Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Links for teachers

Authoring tools and journals on our language technology resources page

  • Language Box is a bank of language teaching resources, which you can contribute to: store, manage and publish your teaching resources on the web. It's a repository for Open Educational Resources (OERs), enabling us to share handouts, exercises, podcasts, videos etc.
    • LORO from the Open University is a very similar repository, also using EdShare as a platform.
  • It's often useful to incorporate pictures and video into teaching material, online and offline:
    • Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon is a searchable database of images for using in teaching foreign languages - don't miss Pictolang which makes games based on these.
    • The REALIA Project is a similar resource.
    • Language Teaching Clipart from the University of Victoria; and more clip art aimed at language teachers.
    • Search Creative Commons is a general-purpose multi-site search for images, music and video which you can legally use.
      • Wikimedia Commons is similar
      • This link to Google Images has been pre-set to search only for images which free to use, share or modify (even commercially); you can do this yourself using Search Tools at the top of any image search results page.
    • Pixabay offers public domain images - no attribution necessary. Unsplash specialises in large copyright-free photos - mostly inspiring landscapes, good for backgrounds and banners (you have to rely on serendipity, it's not searchable). Gratisography is similar (less emphasis on landscapes), or try morgueFile.
    • High-quality image collections from a useful blog post at Open Education Database.
  • And for videos, try searching on JISC MediaHub and EdMediaShare as well as the usual suspects (YouTube, Vimeo etc)
    • JISC Digital Media offers advice for the UK HE community on the use of still/moving images and sound.
  • Telecollaboration is a rewarding use of the Internet for language classes, 'e-pals' or 'key pals' by email, blogs or synchronous meetings.
  • The BBC have an area on their site dedicated to their language programmes, including lots of interactive material and transcripts, and a section for tutors.
    • Most BBC language programmes are broadcast in the Learning Zone slot, and snippets from some of these can be browsed by topic online at Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips.
    • The BBC's commercial arm BBC Active publish their packaged courses, and have a Teachers' Club where you can sign up for a genuinely useful monthly email newsletter which ranges far beyond their materials.
  • Resources in Language Testing including reviews and a database of journal articles on the subject.
  • Online Books Page at the University of Pennsyvania is a good starting point for browsing the treasure trove of online literature - there's a list of links to foreign language repositories.

Organisations and Journals

See also individual language links pages for organisations, journals and mailing lists specific to a particular language.

  • AULC, the Association of University Language Centres for the UK and Ireland - a member of CercleS, the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education.
  • LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies provides information, resources and professional development for UK HE (formerly part of the Higher Education Academy). They offer a teaching materials bank, good practice guides, details of events and training in the UK, and links to other resources.
  • UCML (University Council of Modern Languages) is the national organisation which represents the interests of modern languages, linguistics and cultural and area studies in higher education.
  • ALL (the Association for Language Learning) is the UK's major subject association for those involved in teaching modern foreign languages, whilst REAL is the European Network of Language Teacher Associations, with a rich website well worth exploring.
  • CILT is the UK's National Centre for Languages. As the UK Government's recognised centre of expertise on languages, its mission is to promote a greater capability in languages amongst all sectors of the UK population.
  • ECML is the European Centre for Modern Languages, a Council of Europe institution aiming to promote excellence in language education and catalyse reform in the teaching and learning of languages.
  • Matsda - the Materials Development Association includes printable teaching materials and articles from their newsletter, Folio.
  • UK University Language Centres - actually the AULC member list but most are there, complete with links to their web pages.
    • LRC Project was an EU-funded project run from CILT which still has a useful Language Resource Centre handbook available.
  • FLTEACH (Foreign Language Teaching Forum) is an e-mail discussion list; searchable archives are available on the web.

  • Language Learning Journal is the research journal from ALL, and provides a forum for scholarly contributions on current aspects of foreign language and teaching. LLJ is an international, peer-reviewed journal that is intended for an international readership, including foreign language teachers, language teacher educators, researchers and policy makers. Sussex is a subscriber and can access content online.
  • Language Learning in Higher Education is the newly founded journal from CercleS, dedicated to disseminating the best results of research activities carried out at language centres and higher education departments.
  • Language Teaching Research journal publishes work related to the teaching of any second language (including English), including issues concerned with programme, syllabus and materials design, methodology, the teaching of specific skills and language for specific purposes.
  • Modern Language Journal is a refereed publication for teachers and researchers of all modern foreign languages and English as a second language.
  • Language Teaching journal - (or rather, "international research resource for language professionals") provides an overview of research in the field of second-language teaching and learning, offering critical survey articles of recent research on specific topics.
  • Applied Linguistics publishes research into language with relevance to real world problems.
  • Journal of Second Language Writing publishes theoretically grounded reports of research and discussions of central issues in second and foreign language writing and writing instruction.
  • Yazik Open lists thousands of articles of open-access language research. 
  • eBooks - the University Library subscribes to various collections, many of which are listed on their guide to e-books but it's also worth checking the EBL collection which includes many Language and Linguistics eBooks from publishers such as Taylor & Francis, Wiley etc.