A new world language-learning resource, Powerspeak Languages, is now available from Califa and Gale.
Powerspeak Languages is a new online language learning course that uses a variety of methods to engage learners.
Ten languages are available covering over 97% of the language requests public libraries receive across the country.
The offerings are Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Russian for native English speakers.
And for ESL library patrons the resource offers ESL – Spanish and ESL-Mandarin.
Beyond simple flashcards, each course uses a variety of multi-sensory activities to take full advantage of the brain’s ability to acquire
language. Designed specifically for use by the diverse audience of library users, the courses include a combination of scored online
activities, exercises, lessons and games.
Course lessons are bound together with rich graphics, audio, video, music and an intuitive way to check answers and track progress.
Learners find a friendly structure that introduces vocabulary and are challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of
interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.
Powerspeak Languages is the only language learning resource that uses a “virtual coach” – a knowledgeable, engaging speaker
whose guidance explain the concepts for each lesson, offer encouragement and sharing interesting cultural notes about the language
and its speakers.
The Califa project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian