Online Teaching Tools and Resources

This page contains a list of free tools and resources for language teachers to use in their classrooms:

  1. Teaching Tools - a list of tools that can be used for creating and editing technology-enhanced tasks, activities, and materials for language learning.
  2. Media Sources - a list of media sources such as audio, video, and images that can be used for language teaching and learning.
  3. Additional Tools, Sources, and Resources - this section provides a list of additional tools, sources, and resources that language teachers can explore and experiment with.

If you have questions about these tools or need help with their implementation, please contact the CLS.


Teaching Tools

Audio recording and editing Vocaroo an online tool for recording and sharing audio messages
  Audacity software for recording and editing audio (requires installation)
Photo editing Pixlr an online tool for editing photos
  SumoPaint an online tool for editing photos
Multimedia projects CLEAR’s Rich Internet Applications a set of online tools for creating multimedia-enhanced language learning materials, activities, and assessment (requires initial registration):
  • Audio Dropbox: a dropbox for students’ audio recordings that can be put on any webpage
  • Broadcasts: a podcasting program for language learning
  • Conversations: a tool for recording questions for students to answer them asynchronously
  • Mashups: a great tool that allows for combining video, audio, text, and interactive exercises
  • QuizBreak!: a flexible program for creating fun language games
  • Revisions: a platform that supports process writing
  • Scribbles: a tool for handwriting practice online
  • SMILE: a tool for creating interactive language-practice exercises
  • Video Dropbox: a dropbox for students’ video recordings that can be put on any webpage
  • Viewpoint: an audio and video repository that allows for recording audio and video files online, or uploading existing media. 
  • Worksheets: interactive worksheets that allow for audio/video recording, multiple-choice and matching questions, etc.
  Lingt a tool for creating online spoken assignments (using images and videos) and providing feedback to students
Collaborative working and writing GoogleDocs a set of applications for creating, sharing, and collaborating on online documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
  Wikispaces an online wiki platform for collaborative writing and discussions
Presentation VoiceThread an online presentation and collaboration tool that allows for creating multimedia slideshows and commenting using voice, text, audio file, or video. Free version limited to five VoiceThreads, which can’t be deleted once they are created.
  Prezi an online tool for creating zooming and multimedia-rich presentations
Video conferencing Skype

software for text chatting, instant messaging, and video calling (requires installation)

  ooVoo software for 12-way group video chatting and instant messaging
Dictionaries and vocabulary learning Wordreference online dictionaries for various languages
  Lingro an online tool for converting any website into an interactive audio-enhanced dictionary; also allows for creating flash cards
Video production and editing Amara an online tool for captioning and translating videos
  Animoto an easy-to-use online tool for creating videos
Websites and e-portfolios* Weebly a platform for creating websites, blogs, and e-portfolios using the “drag-and-drop” method
  Yale Academic Commons a WordPress set-up for personal websites, blogs, or e-portfolios

*Note: If you are interested in creating an e-portfolio, contact the CLS for more information and help.


Media Sources

BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips a tagged and structured collection of clips from foreign language films (requires application for an account)
SCOLA a website for watching or recording television programming from around the world in 65 different languages
CARLA Instructional Materials images, audio, video files for various Less Commonly Taught Languages
Open Culture “the best free cultural and educational media on the web,” including free language lessons, movies, audio books, etc.
Newseum front pages from over 800 newspapers worldwide


Additional Tools, Sources, and Resources

Language Teaching and Technology Resources @ YaleCLS a Diigo group with a list of resources related to language teaching and technology
Directory of Learning and Performance Tools a list of over 2,000 tools for educational purposes
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a blog containing various educational technology resources
Web 2.0 Tools for Language Teachers a list of Web 2.0 tools for language teachers (sorted by categories)
Bamboo DiRT a registry of various digital research tools
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota

guidelines for developing materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages and resources for language teachers

UCLA Language Materials Project teaching resources for Less Commonly Taught Languages
Online Tools for Language Teaching an article in TESL-EJ containing a list of tools for language teaching and learning