The Center for Languages and International Collaboration is pleased to share a new language learning resource with the Pacific Community. On July 1, 2012, Livemocha replaced Rosetta Stone as the language learning software available to the Pacific Community. All students, faculty and family members of students, now have access to Livemocha language learning software. Create an account for yourself or a family member at the Online Tools page.
The Livemocha Advantage
Livemocha offers several advantages over Rosetta Stone. First, it is available to every member of the Pacific Community, including family members of faculty, staff and students. Livemocha also connects people at Pacific to a worldwide community of native speakers. Beneficial and fun for language learners of all levels, conversations with people from all over the world build language skills, confidence, and a global awareness that, until recently, could only come from traveling the world.
What is Livemocha?
As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Livemocha offers Vocabulary Starter courses in 38 languages and advanced courses in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
More than computer mediated lessons, Livemocha offers you the opportunity to exchange language exercises and converse with its community of language learners. You have the choice to submit your oral and written activities for peer review by native speakers of the language you are learning. In return, you will be offered lessons to review from people learning your native language. For a fee, you may also arrange for private lessons or exercise review by professional Livemocha tutors. Livemocha also suggests learning partners with whom you may practice conversations via text, video or audio chat.
Privacy and FERPA
Because Livemocha connects you to other language learners around the world in a social learning network, there are some things you need to know about protecting your privacy.
Submitting Your Work for Peer Review
You have control over the information you share with others. You always have the choice to submit your oral and written activities for review by native speakers of the language you are learning. Peer review is a signature advantage of Livemocha, but you are not required to share your work in order to use the program.
Managing your User Profile
Once you have created an account, you will want to edit your user profile to be sure you are only sharing the information you want to share.
Pacific University and Livemocha have no control over distribution of personally identifiable information you choose to disclose in you profile. Recipients of this information are unknown to Pacific University; therefore, caution is advised.
Full Name: Required. You are required to enter a user name, but you may choose any user name you wish. It does not have to be your real name. This is the name other Livemocha users will see.
Brief Introduction: Optional. You are not required to add any information here. Anything you add will be visible to other Livemocha users.
Personal: location of birth, gender, relationship status. These are all optional. Anything you add will be visible to other Livemocha users.
I speak: Required. List native language and any other language in which you are fluent.
I want to Learn: Required. You may choose one or more languages.
I am interested in: Required. Specify if your primary interest is learning a language, helping other learn, or connecting with people.
E-mail address: Required. This must be your four letter, four number PUNetID email address (for example: email@example.com). Your email address IS NOT VISIBLE to other Livemocha users. It is only used by Livemocha to send you notifications as specified under the profile Privacy tab. If you are enrolled in a language course that uses Livemocha, it will also be used to identify you and grade your work.
Location: Country, City, Time Zone. Optional.
Email Notifications: Required. Specify when Livemocha sends you email notifications.
Chat: Required. Specify whether Livemocha users may invite you to chat.
Language Partner Preference: Required. Specify if Livemocha may recommend you to others as a language partner.
School, Work and Interests: Optional. You are not required to add any information here. Anything you add will be visible to other Livemocha users.
If you have any questions about creating a Livemocha account or the transition away from Rosetta Stone, contact Erica Andree by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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