- Published By: Middlebury Interactive Languages
- Online Resources
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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.
When you subscribe to Powerspeak you provide 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.
Available languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean , Japanese, Russian, Mandarin, ESL (for Spanish speakers), and ESL (for Mandarin 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).
"Whether learning a new language for business, travel, or education, users will enjoy this appealing interactive site. This language resource is packed with features and is recommended for most public libraries. Academic and school libraries with a need for language materials will also want to take a look." Booklist, December 2012— Booklist
"The lessons are aligned to American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards, and address both language and cultural competencies. The scaffolded lessons provide ample opportunities for motivated users to practice and improve language skills. The content is suitable as introductory or supplemental reinforcement material."-Library Media Connection, Jan-Feb 2013— Library Media Connection