Posts Tagged ‘tv’

Here are some direct links to live international TV






RTV N-H (variety)


Channel 4 (variety)


France 24 (news)


TV5 (news)


NDR (variety),

(new & untested) ARD live stream, or (likely more useful)ARD Mediathek


RAI (news)


TVA Vicenza (variety)


Anime cartoons


NC KYO (variety)


Korean — KTV


TV Haugaland (news)


Brazil — Programa do Jô


Russia — Vesti (News)

Spanish (Spain)

Spain — RTVE (news)

Spanish (Spain)

Spain — Telemadrid (news)

Spanish (Latin America)

Telesur (news)


Där ingen skulle tro att någon kunde bo (Survivalist)

You can probably tell from the language selection where this list is from Smile: Many thanks, University of Minnesota Language Center, I only had to remove your scheduling information which we have no use for…

Categories: audience-is-students, Listening, Media Tags: ,

How to use’s US-English news collection as a language learning corpus with QUIK-like speaking samples

  1. Much of TV news nowadays seems to amount to not much more than a constant stream of sound bites  – however, exactly this brevity,
  2. the large archive and simple search interface: image
  3. the research/browsing capabilities visible on the left here, including the varied sources – of which Arabic and French and other European TV likely provide a somewhat different perspectives on Edward Snowden –
  4. image
  5. and the caption-like transcription, make it all the more accessible for intermediate learners of English.
  6. image
  7. video clips of only 30 seconds length is hardly enough for instruction, however, you can have students work with corpus-QUIK-like spoken samples, and have them string a news history together if you design webquest-like research assignments – with the major added benefits, that this corpus is spoken and trains listening.
  8. For more background info on’s transcribed TV news, consult this NYTimes article.

The LRC International TV , stations, programs, channels, and subscriptions…

  1. … unfortunately have been discontinued during recent rounds of budget cuts.
  2. That’s why we list a few sources of free international TV that are available on the internet here.

News TV on the internet: Politics and Legislatures
”On-demand consultation of any event or subject during the week following its transmission on satellite. All products become accessible to any connected media or individual anywhere in the world through the Internet portal of the audiovisual service.  On the site you will find EbS permanently updated transmission schedule, as well as shotlists detailing the content of pictures and links to complementary information sources and photos. Pictures and sound may be downloaded in broadcast quality formats: MPEG2 for video, MP3 for sound and JPEG for photos. This news material is published during or soon after the events, remains available *for at least one month* and is easy to download, process and file.”

German public TV on the internet

French TV on the internet

TV5 seems still in the satellite/per-per-view phase. But it offers free video learning resources:

International TV on the Internet, lists 2244 online TV stations, by topic and “country” (note that this does not equal “language”).

Network shares for collaboration: Applications and Files

As explained earlier here, we have set up network shares for collaboration which you can access from your office computers.


Overview of shares:

If you still have textbook media files in the LLC (talk to me on how to move them into the Blackboard content system and recycle them between terms by doing a course rollover in Blackboard ), access them on drive M: (for “media”).

If you have students making audio recordings in the LLC, access them on drive S: (for “students”). A better way for doing recordings during self-access/homework is TBA.

Some useful files for management are on drive H:, in the LLC folder. Some background info is here.

Overview of files:

To access these files quickly, you can click , click , paste the path to the file, click :


H:\LLC\people\Sign_In_Sheet.xls   –  Attendance Meter

H:\LLC\scheduling\channel55-presenter\channel55.ppt – the PowerPoint displayed on the Campus TV Network channel; for the LLC (TBA: as of March 2010, computer is being swapped out, and I have to migrate my application again – stay tuned).

H:\LLC\scheduling\hallway-presenter\hallway.ppt – the PowerPoint displayed on the hallway screen outside of the LLC on MH, 4th floor.


The PowerPoint files – one being displayed on the 4th floor hallway computer, the other on Channel 55 Campus TV – contain sections for announcements/advertisements which you may want to edit, update and/or add to.


Open these files like files on your computer. Overwrite the text in the files with current information. It is strongly recommended that you add slides by copy/pasting existing slides.


If you need help with the PowerPoints, I trained and assessed the lab assistants through Language Learning Center Blackboard site. There should always be an assistant at the LLC desk that can help you with basic PowerPoint tasks. 


Your updates will not show instantaneously, but next day. I’ll check for changes in either PowerPoint file, backup the original and upload the new version over night to their respective computers.