Language Resources in Minnesota


A World of Languages
This brochure was designed to highlight the benefits of taking a world language for teachers of world languages to copy and share with colleagues, counselors, parents, students administrators and communications departments. It was developed by the World Languages Learning Area Support Team, Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning. For more information see the references page.

Model for Setting Local World Language Standards in MN
This document is available from the CARLA website in the following formats:
* MS Word: MN LocalStdsModel.doc
* PDF: MN LocalStdsModel.pdf 

Multilingual Minnesota
This online resource center has many resources to support multilingualism in Minnesota including information on bilingualism and a director of language service providers.

International Institute of Minnesota
Non-profit social service agency with programs and services for New Americans including refugee resettlement, English language classes, computer and workforce preparation, citizenship, a nursing assistant training program, and annual Festival of Nations multicultural celebration.
Phone: 651-647-0191x300 for more information.

Minnesota International Center
International Classroom Connection program provides international speakers who are trained in the cultural universals. Teacher partners must attend an August workshop. Small cost involved to participate.
Phone: 612-626-4987

Explore Minnesota
The Explore Minnesota web site ( features links to Minnesota information in German, Dutch, Japanese, and British English. The sites include information on many topics including making travel arrangements, recreational opportunities, entertainment, sports, restaurants, the Boundary Waters and history of the fur trade as well as maps that can be enlarged. Look for the flags at the bottom right of the page.

Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC)
MCTLC is the Minnesota affiliate of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). It promotes language study in the state, organizes an annual conference for language teachers, publishes a statewide newsletter, offers a listserv for members, and provides a variety of professional growth opportunities.
Kittok, Janice, President

Minnesota New Visions: Languages for Life
Minnesota New Visions: Languages for Life is a group of language teachers who came together initially in July 2002 to identify critical issues within the profession and begin working on plans to address those issues.
Anita Ratwik, Coordinator

MinneTESOL is a professional association of teachers of English as a Second Language in Minnesota and neighboring states dedicated to the education and support of students acquiring English at all levels of public and private education. MinneTESOL sponsors an annual conference and a newsletter for ESL teachers.
Contact: Nima Salehi
Phone: 651-645-2277, x224

MN Language Teachers in Higher Education
Phone: 218-723-6718

Concordia Language Villages
Culture and language immersion programs in ten world languages. Weekend programs available during school year, and week-long programs available in the summer (some programs are for high school credit).
Phone: 1-800-222-4750 / 218-299-4544
Fax: 218-299-3807

University Language Center
Language courses in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and English. Workshops for language teachers.
Phone: 1-800-798-6032 / 612-379-3823
Fax: 612-379-3832

Festival of Nations
The International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 651-647-0191
or St. Paul Chamber of Commerce:
Held at the beginning of May in the St. Paul Civic Center, this is a weekend of international exhibits, entertainment, food, marketplace, and educational activities for all ages. Weekday hours are scheduled for student groups.

Minnesota Zoo
School Programs
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124-8199
Phone: 952-431-9200
Exhibits are presented in German, French, and Spanish on World Language Days. Held in February, the zoo offers special days of exhibits, presentations, and entertainment designed for high school language students. Curriculum packages are available.

Science Museum of Minnesota - Omni Theater
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 1-800-221-9444 / 651-221-9444
Museum offers Omnitheater films in French and Spanish to foreign language classes during a three-month period on school days.

The following list of cinemas often show films in a variety of languages.

University Film Society
University of Minnesota
425 Ontario Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-331-3134 (Hotline)
612-331-7563 (Admin)

Oak Street Cinema
309 S.E. Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-331-3134

Uptown & Lagoon Cinemas
1320 Lagoon Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: 612-825-6006

Many of the large chain stores such as Circuit City and Sam Goody offer an international selection of music. The following stores are smaller, independent music and video stores.

Electric Fetus Records and Gifts
2000 4th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-870-9300

Cheapo Records
1300 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: 612-827-0646
Many Twin Cities locations.

World Beat and Video
1810 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-338-6398

Intercontinental Video Sales & Rental
521 Cedar Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-333-6666

Barnes and Noble
Many Twin Cities locations.

Dinkytown News
320 14th Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-331-7741
Sells many international newspapers and magazines.

The Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-224-8320
Has a selection of French children's books.

The Wild Rumpus
2720 W. 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Phone: 952-920-5005
Has children's books in Spanish.

University of Minnesota Bookstore
Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis Campus
Phone: 612-625-6000

Wilson Library, University of Minnesota
Circulation: 612-624-3321
Periodicals/Newspapers: 612-624-6576
Many international periodicals and newspapers are available.

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