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Gale and K12, Inc. to Develop New Language Learning Products

Gale (www.gale.com), a part of Cengage Learning (www.cengage.com), and K12, Inc. (www.k12.com) announced an agreement to develop and distribute a new line of world language learning products to libraries. Power-Glide Language Courses, Inc. (known as powerspeaK12), a subsidiary of K12, Inc., will develop web-based language courses, which Gale will distribute exclusively to the library market. Languages will include Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Spanish ESL. Initial course offerings are scheduled to be available later this year.

The courses developed for Gale customers will use the research-driven powerspeaK12 language learning methodology, which includes a variety of multisensory activities to take full advantage of the brain's ability to acquire language. Designed specifically for use by the diverse audience of library patrons, the courses will include a combination of scored online activities, lessons, and games.

Course activities will be bound together with an adventure story containing rich graphics, audio, video, music, and an intuitive way to track progress. Learners will also be challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.

Source: Gale



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