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Foreign language learning materials

The University Libraries has a number of foreign language learning materials, including books, CDs, and software. In addition, our collections include international literature titles in the original language and translated into English. We also offer titles on American Sign Language.

The library does not offer a translation service, but we may be able to suggest resources to aid in translations. The ACRL's Translation resources on the Web: A guide to accurate, free sites web page is a useful example.

Addison, the Virginia Tech catalog 

To find foreign language instruction material in Addison, perform a Subject Search on the name of your language followed by language, i.e. French language. This search will return books, instructional CDs, software and additional formats. You can combine this subject search with additional sub-headings for more refined results (not every sub-heading will be used for every language):

  • composition and exercises
  • conversation and phrase books
  • dictionaries - English
  • glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
  • grammar
  • pronunciation
  • self-instruction
  • spoken [language] i.e. spoken French
  • study and teaching
  • terms and phrases
  • textbooks for foreign speakers
  • vocabulary

Audio CDs 

The library has purchased a number of Pimsleur language programs on audio CDs. The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Offered languages include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

Mango for Libraries

Mango offers online, self-paced, conversational, language-learning courses, including over 40 foreign languages for English speakers (including ancient languages), plus 16 courses of English as a second language. Create a profile on the site to begin; use that profile to access Mango through iOS and Android apps. A microphone is strongly suggested for some exercises.

Rosetta Sone software 

The library has all the Rosetta Stone languages installed on computers located in the Language Resource Center on the second floor of Newman Library. The software must be used in Newman Library; it cannot be checked out for personal installations.

American Sign Language 

Search Addison by Subject for American Sign Language for a list of books about sign language and instructional guides.

Test of English as a Foreign Language 

The library has a few books and other materials on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. See also the English Language Institute.


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