Useful Links   

EUROPEAN UNION : Education and training
The British Council ELTeCS web-site is a very valuable source of information for teachers of English:
The Bell School is one of the most prestigious English-language schools in Britain. 
It has well-established language schools in several attractive locations in England as well as in a number of other countries.
CILTA, the Interfaculty Centre for Theoretical and Applied Linguistic "L. Heilmann" (University of Bologna), presents to European teachers selected for a Socrates scholarship in the Academic Year 2004/2005 an advanced in-training course focusing on the international context of didactical Web technologies and aimed at providing teachers instruments and tools for the acquisition of an autonomous role within the teaching-learning process, and in particular within the process of courseware production.
The Promotics web-site provides training courses and training software for teachers and students preparing for national examinations in Business and in Travel and Tourism, for 5 target languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Available in 7 access languages: the same five plus Slovenian and Hungarian:
UNDEROAK - The UK Training Index is a comprehensive index of all management development and personal skills courses.  The index holds details on over 25,000 courses offered by approximately 950 different organisations; it is updated by Underoak every month.
Anyone in the USA interested in Latin and Ancient Greek should visit the web site of Centaur Systems, which also supports the American Classical League's Software Directory for the Classics.
Does the technology currently available for language learning warrant the time and effort that must be invested by teachers and students to adapt to it? What exactly is available and how can those resources be best utilized?

In U.S.A. More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. Here you can find resources to teach languages:

The Language Centre of the University of Oregon in the USA provides excellent information on many languages and offers a wide range of fonts:

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively

Enhancing Authentic Language Learning Experiences Through Internet Technology at  
adds some depth as it reviews the uses of Internet applications which range from Electronic mail, lists and journals to Web Course Management. It deals with multimedia capabilities which allow not only accessing and displaying authentic text, sound and video but also support interactive presentations.

For those who are already involved in using WEB in their teaching/learning contexts the following sites are very useful
  • WEB in Language Teaching (University of Wisconsin):
  • Language Learning & Technology at
    is a refereed journal for second and foreign language educators which is published on-line three times a year. Investigate the Archives and Special Issues which discuss research results on anything from evaluating multimedia software, to teacher education, to whether (or how) highlighting of hyperlinks affects the reading process, to computer-assisted testing.

Language families and languages

The study of languages and their relationships gives us information about how people have migrated during historical times. It also helps with the dating of developments like plant domestication and the use of tools. Each language gives an insight into a unique way of thinking.
In 2003, the total number of languages in the world was estimated to be 6,809.

Interesting Things for ESL Students

This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising.


The VOWEL MACHINE helps you to recognise English vowel sounds.
TRANSCRIBER is a program which presents words in sound or in spelling or both.
TONI is a program designed to help you recognise the nuclear tones of English.
PLATO is a program where you have to find the nuclear syllable in sentences which you hear.
VGRID gives you practice at using the vowel quadrilateral.