The FAU Libraries are requesting $58,284 for perpetual access to Mango Languages, an online self-paced language learning system covering over 40 languages and including 15 ESL classes taught in the native language. Mango has a simple delivery system that is easily accessible on or off campus, compatible with all browsers, and allows full access to the Android and Apple applications. Some of the languages available through Mango include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), German, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. ESL classes are offered for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Polish, Russian, Vietnamese, and more. Mango covers four language components: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango Languages is entirely web-based and compatible with all operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, as well as all web browsers. Remote access is available to current students, faculty, and staff through EZproxy. A microphone is recommended for users who wish to make use of the voice comparison technology that is available with every Mango Languages lesson.
At present, FAU does not provide an online language learning tool, and access to these courses by individuals can be costly. Over the years the libraries have received requests for online language products (such as Rosetta Stone). Mango Languages is one of the few online language learning companies that offers an institutional subscription with seamless access.
Mango Languages will benefit a large number of users in FAU’s multicultural community. This software will supplement language coursework as well as the professional and personal needs of FAU’s students and faculty. Students taking international business courses will benefit, as will students who are studying abroad, working in non-English speaking communities, or trying to perfect their own English skills. Faculty planning to take research sabbaticals in non-English speaking countries can also use Mango Languages as a preparation tool for their trip.
More information about Mango Languages can be found at http://www.mangolanguages.com/libraries/.