Using Internet Primary Sources To Teach Critical Thinking Skills In World Languages

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Language teachers, social studies teachers, and school library media specialists will find this resource invaluable for providing lessons and activities in critical thinking for students in grades 7-12. It is filled with over 200 primary source Internet sites covering the Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and Latin languages. Each Web site will help reinforce language skills while providing students with interactive lessons on the unique culture of the peoples who speak the language. The next ...

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Language teachers, social studies teachers, and school library media specialists will find this resource invaluable for providing lessons and activities in critical thinking for students in grades 7-12. It is filled with over 200 primary source Internet sites covering the Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and Latin languages. Each Web site will help reinforce language skills while providing students with interactive lessons on the unique culture of the peoples who speak the language. The next best thing to visiting the country itself!

For each of the 56 primary Web sites, a site summary is given describing its contents and usefulness to teachers and school library media specialists. Site subjects may include: a country's radio or news program; the history of a country and its visual arts, including museums; foods eaten by the people who speak this language and recipes on how to prepare them; ceremonies, customs, and sports enjoyed; geography of the countries who speak this language; and sites to help practice the language itself. Following are a list of questions and activities which students can prepare orally or in written form, and at least four more related Web sites are provided for further study. Using this book will not only help students increase their language skills, but it will also open up the entire culture, to enable students to experience it just as if they were visiting!

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Librarians and educators describe 200 primary web sites that can reinforce teaching language in the classroom for students in grades seven to twelve by providing background on the cultures of the peoples who speak the language. After summarizing the site, they offer six discussion questions and activities, and identify related sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

GRETE PASCH, MLIS, is the Library Technology Consultant for the Texas State Library and an Instructor for the University of Texas, where she designed and teaches a Web-based Internet course.

KENT NORSWORTHY is the Associate Content Director for the Latin American Network Information Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

The Internet and Foreign Language Teaching

Overview of Critical Thinking

Chinese, with Yuwu Song

French

German

Japanese, with Jeffrey Adams

Latin, with Richard Pelton

Russian, with Andriy Adaryukov

Spanish

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