World Languages Remote and Digital Learning Center

World Language Wednesdays

3:45-4:45 pm

2020-2021:  Meetup Schedule, Materials and Recordings

 Virtual meetups to support Ohio world language teachers, co-hosted by the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Foreign Language Association and the Actionable Leaders network.

Quick Links to Resources on This Page

Resources for Creating or Searching for Lessons

  • Station Rotation:  How to set up learning stations for remote and in-person teaching at the same time. 
  • ODE Career Connections Page: PBS videos (in English) of careers using world language. Each video includes an activity sheet for middle school and for high school.
  • Choice BoardsSample world language choice board.
    • Set up: Students choose from options across categories, such as:

    • Communication (reading, writing, speaking, listening, signing).

    • Culture (intercultural investigation, interaction and comparison).

    • Language (vocabulary and structures).

    • Sensory (kinesthetic, drawing, music, videos, follow a recipe, build a model).

    • Creation (make a PowerPoint or Venn diagram; make a game on Kahoot or Quizlet; make a video to teach how to do something or show your talent; make a comic strip or story board; plan and cook a cultural dinner menu).
  • Resources from Leslie Grahn: Shared with permission from @grahnforlang. Themes, ideas and resources for distance learning.
  • R.A.F.T. Technique: Students choose their Role, Audience, Format and Topic when writing or creating.  This technique allows student voice and choice in learning.

  • Template for Creating Interpretive Activities:  The ACTFL Appendix D (template) and F (rubric) provide 9 different activities for reading, viewing or listening, for any language. This template can be used with all proficiency levels, and with any video, reading, reader, book or listening resource.

  • Google Arts and Culture:  Students can go around the world to virtually visit museums, artwork, monuments and landmarks. This site has information, history, images, videos, street views and myriad ways for students to engage with the target culture.

  • Nearpod: Teachers can add interactive activities to slides and search for lessons by content.

  • PearDeck: Teachers can add interactive activities to slides and search for Newsela lessons.

  • EdPuzzle:  Teachers can add interactive activities to online or uploaded videos and search for lessons by content.

  • FlipGrid: Students make videos to answer teacher questions, and can respond to other students.

  • Loom: Record your computer screen, sound, voice and face to create video lessons.

  • Screencast-o-matic:  Record your computer screen, sound and voice to create video lessons.

  • Screencastify:  Record your computer screen, sound and voice to create video lessons.
  • Seesaw: Student digital recordings and portfolios and parent communication.

Resources for Multiple Languages, Levels and Topics      

  • MaryGlasgow Plus:  Choose a language, then choose the "NEWS" link at the top of the page. Each article has links at the bottom of the page with a recording and three scaffolded versions.  Search archives at the bottom of the page for twelve months of free scaffolded articles and recordings. No sign-up is needed.

    • ESL, French, German, Spanish.

  • YABLA Interactive Videos: Interactive language videos and language practice.

    • Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Free trial for two weeks.

  • News in Slow: Find leveled news videos and transcripts, activities and video series.

    • French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain and Latin America)

  • Google Arts and Culture:  Virtually visit the world's museums, artwork and landmarks.

    • Each piece of art contains a detailed history of the work and the artist.

  • Lyrics Training:  FInd music videos with karaoke, games and printable lyrics/quizzes. You do not need to sign up to use this site.

    • Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

  • AudioLingua:  Find brief native speaker recordings organized by topic, language and level.

    • Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

  • Audible: Free stories to listen to for all ages.

    • Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

  • ExtraTV:  Humorous video series about an American exchange student.  Videos are found on YouTube and related lessons can be found on EdPuzzle or through Google search.
    • ESL, French, German, Spanish.​​
  • Resources from Leslie Grahn: Shared with permission from @grahnforlang.
    • Themes, ideas and resources for distance learning.
  • Youglish:  Search for youtube videos by individual word.
    • ASL, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.
  • ODE Authentic Resources Lists:  Find cultural resources and websites organized by language and topics.

Arabic, ASL, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin/Greek, Russian, Spanish.

All-Inclusive Sites

  • FL Teach:  Find cultural websites, lessons, TV, radio, news organized by topic and language.

    • Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

  • CALL Resources: Find resources for language and culture, organized by language.

    • Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and more.

  • CARLA Resources:  Find resources for language and culture, organized by language.

    • Arabic, Chinese, Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and general hints for finding resource groups.

  • COERLL Resources:  Find resources for language and culture, organized by language.

    • Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and more.

Additional Lesson Resources by Level or Language

​​elementary resources

  • L2TReC:  Resources for elementary students, organized by language.

  • NNELL 20:  Resources for elementary students, organized by language.

    • Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish.

    • Many of these resources could also be used with older Novice-level students.

  • PBS Learning Media:  Video programs for Novice and younger learners.

    • Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish​
  • Videoele:  Activities for learning Spanish.

american sign language






  •  Italian news, sports, fashion, weather and other cultural topics.


  • Welcome to Japan: Cultural information about Japan from the University of  Pittsburgh.
  • Japanese Teaching Ideas:  Resources for Japanese language and culture activities.
  • Kids Web Japan:  Activities and resources for learning about Japan and Japanese.
  • Stories:  Traditional Japanese children's stories.


Language Practice Sites

  • ConjuguemosLanguage, vocabulary and listening practice activities.

  • Quizlet: Vocabulary flashcards and games. Search or create your own.

  • QUIA: Lessons, quizzes and games.  Search or create your own.

  • Kahoot: Live quiz learning game.

  • DuoLingo: Language learning and practice app. Classroom version available.
  • Gimkit: Live quiz learning game.
  • Quizizz:  Free quiz creator.

Virtual Meetups for Ohio World Language Teachers

Facilitator: Kathy Shelton
     ♦ JOIN using the links in the table below. 
     ♦ Notes from World Language Wednesdays, October 2020-May 2021.

     ♦ Notes and recordings from Spring and Summer 2020.


april 28


Topic: Maximizing the Use of Technology and Applying Lessons Learned from a Year of Remote Learning​
NOTE: This is for ALL content areas. 
Join this meetup to hear from educators in three Ohio school districts about lessons they learned while providing remote learning opportunities over the past year. Presenters will share how they are applying these lessons moving forward to maximize the benefits of technology use. Attendees will have the opportunity to see examples of tools, strategies and practices teachers are using to leverage technology in ways that can be applied across different learning settings. 
 Join here.  


May 5


Topic: OTES 2.0 for World Languages
Information on the OTES 2.0 process for world language teachers, including how to gather "high quality student data" (HQSD), use it to drive instruction and show evidence of its impact on learning, as outlined on the OTES rubric. There will also be time for questions from participants. 
 Join Here.  Password:  LEADERS

May 12


Topic: Program for Student Conversation Practice with Native Speakers
Join us as an Ohio Spanish teacher talks about how she uses the TALK ABROAD program with her students. Students can  connect via video chat with trained, vetted native speakers to practice conversational language. 
 Join Here.


 Summer virtual meetup topics and dates will be 
posted soon!



Virtual Meet-Ups: World Languages and Cultures

The world language and cultures content specialists in the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies are scheduling virtual meet-ups in collaboration with various professional organizations across the state to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. The purpose of the forum is to encourage educators and to give them a platform to network, share, and gain new skills or strategies to help students succeed while learning from home. This aligns with the vision of Ohio Strategic Plan for Education, Each Child, Our Future which focuses on the whole child by empowering teachers to help their students to become resilient lifelong learners who contribute to society. These meet-ups help to facilitate discussions about equitable learning opportunities and practices for each child while partnering with educators and professional organizations to promote quality schools and student success.

The Department will host and publicize the meet-ups in conjunction with guest facilitators who are sponsored by a professional organization. The virtual meet-ups will be scheduled across grade levels and languages as appropriate.



All meetings will follow the suggested norms:
  • Be respectful.
  • Recognize that everyone has expertise.
  • Assume positive intent.
  • Seek clarification in language and ideas.
  • Share experiences.
  • Use the chat feature when you have a question.
  • Mute your microphone when not speaking.


Last Modified: 4/19/2021 2:22:43 PM