Tennessee Electronic Library Adds Online Language Learning Program

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Learning a new language just got a little easier, thanks to a new service that is being offered by the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). Powerspeak Languages, an interactive online experience, allows everyone in Tennessee to learn new languages on their own schedules. This program is ideal for students, business professionals, leisure travelers, or anyone who simply wants a new skill.

“Part of our mission with the Tennessee Electronic Library is to inspire and engage life-long learning within our state,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Powerspeak Languages helps us achieve that by offering learning opportunities for people of all ages – from high school students needing to brush up before tests, to professionals hoping for a few cultural tips before business trips, to retirees planning exotic vacations.”

Available online anytime, Powerspeak Languages is a fun, proven and powerful way to gain quick proficiency in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin, and English as a second language for both Mandarin and Spanish speakers. It provides a rich learning experience with audio, video, and interactive lessons to help users communicate with confidence.

The courses in Powerspeak Languages use a variety of activities to take full advantage of the brain’s ability to acquire language. Rooted in more than 30 years of research and development and designed to teach students of all ages, Powerspeak Languages includes a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games. It also includes a virtual learning coach, who helps with pronunciation and explains cultural references as part of learning a language.

Tennesseans can access Powerspeak Languages from any Internet connection in Tennessee, including on smartphones, at home, or at computers in public libraries throughout the state. Find PowerSpeak Languages at www.tntel.info and look for the Languages button, or visit a local library. TEL is free for everyone in Tennessee.

For more about TEL, please see www.tntel.info.


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