Thursday, 23 February 2017

Donation

If you are a regular user of Light Bulb Languages, you may have seen that this week a "Donate" button has been added to the home page.

I have been considering for some time now the continued financial viability of the website.  The only income that it receives is that which is generated by the Google Ads.  This covers the web hosting and domain name costs but not much more.

It's in the site's best interests to continue to have new resources, but of course these resources take time to create.  Each of the Spanish-speaking country factfiles, for example, has taken an hour to research and create.

I have to consider my own financial future, and how best to generate income for that future.  At the moment I am spending many hours (many happy hours, I have to say) creating new resources, but am not receiving an income for that activity.

Many previously-free resource websites have introduced a subscription or are requesting payment for resources.  Light Bulb Languages will remain free.  Not all the resources on the site are mine, after all.

Therefore I have decided to add a "Donate" button so that you can, if you wish, make a contribution to the future of the website.

Merci, gracias, grazie and danke.

Friday, 10 February 2017

27 new resources today

Today I have uploaded 27 new resources for French, Spanish and German.


Please respect our copyright

Light Bulb Languages offers all its resources to all users completely free of charge.  The website and all its resources are, though, subject to copyright.

This morning I have had to report 3 resources to TES Resources.  The user was asking for payment for Light Bulb Languages resources.  The resources were not created by them and they have no right to make money from our resources which we make available for free.

Please please please do not upload any of our resources to TES Resources or to any other 3rd party website, whether the resources contained there are free or not.

For your reference, our copyright statement:

COPYRIGHT STATEMENT
1  Light Bulb Languages is a UK-based resource website for teachers of Languages.  The resources available on Light Bulb Languages are free to all users, but are still subject to copyright.
2  You may download, save and print any of the resources contained at this website and use them for non-commercial purposes in a teaching or training environment.
3  If you are using the resources for CPD training purposes, you must give appropriate credit to Light Bulb Languages, provide a link to the website and indicate if any changes have been made to the resources.
4  You must not use the resources on this site for commercial purposes.
5  You must not submit or upload any of the resources on this site or copies of any of the resources on this site to the site of a third party. This applies equally to sites that provide free resources and those for which users have to pay.
6 If you edit, translate or build upon any of the resources contained at this website, you should show your appreciation of the free original by submitting the new, modified resource to Light Bulb Languages instead of uploading it to the site of a third party.
7  If you would like to include any of the materials from this website on your own website, blog or wiki, please contact us.
8  If you believe that one of our resources infringes the copyright of a third party, please contact us.
If you would like to report to us the infringement of our copyright by a third party, please contact us.
10 If you submit some of your own resources for inclusion on Light Bulb Languages, you will agree to sharing copyright with Light Bulb Languages. The copyright statement will include your name, thus: "© Light Bulb Languages/A.N.Other 2017". 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

20 new resources for the new term

20 new resources for you today, including:


Sunday, 27 November 2016

20 new resources

I've uploaded 20 new resources this evening.  Among them:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Survey results: Resources for KS3 and KS4

Many thanks to everyone who has responded over the last week to our survey about resources that you would like for Key Stages 3 and 4.  There were 51 responses altogether.

Here are the results:

We asked which language(s) the respondent teaches.  Many respondents named more than one language.

French
96%
Spanish
53%
German
31%
Other
10%

Respondents were asked to select the type of resources that they would like to see more of on Light Bulb Languages.

Grammar drills
61%
KS3 Translation activities, English into the new language
80%
KS3 Translation activities, new language into English
77%
KS4 Translation activities, English into the new language
80%
KS4 Translation activities, new language into English
73%
Tarsia puzzles
33%
Crosswords and wordsearches to practise grammar
22%
Crosswords and wordsearches to practise vocabulary
22%
KS3 reading texts
80%
KS4 reading texts
77%
Worksheets based on text book topics
65%
Pair speaking activities such as Trapdoor and 5 in a row
73%
PowerPoints to explain grammar
33%
Other
10%

This tells us that 
  1. users are not so interested in Tarsia puzzles, crosswords, wordsearches and PowerPoints
  2. users are looking for grammar drills, worksheets based on text book topics, speaking activities and especially translation activities and reading texts.
We also asked which text books people are using.

FRENCH
SPANISH
GERMAN
Studio
24
Mira
13
Stimmt
9
Expo
16
Viva
11
Echo
6
AQA for GCSE
9
AQA for GCSE
5
AQA for GCSE
3
Allez
3
Listos
2
Edexcel for GCSE
1
Metro
2
Amigos
1

Edexcel for GCSE
1
None
1
Equipe
1
Caminos
1
None
1
iGCSE
1
Tricolore total
1


This gives a good indication of where to focus our efforts, so thanks again to everyone.  Watch out for resources coming soon.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

37 new resources today

I've uploaded 37 new resources:

I'm just starting out with German, so please let me know if you find any errors, and I'll correct them right away!