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GALILEO, public libraries join to provide Mango Languages

GPLS News, August 2015

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GALILEO, public libraries join to provide Mango Languages
Mango offers 63 foreign-language courses for English speakers, as well as 17 English-as-a-second-language courses.

GALILEO, the state's virtual library, and Georgia Public Library Service now offer residents free access to Mango Languages suite of language- learning resources through their local public libraries.

Mango, can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection, currently offers 63 foreign-language courses for English speakers, as well as 17 English-as-a-second-language courses. All are taught completely in the users native language, with each lesson combining real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

"Providing language learning tools is just one of the many ways that public libraries serve their local communities," said Wendy Cornelisen, assistant state librarian for library innovation and collaboration.

For years, the local library has been a go-to source for travel guides and trip planners. Now that GALILEO has added Mango, public libraries in Georgia have even more of the resources travelers need to prepare for visits to other countries. "Being able to say even just a few words in the local language helps make travel easier and more enjoyable," Cornelisen said, noting that Mango will also help many Georgians better speak the languages of commerce.

"According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia companies exported nearly $39.4 billion in goods and services to 211 countries and territories in 2014," she explained. "Companies in Georgia benefit from employees who know more than one language and are able to better bridge cultures. Along with its language-learning resources, Mango also provides valuable cultural insights that can help residents forge new partnerships here and abroad.

"In addition, most students applying to college need to take two years of the same foreign language. Since Mango is available around the clock from any Internet-connected device, students with a Georgia library card will have new ways to practice and improve skills in their chosen language anytime."

To help residents get started, GALILEO is offering webinars for Georgia-based users. Details are online at www.galileo.usg.edu. An archived "All about Mango" webinar is also available at www.mangolanguages.com.