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language laboratory faculty resources

Attribute Block Box
Set of 60 plastic blocks packaged in durable plastic sorting tray; 5 shapes (circle, hexagon, equilateral triangle, rectangle, square) in 3 colors (red, yellow, blue), 2 sizes (large pieces average approximately 3¾"; small pieces, 2⅛") and 2 thicknesses (¾" and ⅛"); accompanying Learning by Logic booklet illustrates activities to help teach the concepts of sorting and relationships of order, equivalence and difference; originally designed for use in elementary school mathematics classes, these blocks may be useful in the foreign language classroom for the teaching of vocabulary, colors, comparisons/superlatives, prepositions of location, etc.; a product of the Cuisenaire Co. of America.

Classroom Timers
2 “kitchen timer”-style classroom activity count-down timers

Clocks
3 models available:

  1. Clock Dials: made of cardboard, these 4" clock faces have adjustable hands, large numbers, and clearly marked minutes; excellent for use by small groups (ten available).
  2. Flannel Clock: 15" × 15" clock face printed on 24"h × 18"w flannelboard; includes two red felt strips to be used as hands for the clock (2 available).
  3. Judy Clock: Bright yellow and blue 16" hardboard demonstration clock with metal feet, movable hands, and visible gears (4 available).
  4. Student Clocks: Sets of 12 individual clocks for small-group work (3 sets available).

Contacts 4th Edition — Communicative Support Package
20 overhead transparencies and 10 black-line transparency masters correlated with lessons of Contacts, 4th Edition (Valette and Valette); transcriptions and translations of songs from the Contacts student song cassette; proficiency activities (3 situation cards per unit and 3 situation cards per “Vivre en France”).

Songs

Un Canadien errant Il est né, le divin enfant
Chevaliers de la table ronde Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman
La mère Michel A la claire fontaine
Auprès de ma blonde Il était une bergère
Marche des rois Les feuilles mortes

Cuisenaire Rods
6 sets (1 “jumbo” set, 2 “teacher’s” set and 3 “individual-size” sets) of colored plastic rods of various lengths; “jumbo” set: 154 rods, “teacher’s” set: 56 rods, “individual-size”: 74 rods; associated with the Silent Way method of teaching languages, these rods may be used to 1) illustrate basic structures of a language and/or 2) create/recreate stories, etc.; Cuisenaire rods have been otherwise associated with the teaching of mathematics at the elementary school level since the late 1950s; a product of the Cuisenaire Co. of America.

Cyrano de Bergerac: Lesson Plans
Judy Sugarman & Nancy Ward
Vernon Hills, IL: FilmArobics, Inc. © 1994
32 pages of lesson plans to accompany the study of the film Cyrano de Bergerac; includes overview, advance organizers, comprehension and discussion questions, suggested activities, composition topics; exercises designed to promote oral and written communication.

Destinations 1: Cartes-Eclair
Ontario: Copp Clark Pitman Ltd © 1990
100 flashcards organized under the following headings: animals/birds, clothing, fairy tales, flowers, food, fruit/vegetables, house, maps, objects, people, scenes, sports.

Dice
Eight sets of 10–12 small, plastic dice in pouches and two, larger (1 ¾") foam rubber dice; may be used for verb conjugation games and other classroom activities; larger dice appropriate for demonstration purposes.

Emotions Flash Cards
In such films as Ernest goes to camp, Ernest celebrates Christmas, etc. [note: film titles = approximate!] illustrating 16 basic emotions; identification of emotion printed on reverse of each card in English, French, German and Spanish.

Flash Cards – Assorted
Thirteen sets with 28 vocabulary picture flashcards per set, organized by themes, items listed on back of cards in English, French, German, and Spanish:

Animals
Body parts
Classrooms
Clothing
Family
Food
Snack food
Fruit & vegetables
Household nouns
Kitchen
Professions
Seasons
Transportation

Food Sets
4 sets of plastic food items categorized as “breakfast set,” “lunch set,” “dinner set” and “fruits and vegetables;” also available 101 additional plastic or canned food items. Durable props useful in a variety of vocabulary building and other classroom activites.

La Grammaire en Fiches — Français
© 1992 by Avigail Azoulay-Vicente of M.I.T.
A new concept of grammar conceived as a tool used for self-correction; features 287 boxed flash cards with a grammar question presented on each card; explains rules in a step-by-step fashion in English; most exceptions integrated into rule formulations.

Heath Situation Cards Level One: French, German, Spanish
Lexington: D.C. Heath and Co. © 1992
120 situation cards, each of which focuses on a realistic communicative task; designed to function as a supplement to any first-year French, German or Spanish program; cards sequenced in order of increasing difficulty and complexity of assigned tasks; most cards considered to be at the “novice” to “low-intermediate” levels of the ACTFL Proficiency Scale; instructor’s guide contains indexes of cards arranged by (1) themes and related vocabulary, (2) linguistic functions, (3) grammar structures.

Heath Spanish Situation Cards
Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath © 1990
120 situation cards to be used as an aid to oral skills assessment; each focuses on clearly defined, realistic communicative tasks; designed to function as a supplement to first-year Spanish programs; sequenced in order of increasing difficulty and complexity of assigned tasks; three indexes of the cards available: (1) Index of Themes and Related Vocabulary; (2) Index of Linguistic Functions; (3) Index of Grammar Structures; NOTE: Many cards may be used in other language programs, as the situations are given in English and there are few language-specific references.

Hundred Number Wall Chart
26" × 26" heavy-duty vinyl chart with 100 transparent plastic pockets containing removable 2" × 2" cards showing the numerals 1 to 100; may be used to teach numbers, to do arithmetic, to provide practice with early number concepts (i.e. before, between, more than, less than, etc.); a product of the Cuisenaire Co. of America.

Language Visuals
Sixty 11" × 14" flash cards illustrated in as many as eight different colors; drawings depict the calendar, time, seasons, clothing, colors, numbers, holidays, the classroom, the family and more; multilingual (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) teacher’s guide features model sentences and questions for use with each flash card.

The Massachusetts Hispanic Yellow Pages 1994–1995 (Sus Paginas Amarillas)
© Spanish Publishing Services
682-page telephone directory (yellow pages) in Spanish with listings and advertisements of special interest to Spanish speakers or students of Spanish.

“Mr. Potato Head”
Plastic Mr. Potato Head® by Hasbro Inc. — Complete with one potato body with interchangeable body parts (ears, eyes, mouth, nose, arms, feet) and accessories. Carrying case available. Suggested pedagogical use: means of facilitating acquisition of anatomical vocabulary.

Multi-Lingual Slide Catalog
Thematically-arranged catalogue of slides selected from the Language Lab’s collection of language-specific slide sets; individually these multi-lingual slides bear no language-specific words or signs, no culturally specific monuments; slides may be used with any language program; 27 themes represented.

Natural Language Learning
Harris Winitz, James Reeds, and Paul Garcia
Kansas City, MO: General Linguistics Corporation © 1975
Spanish language learning program that teaches understanding of language by focusing exclusively on listening comprehension; includes 4 volumes of images, each with accompanying audiocassette in Spanish; student is to listen to audiocassette and relate what he/she hears to what he/she sees by marking the appropriate image; Spanish-language script also available.
Total time: approx. 3 hours 42 minutes

Noisemakers
4 noisemakers: 1 reception bell, 1 jingle bell band, 1 wooden clacker, 1 egg shaker instrument. Suggested pedagogical use: in conjunction with group competition-style activities.

El Norte: Lesson Plans
Judy Sugarman & Pat Solano
Vernon Hills, IL: FilmArobics, Inc. © 1994
49 pages of lesson plans to accompany the study of the film El Norte; includes overview, advance organizers, vocabulary and cultural notes, comprehension and discussion questions, suggested activities, composition topics; exercises designed to promote oral and written communication.

photo-op!: Images of World Culture
Dual-platform CD-ROM of printable images from Heinle & Heinle’s Image Resource Bank; includes images of daily life in Spanish-speaking countries as well as cultural landmarks found in these countries.

Photo Verb Flash Cards
Set of 40 color photographs (7" × 7") that illustrate 40 of the most common action verbs usually studied in first-year language courses; infinitive of each verb printed on reverse of each card in English, French, German and Spanish.

Situation Cards For Oral Evaluation: First-Year French, German, Spanish
NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston © 1988
144 situation cards, each of which tests discrete items related to vocabulary, grammatical structures, and/or linguistic functions; designed to function as a supplement to first-year French, German or Spanish programs and as achievement tests, not proficiency tests; most of the cards are considered to be at the “novice” or “intermediate” levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale; cards are indexed by: (1) vocabulary topics, (2) linguistic functions, (3) grammar forms and structure; reference guide available. NOTE: Cards are printed in English.

Situation Cards For Oral Evaluation: Intermediate French, German, Spanish
NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston © 1990
99 situation cards each of which tests discrete items related to vocabulary, grammatical structures, and/or linguistic functions; designed to be used independently with a variety of textbooks as achievement tests, not proficiency tests; most of the cards are considered to be at the “intermediate” to “advanced” levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale; cards are indexed by: (1) vocabulary topics, (2) linguistic functions, (3) grammar forms and structures; reference guide available; Note: Cards are written in English.

Stuffed Animals/Puppets
Toys that may be used as props to help illustrate classroom and/or tutoring session lessons; included in the collection are: (1) Carmen puppet, (2) bull puppet, (3) Fozzy Bear “doll,” (4) Alf puppet, (5) turtle, (6) lamb, among others.

Tennis Balls
Can of three; may be used for various purposes of illustration in class.

Testing and Teaching For Oral Proficiency
Educational Testing Service
Boston: Heinle & Heinle Publishers © 1987
MISC 1.004.001/.006
Kit designed for the teacher of English as a second language, French, German or Spanish who is interested in oral proficiency testing and in some of the ways the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines can be applied to the teaching of oral skills (one kit/language); components of each kit include: a book and set of two audiocassettes; each tape the rating scale — novice, intermediate, advanced, and superior; book includes: overview of interviews, description of rating scale, explanation of how interviews are conducted and the types of questions commonly used at each level, an application section with simple oral activities and guidelines for writing role plays at each level, commentaries for the interviews with detailed analysis of the students’ speech samples, and the interviewers’ techniques.

Whiteboards

  1. Ten sets of 9" × 12" whiteboards with dry erase markers and erasers.
  2. Two double-sided 12" × 18" magnetic dry erase easel boards.
  3. One 18" × 24" magnetic Monthly Calendar Planner whiteboard with 4 magnets.