Behind the Scenes: Meet Abhishek

This month, SCOLA fans were able to learn about Indonesia as our Country of the Month. Our SCOLA Indonesian provider Kumar Abhishek taught us a word of the month in his native language,me and jyoti 2 shared authentic Indonesian recipes, and sent many unique pictures to teach us about his country and culture.

abhishek22 Kumar Abhishek was born in Indonesia on July 1st, 1979. He is married to Jyoti Yadav and they have two children, Gyan Singh and Sandhan Singh.

Abhishek began working for SCOLA in 2006. When he first started working with SCOLA he provided material for India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, Uganda and Tanzania. He also works on SCOLA Insta-Class where he provides work for Bengali and Hindi language lessons.

SCOLA is very grateful for the work Kumar Abhishek has provided so far, and we look forward to working with him in the future.

Check us out online to learn about our next Country of the Month: the Czech Republic!

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Attention Language Learners!

Attention language learners!

Lower level lessons have been added to our Insta-Class service in the following languages: Spanish-South American, Portuguese, French, and German. Swahili language lessons for beginners are coming soon.

Insta-Class contains ready-to-use “instant” multi-media language lessons produced by SCOLA language experts from around the world. The multi-genre lessons for classroom and individual use are based on actual foreign content and will open in a separate window once chosen. Each lesson will contain a video clip and transcript, translation, a vocabulary list and a quiz to test the users comprehension.

Although some SCOLA services target the more experienced linguist, these new lessons are tailored specifically to beginners. The new level was added to an already impressive list of lessons for advanced, superior, and intermediate learners in over 50 languages.

The 14,000+ lessons on Insta-Class are searchable by Year, Level, Language, Country and Topical Category makes it easy to find exactly what you need.

The convenient lessons benefit classes and independent language learners by saving time and integrating authentic resources. Spanish instructor John White says “I use Insta-Class because what you are seeing is authentic news. Sometimes I want my students to have the visual cues provided in TV programming so that they are immersed in the language but then they also have the actual text being said and the translation.”  You don’t have to take it from us though, try out Insta-Class yourself with this sample or contact us today for your free trial!

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The SCOLA Story

Sometimes it is fun to take a look into the past, whether it be at old pictures, videos, newspapers or journals, and see how much times have changed. Recently we stumbled upon a blog post written by Father Lee Lubbers in April 2006. The post is a timeline of the evolution of SCOLA, beginning when Father Lubbers founded the organization. The following are some key points of Father Lubbers’ and SCOLA’s past:

“1979 to 1981, the gradual DEREGULATION 20 of satellites and the birth of the Private Satellite Industry.

Last resort, I presented Mike Morrison, President of Creighton University with a list of the only three places I thought to be feasible for antenna interference-free installation, and asked him for a decision. The three places were: a) the grassy sward just outside and under the windows of his office; b) the only large grassy lawn on the mall, next to the Kiewit Center; and c) where Brother Jelinek, V.P, in charge of buildings and grounds, parked his car. Mike nixed the first two, and demurred from even touching the delicate question of Brother Jelinek’s parking place, leaving me dangling to face Jelinek all by myself.

Jelinek predictably vetoed for all eternity and beyond any chance of putting nonsense like this in his parking place. BUT, he said we should put it on the roof of the maintenance garage down on the Old Football field level.

We bought a little tin shelter for a couple of decoder receivers, the kind of tool shed you put in your backyard to shelter the lawnmower;

Summer of 1982-1983 cabling through the tunnels a mainline to all the buildings on campus. THIS BEGAN THE CABLE SYSTEM FOR CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

1983. FIRST CONFERENCE “Come and See” campus Cable Systems.

Lubbers traveled coast to coast demonstrating a portable version of our tracking system mounted in the bed of the pickup truck; I would drive up to the campus, plug in, and in a minute or less the signal popped in. Learned University people simply could not understand nor believe that this could provide “Live” internal Russian Television till they saw it with their own eyes.

1985-1986, SCOLA conferences promoting Russian, entertaining Russians from Siberia, Lubbers two trips all over Russia, including a SCOLA Conference sponsored by the Orbital Mechanics in Krasnoyarsk U.S. Govt. people with first names begin to attend our conferences.

1988-1990: multiplication of Receive-only antennas; University Executives nervous.

1992-1993: Lubbers stumbles onto Pottawattamie County Home–it being cautiously (they avoided “fly-by-night offers) available on the market; after several solo sneaky visits to the property, peeking in windows, hiking the perimeter, even visiting the postmaster, stepping over or under the rusty pipe barrier blocking the driveway, etc. drags Francis and Dick Kuhns out to view it

October, 1992: we declare official interest in the property after a complete tour and price discussion with county officials. In their turn county supervisors inspect our history on the CU campus, solidity and viability of the business.

JANUARY 1, 1993: SCOLA with completed title began taking possession of the POOR FARM.

1990’s: Early major visit of the PRC Shanxi TV Vice President for the express purpose of making a 10-year cooperation agreement with SCOLA. This provided 8-person teams of Chinese TV professionals to be in residence here for 18-month periods, assist us with initiation of a 24-hour CHINA CHANNEL and many other advantages to us and all American students.

2002: Lubbers (finally) nominates Dick Kuhns as Chairman of the Board, and Francis Lajba as President and CEO.

Dick Kuhns dies and Francis nominates SENATOR DAVID KARNES as Chairman of the Board.

SCOLA channels with 120 countries in 80-plus languages

Most recent Conference (April 20-21, 2006) succeeds in reaching 100 fathoms under-ocean placement of gala dining with the sharks and other ancestors, Omaha Henry Doorly ZOO.

July 4th weekend: added CHANNEL 5 beautifully and successfully.”

Since Father Lubber’s 2006 post, a lot has changed at SCOLA. In the past 7 years we have added three more channels, had hundreds of guests visit for our annual conference, rebuilt and improved the SCOLA website, and added new services. We also currently have resources from 160 countries in over 200 languages! This year we are working on launching a more user-friendly website that offers enhanced search capabilities. In addition to the new website, we are currently constructing the anxiously awaited Savoir-Vivre.

To see the full post from Father Lubber’s blog visit http://scolastory.livejournal.com/10487.html.

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Coming Soon!

SCOLA subscribers enjoy new material daily on our website, but there is a lot of behind the scenes work that make our services high quality and desirable. Along with the creation of our new service Savoir-Vivre, and our new home page feature SCOLA Spotlights, we are also in the midst of launching a new website.

Our new website will allow users to enjoy all of SCOLA’s services in a sleek new package. The modernized look of the website will make language learning on http://www.scola.org more satisfying than ever.

Not only will our new website look better, it will also be more user-friendly. The new website offers enhanced searching capabilities that make it easy for subscribers to find exactly what they are looking for.

Do you need a picture of a mosque in Rwanda for a school presentation? Or a video clip in Farsi to quiz your students over? No problem, simply type in whatever you are looking for in the search box at the top of the home page and let our new website do the rest.  The new search options allow you to filter results by service, country, language, and media type.

Subscribers will also have the ability to conduct searches within each service with keywords, country, language, or topical categories. Instead of wasting time sorting through material you never use you can save time by finding the exact media you need in just a few easy steps.

SCOLA is currently in the final steps of constructing the new site. We ask for your patience as we perfect the highly anticipated new look of www.scola.org.