Gale and K12 Inc. Announce Availability of Powerspeak Languages for School Libraries
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) today announced that Powerspeak Languages, the online language-learning product, is now available in the school library market.
Developed for Gale customers, the online courses use the research-driven powerspeaK12 language-learning methodology, which includes a variety of multi-sensory activities to take full advantage of the brain’s ability to acquire language. Designed to teach students of all ages, Powerspeak Languages includes a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games.
Available now, the first four language courses include Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese. English for Spanish-Speakers will be available in March, 2010, with other language courses to follow.
Course activities include an adventure story containing rich graphics, audio, video and an intuitive way to track learning progress. Learners are also challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.
Through its powerspeaK12 subsidiary, K12 Inc. is developing the Web-based language courses, which Gale is distributing. Gale and powerspeaK12 have worked hand-in-hand in a unique partnership to develop a service geared specifically for language-learners in libraries.
“Language learning is a growing part of the school curriculum and an important part of a well-rounded education,” said Bruce Davis, executive vice president of Business Development for K12 Inc. “We’re thrilled to partner with Gale to distribute language-learning courses throughout the school library market. Our partnership will give more students the opportunity to learn a new language using an exciting Web-based program that combines innovative instruction with proven teaching methods.”
“Students of all ages benefit greatly by learning a new language, both in their personal growth and in their ability to compete successfully in our global economy,” said Jim Draper, vice president and publisher at Gale. “We are delighted to make this new program available to school libraries, providing them the best and most engaging language-learning experience available.”
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About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com
About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a technology-based education company, is the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs to students in kindergarten through high school. K12 provides high quality, customized education solutions to school districts, charter schools, and directly to families ranging from individual courses to classroom and hybrid programs to full-time virtual school programs. Over 60,000 students in twenty-five states are enrolled in K12 virtual schools. K12 Inc. also operates the K12 International Academy, an accredited, diploma-granting online private school serving students in over 40 countries. More information can be found at www.K12.com.