SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Seven

With all of the amazing places I have traveled to lately, I feel pretty well educated in a variety of languages, so instead of first going to People and Places to choose a destination by the way it looks, I log on to Insta-Class to browse the available languages and choose one I haven’t learned. Wow! There are over 360 lessons in Uzbek from Uzbekistan! I think I have found the destination for my next adventure…

Insta-Class lessons are great for independent study and I practice Uzbek with intermediate, superior, and advanced language lessons in a variety of categories like culture, economy, and politics. With great tools like quizzes, vocabulary lists, and forums, I will learn Uzbek in no time!

After lots of practice with Insta-Class I check out World TV Online and Foreign Text to learn about current events in news and entertainment. The services not only catch me up on important events, they also let me practice reading and listening to my most recent learned language. Plus, now not only will I be able to chat with the locals with my practiced Uzbek skills, but I’ll have something to chat with them about!

I don’t have to buy an expensive plane ticket or carry around any bulky luggage, but I am soon on my way to Uzbekistan through On the Street Videos! My first stop was a local school, where I watched a performance of Twelve Months, a dramatic fable about a place where flowers, mushrooms, and berries grow in the winter. There were a few words in the storyline I was unsure of, but with SCOLA’s convenient mobile apps I was able to quickly look up any words and phrases I was confused about.

With all the new and exciting material available on SCOLA, I was still in the mood to learn more, so my next stop was a guitar lesson with SCOLA provider Askar. Where else can you go on an international vacation and learn how to play a music instrument?

All of this learning has worn me out, but it’s nothing a quick lesson in how to make coffee won’t fix. I follow along as a server at a local restaurant teaches me how to make a cup of coffee…now I’ll have enough energy for my next adventure! Check back next week to see where On the Street Videos takes me next!

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SCOLA and CYRTV: An Adventure in Education

The past few weeks SCOLA fans have been learning a lot about our Country of the Month, China. But you may be wondering where all this information is coming from! Years ago SCOLA formed a business relationship with China Yellow River TV, a television station in China. Many employees at CYRTV have contributed to the material we have shared with you for our Country of the Month. Today, a CYRTV employee wants to share with you the history behind the relationship between SCOLA and CYRTV.

Founded in 1991, CYRTV(China Yellow River TV) is run by Shanxi Radio and TV with the support of more than 180 other TV stations around China. Their media specializes in Chinese language and the promotion of Chinese culture. CYRTV has material on TV,  radio, magazines and news media. Its headquarters are in Taiyuan, Shanxi. As business expands, the CYRTV Beijing base is laying foundations for further development.

On August 23rd, CYRTV began to broadcast Chinese TV programs via SCOLA to North America. Now there are three Channels broadcasting Chinese TV programs. The Confucius Institute (China) Channel on SCOLA Channel Three broadcasts 24 hours of  Chinese language teaching and cultural programs. SCOLA Channel Four plays one  hour  of Chinese programming per day, including news and information programs, as well as documentaries about China. SCOLA Channel Seven plays two hours of Chinese programming per day about culture, Chinese education, travel, scenic places in China, literature, history, and much more. All the programs are uploaded to SCOLA for online users to view live or download.

Together CYRTV and SCOLA  run Chinese radio broadcasts launched on December 18th, 2008. SCOLA Chinese Radio currently broadcasts two hours of radio programs on entertainment, education and culture. Tune in online!

Throughout the years CYRTV and SCOLA have formed a good friendship. In 1994, CYRTV began sending work teams to the U.S. About 50 experts and reporters went to SCOLA to work for a year.

The Chinese team was responsible for producing daily Chinese news program and giving lessons to local schools. During their stay, they enjoyed work with their American colleagues and formed friendships with local people. The dedication of the following people has strengthened the relationship between CYRTV and SCOLA:

1994: Jia Bin, Yang Hong, Zhang Xiao Ling and Liang Bo.

1995:  He Xiaoyan, Liu Kerui, Guo Hai and Yu Baolin.

1996:  Ling Li, Tian Jinhu, Hu Yao Ping and Tan Jun

1997:  Zhao Yaqin, Hong Wei, Yuan Qinghong and Li Jia.

1998:  Bai Xiao Dong, Li Jing, Ma Jia, Liu Zhi Lan, Wu Sai Ping, Yin Chun Jing, Wang Bao Hui and Chen Li Xia.

1999:  Bai Xu Ming, Shen Yan, Zhang Hua, Liu Hua and Wu Xing Ming.

2000-2001:  Hu Xin Ling, Cai Shu Rong, Li Zhi Hua, Yin Y Mao and Jiang Wei Dong.

2003-2005:  LiLi, Deng Yuen, Dong Lili, Fan Tai Yu, Ren Xiao Bing and Xue Bing Bing.

2006-2007:  Cai Xiao Ming and Chang Hong.

The 78 people that make up the CYRTV staff, are a harmonious and warm family. They are proud and happy to reach so many people around the world via their SCOLA broadcasts. They love to teach Americans about China, and teaching Chinese is their mutual mission. They will continue to do their best to strengthen the collaboration and friendship to make the world a better place.

Along with material for the Country of the Month, CYRTV has also been crucial to the Chinese language and culture resources we share with our subscribers on www.scola.org. Contact us today for your free trial and see how SCOLA and CYRTV can help you with your language learning goals.

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Your Upcoming Travel Itinerary

SCOLA and China Yellow River Television have been shortening the distance between McClelland and Taiyuan for 23 years, and next month, China is coming to you! If you follow our social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, you may have noticed each month SCOLA presents a “Country of the Month”. Our social media followers can learn a lot about countries around the world such as traditional recipes, typical weather conditions, and a vocabulary word in the country’s native language.

In May 2013, our journey began in the country of Morocco and this March, followers have the opportunity to visit China…from the comfort of their own home! The country has interested viewers with programming on World TV Online, readers with magazines and newspapers on Foreign Text, and learners with lessons on Insta-Class. Featuring China as our Country of the Month will give people that do not already subscribe to SCOLA a small preview of the authentic Chinese resources SCOLA has to offer.

At the end of the month, you may find yourself wanting more information about the country and not ready to move on to the next one. Our website has additional resources from every country we visit for the SCOLA Country of the Month.  Want to know more traditional recipes from Nigeria? Check out Savoir-Vivre, coming soon to www.scola.org! Want to learn more Czech vocabulary? Check out Insta-Class or Specialized Word Video Search! Come see for yourself that the Country of the Month features only a small portion of the material SCOLA offers to subscribers.

Is there a country you would like to see featured as the Country of the Month? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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The Key to Great Language Resources Within Your Classroom Budget

One obstacle teachers face when looking for new classroom resources is their budget. They might find really great programs and services they would like to utilize, but the cost of the resource and their school’s budget can hinder them from taking the next step. This explanation is the reason many teachers give to our sales staff for not subscribing to SCOLA. However, many school systems are not aware that we have a solution that can benefit your entire community!

When a cable system starts airing a SCOLA channel, the school district automatically becomes an affiliate of SCOLA, at no cost to the school! Not only is it free for the school, but it also only costs the cable channel a single penny per month per subscriber!

Not only will the community get access to international news broadcasts, your school district gets to choose which beneficial SCOLA service is used in foreign language classrooms.

Do you want to save time preparing foreign language lessons?

Choose Insta-Class and have access to ready-to-use “instant” multi-media language lessons produced by SCOLA language experts from around the world.

Do you want your students to practice their foreign language skills by practicing with a native speaker?

Choose Spoken Word where native speakers are available for face to face conversation practice anytime of the day.

Or choose from these other language learning services:

World TV Online

Specialized Word Video Search

People and Places

On the Street Videos

Foreign Text

International Radio

Language Training Materials

Learning Objects

Savoir-Vivre (Coming Soon!)

Each SCOLA service gives users access to authentic resources that make learning a new language enjoyable and interesting. Contact your local cable company and tell them what a great community service they can provide by joining forces with SCOLA!

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