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Old Dominion University students and faculty can access television programs from more than 95 countries and 80 languages via the nonprofit educational organization SCOLA.

The programs are available, via the Internet or video-stream service to members of the campus community with a MIDAS account, from the Department
of Foreign Languages and Literatures or the Language Learning Center Web site: http://al.odu.edu/lang/scola/index.shtml.

SCOLA "Insta-Class" lessons provide transcriptions, translations, quizzes and vocabulary with accompanying video and audio clip playback for learners in 26 languages. In addition, ODU's SCOLA affiliation provides access to samples of world music broadcasts, the SCOLA Culture Photo Gallery and periodical archives of copyright-free materials for use in research and teaching applications.

"SCOLA enhances language training through the use of current events and is suitable for use by an individual or a class to extend vocabulary, grammar, reading and comprehension skills," said Betty Rose Facer, director of ODU's Language Learning Center.

SCOLA programs include:
• Channel 1: Broadcasts from more than 30 European countries daily;
• Channel 2: News and entertainment programs in Spanish and Portuguese from South America;
• Channel 3: Chinese channel CYRTV (Chinese Yellow River Television);
• Channel 4: Programs from Asian countries, featuring Hindi, Thai, Urdu and Korean;
• Channel 5: Programs from Africa, the Middle East and the Near East; and
• Channel 6: Planned Premiere 2007.

For more information about SCOLA language learning content, Insta-Class lessons and ODU access, contact Facer at 683-4455 or bfacer@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: June 11, 2007

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