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“Transparent Language” is among the newest online learning tools offered by Reedsburg Public Library. Foreign language students, travelers, children and adults alike may benefit from this learning module that offers over one hundred languages from Afrikaans to Zulu. Transparent Language can be accessed at the library, on your home computer, or via a mobile device.

To get started, go to the Reedsburg Public Library home page at reedsburglibrary.org. Select “Research Resources” at the top of the page, and scroll down the alphabetical list until you find “Transparent Language.” Clicking on the icon and entering your library card number will bring you to a second “log-in.” Here, enter a user name and password so that you may return to “Transparent Language” to resume learning where you left off. E-mail alerts are also available to remind users of unfinished lessons.

After logging in, the user is introduced to a plethora of language choices as well as specific dialect selections. “Kidspeak,” a kid friendly and cartoon enhanced module for children is also a choice for a number of languages. After choosing a language, the user is introduced to his/her “Home Base.” The left side of the screen displays the lessons available from learning the alphabet through more advanced choices. On the upper right hand corner, a “summary capsule” of what you have already learned is displayed. On the lower right hand side, a “practice module” is available with various games and activities to reinforce the content of each lesson.

From the first lesson on, it becomes apparent that, like in a classroom, learning is interactive with opportunities for listening to correct pronunciation, and actually practicing speech, with the use of your computer’s microphone. After the user has pronounced a word or sentence, a graphic analysis of the oral repetition will appear on the screen along with written feedback. After a section of lessons is completed, an assessment is offered with your results appearing in the “summary capsule.”

Reedsburg Public Library’s homeschool session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 will be introduced to Transparent Language. A computer lab will be available for participants to do their own exploration of the various languages, lessons and features offered. If you would like to explore this resource on your own at the library, come to the front desk and check out a laptop computer as well as a study room so that you will be able to privately practice your pronunciation.

For questions about Transparent Language or any other library service, or resource, call the Library at 768-READ (7323).

The Reedsburg Public Library is located at 370 Vine St. in downtown Reedsburg. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.