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Pronunciator: Language Learning Online

Overview of language learning available from Pronunciator through the State Library.

About Pronunciator

A woman of color looking to her left, with the Pronunciator logo near the bottomPronunciator 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).

Evaluation Report & Renewal Decision

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:

  • Renew the Pronunciator Subscription
  1. Renew the Pronunciator subscription for another year.
  2. Complete an annual evaluation to measure success related to learner impacts and determine user needs.
  3. Discuss areas of improvement with the vendor representative and advocate for state employees’ reported needs.
  • Strengthen Learning Supports
  1. Share state employees’ interest in conversation groups with the State Librarian and management team; consider possible enterprise partnerships or referrals.
  2. Develop intermediate-level Pronunciator training for product support; incorporate format options such as live webinars, recorded videos, and handouts, and expand the Pronunciator: Language Learning Online guide.
  3. Continue purchasing language learning materials and promote their availability via communication channels: library newsletter, agency communications, Pronunciator online guide, training announcements, and more.
  • Expand Outreach and Promotion Efforts
  1. Share feedback about Pronunciator outreach and promotion with the Government Services Outreach Workgroup.
  2. Inform the State Librarian and management team of the need for state agency leadership communications; consider options for types of communications and advocacy.
  3. Continue promoting Pronunciator and language learning with other Government Services outreach activities.

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