More language not more languages. That's the essence of Powerspeak*, an online, language learning resource brought to you by a partnership between Gale and Middlebury Interactive Languages. Learning a language requires far more than listen-and-repeat exercises that teach the listener how to order a drink or ask the location of the nearest restroom. It requires a deep dive into the language using unique combination of fun, engaging, and immersive activities that integrate numerous teaching and learning methods and that keep the learner coming back.
With Powerspeak Languages users "live the language" courtesy of a friendly, functional structure that begins by introducing vocabulary in the context of everyday usage. For instance, modules set up familiar scenarios where practical language skills are needed, such as making a phone call, dining out and asking for directions. Progressing through the courses, Powerspeak incorporates cultural activities, exposing users to a wide-range of depth and culture surrounding the target language.
Your library has subscribed to Powerspeak, providing a resource that promotes cultural awareness, a greater understanding of people and culture in your community, improves career advancement, improves global travel experiences, improves communication and business skills, and so much more.
- ESL (for Spanish speakers)
*Designed to meet the National Standards outlined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)