Behind the Scenes: Meet Jitendra

In July, SCOLA followers traveled to India for the Country of the Month. Our providers Jyoti and Jitendra from India shared information on their home country, including a traditional recipe and information about holidays India celebrates.

SCOLA provider Jitendra lives along the shores of the Arabian Sea in the southwest state of India knjitendraown as Goa. Goa is a world famous tourist destination known for its unique blend of eastern and western culture, it’s beautiful beaches, magnificent temples and churches, and lovely surroundings . Jitendra lives in Goa with his mother, wife, and two sons.

Jitendra has his a Bachelors Degree in Physics, and also holds a post graduate diploma in Administrative Management, a diploma in interior designing, a post graduate diploma in counseling and psychotherapy and he is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology specializing in industrial and organizational behavior. Jitendra is an Interior Designer by profession and manufactures exclusive furniture, lamps and works of art like paintings and murals. He also practices as a counselor and psychotherapist, and provides training in leadership, team building, goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, stress management, neuro-linguistic programming and yoga. Jitendra also enjoys giving motivational speeches and speeches on scientific spirituality. Jitendra’s hobbies include reading, traveling, writing poems, acting, dancing , public speaking, and painting.

SCOLA was honored to have Jitendra as a guest in June 2012 as a cultural and vocational ambassador of India. Jitendra was selected to visit SCOLA by the Rotary International district 3170 from India. Jitendra states “I liked the kind of work which SCOLA does and was very much impressed by it. I thought there is a lot which I could share with SCOLA about my country India, which has such a rich and diverse culture which is 5000 years old.” Jitendra expressed his desire to become a provider with Mr. David Decker from SCOLA and he was promptly accepted. Jitendra says “It is my pleasure to share about the culture and tradition about my country India, with SCOLA which in turn shares it with rest of the world, thus helping in getting to know about other cultures and in bringing people of world together thereby promoting world peace, understanding and brotherhood. I take a great pleasure in doing such a kind of work.”

SCOLA appreciates the hard work that Jitendra and all of our providers do to make sure our subscribers have the most accurate, interesting, and up to date information. Check back soon to travel with SCOLA to our August Country of the Month!

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SCOLA to Host our 22nd USTTI Training Course

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SCOLA staff is excitedly preparing to welcome international participants for our 22nd USTTI training course. On August 11th we will host visitors from around the world at the SCOLA Campus and have the opportunity to provide hands-on training courses and show hospitable American culture to international guests for two weeks.

     USTTI courses at SCOLA provide great opportunities for exchanging cultures and improving international communication. This year’s training course will take place during a two week period at the SCOLA campus in McClelland, Iowa. The training will included hands-on sessions in video transmission, satellite fundamentals, and SCOLA services. Evenings and weekends will present a more laid back atmosphere for the guests to enjoy Omaha, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas.

     The USTTI training course always makes for a busy time at the SCOLA campus, but we look forward to meeting our new group of USTTI participants!

Behind the Scenes: Meet Mercy

The years travels are off to a great start as we find our adventure in Nigeria,  our February Country of the Month, coming to a close. As our journey ends, we want to thank SCOLA provider Mercy for everything she has taught us about her home country. Mercy taught us how to say ‘love’ in four languages, shared traditional Nigerian recipes with us, and so much  more!

Mercy was born in Nigeria to a family of ten, including four brothers, three sisters and her parents. She married a loving husband, and twenty years later they have three wonderful bomy pics 110ys and a sweet daughter. Her two oldest boys are currently studying engineering at Ghanaian universities. Her daughter is fifteen years old and almost through with her secondary school education. Her youngest child (who calls himself the cutest) is currently finishing his primary school education.

In 1990, Mercy graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English (Education).  In 1992, after her compulsory one year of national service, she found a job in the media industry as an announcer with the Rivers State Television, Channel 22 UHF, Portharcourt. She later transferred to the Bayelsa State Television,  which later became Gloryland Television and is presently known as Niger Delta Television. Mercy later had to leave the Niger Delta Television to be closer to her family.

Mercy misses working in television very much, so when the opportunity for Mercy to work in media through SCOLA came along she was very happy. Her sister Azi, a Nebraska resident, got her in touch with a SCOLA employee in 1990. Mercy says “Though working for SCOLA is very demanding, it brings out the best in you. It has exposed me to many aspects of TV production as well as areas of untapped knowledge, culture and much more.”  Since Mercy joined SCOLA she has sent in material for Foreign Text, On The Street Videos, Savoir-Vivre, and World TV Online.

Next year, Mercy hopes to return back to Niger Delta Television in Bayelsa State as Deputy Director of Programs and also pursue a masters degree in Public Relations.

If you didn’t learn enough about Nigeria as our Country of the Month, make sure to check out www.scola.org to see other material Mercy has shared with us about her country. Also, be sure to check back often in March to travel with us to our new Country of the Month…China!

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Behind the Scenes- Meet Karima.

As the month of May comes to an end I would like to introduce you to Karima, one of SCOLA’s many providers. Karima was especially helpful this month with the information she provided because it allowed SCOLA to launch a Country of the Month on our social media websites.

Karima was born and raised in Agadir City, MorocSAMSUNGco. She received her bachelor’s degree in Experimental Sciences in 2005 and then went on to study at the Specialized Institute of Applied TSAMSUNGechnology (ISTA). In 2007, she received a diploma in Computer Development studies from ISTA. In the two years after she received her diploma  Karima trained at five different companies in the following areas: computer graphics, website creation, and computer hardware maintenance.  Shortly after, Karima became a SCOLA provider for her country of Morocco.

Karima enjoys learning languages such as French, Spanish and Turkish. She also likes theater, sports, music, and drama films. Out of her many hobbies cooking and presenting in front of the camera are her favorite. Karima has provided SCOLA with a lot of information to share with our subscribers and we appreciate the material she sends.

Check out the information Karima shared for the Country of the Month by visiting our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts!

Around the World with People and Places

Welcome back to The SCOLA Symposium! As we introduced our first country of the month, Morocco, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ we received a request to share some photos from the Middle East, specifically Egypt, Syria, and Libya. Unfortunately, we do not currently have any photos from Libya or Syria. The photos stored in People and Places are taken by friends and providers of SCOLA, and we cannot host any other photos on our website because we do not have the rights to them.

Luckily for our subscribers though, we do have over 80 other countries featured in People and Places! Adding all the photos together, our People and Places resource boasts over 28,000 unique pictures! Although that number may sound daunting, the photos can be easily sorted by country and/or topical category. Users have the ability to download any picture they like at full resolution. Whether you subscribe to SCOLA for teaching, learning, or for your own personal interest, People and Places is sure to have something all SCOLA users can enjoy.

Although we do not have any posts from Libya or Syria, we would be happy to share a few of our photos from other Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt.

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Tattooed camel in Egypt

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Children playing in a reflection pool in Iran

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Kerkuk Castle in Iraq

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The Sea of Galilee in Israel

In the future, we hope to have some photos from Libya and Syria. Are there any other countries you would like to see featured on SCOLA People and Places?

To view more photos and learn about other SCOLA resources, visit http://www.scola.org!

The SCOLA Symposium: An Introduction

Welcome to The SCOLA Symposium! Since you have found our blog you probably already know what we do here at SCOLA, but to those of you that do not, I will use this first post to introduce ourselves.

In 1981, Lee Lubbers, S.J.,  established SCOLA as a foreign language cable television system on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The system delivered popular television stations of the time along with programs from Canada, Mexico, and the USSR. SCOLA was the first international cable system of its time in the United States, and one of the first cable systems. It became a model other academic institutions looked up to.

In 1990 SCOLA began Out-Write Service, which featured transcripts from the first five minutes of selected newscasts in its original language and English. The transcripts included key words, vocabulary lists, and quizzes for SCOLA affiliated teachers to use as classroom activities. The Out-Write Service is now known as Insta-Class.  The feature started with French, Japanese, Russian, and German and now holds over 50 languages!

With SCOLA’s growth came the need for a different location, so in 1993 SCOLA relocated to a 13-acre property in McClelland, Iowa. Twenty years later, SCOLA remains in McClelland, which is a twenty minute drive from downtown Omaha.

SCOLA continued to grow and gained an online presence  in  2006 when all SCOLA programming became available via the internet and the interactive and informative website, http://www.scola.org, was launched. Today, the website  has ten interactive resources and tools, utilized by language learners around the world.

World TV Online is SCOLA’s international television programming featuring eight geographically designated channels accessible 24/365. It streams news, talk, drama, children’s and music programming exactly as people see it in their own countries. All of the programs are available to SCOLA subscribers for downloading and live streaming.

People and Places is an ever-growing, original snapshot gallery of SCOLA friends from around the world and the places they live. There are currently over 27,000 vibrant pictures to browse, download and display for any educational purpose.

International Radio holds exotic radio broadcasts featuring SCOLA Exclusives: Afghan Women’s Radio and rare Mayan dialects. Subscribers can also listen to seldom heard news and talk shows, music and more in over 40 languages.

Learning Objects are SCOLA’s interactive, self-contained language lessons geared toward independent study. The lessons provide instructive assessment and feedback from a sociocultural perspective.

On the Street Videos contain compelling videos from around the world produced exclusively for SCOLA. The videos are designed to present the native language as it is spoken informally among friends and neighbors. Family and cultural celebrations, weddings and wedding toasts, sports, parades and interviews on intriguing topics are examples of what you can find in the videos.

Language Training Materials are unique travelogue-style videos from every corner of the globe produced exclusively for SCOLA and narrated by native speakers. Introductory level language lessons and other activities featuring text, videos, quizzes and vocabulary lists are also available.

Specialized Word Video Search holds a searchable collection of over 150,000 specialized native language words. Users are able to view a native language video clip containing the words, listen to an audible pronunciation and hear the words spoken in context.

Foreign Text is a global newsstand of newspapers, magazines and books. The resource includes unabridged publications that present news, sports, entertainment, political commentary and more. Foreign Text features OCR technology.

Video Editor allows users to easily create smaller clips of SCOLA videos for downloading and we understand that not all of the information in each video is applicable to your needs. Our videos, including full length news broadcasts, entertainment programming and talk shows, contain a lot of information! Video Editor can be accessed from each SCOLA service that contains videos.

All SCOLA services are now available through Mobile Apps.

These resources guide SCOLA in fulfilling our mission:

“To to help the people of the world learn about one another; their cultures, their languages and their ideologies. SCOLA emphasizes the importance and effectiveness of modern information technology as a tool in overcoming barriers to global understanding and will remain at the forefront of its application.”

In the coming weeks we are looking forward to unveiling our new website, hosting our annual Users Meeting, and launching new resources and programs for our subscribers to enjoy.

The SCOLA blog will be updated weekly to keep you informed about SCOLA resources and events and current news we think will be beneficial for language learners. If you would like more frequent SCOLA updates we are available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn. These websites will also have information about the SCOLA Country of the Month! Moroccan recipes, photos, and other fun facts will be shared in the month of May.

You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter by e-mailing lduhacek@scola.org.

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