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Language Learning and Teaching: Resources

Children's books in foreign languages

World languages

To search the catalog or databases for material on a specific language, use the word language plus the name of the language, e.g.:

  • German language
  • French language
  • Hebrew language

Access to more online resources on languages

Web-based language resources

Lang Media: Resources for World Languages
Lang Media's mission is to provide "materials in languages less-commonly offered by colleges and universities in the United States" and "authentic materials depicting differences in regional dialects and language-usage among speakers of the most commonly taught languages worldwide." The site was produced by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.


Language learning resources from COERLL: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, from the University of Texas at Austin. Produces and shares open educational resources for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, including online language courses, podcasts, downloadable transcripts, reference grammars, and assessment tools.

Other language learning resources

Software on campus:

Castleton has a language lab in Leavenworth with Rosetta Stone and Fluenz language learning software.

Languages available:

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Persian (Farsi), Russian, Vietnamese

Audio CDs to check out:

The CU library has Pimsleur conversational programs on audio CD (8 hours/16 lessons) to check out in these languages:

Arabic Japanese
Brazilian Portuguese       Mandarin Chinese
French Russian
German Spanish

Online software:

Many public libraries, including the Rutland Free Library, offer access to Mango Languages. 



Courses in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian and German. Free; available for iOS devices.

Courses in 12 languages. Free; available for iOS and Android devices. Lessons can be downloaded in advance for off-line use.

Foreign language newspapers

Teaching English

Resources on cultures

French Culture, from Cultural Services of the French Embassy, U.S.
Provides Americans with resources to understand various aspects of French culture, including literature, performing arts, film, television, higher education, grant programs, and the French language.

Dewey numbers for languages and linguistics

400 Language
401 Philosophy & theory
403 Dictionaries & encyclopedias
407 Education, research, related topics
408 With respect to kinds of persons
409 Geographical & persons treatment
410 Linguistics
411 Writing systems
412 Etymology
413 Dictionaries
414 Phonology
415 Structural systems (Grammar)
417 Dialectology & historical linguistics
418 Standard usage Applied linguistics
419 Verbal language not spoken or written
420 English & Old English
421 English writing system & phonology
422 English etymology
423 English dictionaries
425 English grammar
427 English language variations
428 Standard English usage
429 Old English (Anglo-Saxon)

430 Germanic languages German
431 German writing system & phonology
432 German etymology
433 German dictionaries
435 German grammar
437 German language variations
438 Standard German usage
439 Other Germanic languages

440 Romance languages French
441 French writing system & phonology
442 French etymology
443 French dictionaries
445 French grammar
447 French language variations
448 Standard French usage
449 Provencal & Catalan

450 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romantic
451 Italian writing system & phonology
452 Italian etymology
453 Italian dictionaries
455 Italian grammar
457 Italian language variations
458 Standard Italian usage
459 Romanian & Rhaeto-Romanic

460 Spanish & Portugese languages
461 Spanish writing system & phonology
462 Spanish etymology
463 Spanish dictionaries
465 Spanish grammar
467 Spanish language variations
468 Standard Spanish usage
469 Portuguese

470 Italic Latin
471 Classical Latin writing & phonology
472 Classical Latin etymology & phonology
473 Classical Latin dictionaries
475 Classical Latin grammar
477 Old, Postclassical, Vulgar Latin
478 Classical Latin usage
479 Other Italic languages

480 Hellenic languages Classical Greek
481 Classical Greek writing & phonology
482 Classical Greek etymology
483 Classical Greek dictionaries
485 Classical Greek grammar
487 Preclassical & postclassical Greek
488 Classical Greek usage
489 Other Hellenic languages

490 Other languages
491 East Indo-European & Celtic languages
492 Afro-Asiatic languages Semitic
493 Non-Semitic Afro-Asiatic languages
494 Ural-Altaic, Paleosiberian, Dravidian
495 Languages of East & Southeast Asia
496 African languages
497 North American native languages
498 South American native languages
499 Miscellaneous languages