Bringing Out the Best in SCOLA

As our users enjoy the authentic material SCOLA offers, many may wonder how the resources came to be available to us. Everything available to users on www.scola.org has been sent in to us from providers in countries around the world. SCOLA providers regularly send in TV programs, photos, publications and much more to ensure that our subscribers have the most current and applicable information.

Our providers are the ones who make the work we do at SCOLA possible, and between launching a new website, creating Savoir-Vivre, and updating our existing services daily, SCOLA also stays busy with many special projects, such as conferences and presentations. Our subscribers are always enthusiastic and willing to help, whether we need short clips of them singing a song, a video greeting for a special guest at a conference, or sending information on love and marriage for our upcoming 28 Days of Love. All of our special projects are in addition to the regular material our providers send in for services like World TV Online, On the Street Videos and Insta-Class.

SCOLA staff enjoys hearing about our providers daily lives, learning about their culture and viewing the new and exciting material they send in. Recently, we got to hear from a few of our providers about what they enjoy most about working with SCOLA:

“I take pleasure and feel that all these treasures of India should be shared with the rest of the world.  I also feel that one grows by learning about different cultures of the world and brings all the people closer like a universal family and does away with any misunderstandings which may exist.  It is very important for international peace and understanding and I congratulate SCOLA for doing such nice work.”
-Jitendra, India

     “Listening to a different language always encourages me to learn it. It is good to know.  My grandfather always said “Speaking one language makes you one person, speaking two languages makes you two persons.” Learn a new language and be happy.”
-Doa, Turkey

“…how fascinating it is to know the culture of other countries. This will make people from all over the world come closer and understand each other. This will make the world a more peaceful and better place to live in.”   -Jyoti, India

“[SCOLA] brings out the best in you. It has exposed me to so many aspects of TV production as well as areas of untapped knowledge, culture and much more.”
– Mercy, Nigeria

      In Mercy’s words, our providers bring out the best in SCOLA. The work the providers do for SCOLA makes our mission, to help the people of the world learn about one another; their cultures, their languages and their ideologies, possible. We are very thankful we have found so many people around the world that share the same passion of educating the world about one another. Without the hard work of our providers, SCOLA would not have the authentic language learning materials that so many of our subscribers learn from and enjoy. Their hard work is appreciated by all SCOLA staff and users!

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28 Days of Love

28 daysThe month of February often stirs up feelings of love and romance in many people. However, those feelings aren’t expressed the same in all countries around the world. Have you ever wondered what dating is like in Namibia? Or how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Japan?

Our new service, Savoir-Vivre, aims to take you into the lives of people around the world as you watch them celebrate holidays, marriage, and other aspects of their cultures. This February, we would like to give our followers a sneak peak of the material in Savoir-Vivre with “28 Days of Love”. SCOLA followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest will learn about expressions of love through dating, marriage, Valentine’s Day and more from a different country each day in February.

What countries and traditions would you like to see featured on 28 Days of Love?

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

A new year is often a time many people use to reflect on areas of their life they would like to change or improve. Now that we are a few weeks into the new year have you decided what your New Year’s Resolution will be? And how will you fulfill your New Year’s Resolution?

If you haven’t decided on a resolution yet, or need help in how you are going to fulfill your resolution, keep reading! The following are some popular resolutions people make and how SCOLA can help you accomplish them:

1. Travel More: Would you like to travel more in 2014? Make sure you check out SCOLA BEFORE you book those plane tickets! Find everything you need to know about foreign languages and cultures at www.scola.org. Log on to Spoken Word to chat with native speakers from around the world about their language and culture, or practice your destinations native language with our ready-to-use Insta-Class lessons.

Here at SCOLA we know traveling can be an expensive and time consuming resolution. Lucky for you, SCOLA has a solution for those who want to travel but don’t have a lot of extra time and money to spare! Explore foreign landscapes with People and Places, discover international current events with World TV Online and experience cultures from around the world with Savoir-Vivre (coming soon)!

2. Learn a New Language: Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Make 2014 your year! The variety of resources and languages SCOLA offers make learning fun and interesting. Start out with beginner Insta-Class lessons and move your way up to a more advanced vocabulary with Specialized Word Video Search. Scared you’re not pronouncing something correctly? Log on to Spoken Word and video chat with one of our native speakers! Want to learn on the go? Download our Mobile Apps- free with a paid SCOLA subscription!

3. Meet New Friends: Is your New Year’s resolution to make new friends in 2014? Let SCOLA introduce you to 13 Native Speakers from around the world on Spoken Word! Chat face to face with David from Uganda, Julye from Peru, and many others any time of the day and learn about language subtleties and nonverbal communication in their culture!

4. Learn Something New: Do you want to learn something new in 2014? With thousands of authentic resources in almost 200 languages make SCOLA your destination to learn something new! Learn about the daily life of school children in Nepal with On The Street Videos, dating in Turkey with Savoir-Vivre and so much more!

What other resolutions are you making for yourself this year? How will you use SCOLA to accomplish your resolutions?

What are you waiting for? Contact SCOLA for a free trial today!

Discover What’s New on SCOLA.org

SCOLA has a lot of great, authentic resources for downloading for classroom and personal use. Between text, audio clips, photos and videos, we understand that the SCOLA resources you download can take up a lot of space on your computer…and we are here to help!

With the launch of SCOLA’s new website this month we also added a new service: Video Editor: Video Editor was constructed with the user in mind. Our videos, including full length news broadcasts, entertainment programming and talk shows, contain a lot of information! We understand that not all of the information in each video is applicable to your needs, so Video Editor allows users to easily create smaller clips of SCOLA videos for downloading.

Video Editor can be accessed from each SCOLA service that contains videos. Clicking the video editor icon in a video service will bring the video of your choice into your Video Editor library.  You can then go through and choose which sections of the video you want to keep. This will save the clip into your Video Editor library and also give you the option to download the clip to your computer.

SCOLA is always looking for ways to make our services more user friendly and we hope this new feature makes downloading our authentic video clips more convenient for all of our subscribers!

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