Language & Linguistics

Knowledge about a student's native language can help inform instruction in English, even when the instructor does not speak that language. 

Ethnologue: Languages of the World: A comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world’s known living languages, the site includes information on the language family, locations where the language is spoken, the number of speakers worldwide, language status, and literacy rates, as well as links for resources in the language (if available). 

Omniglot: The Online Encyclopedia of Writing Systems and Languages: Details of more than 180 writing systems in over 600 languages, as well as Useful Phrases in 150 languages.