Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Database of the Week: Tell Me More

Welcome to the last Database of the Week series! This week we're going to cover Tell Me More, which is a language learning database that focuses on all major areas of language learning- speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Tell Me More offers the following languages : English (ESL/ESOL), Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Dutch.  

When users sign up for an account, they will be taken through an instructional video that gets them started on how to use the database. Once you have viewed the video, you will then select what language you want to learn and your level of familiarity with the language (complete beginner, beginner, intermediate, or advanced). The next step is to begin your lessons, called learning paths. The learning paths involve choosing responses to statements and pronunciation exercises (you will need a microphone for this portion). As you begin to go through the learning paths, the database will keep statistics of what you are learning, the different skills you practice, and how much time you spend on the learning paths. 

The database also features a section of resources about the language you are trying to learn. There are language explanations, verb conjugations, and a glossary. There is also information about the culture in which your language is spoken and an atlas to see the places where the language is spoken. 

Tell Me More is a great way to learn a new language since users have to work on pronunciation, which helps them more than simply listening to the language being spoken. There are plans for the database to add Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese as well. 

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