- cultural understanding
- global awareness
- conveying messages effectively
- academic development
- achieving goals
- personal growth
Key Standards Supported
|L.6: Knowledge of Language|
|L.6.3||Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.|
|Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.6.4||Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.|
|L.7: Knowledge of Language|
|L.7.3||Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.|
|L.7.3a||Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.*|
|Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.7.4||Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.|
|L.7.4a||Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.|
|L.7.4c||Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.|
|L.7.4d||Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).|
|L.7.5||Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.|
|L.7.6||Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.|
|L.8: Knowledge of Language|
|L.8.3||Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.|
|L.8.3a||Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact).|
|Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.8.4a||Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.|
|L.8.4c||Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.|
|L.8.6||Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.|
|RI.6: Craft and Structure|
|RI.6.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.|
|RI.7: Craft and Structure|
|RI.7.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.|
Users can test out one lesson from the individual version, Mango Passport, for free. Passport costs generally range from $79 for one instruction level to $176 for three levels.
Like the regular user dashboard, the K-12 dashboard shows available courses. Teachers have a few extra options, though, and their dashboard has a different look. Educators can easily create and view groups to track multiple students' progress. They can also view individual student's activity on the system in the past 30 days and see how each fared on different sections.
ProsThe language instruction goes above and beyond basic vocabulary memorization; kids get realistic usage help.
ConsThe conversation-based program could benefit from more writing activities.
Bottom LineLanguage instruction is presented in a digestible, yet thorough way, and kids are exposed to culture tips and other effective extras.
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Interactive exercises through which kids can advance at their own pace provide instruction for more than 52 languages. Users learn practical conversational skills and extras, including cultural tips.
A blog features occasional updates and site news, and the instruction also can be used on mobile devices, but there aren't too many other extras.
Mango Languages offers more than 45 language courses and ESL instruction in 17 languages. Parents and children who register for Mango Passport, designed to help travelers learn grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills, can download the desktop application and then use the system without an Internet connection.
Mango's K-12 edition is a subscription-based online program designed for teachers, students, and media specialists. Like Mango Passport, it focuses on conversational skills; Mango Languages says it can be a beneficial supplement to school language curriculum. The edition currently includes more than 45 language courses, ranging from Mandarin to Turkish, and 15 ESL courses.Read More Read Less
Mango Languages' impressive design features an interactive system with memory-building and critical thinking exercises that show kids how to put new words into practical use. Cards offer lesson choices and instruction. A narrator introduces each chapter's goal, reads sentences aloud, and offers positive encouragement like, "Don't worry if the conversation seemed difficult; we'll lead you through it, part by part." Users click an arrow to move to the next slide when they're ready.
Occasional cultural notes pop up to explain religion, common greetings, and other elements that relate to slang and language. Many slides also feature a Voice Compare option that lets users weigh their pronunciation against a narrator's using their computer microphone and recording feature. Mango Languages isn't free -- K-12 pricing varies. However, the instruction, which combines audio help and a format that repeatedly reinforces key concepts, can provide students with a multifaceted approach to learning a new language.Read More Read Less
The K-12 version is a web-based system; students can access it at home or at school with an Internet connection, so you can assign lessons as homework. Courses, which would work well as individual assignments that students can move through independently, are divided into basic versions designed to quickly learn words and phrases and Mango Complete courses, which provide more advanced instruction. You may want to set completion goals to ensure kids are using the system regularly and encourage them to advance to higher learning levels. The K-12 version also provides a few educator tracking tools. You can set up groups of students, which are visible on the Mango Languages dashboard, and view individual students' progress.Read More Read Less
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- Easy to navigate language course emphasizes oral language skills.Liz D.
Bronx, NY4August 24, 2014