References & Resources for the World Language Teacher
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Free Images On the Web

There are piles of free clipart and photos available on the Web. The biggest problem is the time it can take to find what you want. The collections designed for teachers are the most useful but are fairly limited. If you or your students have any intention of publishing projects using these pictures be absolutely sure that they are royalty/copyright free!


Creative Commons  Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. It gives copyright licenses to provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use creative work.  Good collection organized by categories


CAPL Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon  Select by language

Clipart Links for Busy Teachers
From The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers.

Clipart Review  Links to many clipart sites


ClipArt ETC Over 60,000 pieces of free clipart with a friendly license for teachers

DHD Multimedia Gallery Original stock photography, clip-art, sounds and video clips Clip Art Gallery   Pictures for teachers.


flickr website for users to share and embed personal photographs Mixed bag of photos. Try the food and weather categories.

Google Image  Select "Image" and type the word you want. Be prepared for thousands of responses. It’s overwhelming, and most are completely useless for our needs, but you can sometimes find the perfect picture. You can search by type (photo, clip art, line drawing), color, and size. Pay attention to the size of the image. If it’s too small it won’t look good if you enlarge it for a PowerPoint or to show to the class. Under Search Tools select Usage Rights: "Labeled for reuse."

Indezine Links for free images.

LanternFish  Good flashcards, mostly in English but some in French and Spanish. The English flashcards can be adapted to other languages. Currently when you go to the site you get a message that "This page is unavailable." However, you can still do a search from it.

National Geographic They have Photos of the Month and weekly wallpaper downloads.  Look through the archives, and you may find something you can use. In any case, they’re great pictures.

Pics4Learning  Large collection, mostly photos

Royalty-Free Clip Art Collection for Foreign/Second Language Instruction
Line drawings developed at the Japan Project at Purdue University. Good for any language.