The following post was written by L’Wanda from the Bainbridge Branch.
Looking for some Learning Enrichment material while sheltering in place? Go to the GCPL website and click on Resources and Research tile to access our A-Z Database Listings. There is something for everyone!
My current database of choice is Transparent Language. This interactive language learning program offers courses in over 100 languages and can be accessed any time of the day – all you need is your GCPL library card number and a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone (iOS 11 or higher). The Learning Path Lessons on the left side of the screen are self-directed, easy to use and printable. Can’t finish a lesson at one sitting? No problem – this program will remember where you left off. Want to set learning goals? The right side of the Learning dashboard allows you to set goals for instruction time, vocabulary, and practicing reading, writing, speaking and hearing. I believe this resource could be a great supplemental activity for students of all ages. For younger children, there is a zip book work file called Kidspeak which is totally immersive (foreign language only). A playful cartoon character leads younger children through the lessons.
To get started: go to Research and Resources. You will then be directed to our A-Z Databases. Look for Transparent Language and click on the link. You will then be directed to a page to type in your library card number and select a library (Geauga County Public Library or Burton Public Library). First-time users will be directed to set up an account with a chosen username and password. Once signed in, click on Select a Language on the top black toolbar. The grey and white toolbar directly underneath provide options to “Learn”, “Browse” (to explore Major News Lessons), “Reference” (to learn more about the history and culture connected to the chosen language) and the option to set up a transcript or access the Kidspeak module.
Transparent Language also offers a blog, a daily Word of the Day, Facebook and Twitter group experiences and YouTube videos
I hope this short tutorial has been helpful. We had planned to offer a class on using this resource on May 2nd, but due to current circumstances, that is not possible. Wishing you all health, safety, and a Happy Spring!
I am currently reading Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner.