In Case You Haven’t Heard…

The 2014 SCOLA Users Meeting starts one week from tomorrow! The meeting will be held on May 15th and 16th in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, Iowa. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by language teaching professionals, networking, dining and entertainment, and a Congressional presentation. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about trends and resources for foreign language education and SCOLA resources.

Check-in for the SCOLA Users Meeting will begin Thursday, May 15th at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. followed by an afternoon of presentations. Thursday evening will be a night of dinner and entertainment at the Scoular Ballroom in Omaha. The event will continue Friday morning with a trip to the campus in McClelland, Iowa. The meeting will conclude on Friday afternoon at the Doubletree Hotel with lunch and a Congressional Speaker.

Transportation to all events and meals are included with your $100 registration fee. Guests can register for the 2014 Users Meeting in advance at http://www.scola.org and are offered discounted accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Omaha.

Click here for additional conference information, or feel free to e-mail us at conf@scola.org or call 712-566-2202.

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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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Behind the Scenes- Meet Doa

DoaLast month, we introduced you to our Moroccan provider, Karima. This month, we would like you to meet Doa, our provider from Turkey. Doa has sent us a variety of material to kickoff our second Country of the Month.

Doa ( Doga Gulgun Gunenc ) was born in Gaziantep, Turkey in 1966. She started learning English as a second language when she was 11 years old in Gaziantep Anadolu Lisesi.  In 1989, she graduated from Hacettepe University, in the English Language and Literature Department. Since then, Doa has translated many film scripts, cartoons and documentaries for TRT Turkish Television.  She also translated “The Gladiators”, a book about Roman history by Fik Meijer.

Doa is currently an English teacher in a public school. She has an 11 year old son and a 15 year old son. She enjoys coaching them in tennis in her free time.

In addition to her personal and professional life, Doa started translating for SCOLA in 2006. She currently prepares Insta-Class lessons in Turkish and provides additional learning material for different SCOLA projects.

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

2013 SCOLA Users Meeting

As many of you know, May is a very busy time of year as we prepare for our 2013 Annual Users Meeting. This year, it will be held Thursday, May 16th, and Friday, May 17th in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, IA. The meeting offers a full schedule complete with presentations by language teaching experts and hands-on sessions covering SCOLA’s subscription services and language training resources. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with language professionals, learn what’s new at SCOLA, and, as always, enjoy Midwestern hospitality.

The meeting will kick off on Thursday morning at Omaha’s Downtown Double Tree Hotel. The meeting will kick off with registration and a lunch buffet. After lunch, guests will listen to presentations from the following speakers: Dr. William Rivers, Mr. Lee Martin, Dr. Antonia Schleicher, Mr. Jim Bellas, Mr. Masoud Hashime, Dr. Richard Brecht, Dr. Joyce Baker, Ms. Monique Roske, and SFC. Jason Shelton.

With the conclusion of the presentations we will head to social hour, dinner, and entertainment at the Renaissance Mansion in Omaha, Nebraska. You can learn more about the mansion on their website, http://www.renaissancemansion.com/.

The meeting will continue Friday morning, with a shuttle to take guests to the SCOLA campus in McClelland, IA. Upon arriving at SCOLA, breakfast will be served to prepare attendees for another day of educational presentations. After breakfast the morning will be filled with hands-on sessions pertaining to SCOLA resources and presentations by Ricardo Varquez and John White. The meeting will conclude with lunch in downtown Omaha and presentations by the Honorable Steve King, and Roger P. Lempke.

SCOLA looks forward to hosting the meeting and providing an educational atmosphere for attendees. The Users Meeting is a time for SCOLA users to learn from and network with language professionals,  and understand SCOLA’s mission. We can’t wait to see you there!