Resources

The following is a list of resources to help students maintain their language skills during the summer or semesters when they cannot take a language course. 

Language Learning Materials

Textbook Reserve

There are first and second year textbooks/workbooks/audio and video on reserve at the Language Resource Center (LRC) for use in the main center. Students can photocopy sections or exercises for their use.

Language Learning Programs

The LRC also subscribes to online language learning tools: Livemocha.com and Yabla.

Library Research Guides

The following links will take you to language-specific research guides, as well as resources, from the University of Michigan Library system. These materials are useful for both graduate and undergraduate level language research and are updated regularly.

French

For help with your research, feel free to contact Barbara Alvarez. RLL's UM Library Liaison for specialized research assistance in French.

View Barbara's profile.

Italian

For help with your research, feel free to contact Beau Case, RLL's UM Library Liaison for specialized research assistance in Italian.

View Beau's profile.

Spanish

For help with your research, feel free to contact Barbara Alvarez. RLL's UM Library Liaison for specialized research assistance in Spanish and Portuguese.

View Barbara's profile.

Additional UM Library Collections

The following links will take you to additional library research collections on the UM campus that are germane to romance languages and literatures, and offer specialized reference services for researchers interested in using materials from their collections.

Media Resources

IPTV

The Language Resource Center (LRC) subscribes to several different international channels that broadcast original programming from many different regions in the world. These streams can be viewed from any computer on the campus network.

Video Collection

The LRC has thousands of videos available to watch in the main center. You can find their catalog online: http://lrc-fms.iss.lsa.umich.edu/cat/.

Free Reading Collection

Students faculty and staff can check out the items from the LRC print collection for loans up to 2 weeks at a time.

Newspapers

The Library subscribes to newspapers from around the world, which are available online:

http://library.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

People Resources

Local People Resources

In addition to the Language Resource Center (LRC) managed conversation partner online bulletin board, there are other online tools to connect with language speakers from all over the world to practice communicating in a foreign language.

LRC Tandem Partners

ELI Conversation Circles

Meetup.com

Student Language Clubs

Online People Resources

LRC Tutor List

Mixxer - a free educational website for language exchanges via Skype

RLL Tutor/Translator List

Tandem City