Are you interested in learning a new language? Looking to brush up on your language skills? Traveling to another country and want to learn some basics of their language and culture? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Pronunciator is the perfect resource for you!
Pronunciator is an online language learning platform with self-directed lessons, live tutoring, movies, music, and more. There are 87 different languages to choose from and it is completely free to use for patrons with a valid FRVPLD card. Pronunciator also offers ESL content for multiple languages and a U.S. Citizenship course. The steps below will show you how to access Pronunciator and provide an overview of the content and features available.
How to Access
- From the library’s homepage, click on “Research.”
- You’ll get a list of resources in alphabetical order. Scroll down to the “Ps” and click on “Pronunciator.”
- You’ll be taken to a log in screen on the Pronunciator website.
Creating an Account/Logging In
The Pronunciator login screen is divided into two columns. The column on the left is for returning users and the column on the right is for new users. For new users, you can use the green “Instant Access” button to get into the website without registering. If you are at home, there will be a box above that green button that you will have to type your library card number in to. New users also have the option of creating an account by clicking on the blue “Register” button. Creating an account is free, simple and beneficial because with an account you can track your progress and access all of the features that Pronunciator has to offer. If you create an account, moving forward you will use the left column of the login screen to log in to your account. Where is says “Student Name” you will put in your email address and then type in your password in the “Password” box. You can disregard the “Entry Code” box; you don’t need to put anything there. Once you create an account and log in, you’ll be asked if you want to launch Pronunciator in HTML5 or Flash. HTML5 is the newer, faster version of Pronunciator that just came out this year, so that is what I would recommend. However, you can always look at the Flash version as well to see how the looks and feel compare so you can use what works best for you.
Once you log in and launch Pronunciator, a box will come up that says “I Speak” and “I Want to Learn.” Simply use the drop down arrows to pick a language for both of these. Also, if you are a returning user you will see a section that says “Last time you were here, you were studying” and then it shows the last course you were working on. You can click on that course right there to launch it and take you back to where you were.
After you choose a language, you will be taken to the homepage for that language. From here, there are several options to choose from to begin learning that language. The main options you will see are: Main Course, Live Conversation, and Learning Guides and More. Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
The main course utilizes an open format. All of the content for that language is available and you can pick and choose specific topics, lessons, activities, etc. to work on and go through the content in whatever order you want. There are two drop down menus at the top of the screen. The menu on the left has broader categories for the parts of the language (i.e. vocabulary, verbs, phrases) and the format of the content (i.e. movies, music). Once you pick a broader category, the menu on the right will have more specific topics that fit that category. After you pick a specific topic, you’ll see a toolbar under the two drop down menus that tell you the different types of lessons and activities you can do, i.e. Postcards, Drills, Quizzes. You can manually click on any of these or you can use the arrows by the box in the middle of the screen to go through all of the lessons in order.
In this section you’ll see a feature called ProLive. ProLive lets you connect with an expert tutor that is a native speaker of the language you are trying to learn. When you click on ProLive, a calendar will open that shows when tutoring classes are available for the current week. Classes are organized by skill level: beginners, intermediate, advanced, and kids. Each class can only hold up to 5 students, so entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. To join a class, click on the name of the class on the calendar, then click on “Join.” The virtual classrooms open 5 minutes before the class starts, so you won’t be able to click on “Join” until that point. When you join a class, a window will come up with a chatroom interface and you will be in there along with the instructor and up to 4 other students.
Learning Guides and More
In this section, you’ll see specialty courses and courses broken down by skill level. What makes these courses different from the Main Course is that these courses are structured. Most of these courses have an 8-week structure where you do 1-2 sessions each day for 5 days a week over the course of 8 weeks. The courses for kids (Early Learners [ages 3-6] and Young Learners [ages 7-12]) have a 4-week structure where you do 1 session a day for 5 days a week over the course of 4 weeks. When you click on a course, you’ll see two drop down menus at the top like with the main course, however now the left menu shows weeks and the right menu shows days and sessions. Once you pick a week and day/session, use the arrows next to the box in the middle of the screen to go through the lessons and activities for that session.
Pronunciator is a robust language learning platform that makes learning a new language fun and straightforward. Whether you prefer an open learning experience or a more formal structure style, Pronunciator offers content in ways that meet your learning needs. In addition to the language, you can learn about culture as well through music, movies, images, poetry and more. It can be accessed in the library and at home as well. Have questions, want more information, or want help using Pronunciator? Please stop by the Information Desk, call 847-428-3661 and ask for the Information Desk, or send an email at LibraryHelp@frvpld.info and we’d be happy to help you!