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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Homesick? Visit SCOLA.org

In a world where long-term or permanent relocation to find the next best job, education or lifestyle is the norm, many might find that they feel out of the loop on their friends and families social lives, their countries current events and cultural celebrations and holidays. Thankfully, communication methods such as texting, e-mail and Facebook make it easy for families and friends to stay in touch and keep those away from home in the loop.  With advancements in technology it should be just as easy for those people to keep up on their home countries current news topics and cultural celebrations…and with SCOLA it is!

SCOLA prides itself on routinely receiving current authentic resources from all around the world. We want those away from home to still be able to start their day with the front page of their cities newspaper, and end their day hearing the evening news in their native language.  Foreign Text holds publications such as newspapers, magazines, and books from around the world that aren’t available anywhere else online. World TV Online routinely receives news, entertainment and other varied programming from a variety of countries around the world that SCOLA subscribers can stream live or download.

A SCOLA friend and provider recently said about SCOLA that readers can look at the website and say “It is my webpage”, familiar, interesting and easy to read.” He was especially impressed with a special project SCOLA is doing this month called 28 Days of Love, which inspired him to write the following poem:

Spring , A Season for Love

February breeze

stirs the love string of the universe

The earth awakens, stretches his body and

Desires to make love to the sky

Spring rain

falls silently with the previous spring’s memory.

Moist, sweet and happy rain

the thirsty wheat smiles,

the white-haired peasant

through the long(tabacco) pipe,

unburdens himself of a long winter’s anxiety

Spring sun

Taking off the winter muslin

Kisses the winter jasmine

And hugs the willow trees

The flowers yellow and

The twigs green

It is a season for love

The twittering sound from above

Announcing the couple swallow’s back home

“everybody is fine?”

The birds sit side by side,

telling the hostess a winter missing story.

The boy and the girl

Taking off winter coats

Run into spring fields

“You are one end and

I am  the other

No matter how high you are flying

You are sure to come back”

The kite rope pulls the promise of love

SCOLA thanks our friend for the kind words and the beautiful poem. We are always happy to hear from our friends, providers and subscribers interested in our work and mission! We hope that many of you can visit SCOLA.org and feel happiness and at home the way this person does!

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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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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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Nothing Good on TV? Look No Further!

You know those times during the day you complain that there is nothing good on TV? Look no further!

SCOLA began retransmitting foreign language newscasts via satellite to affiliates one hour per day in August 1987, but since then that one hour has grown to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  International television from WELCOME118 countries in 122 languages is featured on eight geographically designated channels around the clock. News, talk, drama, children’s and music programming is played exactly as viewers see it in their own countries.  Users can search 50,000+ programs by country, language, or channel, and then download it or stream live for personal or instructional use.

Are you traveling for work and want to know what is going on in your home country?

World TV Online is great for people who live, work, or are traveling outside of their home country because they can watch the news and their television programs just like if they were at home.

Do you want to know what is going on in other parts of the world, but your local news station doesn’t thoroughly cover international topics?

With World TV Online’s eight channels covering Europe, Spanish and Portuguese, Confucius Institute (China), Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Eurasia you are sure to find the country and news story that you are looking for.

Not only does World TV Online help you stay up to date on the latest international news, it can also help our users learning a new language. Hear vocabulary words spoken in native context and download clips for future reference.

Interested in accessing World TV Online or any of our other great services? Contact SCOLA today for your free trial!

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Your Global News Source

It’s easy to stay up to date on local news. Whether you’re in your car listening to the radio, watching the nightly news, or browsing your daily newspaper, it’s everywhere. However, staying up to date on international news may not be as easy. Your local news stations and newspapers may not report on the international topics you care about, or maybe they report on it, but it is not as in depth as you would like.  No matter the issue, SCOLA is here to help.

You probably already know SCOLA services help with language learning needs, but they can also help keep you informed of worldly events. From nightly news casts on World TV Online to daily newspapers on Foreign Text, international news is frequently featured in many of our services.

osv promo     One current event making international news is the uprising in Turkey. The following is Doa’s account of the political uprising in Turkey and the description of the video she sent of a street demonstration, which can be viewed in On The Street Videos.

“Great Leader Ataturk made a lot of reforms between years 1922 and  1937.Before Ataturk the regime in Turkey was sultanate. Ataturk abolished sultanate in 1922 and founded Turkish Republic.  Religious courts were closed and civil law was accepted in 1926. He closed madrasas, the religious schools and opened national schools. Ataturk made a revolution for alphabet and Latin alphabet was accepted instead of Arabic letters. He made reforms for clothes of men and women.  People of Turkey left Arabic style of clothes and head scarf and they started to wear European clothes.  Ataturk encouraged the farmers and repaired the economic situation.  He also changed units of calendar, clock and measurement from Arabic into European units of measurement.  In 1930 women achieved voting rights. Ataturk made a very big modernization on every aspect of life in Turkey. He is the founder of Modern Turkish Republic.

All these happened about 90 years ago. But today’s government is trying to convert all the revolutions and they want to bring back the sultanate regime. As you may follow on international television news shows of most of the channels, there is an uprising in Turkey. Turkish youth is revolting against this Islamic government to get back our freedom.

Everything started when the government decided to build a shopping center instead of Gezi Park in Taksim. Young people put tents in the park and started to live in there. But the government attacked on them with water cannons and tear gas.  When the government attacked violently on peaceful people the anger of the public grew out more and more.

This violent scene has been going on for 18 days now  (today is 17th June 2013).  Instead of moderation, the government continues violence. The police has been throwing  hundreds of tear bombs to people on the streets and even into the hospitals and hotels. But Turkish people are determined. This revolt will continue until the Islamist government resigns.  ”

The video:

It is a general strike. There were workers, teachers, doctors, dentists and engineers in that crowd. I was one of them and I also called out those chants. On the first yellow sign is “Everybody should have Syndicate”

The people say:

“AKP (the governing party) go to hell, The Public to the Parliament”

“We stand side by side against Fascism”

“Don’t stand on the Grass Tayyip, you smash the grass, don’t be offended Tayyip but you look like a lamp” (Tayyip is the first name of the prime minister. Their party symbol is a lamp 🙂

Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is riot” (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANT)

“I’ve got kettles and pans, I’m a looter and I’m pretty cool” (Prime minister called most of the public as looters since they got out to street for riot and they started to make noise with kettles and pans.)

“The day will come, everything will be vice versa and AKP will be responsible for all the damage”

“This is just the beginning, struggle will go on”

Snapshot 1 (6-19-2013 9-24 AM)Also there were signs of the Unions

GENERAL WORKERS UNION

MERSIN DOCTORS UNION

ENGINEERS UNION

TEACHERS UNION

Doa requests SCOLA users keep informed of what is going on in Turkey. You can learn more about Turkey on our website at http://www.scola.org and all of our social media pages, as it is June’s country of the month.