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LangMedia Foreign Language Media Archive

This site presents information on culture and language in different regions of the world as well as videos and audio taken from the authentic regions. Transcripts in English and the target languages are included. The MERLOT World Languages Editorial Board chose LangMedia for its 2005 Classics Award. The MERLOT Editor's Council  subsequently selected it as an Editors' Choice recipient. LangMedia provides access to authentic materials that can be used in a wide variety of pedagogical settings. It features less commonly taught languages from Bangla to Wolof, as well as excellent materials in French, Spanish and other more commonly taught languages. It has a learner-centered design and appeals to a variety of learning styles. With its strong cultural content and English transcripts, LangMedia... Show More
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R Reeder
R Reeder (Teacher (K-12))
4 years ago

Very helpful site as it includes cultural information as well as language.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
R Reeder
R Reeder (Teacher (K-12))
4 years ago
It is not easy to find good learning resources for the Indonesian language. I am so glad to have found this on MERLOT
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Valerie Schmitz
Valerie Schmitz (Faculty)
8 years ago
Provides video and an explanation of daily tasks in different languages and from a variety of cultural perspectives. Very useful in beginning language instruction.
Avonne Alzate
Avonne Alzate (Faculty)
9 years ago
Good site for students to hear various Spanish speakers from various countries. Teachers need to review and select videos prior to student use.

Technical Remarks:

easy to navigate, good video
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Jennifer Brady
Jennifer Brady (Student)
9 years ago
This website houses an archive of very short media clips that run from approximately 10 - 30 seconds each. The clips are of daily situations: going to the pharmacy, taking a taxi, saying hello to a friend on the street, and so on, and would be great to supplement materials being learned in class and/or to highlight different accents between countries and even within countries.
Sandra Paggetti
Sandra Paggetti (Staff)
11 years ago
Very effective for basic knowledge of languages. It is an interesting material because it is always possible to compare language amd culture in overworld wide vision.

Technical Remarks:

Very quick and easy to use.
Used in course? Yes
Jamie Predl
Jamie Predl (Student)
11 years ago
This website provided a lot of information from a lot of different languages. If I were to pursue languages for a teaching subject, I would definitely come back to this site and use it to its full extent.
Jennifer Humes
Jennifer Humes (Student)
11 years ago
As a future language teacher, I found this website very helpful. There are several languages covered on this site. I know I often have a hard time finding websites which will pertain to my subject matter, but this site tries to accomodate as many people and interests as possible.For each language ther are several themes discussed which include activites. There are pictures and videos to engage students and to promote a more hands on approach to learning a language. I personally found this site to be very welcoming and easy to use.

Technical Remarks:

I found the videos and links very easy to use.
Manasa Rizk
Manasa Rizk (Student)
11 years ago
This course covers beginning and intermediate learners and focuses on listening, reading, speaking and writing. It offers a wide collection of authentic audio and video files from different Arabic countries. Some of the audio and video files are accompanied by English transcripts available in MS and PDF format. In addition there are 101 grammar rules that cover all basics grammatical concepts.
Iksoo Jeong
Iksoo Jeong (Faculty)
11 years ago
This is a very useful website. Though it doesn't have abundance of materials, it uses all the multimedia materials. It is good in the sense that it provides good examples of how to use them.

Technical Remarks:

Instead of making the users download the multimedia files, embedding them in the web would have been much better... by using Flash or something like that.
Daniel Filcek
Daniel Filcek (Student)
11 years ago
I'm a student at CSUMB now, but I'm still teaching language in the classroom, and I have used this site in the classroom. Students seem to really enjoy it, and i am impressed with the integration of video, and the inclusion of the transripts along with them. A well done site.

Technical Remarks:

This site requires you to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or an audio player that will play .ram files.
Bozo Dzakula
Bozo Dzakula (Student)
11 years ago
Teaching and learning of foreign language does not require only to acquire certain amount of words, phrases or speaking at certain level. Body language is extremly important and it goes along with spoken language. Foreigner who speaks target language will be understood and accepted by natives much better if such pesron shows certain level of body language. Expression of respect, or love varies from language to language. For example when I try to say to my wife "I love you" in English, I really do not feel much of love, and perhaps I do not show it neither. This URL is very valuable for those who learn language using media or through colborative learning. Along with learning of pronunciation of sounds, phrases, or speaking at any level, these video clips show what body language goes with spoken language.

Technical Remarks:

I have feeling that some of characters are a little bit shay in front of cameras, which significantly decreases their natural performances.
Used in course? Yes
Sui Rao
Sui Rao (Other)
11 years ago
This site provides the authentic video, audio, and pictures from 35 countries in 25 languages. The materials cover practical topics such as greetings, family, travel, transportation, and shopping, etc. It contains strong cultural content and English transcripts. I like the format of this course as it categorized the learning dialogs in different topic, each topic has a link to the video and script file, plus vocab. Viewers can hear and see the dialogs in their own pace. Hope that this course will include more languages in the future. I can adapt the format to create my web course in my school.

Technical Remarks:

It is simple and easy to use!
Used in course? Yes
Jelena Teague
Jelena Teague (Faculty)
11 years ago
This is a great website with numerous short video clips, photos and written material addressing culture and different other issues that every language learner needs to know and pay attention to. I like the fact that the clips are short and ?down to the point?. As a language teacher, I noticed that students get overwhelmed with ?too much spoken language?, especially at the early stages of learning a second language. I also like the fact that all video clips are accompanied with a target language transcript and English translation. I personally used Croatian and Serbian materials, and students really enjoyed seeing authentic settings, pictures, language, and cultural messages that came with it.

Technical Remarks:

The site is user friendly and is very simple to navigate. Some of the sounds might need improvement.
Used in course? Yes