Friday, September 28, 2012

LiveMocha: Online Language Learning Trial



 Another language learning trial? YES! And we need your feedback to know what you think.

You've seen Mango Languages, now learn about LiveMocha. 38 languages (including English), learning activities, and you can choose your learning level.
From the LiveMocha website:

Whole-Part-Whole

Developed in collaboration with the University of Oregon’s Center for Applied Second Language Studies, our methodology is structured around the Whole-Part-Whole learning model. Whole-Part-Whole is a proven structure that allows learners to observe, learn, and then practice new language concepts. Consistently used in skills training with excellent results, Whole-Part-Whole breaks down learning situations into three parts:
  • Demonstration: The learner watches and/or listens to native speakers engage in a conversation. The situation includes new language skills and is presented to learners in a complete real-life setting that helps with the construction of a mental model. For example, the learner may watch a video of people ordering coffee at a caf√© and then complete a short exercise to gauge their own comprehension.
  • Deconstruction: The situation represented in the conversation is broken down into its vocabulary and grammar parts. This allows learners to fully understand the components of the new situation and to learn how those components can be applied to other situations as well.
  • Practice: Finally, the components are reassembled and the learner is given the opportunity to practice via a series of interactive activities.  These activities focus on written and spoken production and all involve interaction with and feedback from real native speakers of the language.
Now, check it out for yourself, and tell us your opinion. 

Have a great weekend!
Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

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