Monday, December 3, 2012
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Critical Evaluation: Mango is a language learning database that is great for both public and school libraries. The Mango course utilizes an engaging interface and interactive tools to give patrons practical conversational skills and cultural insight into a foreign language. According to Mango, “lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations” (Mango Languages, 2012). The great thing is that it is totally self-paced so, unlike a classroom, individuals can work at the own speed which is good since all learners learn at different paces. Mango Language lessons consist of interactive programs that make language learning easier where users can listen, respond, and practice. One aspect of the program that is great is that teens can speak into a microphone and Mango can check their speech for accuracy and fluency. Instead of sitting in a classroom with 20 other students, Mango can really help teens get one-on-one attention. Not only will teens have fun using Mango but it can also help them build self-esteem and teach them about the customs of various cultures, making it not only interactive but educational on many levels as well.
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Curriculum Ties: Language
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Reading Level/Interest Age: 10+
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Reason for Inclusion: My teens love this database so much so we actually have a Mango Club, where bi-monthly we get the computer lab in the evening to get together and learn different languages. Teens can start out with something simple, like pirate, to get to know the Mango interface and then move on to more complex language lessons. Teens also have the ability to log into the database from home and track their progress in a language if they sign in with their library account.
Mango Languages. (2012). About us. Retrieved from http://www.mangolanguages.com/about/