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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.

Online software 

Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone offers online instruction in 25 languages, including English as a second language. Start with the Login with CAS link, where you'll create a personal profile to track your progress. Mobile app versions are available as well.

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Pronunciator is an online language learning system that offers over 80 languages, plus ESL for 50 non-English languages. Apps for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire can be downloaded and used with the account created on the website.

Pimsleur 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, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, plus English for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.

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

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.