Tuesday, October 21, 2014 · 4:44 a.m.

Tennessee Electronic Library adds online language learning program

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The Tennessee Electronic Library is now offering Powerspeak Languages, an interactive online experience that allows Tennesseans to learn a new language on their own schedules at no cost.

The program is ideal for students, business professionals, leisure travelers or anyone who wants to acquire a new skill, officials said. 

“Part of our mission with the Tennessee Electronic Library is to inspire and engage lifelong learning within our state,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a prepared statement. “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.”

Powerspeak Languages is available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin and English as a second language for Mandarin and Spanish speakers. The programs are available online at any time and use audio, video and interactive lessons to help users communicate with confidence. 

The courses use many different activities to take full advantage of the brain's ability to learn a new language. The activities are rooted in more than 30 years of research and development and are designed to help students of all ages learn. Additionally, the programs include a virtual learning coach to help with pronunciation and explain cultural references. 

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. 

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

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