Pronunciator is a language learning database that provides personalized language learning for over 160 languages, including the top 15 languages spoken in Oregon (per the 2019 American Community Survey). It also offers language learning for American Sign Language and Mexican Sign Language. You can follow guided courses or create your own personalized learning based on interests or occupation. You can also download audio lessons or phrasebooks for listening or reading offline.
The State Library is subscribing to Pronunciator for a one-year pilot to learn more about state employees’ language learning needs and how library databases may be able to support them. Funding for this project came from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
As part of the pilot project, the State Library evaluated how well the use of Pronunciator supported Oregon state employees' language learning needs. We formed a focus group of state employees to assist with developing an evaluation tool, which included defining success, determining measures, and reviewing evaluation and analysis.
The Pronunciator focus group defined success of the pilot project as success related to learner impacts. We included the following subcategories: learning achievement goals, learner outcomes, connecting goals to outcomes, satisfaction demonstrated by recommendation to others, engagement and/or abandonment of effort, and learning content completion. We also included impacts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA).
This evaluation integrated quantitative and qualitative data from three sources: usage analytics from Pronunciator, a survey sent to all Pronunciator learners, and group discussion sessions.
Here's a link to a PDF of the full report:
And these are the report's recommendations: