Tuesday, June 1, 2010

E-Resource of the Month: Byki® Online Language Learning Service

Fauquier County Public Library is pleased to announce the introduction of Byki® Online Library Edition, a powerful new online language-learning system designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries.

Byki, short for “Before You Know It,” is a rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition. The Byki learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

Available for learning over 70 languages, library patrons are able to access the Byki Online system from inside their local library via our public access computer workstations or your laptop + our wireless, or outside of the library/from home through the library's website. (Please note that you will be asked to create a username and password after you log in with your library card number. This allows you to track your progress.) Native speakers of Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, Chinese and Japan can also access English language learning modules.

Users will have a variety of high quality learning options that build listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. In addition, Byki includes Advanced Pronunciation Analysis to help users perfect their pronunciation skills. Individual progress tracking and assessment tests help identify areas for improvement and move users in the right direction.

In addition to Byki Online’s advanced learning tools, users will have access to an array of online language and cultural resources, including one click access to Facebook and Twitter language communities as well as Byki language Blogs featuring a collection of articles covering the language and the culture that surrounds it. Byki Online is designed to be very low maintenance and easy to use.

For more information, watch an online demo of Byki Online or ask the reference staff at your local library.

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