also links to Web resources for apps, videos, puppets, and more.
4. Spanglish Baby
In addition to all the great posts you’ll find here with commentary and ideas for language learning, there are also categories that include Must Reads, The Culture of Food, Daily Learning, Your Story, Ask an Expert, and more. Still can’t find the information you need or the inspiration you’re looking for? The site even offers user forums.
French, Spanish and Japanese are just some of the languages covered on this resource-rich blog. Posts include tips, highlights on particular language lessons, and more. There are links to resources in every posts, and some even include videos and other supporting materials. There is a lot here to help those learning or teaching a foreign language.
A high-school Latin teacher writes this blog, which include “notes, observances, and commentary.” He shares his personal experiences and trials in the classroom, noting what went well and resources that have proven useful along the way.
7. Sans Problemes!
This is a classroom blog that is presented entirely in French, very helpful for practicing your language skills! There are many useful assignments that can be used in your own classroom, or can be modified for another language. Links and resources are included.
8. Souffler – A breath of fresh air
Here’s another blog that focuses on French — though you’ll find that it’s easier to read in English:) The focus is on how you can use music to teach French in the classroom, and there are suggestions for activities and online resources to help you do it.
9. The Languages Resources Blog
This UK blog is written by a teacher of French and Spanish. The focus is on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).
10. Lgb06’s Blog
The person behind this blog is a Spanish teacher, and the blog serves as a forum for sharing classroom experiences and tips, as well as offering thoughtful commentary about teaching practices. Posts cover technology in the classroom, as well as more specific lessons such as gender in language.
11. 123 Teach Me
There are a lot of great resources here for learning Spanish — which can also be used in the Spanish classroom. In addition to the free lessons, there are also games, level tests, a Spanish-English dictionary, and a Spanish text translator. The many links and resources also include a search for Spanish schools or programs, online tutors, a word of the day, and more.
12. Languages and Learning
This blog is written by the Head of Spanish at Grosvenor Grammar School. There is much thoughtful discussion here about best teaching practices. Some notable and interesting recent posts include Teaching Literature, Learning from Others, and Speed Dating in the MFL Classroom.
13. Los Bloguitos
This Spanish blog is written entirely in Spanish — perfect for new learners who want to push themselves. It includes riddles, stories, poetry, drawings, and more. There is a lot of great material here that would be especially useful in a Spanish classroom — especially for young learners.
14. Wanna Jugar with Migo?
This fun blog promises “adventures in Spanish teaching ideas, links and giveaways.” And it offers just that. There are a lot of great ideas here, and the author shares some personal experiences with them.
15. ICT for Language Teachers
Teachers who are interested in ICT can follow this blog for updates and new developments in the use of ICT in the language classroom. There is also information about conferences and other professional development opportunities.
16. Langwitches Blog
Silvia Tolisano, a Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist, writes this thorough and thoughtful blog with her ideas and projects. The blog also includes a podcast and links to relevant articles and videos. Each posts includes a number of useful and interesting links.
17. More Spanish
This blog offers “lesson plans and technology for the classroom.” There are reviews of useful products and tools, as well as anecdotes about how certain lessons or activities have fared in the author’s classroom. There is a lot of great information here that is sure to help any language teacher find new inspiration or figure out how to improve in the classroom.
18. Bilingual Fun
Maestra Jen is a Spanish teacher who also teaches Spanish to her own children. Her blog is full of great ideas for the classroom, as well as links to other useful resources, such as videos, Web sites, and more. Readers are sure to find ideas here for how to make learning languages fun!
19. Montessori Spanish
Gigi is a mother to three children and and a full-time online college professor. Her blog shares her experiences from teaching Spanish using Montessori training, and now teaching her own children through homeschooling. She shares lesson plans, activities, and other inspiration.
20. My Languages
This UK blog is written by IC Jones is a Head of Modern Languages and has training in teaching French, Spanish and German. There are thoughtful discussions here about pedagogy and developments in the teaching of modern languages.
This blog for Belle Vue Girls School offers fun games, activities and lessons that can be used for your own classroom or home practice. There are some posts that are targeted specifically to students in the BVGS class, but there is more than enough here for your own personal use.
22. Maternelle to Moliere
French is the focus of this blog, and the author shares personal experiences, reflections, and — of course — tips and ideas to use in the classroom. The author even shares some primary materials, such as slideshow lessons.
23. All Saints Languages Blog
Here’s another classroom blog that includes lots of great lessons and activities that you can easily co-opt for your own use. French is the focus, but it would be easy enough to adapt the activities to any language classroom.
24. Spanish: Just Another TCPS Site
Elementary and middle-school Spanish are the focus of this blog, and posts share the experiences of the author’s classrooms. It’s another blog with great ideas for your own use!
25. French Teacher
Here’s another blog written entirely in French. The blog author offers up very thoughtful posts about the state of education and French education, in particular. Films and popular culture are also part of the discussion.