English Resources

Accurate English
Dauer
EN 1.046
An intermediate to advanced level textbook and reference guide to the pronunciation of English in North America, as spoken by educated native speakers in fluent speech; divided into introductory material and four main areas — vowels, stress and rhythm, consonants, and intonation; includes discussion of spelling patterns for ordinary words, academic words and exceptions, as well as rules for stress placement; includes examples of reductions, simplifications and regional variations.

2 copies of text available
Total time: approx. 5 hours 30 minutes

The American Accent Guide 2nd Edition
Lujan
EN 1.051
A complete, comprehensive course on the pronunciation and speaking style of American English; text © 2006 by Beverly A. Lujan, speech-language pathologist, and accompanying 8 audio CDs provide an overview of American English speech patterns as well as practice activities focusing on rhythm and stress, English vowels and consonants, as well as intonation.
Total time: approx. 8 hours

American Accent Training 2nd edition
Cook
EN 1.052
A guide to speaking and pronouncing colloquial American English; 13 lessons focussing on the intonation, stress and liaisons used by American English speakers; a “pure sound” approach to speaking; 198-page book © 2000 Ann Cook and 5 audio CDs.
Total time: approx. 6 hours

American Accent Training: Grammar
Cook
EN 1.057
Covers grammar, accent, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, reading, writing, spelling, and punctuation.

English Pronunciation
ELI-Lado/Fries
EN 1.004
A complete set of pronunciation exercises for use at all levels; exercises in sound segments, intonation and rhythm.
Text available

Jazz Chants
Graham
EN 1.030
Very entertaining poems and dialogues that encourage intonation practice; for use at all levels.
2 copies of text available
48 minutes

P.D.’S
Trager/Henderson
EN 1.038
A complete set of pronunciation drills through the intermediate level.
2 copies of text available
Total time: approx. 6 hours

P.D.’S in Depth
Trager
EN 1.039
An advanced version of pronunciation drills.
2 copies of text available
Total time: approx. 7 hours

Pronunciation Pairs: An Introduction to the Sounds of English 2nd Edition
Baker & Goldstein
EN 1.060
Student Audio CDs and Class Audio CDs

Small Talk
Graham
EN 1.043
Collection of jazz chants, “rhythmic expressions of standard American English as it occurs in a situational context;” arranged by language functions, each unit accentuates rhythm and intonation patterns of spoken American English by providing low-intermediate through advanced-level chants, listening exercises, pronunciation practice, and other activities; accompanying text includes exercise pages, teacher's notes for each unit and answer key.
Audiocassettes of chants: 60 minutes
Audiocassette of exercises: 41 minutes

 

American Accent Training: Grammar
Cook
EN 1.057
Covers grammar, accent, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, reading, writing, spelling, and punctuation.

Basic English Grammar 3rd Edition
Azar & Hagen
EN 1.058
CD audio program with answer key.

Focus on Grammar  Advanced
Maurer
EN 1.048
an advanced-level reference and practice series that “expands students’ knowledge of English grammar through contextualized listening, speaking, reading and writing activities;” accompanying text and workbook containing TOEFL-type tests and writing practice exercises available; Macintosh CD-ROM containing contextualized and interactive activities as well as grammar review, review tests and all relevant reference material from the student text also available.
Average unit: 7 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Fundamentals of English Grammar 4th Edition
Azar & Hagen
EN 1.059
CD audio program with answer key.

Listening Dictation
ELI
EN 1.007
A beginning-level series that presents and drills basic English structures.
Text available
Average unit: 10–15 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 22 minutes

Side by Side I and II
Molinsky/Bliss
EN 1.035/EN 1.036
A carefully sequenced progression of conversational exercises designed to provide a solid foundation in English grammar; recordings include the text's original conversations and replacement items used to create new conversations within the grammatical framework being reviewed; On Your Own activities in the book provide additional practice of structures within the more open-ended context of the student's personal world of interests and background.
Two-volume text available; for intermediate adult learners of English
Average lesson: 20–25 minutes.

Side by Side I and II 2nd Edition
Molinsky/Bliss
EN 1.044/EN 1.045
Revised edition of above; 2nd edition audio program includes: (1) textbook exercises for conversational practice and development of skills, (2) activity workbook exercises, including practice in pronunciation, stress and intonation.
1 copy of each accompanying text and activity workbook available
Average lesson: 13–30 minutes
Total times:
    Book I: 5 hours 11 minutes
    Activity workbook I: 2 hours
    Book II: 5 hours 35 minutes
    Activity workbook II: 90 minutes

Understanding and Using English Grammar 4th Edition
Azar/Hagen
EN 1.053
A text for intermediate to advanced English language learners that promotes the development of communicative and interactive language learning while also serving as a comprehensive reference grammar; includes: academic readings and listening exercises based on specific grammar structures; speaking practice activities; listening script, answer key; 20 chapters recorded on two audio CDs.
Each chapter: 2–12 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes

 

 

 

Advanced Listening Comprehension
Dunkel/Pialorsi
EN 1.031
Academic lectures on a variety of topics; good for developing aural and note-taking skills; for advanced students; text available.
Each lecture: 15–20 minutes
Total time: 4 hours 46 minutes

Better Listening Skills
Sims/Peterson
EN 1.021
Recorded lectures on academic subjects; very good for students who are having difficulty understanding English in the classroom; for intermediate-advanced students; text available.
Each lecture: 6–13 minutes
Total time: 44 minutes 18 seconds

Everyday Dialogues in English
Dixson
EN 1.032
New, revised edition of dialogues to acquaint students with the vocabulary and idiomatic forms used in everyday situations; for beginning-intermediate students; text available.
Each dialogue: 4–5 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Expressways 3-B English for Communication
Molinsky/Bliss
EN 1.042
A functional English program for students who have been exposed to the essentials of intermediate-level grammar and who have mastered the usage of English for everyday life situations; audio program offers realistic presentation of dialogues for chapters 10–18 of the text Expressways and selected guided conversation exercises in the Student Course Book; tapes are designed to be used interactively, so that the recorded voice serves as the student’s speaking partner; text, Student Course Book and companion Workbook available.
Each lesson: 30–40 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 21 minutes

Feelings
Doff/Jones
EN 1.034
Conversational English for upper-intermediate and more advanced students; 12 units designed to teach students (1) to talk about feelings; (2) to understand the feelings being expressed by others; (3) to express feelings in a wide variety of situations; British language and cultural references are used.
Each unit: 2–3 minutes
Total time: 34 minutes

Improve Your English: English in the Workplace
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD  -  EN 1.054
Stephen Brown and Ceil Lucas (2009)
English in the Workplace, part of McGraw-Hill's Improve Your English series, is a video designed to help non-native Engish speakers understand everyday spoken English in the context of the workplace and comprised of a series of intereviews with people in various jobs, from librarian to office manager. The interviewees answer a series of questions on various topics, including job applications and proper work attire. Complete transcript of interviews included in accompanying book.
In English
2 hours 19 minutes

Interview
Cornelius
EN 1.009
Unrehearsed interviews with Americans (a veterinarian, a police officer, a professional baseball player) on the subject of their jobs; spoken at normal speed; uses fairly advanced vocabulary; text available.
Each interview: approx. 8 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 24 minutes

It’s All in a Day’s Work
Draper/Sather
EN 1.017
Introduces semi-technical words and word forms related to various professions, includes exercises for oral practice, listening comprehension, dictations, composition topics; for intermediate-advanced students; text available.
Each lesson: 20–30 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes

It’s Up To You
Dresner
EN 1.008
This recording, subtitled “Language Skills and Strategies for Getting a Job,” guides the intermediate student in the conversations typical of the job-finding process: telephone contact, application procedures, personal introductions and interview topics; text available.
Total time: 45 minutes 22 seconds

Listening In and Speaking Out
James/Whitney/Bode
EN 1.018
Spontaneous conversations, arguments and jokes spoken at normal speed; intermediate and advanced levels available with text; many exercises to check comprehension.
Each intermediate unit: 3–4 minutes; total time: 40 minutes
Each advanced unit: 2–3 minutes; total time: 34 minutes

Listening in the Real World
Rost/Stratton
EN 1.028
Very short but rapid conversations; good practice for the student who has difficulty understanding casual speech on the street; for beginning-intermediate students; 3 copies of text available.
Each lesson: 3–5 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Dialogues: 1 hour 35 minutes

Listening Tasks
Schecter
EN 1.037
Public address announcements, telephone exchanges, dialogues, and other short recordings of people speaking naturally with normal pauses, hesitations and interruptions; practical topics include: calling about an apartment, catching a plane, handling an emergency; students listen to tape then perform simple tasks such as labeling a diagram or map and filling in a form or chart; for low-intermediate and intermediate students; student book and teacher’s manual with answer key available
Each unit: 2–3 minutes
Total time: 52 minutes

Mosaic I
Ferrer/Whalley
EN 1.040
Designed for intermediate to high-intermediate students, this text teaches study skills and language functions while maintaining a strong focus on listening and speaking; active listening activities based on short but realistic academic lectures and sample conversations for comprehension practice; variety of natural speaking activities to reinforce use in context of language functions; cassette program contains the lectures and sample conversations for each of the chapters plus some explanatory comments; text and tapescript available.
Average lesson: 12–14 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 33 minutes

Mosaic II
Ferrer/Whalley
EN 1.041
Designed for high-intermediate to low-advanced students; format of program same as Mosaic I; text and tapescript available.
Average lesson: 15–20 minutes
Total time: 3 hours

National Public Radio Broadcasts
EN 1.033
Six radio broadcasts made in the late 70’s and in the early 80’s on a variety of topics; for advanced students.

Titles:

Kurt Vonnegut: A Self-Interview – 29.40
Martin Luther King, Jr: The Prolonged Dream – 18.06
Modern Folklore – 30.04
Noam Chomsky – 30.22
Robert Frost – 28.38
The American Scene: Comments by Jean Shepherd – 30.40

Prose and Passion
Gabriel
EN 1.020
“A lyrical approach to the mastery of spoken English;” very lively presentations: songs, drama; good for intermediate-advanced students; text available.
Total time: 29 minutes

Speak Business English Like an American
Gillett
EN 1.055
Book and audio CD featuring over 350 of the most common American English business idioms and expressions, with accompanying exercises and answer key; includes conversations related to various business situations such as running a meeting, discussing business decisions, performance reviews, etc.
Total time: 48 minutes

Whaddya Say?
Weinstein
EN 1.029
Gives practice in understanding informal, relaxed English within a variety of everyday dialogues: at the laundromat, at the bus stop, looking for an apartment; transcription exercises; for intermediate students; text available.
Each lesson: 6–9 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 55 minutes

 

 

 

The Best TOEFL Test Book
Stanley
EN 1.047
Revised (1988) edition of test and audiocassette series designed to focus the user’s attentions and energies on the goal of passing the TOEFL exam; includes: (1) 40 focused exercises addressing listening comprehension, structure and written expression, reading comprehension and vocabulary skills; (2) 6 practice tests with answer keys featuring detailed explanations of correct and incorrect answers; (3) essay planning and writing tips.
Recorded tests (total time): 3 hours 27 minutes

The Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test 2nd Edition
Rogers
EN 1.049
509-page text © 1998 designed as preparatory tool for the July 1995 format TOEFL; includes Sample Test and Practice Test sections, answer key, and tapescript; 4 accompanying audiocassettes.
Audio program (total time): approx. 5.5 hours

The Official Guide to the New TOEFL iBT
Educational Testing Service
EN 1.050
373-page text © 2007 designed as preparatory tool for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) first introduced by ETS in 2005–2006; includes more than 500 real TOEFL questions and essay topics, ETS raters’ comments on actual responses, as well as a “Writer’s Handbook for English Language Learners;” accompanying Windows-only CD-ROM provides timed practice tests in reading, listening, speaking and writing; CD-ROM User's Guide also available.

Testing and Teaching for Oral Proficiency
MISC 1.004.001-.002
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 set contains four recorded actual interviews representing the four levels of 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.

TOEFL iBT Superpack
Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
EN 1.056
Includes Essential Words for the TOEFL 5th Edition and TOEFL iBT 13th Edition.

2000+ Essential English Verbs
Louise Stracke
New York, NY: Living Language, a Random House Company © 2006
Includes verb conjugation charts, idiomatic expressions, examples of usage with practice exercises and answer keys; 409 pages.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills 2nd Edition
John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 1994, 2004

Commentary for Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills 2nd Edition
John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 1994, 2004

 

Advanced English Grammar for ESL Learners
Mark Lester
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. © 2011

American Accent Training: Grammar
Ann Cook
New York, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. © 2009

The American Heritage Dictionary 2nd College Edition
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co. © 1982

Basic English Grammar 3rd Edition
Betty Schrampfer Azar & Stacy A. Hagen
New York, NY: Pearson Education Inc. © 2006

Commentary for Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills 2nd Edition
John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 2004

Conversational American English: The Illustrated Guide to the Everyday Expressions of American English
Richard A. Spears, Betty J. Birner, & Steven R. Kleinedler
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. © 2011

English Grammar Guide
Donna Deans Binkowski
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. © 2009

English Grammar for Students of French 2nd Edition
Jacqueline Morton
Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press © 1989
“The study guide for those learning French;” designed to be an accompaniment to any textbook, this guide offers simple explanations of English grammar structures (i.e. parts of speech, word functions, grammatical concepts) by answering basic questions (e.g. “What is gender?” “What are relative pronouns?” etc.); uses examples, charts, step-by-step instructions and short practice exercises (with answer key) to identify similarities and differences between English and French; 224 pages.

English Grammar for Students of German 3rd Edition
Cecile Zorach & Charlotte Melin
Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press © 1994
“The study guide for those learning German;” designed to be an accompaniment to any textbook, this guide offers simple explanations of English grammar structures (i.e. parts of speech, word functions, grammatical concepts) by answering basic questions (e.g. “What is gender?” “What are relative pronouns?” etc.); uses examples, charts, step-by-step instructions and short practice exercises (with answer key) to identify similarities and differences between English and German; 176 pages.

English Grammar for Students of German 5th edition
Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin, & Elizabeth A. Kautz
Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press; Jacqueline Morton © 2009

English Grammar for Students of Italian 2nd Edition
Sergio Adorni & Karen Primorac
Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press © 1995
“The study guide for those learning Italian;” designed to be an accompaniment to any textbook, this guide offers simple explanations of English grammar structures (i.e. parts of speech, word functions, grammatical concepts) by answering basic questions (e.g. “What is gender?” “What are relative pronouns?” etc.); uses examples, charts, step-by-step instructions and short practice exercises (with answer key) to identify similarities and differences between English and Italian; 199 pages.

English Grammar for Students of Spanish 3rd Edition
Emily Spinelli
Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press © 1994
“The study guide for those learning Spanish;” designed to be an accompaniment to any textbook, this guide offers simple explanations of English grammar structures (i.e. parts of speech, word functions, grammatical concepts) by answering basic questions (e.g. “What is gender?” “What are relative pronouns?” etc.); uses examples, charts, step-by-step instructions and short practice exercises (with answer key) to identify similarities and differences between English and Spanish; 193 pages.

English Grammar in Use 4th Edition
Raymond Murphy
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press © 2012

English Simplified 9th Edition
Blanche Ellsworth & John A. Higgins
Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc. © 2001
Handbook of English grammar usage with sections on parts of speech and their use, punctuation, spelling, word choice, research papers and documentation styles; 64 pages.

English in Today’s Research World
Multi-volume series
The University of Michigan Press

Volume 1: Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts
John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 2009

Volume 2: Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review
Christine B. Feak & John M. Swales
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 2009

Volume 3: Creating Contexts: Writing Introductions across Genres
Christine B. Feak & John M. Swales
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 2011

Volume 4: Navigating Academia: Writing Supporting Genres
John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 2011

 

Fundamentals of English Grammar 4th Edition
Betty S. Azar & Stacy A. Hagen
New York, NY: Pearson Education Inc. © 2011

Giving Academic Presentations
Susan M. Reinhart
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 2002

How to Write Better Business Letters 4th Edition
Andrea B. Geffner
Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. © 2007, 2000, 1995, 1982
Instruction guide for the composing of a variety of business correspondence including: email, request letters, replies, credit and collection letters, complaints, sales and public relations letters, social business letters, employment-related documents, interoffice memos, news releases, business reports, proposals, and others; includes practice exercises and 75 model letters; 173 pages.

Just Commas: 9 Basic Rules to Master Comma Usage
Diane Lutovich & Janis Fisher Chan
San Anselmo, CA: Advanced Communication Designs, Inc. © 2000
Reference book/review of the most frequent uses of the comma in the English language; includes “Common Comma Blunders” related to each of the 9 rules illustrated; 3 “test-your-comma-usage-skill” practice exercises (with answer key) provided; 91 pages.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition
New York, NY: The Modern Language Association of America © 2009
Guide designed to provide a comprehensive view of how research papers are created; the new, seventh edition features expanded section on punctuation, explanations of: how to use electronic catalogs, central information systems, computers to compile bibliographies, take notes, outline and write research papers; this edition also includes a code to access the MLA’s accompanying website (www.mlahandbook.org); 292 pages.

Oxford Picture Dictionary English–Arabic, 2nd Edition
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein & Norma Shapiro
New York, NY: Oxford University Press © 2009

Oxford Picture Dictionary English–Spanish, 2nd Edition
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein & Norma Shapiro
New York, NY: Oxford University Press © 2009

Pronunciation Pairs: An Introduction to the Sounds of English 2nd Edition
Ann Baker & Sharon Goldstein
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press © 2008

A Picture is Worth... 1000 Words... Books 1 & 2
Anthony Mollica
Welland, Ontario: éditions Soleil publishing, inc. © 1992
Subtitled Creative activities for the language classroom, the two volumes of 60 photographs each are intended to provide visual stimuli for discussion and conversation activity in the language classroom.
Also available: Teacher’s Guide (by Anthony Mollica, Julie Ashcroft, & Anne-Marie Finger) containing questions for each photograph.

Reader’s Choice 4th Edition
Sandra Silberstein, Barbara K. Dobson, & Mark A. Clarke
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press © 1977, 1988, 1994, 2002
Textbook for the teaching of reading to advanced-level ESL/EFL students; includes 29 reading selections accompanied by exercises designed to provide practice in a variety of reading contexts: non-prose readings (e.g. menus, advertisements, poetry, bus schedule, print/graphics combinations), dictionary use, newspapers, technical prose, science reporting, textbook, business text, narratives, short story; includes answer keys to exercises; 410 pages.

Roget’s International Thesaurus 5th Edition
New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers © 1992

A Student’s Grammar of the English Language
Essex, England: Longman Group UK Limited © 1990
Advanced-level reference text by Sidney Greenbaum and Randolph Quirk; a shorter and revised version of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language also written by Greenbaum and Quirk in collaboration with Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik; authors point out features of grammar which distinguish spoken from written, formal from informal, and British from American English; 490 pages.

TOEFL iBT Superpack: Everything you need to excel on the TOEFL
Barron’s Test Prep

Essential Words for the TOEFL 5th Edition
Steven J. Matthiesen
New York, NY: Barron’s Educational Series © 2011

TOEFL iBT: Most up-to-date Review and Practice Tests Currently Available 13th Edition
With audio CDs
Includes: seven full-length model tests, answers to all test questions, review of required academic skills for test-taking, review of English langauge skills for listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

A Translation Textbook
Madeleine Sergent & Kay Wilkins
Lanham, MD: University Press of America © 1985
Non-literary texts divided into six sections: journalism, politics, administration, social sciences, economics, sciences and technology; each section offers five texts in French, five texts in English to be translated — the French to English, the English to French; includes discussion of theory and technique of translation, translation samples and end vocabulary; 127 pages.

The Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book 2nd Edition
Carl W. Hart
Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. © 2009, 1999 by Carl W. Hart

Word by Word English/Chinese Picture Dictionary
Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss, & Jung Pao
White Plains, NY: Pearson Education © 1996

Word by Word English/Haitian Kreyol Picture Dictionary
Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss, Roger E. Savin, Edwige Crevecoeur-Bryant, & Maud Paultre Fontus
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents © 1995

Word by Word English/Korean Picture Dictionary
Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss, Lee Chang-soo, & Yang Eun-sook
White Plains, NY: Prentice Hall Regents © 1995

Word by Word English/Portuguese Picture Dictionary
Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss, & Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents © 1996

Word by Word English/Russian Picture Dictionary
Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss and Gennadi G. Gorbatov
White Plains, NY: Prentice Hall Regents © 1996

Word by Word English/Spanish Picture Dictionary
Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss and Herlinda Charpentier Saitz
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents © 1995

 

 

 

 

Bingo
Sheets containing a grid of randomized numbers are distributed among the contestants. The leader turns a caged sphere of numbered balls which spill out in succession, and correspond to the numbers on the contestants’ sheets. The winner is the first contestant to achieve a straight line of chosen numbers on their sheet and to call out “Bingo!” simultaneously.

Polyglot
“The game of international languages” for 2–6 players, ages 8+; contents: one game board, one die, 303 word cards 48 phrase cards, six pawns.
Objective: to be the first to reach the top of the tower (imprinted on the game board) and become the “polyglot” of the group; there are three paths to the top: beginner, intermediate and advanced; playing cards: “word cards,” on one side, contain six words in English; the corresponding translations which include phonetic pronunciations are provided on the reverse side of the card in the following languages: Spanish, Italian, French, German and Yiddish; “phrase cards,” on one side, contain three phrases in English; the corresponding translations and phonetic pronunciations, in the languages mentioned above, are on the reverse side of the card.
Activities involved in playing this game include: spelling a word, translating a phrase, translating a phrase in two languages; game instructions provided in English and Spanish.

 

 

World Map
Rand McNally Cosmopolitan Series 49½" × 32½" laminated map of the world
2 copies available

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBC Learning English
English language learning resource from the British Broadcasting Company with lessons, videos, and media links in various languages. Good for beginners.
   
busuu
Largest social network for language learning, with more than 45 million users worldwide. Corresponding mobile app at the App Store.
   
Dave’s ESL Cafe
Extensive site for ESL/EFL students and teachers maintained by Dave Sperling, with a variety of grammar lessons, idioms, phrasal verbs, slang, and quizzes.
   
   
   
EdVista The Internet for ESL Teachers: numerous links to ESL-related articles, on-line courses, websites of particular interest to ESL instructors; site maintained by Claire Bradin Siskin
   
   
   
ELTWeb
English Language Teaching Web: an extensive index of English teaching resources on the web
   
EnglishClub “Learn English” section of EnglishClub, featuring lessons and games for students of English
   
EnglishLearner.com Entertaining and engaging exercises on grammar, reading comprehension, listening, and vocabulary at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels; maintained by Elek Mathe
   
English Tongue Twisters Collection of English tongue twisters
   
English-Zone
Study skills and tips about studying English as a foreign language
   
ESL Desk An English learning website started by a non-native English speaker as an ESL activities resource
   
   
   
Focus English
Everyday English in conversation: real-life conversation practice via listening activities
   
Forvo: English words pronounced Extensive database of audio clips for pronouncing words in various languages, English included. Though, it offers no regional accent distinction (like American vs. British); just English.
   
The Free Dictionary
Dictionary, encyclopedia, and thesaurus
   
Howjsay “World’s largest Dictionary of English Pronunciation.” Browse their 171587 entries, create lists of up to 15 words (e.g. cat, caught, cart, cut).
   
LanguageGuide.org Learn vocabulary with the help of pictures and sound from Language Revolution
   
LearnEnglish
English learning program offered by the British Council
   
Memrise User-friendly interface with communally-created programs. Particularly useful for learning vocabulary. Also available is a corresponding mobile app at the App Store and Google Play.
   
Project Gutenberg Thousands of English e-books that have entered the public domain available free for download
   
SCOLA Web Services

Access to 160 countries & 200 languages!

  • World TV Online: 24/7 international broadcast programs on 8 channels, spanning European, Spanish & Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Asian, African, Middle East, Southeast Asia-Far East, and Eurasian countries/languages
  • International Radio in 29 languages
  • On The Street Videos: over 7,000 videos from 90 countries showing informal native speech in everyday situations
  • People & Places: over 29,000 photos from around the world 
  • Foreign Text: 200 recurring newspaper and magazine publications in 70 languages
  • Insta-Class: materials in 52 languages with quizzes and vocabulary already provided
  • Video Editor create your own video clips in the classroom

To access SCOLA Web Services from any computer on the BC network, go to:

http://www.scola.org/ipautologin.aspx

See SCOLA’s Technical Information page to make full use of these Online resources. For more information, including how to access SCOLA Web Services on your iPhone or iPad, contact:

Cynthia Bravo (cynthia.bravo@bc.edu)
Director of the Language Lab

   
Speech Accent Archive Database of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Though it seems to be directed at linguists or those interested in linguistic research, their database “browse” feature is easy enough to navigate.
   
Talk English Free resource dedicated to helping you learn to speak English fluently; includes English speaking basics, regular English lessons, business & interview English lessons, travel English lessons, idioms and phrases, special topics, listening lessons, and more.
   
Yabla

Learning through authentic media:

  • Television
  • Music videos
  • Drama
  • Interviews
  • Travel
  • Yabla exclusive shoots

Yabla media player features:

  • Slow Play
  • Integrated Dictionaries
  • Listening Game
  • Dual Language Subtitles
  • And more…

Languages offered:

Access BC’s Subscription to all 6 of these Yabla sites at any Language Lab computer workstation.

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An American In Paris
1/2" VHS color videocassette of 1951
Winner of 6 Academy Awards, this musical film introduces Jerry Mulligan, a WWII expatriate trying to make a living as a painter in Paris. While navigating his career, he falls in love with a young Parisian, Lise. However, he is oblivious to the feelings of his patron, Milo.
In English
1 hour 55 minutes

Americas
Series of ten 60-minute 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Examines the contemporary history, politics and social structures of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean; discusses the dilemmas of national development, authoritarianism and democratization, urbanization, race, religion and revolutions, the role of women, and the Latin American presence in the US; narration in English, original, on-site conversations in Spanish with either English voice-over translation or English subtitles; three accompanying texts: Modern Latin America, 3rd Edition (Skidmore and Smith © 1992 Oxford University Press), Americas Study Guide containing unit summaries, glossary of terms, overview of video’s subject matter, questions, Americas Faculty Guide containing notes on teaching a telecourse, suggested activities, resources, test banks, answer key.
Total time: 10 hours

Program Titles:

  1. The Garden of Forking Paths: Dilemmas of National Development (Argentina)
  2. Capital Sins: Authoritarianism and Democratization (Brazil)
  3. Continent on the Move: Migration and Urbanization (Mexico)
  4. Mirrors of the Heart: Color, Class, Identity (Hispaniola, Bolivia)
  5. In Women’s Hands: The Changing Roles of Women (Chile)
  6. Miracles are not enough: Continuity and Change in Religion (Brazil)
  7. Builders of Images: Writers, Artists and Popular Culture (Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  8. Get Up, Stand Up: The Problems of Sovereignty (Colombia, Jamaica, Panama)
  9. Fire in the Mind: Revolutions and Revolutionaries (El Salvador, Peru)
  10. The Americans: Latin American and Caribbean Peoples in the US (Southern California, Miami, New York City)

The Art of Haiti
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Shows how the history of Haiti had an influence on the emergence of an art movement created by unschooled painters; includes interviews with painters Philome Obin and Rigaud Beno it with a detailed look at their works as well as those of other traditional Haitian artists; traditional Haitian folk music included in soundtrack.
In English with some Creole
29 minutes

The Astronomers: “Prospecting For Planets”
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced by PBS Video; part 6 of six-part video series which presents the science and scientists of the cosmos; Prospecting for Planets focuses on efforts to discover other planetary systems and to learn more about the planets of our solar system; includes images sent back to earth by the space probe Voyager; reviews research done by Bradford Smith and Richard Terrile from an observatory in the Chilean Andes, as well as telescoping done by David Latham from an observatory in the US.
In English
60 minutes

Bellissimo: Images of Italian Cinema
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Overview of Italian film production from the 1940s to the late 1980s; includes clips from famous films such as Open City, Divorce Italian Style, Bicycle Thief, etc. and features virtually every great personality in Italian filmmaking.
In Italian with English subtitles; some sections with English narration
1 hour 50 minutes

Botero: Four Seasons
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1992 documentary (directed by Georges Bégou) about the Colombian artist Fernando Botero who, himself, narrates the film, with voiceovers in English; focusses on Botero’s life as a painter/sculptor, his techniques, inspirations and joys about painting and sculpting; includes footage of Botero painting, sculpting and sketching.
English narration
53 minutes

Caravaggio
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1991 European Video Library documentary film about the Italian painter Caravaggio’s short life (1571–1610) and career; includes study of the self-portraits of Caravaggio’s early years as well as of the large scale paintings created for Rome’s churches; also addresses the artist’s escape from Rome following a murder and a look at works produced at the end of his life.
In English
28 minutes

The Caravaggio Conspiracy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1984 BBC Television/RM Arts-produced program that provides an inside look at the realities of the world of art dealing, including checking a work for authenticity, artificial auction bids, resurfacing of stolen art; follows the 1979–1982 adventure of London Times journalist Peter Watson disguised as a wealthy art dealer as he tries to recover stolen masterpieces, including a Caravaggio.
In English
1 hour

Chocolat
1/2" VHS color videocassette
2000 Lasse Hallström film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp; a sweet, romantic, magical tale in which newcomer Vianne Rocher (Binoche) and her daughter open a chocolate shop (“chocolaterie”) (just in time for Lent!) across the street from the church in a quaint, puritanical village in the French countryside; once the townsfolk become interested in their sweets (which miraculously inspire increased sexual desires, feminist awakenings, familial reconciliations and even criminal rehabilitation), the town’s prudish mayor launches a campaign to close down the shop; Vianne herself becomes romantically involved with a Blues-guitar playing, ponytailed Irish “river-rat gypsy” named Roux (Depp), before she and her daughter, obsessively nomadic, eventually leave town just as suddenly as they came; 122 minutes.

Christians, Jews and Moslems in Medieval Spain
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Describes (a) the history of Spain from the time of the first landing of Berbers and Arabs in 711 through the nearly 800-year-long war that ended in the expulsion of Moors and Jews in 1492, (b) the role of the School of Toledo in conjunction with ancient Greek scientific texts and Arabic treatises on philosophy and science, (c) the rabbinic center in Toledo, (d) the history of the Jews in Spain.
In English
52 minutes

A Class Act
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987
About teachers and foreign language teaching as a career; professionally filmed with practicing teachers and former teachers in the workplace; aimed at recruiting foreign language teachers for the future.
In English
15 minutes

Collaborations Meeting New Goals, New Realities
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1997)
Produced by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages to provide examples of classroom scenarios that illustr ate the five goal areas of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning: (1) Communication Goal: “Meaning Making through a Whole Language Approach,” (2) Cultures Goal: “Using Video to Explore Perspectives, Practices, and Products of Guatemala n Culture,” (3) Connections Goal: “Making New Connections through Interdisciplinary Lessons,” (4) Comparisons Goal: “Using Linguistic and Cultural Comparisons to Help Students Succeed in Learning,” (5) Communities Goal: “Using a Foreign Language to Connect with the Community;” accompanying one-page Video Guide, a series of discussion questions, available.
54 minutes

Confessions of a Police Captain
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1971 film directed by Damiano Damiani and starring Martin Balsam as a “bad cop” and Franco Nero as district attorney; a Mafia drama about corruption, murder and deceit.
In English (with possible dubbing in some scenes)
1 hour 42 minutes

Cultural Literacy and Interactive Language Instruction
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1988)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities designed to teach language through literature: (1) discussion of ideas via simulated news broadcasts and interviews with famous people, (2) vocabulary study, (3) grammar activities, (4) student dramatizations, (5) oral testing; begins by illustrating negative classroom techniques; ends with student discussion (in English) of the “language-through-literature” classes; all illustrations are from elementary and advanced French classes.
Narration in English
55 minutes

Dawn of the Maya
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Archeologists uncover and reveal aspects of the ancient civilization previously unheard of. Scholars and archaeologists investigate the rise of one of the world’s greatest and most mysterious civilizations.
60 minutes

The Definitive Dalí: A Lifetime Retrospective
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Compilation of interviews, images and written passages provide an accounting of the extravagant artist Salvador Dalí’s controversial and unique life; features film footage shot on location in several cities of Europe as well as in the US; clearly presented and artful discussion of the significance and meanings (to himself as well as to the world) of several of Dalí’s paintings, as well as other works of sculpture, fashion and film.
English narration with some segments in French and/or Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 15 minutes

The Disputation: A Theological Debate Between Christians and Jews
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recreation of the Barcelona Disputation of 1263 which brings to light the basic differences between Christianity and Juda ism; Jewish argument represented by Moses Ben Nachmann; Christian argument, by Father Pablo Christiani; moderator: King James the Conqueror of Aragon.
In English
68 minutes

Françoise Gilot Lecture
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recording of September 17, 2000 lecture given by the artist Françoise Gilot at Boston College in conjunction with the McMullen Museum of Art’s exhibit Françoise Gilot: 1940–1950, on view from June 14–September 24, 2000; in her presentation, Gilot speaks about her life and work and shows slide examples of paintings by artists who influenced her artistic style, as well as slides of her own works dated 1950–2000.
In English
Approx. 55 minutes

From the Inside: Ethnographic Interviews in the Language Classroom 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
National Language Resource Center, San Diego State University © 1997
Intended to promote and teach ethnographic interviewing techniques as a means, according to Dr. Gail Robinson-Stuart, of “getting the inside perspective” on persons of other cultures; features clips from actual student interviews and teacher training sessions.
In English
Approx. 21 minutes

Going International
Four 1/2" VHS color videocassettes designed to help the traveler develop cross-cultural skills required for a successful international experience.
In English

  1. Bridging the Culture Gap — contrasts one’s own unconscious cultural values/habits with those of the diverse cultures of the world; explains cultural taboos and accepted standards of behavior; 30 minutes.

  2. Managing the Overseas Assignment — shows how cultural misunderstandings can affect the traveler’s ability to accomplish goals in such diverse countries as Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, India and Mexico; includes explanation of what went wrong in each situation and proposes ways for improving results; 30 minutes.

  3. Beyond Culture Shock — for the family or the individual moving abroad; explains the psychological phases of the adjustment process; provides practical suggestions for making life abroad a positive experience; 30 minutes.

  4. Welcome Home, Stranger — focuses on the unexpected problems of returning home and how to overcome the difficulties of “re-entry” into the workplace, community and school environment; 15 minutes.

Hand-Held Delight
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in Summer 2000 by the Boston College Audiovisual Department in association with the Boston College Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society); this video, produced in conjunction with the Lambda Psi chapter’s exhibit of the same name at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College (June 14–Sept. 24, 2000), highlights several of the 18th and 19th-century European fans from the permanent Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Hicks Collection at Boston College; also includes a study of 18th-century fan construction as illustrated by the Eventailliste (Fan-Maker) plates from the Encyclopédie of Denis Diderot; English-language captions and period music.
Approx. 27 minutes

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #2: On Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 25, 2000 second annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; based on the AAUSC (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Language Programs) volume Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty edited by Benjamin Rifkin; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Tom Blair (City College of San Francisco), Lara Lomicka (Penn State University), Susan Navey-Davis (North Carolina State University), Rebecca Oxford (University of Maryland); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of mentoring, speakers respond to viewers’ questions; 2 hours.

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #3: Teaching in Today’s Multilevel Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 6, 2002 third annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Kerry S.G. Driscoll (University of Iowa and Coe College), Jean-Louis Hippolyte (Kansas State University), Patti J. Marinelli (University of South Carolina), and Kimberley A. Sallee (University of Missouri-Columbia); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of placement in the multilevel classroom where students of varying abilities/backgrounds in the target language come together, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

Huichols and Pesticides (Huicholes y plaguicides) 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
This 1994 documentary film directed by Patricia Diaz-Romo focuses on the horrific health consequences suffered by migrant Huichol workers of Mexico who are exposed to toxic pesticides.
English narration with segments in Spanish with English subtitles
27 minutes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame, Quasimodo and gypsy Esmarelda form an unlikely friendship due to being on the outskirts of French society. However, when Esmarelda captures the hearts of powerful people in high society, conflict rises.
In English
1 hour 40 minutes

In the Footsteps of Marrano Families
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Lead-off segment on tape with Living Moments in Jewish Spain; documents the expulsion of the Mendes-Nasi, Lopes-Suasso and Curiel families from Spain and their conversion to Christianity and life as Marranos upon arrival in Portugal.
In English
15 minutes

Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Preserved mummies help archeologists understand the ancient civilization. The unwrapping of a perfectly intact mummy also gives new insight into ancient sacrificial methods.
60 minutes

Interact ’89
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The satellite teleconference, “Using Technology in the Modern Language Classroom,” from California State University at Chico (May 10, 1989). Participants include: Frank Otto of Brigham Young University, Rick Altman and James Pusack of PICS, Lee Ann Stone of UC at Irvine; their discussion includes task-based activities for the language lab, use of video and authentic foreign television programming and the availability of videodisc.
In English
90 minutes

Languages at Work
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1989)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities for the language classroom: warm-up, grammar-related, role-playing, group work, warm-down activities; illustrations are given in French, Italian and Spanish by Harvard faculty members in elementary-level language classes.
Narration in English
35 minutes

A Legacy of Goodness 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
That documents the experiences and feeling of Ruth Kapp Hartz who, as a Jewish child of four during the Nazi Holocaust, was hidden in a convent in Vichy, France and given the French name “Renee” as a means of protection against the Nazis; includes segments of interviews (in French) with surviving members of families who helped to shelter her and with some of their children and grandchildren; accompanying 175-page, illustrated book entitled Your Name is Renee available.
30 minutes

Living Moments in Jewish Spain 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Second segment on tape with In the Footsteps of Marrano Families; introduction to Jewish life in medieval Spain as depicted in illuminated Jewish manuscripts of the period; focuses on everyday family life and the celebration of Jewish holidays.
In English
6 minutes

The Living Planet, Vol. 1: The Building of the Earth
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The first of a twelve-volume production by the BBC and Time-Life Video; describes how huge forces formed the earth and moved continents; David Attenborough, narrator/teacher, visits an erupting volcano in Iceland, finds giant plants on Mt. Kenya, and shows the re-colonization of wildlife in Krakatoa and Mount St. Helens.
In English
55 minutes

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #1: From Theory to Practice: The Natural Approach
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 23, 1994 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and how to apply it to the classroom.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin of Ohio State
Features presentation by Dr. Stephen Krashen and panel discussion/questions-answers with Jeanne Egasse, Erwin Tschirner, Mary Rogers, Magdalena Andrade and Elías Miguel Muñoz; topic of discussion: Tracy Terrell’s Natural Approach to language instruction; available: multiple copies of teleconference handout containing biographies of conference panelists, outline of Krashen’s presentation and Natural Approach theory.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #2: A New Look at Authentic Materials
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 15, 1995 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and practice.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin (Ohio State)
Presenters:
Wilga Rivers (Harvard University)
June Phillips (Weber State and ACTFL)
And panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Robert Blake (University of California, Davis), Robert Di Donato (Miami University), Raymond Elliott (University of Texas, Arlington), L. Kathy Heilenman (University of Iowa), and Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku (University of California, San Diego); topic of discussion: use of authentic materials in the foreign language classroom; features videotaped examples of teachers using realia, authentic readings and video in the classroom; available: copy of teleconference handout containing outline of program.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #3: Integrating Technology into the Language Curriculum
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 23, 1996 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and practice.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin (Ohio State)
Presentations:
The Role of Technology by Dr. Robert J. Blake (University of California, Davis)
Technology and the Communicative Language Classroom 
by Dr. Bill Van Patten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Followed by panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Gail Robinson-Stuart (San Diego State University), Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher M. Jones (Carnegie-Mellon University), James P. Pusack (University of Iowa), Karen Price (Harvard University); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: What is technology good for? Where does technology live? What is the process for integrating technology? How does the language instructor get good materials?
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #4: Grammar in the Communicative Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The Fall 1997 fourth-annual McGraw-Hill teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and practice.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin (Ohio State)
Presenters:
Diane Musumeci (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. Michael H. Long (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
Also includes panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Patsy Lightbown (Concordia University, Montreal), Theodore Higgs (San Diego State University), and Bill VanPatten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: Should grammar be explicitly taught in the communicative language classroom? Does grammar instruction make a difference in the acquisition of a second language? If so, what are the effects? What approach to grammar instruction should be followed?
2 hours

Memories of Monet
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Based on the memoirs of Lilla Cabot Perry during her years spent at Giverny. This film sheds new light on Monet’s greatest years, detailing 1889 until his death in 1926.
In English
29 minutes

Mussolini and Fascism
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Interprets the story of Mussolini’s ascent to power, including the March in Rome of 1922, the dictatorial powers gained by Il Duce, and the invasion of Sicily in 1943. Includes historical video.
In English
30 minutes

NAFTA and the New Economic Frontier: Life Along the U.S./Mexico Border
1/2" VHS color videocassette
ABC News special documentary on the conditions along the US/Mexican border; includes interviews with workers being affected in different ways by the implementation of NAFTA, as well as discussion about the future of NAFTA and its effects on both the US and Mexico; perspectives presented show the ups and downs/positives and negatives of fast-changing economic opportunity against a backdrop of poor living conditions in Juárez, Mexico.
In English
23 minutes

The Origin of the Drama and the Theater
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
From Educational Video Network; Part I: The Origin of the Drama explores the development of Greek drama from religious festivals honoring the gods and discusses vulgar jest becoming comedies, hymns becoming tragedies; Part II: The Origin of the Theater documents the development of classic theater from its beginnings on threshing floors through a Golden Age of drama in Greece to the amphitheaters of Roman times.
Part I: 13 minutes
Part II: 15 minutes

Poetry and the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Demonstration of teaching techniques where poetry is examined as a literary genre and as a means of expanding communicative skills in a foreign language; divided into three parts: Celebrating Poetry, Understanding Poetry, Creating Poetry; actual, unrehearsed classes in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and English as a Second Language presented; shot on location at Harvard University with appearances by Harvard professors Wilga Rivers and Marlies Mueller, as well as Prof. Claire Kramsch of the University of California at Berkeley.
60 minutes

Portugal and the United Kingdom: The Alliance Revisited
1/2" VHS color videocassette
That explores the alliance between Portugal and the United Kingdom through an array of artwork, science, and literature; historical perspective on the relationship between the two countries beginning in 1372 with the Peace Treaty of Tagilde and ending with the present day and the paintings of Rego.
In English
38 minutes

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (March 23, 1990)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 15–20 minute presentations by members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Adapting Oral Proficiency Interviews for Classroom Use
Music in the Classroom
Effective Interaction Using Groups and Teams
Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 28, 1992) 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Fill’er Up: Quick and Easy Space Fillers (activities to focus students’ attention)
Snap to It (Rassias drilling method)
Action, Camera ... and Cut (student-produced videos)
Playing It Safe (games)
Instructor Exit Stage Left (student-centered activities for conversation initiation)

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 23, 1996)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

A Bag of Magic Tricks
Listen Up!
Everyone’s a comic
Wanted: Dead or Alive!
Inspired Writing: Getting the Best from Students
Please Pass the Pumpkin!

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 14, 1997) 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Hey! What happened? (part I: Intermediate Spanish; part II: Elementary Spanish)
It’s in the bag! (Elementary French)
Classroom Classics (Intermediate French)
It’s transparent! (Spanish CCR)
E Dio creò la Nutella (Italian CCR)

Romance of the Rose
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced at Mount Holyoke College with NEH support; an abridged version in English translation of Jean Renart’s Old French romance Le Roman de la Rose ou de Guillaume de Dole; set in the lands of the Holy Roman Empire, it portrays through song and story the love of the emperor for a beautiful lady named Lïenor; videoscript and commentary booklets available.
80 minutes

Saul and David
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1976 by Sampaolo films; Biblical story of David, the shepherd boy who kills Goliath and becomes a hero honored at first but then despised by King Saul; David flees for his life; Saul dies at his own hand; David becomes the new King of Israel.
110 minutes

School of Assassins
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Documentary shows an American school which graduated former dictators of Latin American and Caribbean nations such as Honduras, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Some of these notorious leaders are responsible for the deaths of thousands.
18 minutes

Spain: Everything Under the Sun
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Travelogue of the great sites of Spain, including Madrid’s Royal Palace, the Prado, Plaza Mayor, Avila, the Alcazar at Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, The Alhambra, the Costa del Sol and Barcelona.
In English
50 minutes

Speak Easy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
14 short mime sketches in which two characters interact in real-life situations; sketches move from service-related interactions between strangers, to encounters between strangers, to more personal situations involving close friends or members of family; for all levels of language student; a Teacher’s Manual is available.
Each sketch: 3–5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes

Titles:

Greetings

Flat Tire

New Shoes

Library

Cab Ride

Wallflowers

Influenza

Moving In

Truck Stop

Phone Call

Chez Vincent

Argument

Airport

The Lesson

Technology: Tool or Method? 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recording of a “Baker’s Dozen Roundtable” discussion broadcast April 12, 2001 via satellite from Duke University and sponsored by the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in collaboration with Washington and Lee University and Duke University; 13 experts in applied linguistics, pedagogy and technology discuss (1) theory and practice in technology, (2) expected and assured outcomes with technology use, (3) changes in knowledge acquisition as it pertains to the technological interface, (4) technology as a transparent tool and/or method; discussion participants: Ms. Pegge Abrams (Duke), Dr. Bryan Alexander (Centenary College of Louisiana), Dr. Robert Blake (UC, Davis), Prof. Miriam Carlisle (Washington and Lee), Dr. Lise Desmarais (Canadian Foreign Service Institute), Dr. Robert Fischer (CALICO), Dr. Nina Garrett (Yale), Dr. P. Richard (Dick) Kuettner (Coordinator and Host, Washington and Lee), Dr. Jerry Larson (Brigham Young University), Dr. Jimmie Purser (Millsaps College), Dr. Clare Tufts (Duke), Prof. Ken’ichi Ujie (Washington and Lee), Dr. Clara Yu (Middlebury).
60 minutes

Test the West!: Metamorphosis in East Germany
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Two-part documentary focusing on the metamorphosis East Germany and its people are going through while shifting from one system to another - Part 1 (1990): First Encounter with a New System (30 minutes); Part 2 (1993): The Rebuilding of a Country (48 minutes); includes interviews with a variety of everyday people who talk about changes in their lives, about hope and frustration in these times of transition, thus providing a look at German Reunification from an insider’s perspective.
Total time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Tintoretto
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Volume 10 in the Portrait of an Artist series produced in 1984 by RM Arts in conjunction with Antenne 2; exploration of the works of Tintoretto (1518–1594) via observations made by Jean Paul Sartre about the painter’s approach to scale and color, his rebellion against 16th-century conventions; magnificent views of the city of Venice and of Tintoretto’s large-scale decorative panels and frescoes.
In English
65 minutes

Touring Italy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A travelogue-type presentation of Italy and its cultural and historical contributions; features beautiful photography and tours of Naples, the ruins of Pompeii, Venice, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Verona, the Italian Riviera, Pisa, Rome.
In English
60 minutes

Weapons of the Spirit
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1989)
Extraordinary story of the French village La Chambon. As Nazi Germany threatens to occupy the town, the villagers decide to take a stand and defend themselves. In a riveting story about human solidarity, the film explores themes of loyalty and nationalism.
1 hour 30 minutes

What’s in a Grade: The Advanced Placement Readings
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1992 by the College Board; a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring process of the College Board’s Advanced Placement examinations featuring footage shot on location at Clemson University and other reading sites; includes footage of reading of European History AP Exam and other subjects; interviews with AP readers and explanatory graphics.
18 minutes

What’s on the Midterm, Dr. Brown? And Other Scenes From American Student Life
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Five short skits depicting critical incidents in the life of American students: In the Classroom, Advisement, Friendship, Dating and Family; designed to increase international students’ understanding of aspects of American Culture likely to be encountered in university settings; filmed at UCLA; good for use in orientation programs.
Each skit: approx. 6 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

The World Says Welcome
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Monterey Institute of International Studies © 1987
A fast-paced, informative video program using real-life interviews with young Americans living and working throughout the world; designed to stimulate interest in foreign language and to provide expert advice on how to prepare for an international career; accompanying materials include: teacher’s guide, counselor’s guide, suggestions for use in classroom and an international careers bibliography.
Approx. 27 minutes

The World of Umberto Eco
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1995 film shot on location in Italy and France by Gero von Boehm and Ricardo de Sanctis; interview with Eco the novelist, journalist and professor in which he expresses his thoughts on medieval aesthetics, semiotics and his own fiction, among other topics; includes a dramatization of a passage from his book The Island of the Day Before.
In English
43 minutes

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD-ROM
Robert Gardner (2010)
Explore southern Spain a thousand years ago where Christians, Jews, and Muslims thrived together. Before intolerance and fear were prominent, there were seeds of a renaissance. Interestingly enough, this documentary also brings perspective to issues facing the modern world.
In English
1 hour 56 minutes

Crossing Borders
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Arnd Wächter (2011)
This documentary focuses on the cultural differences and stereotypes between Islam and the West. Four American students and four Moroccans meet up and explore Morocco to get comfortable with one another. At the same time, they have discussions over how Islam and the West are commonly portrayed by the media. They intend to rid themselves of these stereotypes and come to an understanding of each other’s culture.
In English with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 10 minutes

Immigrant Reflections: Three Boston College Service Workers Share Their Stories
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD-R
Susan Legere (Ph.D., Boston College) 
(2007)
Produced in conjunction with Living Reel Productions for Boston College and the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Film.
This documentary chronicles the lives of three of Boston College's immigrant service workers. The film initially discusses their respective childhoods in their native countries before changing focus to highlight their experiences in coming to America for the first time, in living and working in America and at Boston College - from difficult experiences working and growing up as poor immigrants to enjoyable experiences with students.
In English
57 minutes

Improve Your English: English in the Workplace
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD  -  EN 1.054
Stephen Brown and Ceil Lucas (2009)
English in the Workplace, part of McGraw-Hill's Improve Your English series, is a video designed to help non-native Engish speakers understand everyday spoken English in the context of the workplace and comprised of a series of intereviews with people in various jobs, from librarian to office manager. The interviewees answer a series of questions on various topics, including job applications and proper work attire. Complete transcript of interviews included in accompanying book.
In English
2 hours 19 minutes

The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
2 NTSC DVD discs
Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers (1988)
Explores different mythological figures from several cultures to understand common themes and topics.
Episode 1: The Hero’s Adventure
Episode 2: The Message of the Myth
Episode 3: The First Storytellers
Episode 4: Sacrifice and Bliss
Episode 6: Masks of Eternity
Includes bonus interview with George Lucas
Approx. 5 hours 42 minutes

The Salt of the Earth
Region A/1 Blu-ray
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (2014)
2015 Academy Award-nominated documentary about the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado
In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
1 hour 40 minutes