Copyright is a thorny issue, but it is important to know the rules to avoid penalty. Here are a few points to bear in mind when copying for your classes:

- Copying is restricted to 5% of a book per course of study

- Workbooks must not be copied
(they are excluded from the CLA/ICLA licence)

- Copying of whole books is illegal

For further information on copyright issues, or to obtain a licence for your organisation, see the CLA website or ICLA if you are in Ireland.

If you are copying from newspapers then you require a separate licence which can be obtained from the Newspaper Licensing Agency.

The NLA is currently offering teachers free access to millions of newspaper articles for use in class. Schools can sign up for a free trial to its new online newspaper databse, the News Library. The trial period lasts up to the end of 2009. In return, schools will be asked a few questions, which will help the NLA refine the service, and tailor it further to suit teachers’ needs. The News Library will allow teachers to download more than 100 UK national and regional titles (covering 2006 onwards), providing them with a wealth of cross-curricular resources for use in lessons and project work.

In a separate service, the NLA is offering a free paper-copying licence for any school in the UK with pupils up to the age of 16, to permit them to copy articles for use in lessons.

For more information, and to sign up for both the News Library and the copying licence, visit:

A good way to get children to practise languages - fun and challenging. Encourages confidence and pronounciation practising! This website has 2712 entries in 107 languages! The address is at the bottom.

Chinese (Cantonese):





Chinese (Mandarin):





"Tata, czy tata czyta cytaty Tacyta?"

"Ten rewolwer jest wyrewolwerowany"

"Z rozentuzjazmowanego tlumu wyindywidualizowal sie niezidentyfikowany prestidigitator, który wyimaginowal sobie samounicestwienie"



"Pardal Pardo porque palras? Palro e palrarei, porque sou o pardal pardo, palrador de el-rei!"

"Compadre compre pouca capa parda porque quem pouca capa parda compra pouca capa parda gasta. Eu pouca capa parda comprei e pouca capa parda gastei"

"É crocogrilo? É crocodrilo?
É cocrodilo? É cocodilho?
É corcodilho? É crocrodilo?
É crocodilho? É corcrodilo?
É cocordilo? É jacaré?
Será que ninguém acerta
O nome do crocodilo maré? "



"Kaeru pyoko-pyoko, mi pyoko-pyoko, awasete pyoko-pyoko mu pyoko-pyoko"

"Kono Take o Kono Takegaki ni Tatekaketa no wa,
Take o Tatekaketakattakara Tatekaketa no desu"

"Torawo torunara torawo toru yori toriwo tore, toriwa otorini torawo tore"



"Dal kalkar kartal sarkar kartal sarkar dal kalkar"

"Su karsida bir karga var. Ne anam kuru kaba kara gagagi var"

"Kürkü yirtik erkek kel kör kirpinin yirtik kürkünü kürkü yirtik disi kel kör kirpinin yirtik kürküne, kürkü yirtik disi kel kör kirpinin yirtik kürkünü de kürkü yirtik erkek kel kör kirpinin yirtik kürküne eklemisler."

We have other exaples of languages on our pml section and some english ones in our esl/al section.

Source: 1st International Tongue Twister (above website)


Creating your own teaching resources

If you're putting together some teaching materials and want to add some graphical spice, you'll be pleased to hear that there is a huge amount of ready-made art available on the internet... and much of it is free!

We have listed a few of the larger sites for you here. But there are plenty more out there - try a search for "clip art" or "free clip art" on any general search engine, e.g. Google. 

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