skip to main content

Language and Language Arts

Language Resources
Top of Page

ARTFL Project
The University of Chicago's Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language ( wonder they use an acronym!) was created as a database of words from written French. It now contains over 150 million words ranging from the 17th to the 20th centuries. A great tool for French scholars and researchers, as well as lovers of language.

Association des Bibliophiles Universels
An extensive collection of public domain French literature, in French.

Bienvenidos Bienvenus Welcome
Put together by a Spanish teacher, this is an impressive group of foreign language links. There are French, German, and Spanish collections, including newspaper and magazine links in all three languages. There's also a chat section, and one for homework help.

Chinese Character Genealogy
This is "An Etymological Chinese-English Dictionary" which would be very useful to students of Chinese. The point and click translation method and excellent use of frames make the site a pleasure to visit, and the background information is interesting even if you're not studying Chinese.

Chinese Language Related Information Page
A number of resources for anyone interested in Chinese, including speakers and students of Chinese languages, China scholars, Chinese teachers, translators, linguists, East Asiatic librarians, and computer programmers.

ClicNet is a French website for culture and literature links, published entirely in French. If you are a French teacher, a printout of one of their links pages might make an excellent quiz for your students.

Concordia Language Villages in Moorhead, MN
Looking for something different to do? Concordia offers a camp with cultural settings. This site is quite nice with a lot of info on their program.

Dave's ESL Cafe
At the English as a Second Language Cafe, you'll find helpful areas such as the Idea Page and Discussion Center. Other people on the net write in with their ideas and problems and get responses. It's a good place for teachers especially. Helpful for students is the quiz page where one can choose from multiple quizzes on a single topic (i.e. geography, grammar, history.

The ESL Center
If you're looking for Web resources on English as a Second Language, including writing, pronunciation, exercises, and teacher links, The ESL Center can help you.

English Country School
Despite its annoying use of the dreaded <BLINK> tag, this site offers great stuff on the English Country School, a British Council-recognized English language summer school for teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World
In trying "to bring together the best information available on the languages of the world," the Ethnologue here presents an electronic catalog of 6700 languages spoken in 228 countries. Choose a country and learn the languages spoken there, the literacy rate, religions practiced, and other interesting and useful information.

French-English Dictionary
This searchable index, from some of the ARTFL Project folks, contains about 75,000 terms and allows you to input French or English for translation.

German News
Read the daily news in German....luckily there's an English option for those who are not fluent.

A Guide to Grammar and Writing
This is a straightforward and exhaustive presentation of English grammar rules and usage examples, followed by computer-graded quizzes and the chance to ask a grammar question. The site also contains writing helps and "grammar goofs." This is an excellent resource.

HAPAX: French Resources on the Web
This site, noted as experimental, is targeted toward university level students and professors. Categories include everything from art and culture to humor and government. Nicely organized by a professor of French at Sweet Briar College.

The Human Languages Page
Did you just begin a class in Swahili? Perhaps a trip to Japan is in your future? At the Human Languages Page, you will find "a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources...[and] online language lessons, translating dictionaries, programs to aid you in learning a language, and more."

IPEE Spanish Language School in Costa Rica
Want or need to learn Spanish? Come to Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the Spanish language while studying in small classes and living in a Costa Rican home. This site gives all the facts, answers your questions, and supplies pictures of classrooms, homes, and Costa Rican beauty.

Indispensable Writing Resources
If you're looking for resources for writing or researching a paper, on or off the Net, you've hit the jackpot here. Taken from Write Your Way to a Higher GPA, this site offers reference material, writing style guides, Internet reference resources, and writing-related Web sites. And it tells you which ones are best!

Internet Activities for Foreign Language Classes
This site contains a number of sample lesson plans for Spanish (mainly), French, and German--all involving the Web. There are also foreign language and education links.

Learning Practical Turkish Home Page
This page presents "the lighter sides of Turkish" and the special difficulties of the language for English speakers, with lots of encouragement. If your browser supports Real Audio, you can actually hear the language spoken.

Merriam-Webster Online
In addition to an online dictionary, Merriam-Webster brings you an online bookstore and archived transcripts of their two-minute Word for the Wise radio show. Fascinating stuff if you're interested in the English language and its origins.

Net Lingo
This handy online guide containing definitions of hundreds of Internet terms is a great resource for Web users.

Soleil's World Learning Series
Children, parents, and educators have special sections of reviewed links at Soleil's. A publisher of educational materials, Soleil (French for sun!) puts an emphasis on languages. For instance, when you click on the wildlife in Fun Zone, you get descriptions in English, Spanish, and French.

The Welsh Language
You can learn the Welsh language online with this site, which includes online help and audio clips in Welsh to aid pronunciation.

Yamada Language Center
This is an alphabetical guide to dialects by geographic location. It contains downloadable fonts and links to information on specific languages.

Liberal Arts and Sciences ResourcesTop of Page

A Liberal Education
Interesting reflections from the honors program of Boston College concerning, "the breakdown of agreement in our culture about what is worth knowing."
Indispensable Writing Resources
If you're looking for resources for writing or researching a paper, on or off the Net, you've hit the jackpot here. Taken from Write Your Way to a Higher GPA, this site offers reference material, writing style guides, Internet reference resources, and writing-related Web sites. And it tells you which ones are best!
The Institute for Study of the Liberal Arts and Sciences
ISLAS, a non-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of Louisiana, offers an online academy to support teachers and homeschooling parents of high school students. Catalog, FAQ, application for student admission.
The Jolly Roger - Beaconway Press
Amid these Princeton grads' railings against liberals in the university community you will find some interesting discussion about what constitutes a liberal education. Not to mention a great letter (which you are invited to copy) asking for a job teaching conservative poetry.
List of Study Abroad Experiential Program Providers
Many schools and programs offering study abroad are listed and described here. Addresses, overseas dialing tips, financial aid information.
Residential Colleges Bibliography
This is a source for articles about particular colleges (Cambridge, Oxford, and a number of U.S. schools), and in general about the value of a liberal arts education at a residential college.

Literature ResourcesTop of Page

Alex: A Catalog of Electronic Texts on the Internet
This catalog contains around 2,000 entries, mostly on gopher servers. Just enter your query and read on. Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and more await.

American Literary Classics
This site offers classic literature works in a chapter-a-day format. If you've gotta read Moby Dick, read it online a chapter a day! Neat!

BDD Online
Bantam Doubleday Dell offers visits with their authors, excerpts from books, a Young Readers section complete with Teacher's Resource Center, a Daily Puzzle, and other attractions.

Blue Penny Quarterly
This online literary magazine features hypertext writings, a literary discussion group, and more. It takes great advantage of the Web's technology while providing content that would be compelling in hard copy as well, although the loss of linking would be regrettable.

Candlelight Stories
Read a variety of children's stories, look at colorful illustrations, listen to music, and more. And you can have your own story published on Candlelight or display your artwork in the Candlight Gallery.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site is a collection of reviews of children's books and ways to use them in the classroom. You can look them up by title, author, type, or age, and browse them in catagories such as curriculum area, subject, and theme.

A Celebration of Women Writers
This is an incredible resource of women authors listed alphabetically. Not all authors have links to more information, but many of them do.

Classic Short Stories
Read a variety of short stories collected by Gary Lindquist, and participate in a short story chat forum.

Columbia University's Bartleby Library
Project Bartleby offers fulltext classics of poetry and prose including works by Keats, Christie, Du Bois, O'Neill, and many more. Bartleby's next big release will be The Oxford Book of English Verse, making them "the definitive poetry site." Includes search tool.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Full text of the Bard's plays, online, with an accompanying dictionary that lets you look up Elizabethan words on-site. View plays either in continuous text or through a series of hypertext links.

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
If you're studying Gulliver's Travels you're going to love this site! The complete text online has been formatted so that you can click from the text to explanatory footnotes and glossary items. There's a section with related links and one on the life and times of Swift, in addition to noteworthy quotes, images, more.

Indigenous Peoples' Literature
This is a huge collection of material on the cultures of indigenous peoples all over the world. Included are writings, sayings, art, music, myths, prayers, stories, and poetry. The layers of organization are sometimes a bit difficult, but the site has much to offer.

The Internet Classics Archive
Online archive of almost 400 classical Greek and Roman texts, including Homer's Odyssey andVirgil's Aeneid, in English translation. The site contains a subject search engine or you can browse the author list.

Online Books
More electronic texts online; a good companion to Project Gutenberg and Project Bartleby.

An Online Literature Library
This collection of online texts is organized by author. It's not a huge number of works, but each title is complete so you must admire the work put into the site.

Project Gutenberg
The goal of this massive project is to make classic works of literature available online. This is an excellent start.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
You don't have to be a student at Purdue (or anywhere) to make great use of this site. Online tutorials walk you through and offer coaching on writing sentences, letters, punctuation, spelling, and more. And don't miss the section that can help you write a resume.

The University of Virginia Electronic Text Library
An online collection of texts in many languages, including English (see Modern English Collection above), French, Japanese, Latin, and Hebrew. Site also has links to other library resources at UVa. Note: some items are restricted to UVa student use only.

Victorian Women Writers
Includes complete works in downloadable format. These are big files, so be warned. But, some of these works aren't available most other places.

The Web Concordances
This is "the first interactive literary concordance system on the Web." It offers works by Shelley, Keats, and other Romantic poets, with concordances for all poems and workbooks for some. In addition to its considerable literary offering, this site is an excellent place to learn about concordances, how they work, and how they partner with computer technology. (Frames intensive, but well explained.) Great site!
peruse several interesting collections of annotated links, and much more. We recommend it!

Wired for Books: Community Reconsidered
Listen to or read the discussions of two Ohio University literature professors and their guest scholars as they consider works by Raymond Carver, Zora Neale Hurston, Leo Tolstoy, and Toni Morrison. The theme is "Community Reconsidered" and the site also includes a discussion area, works online, and author resources.

In this funny and very literate site, the author offers you the chance to write poetry (alone or with others), read poetry (hers and the classics), take a poetry trivia quiz (new every month), send a poetry postcard, peruse several interesting collections of annotated links, and much more. We recommend it!