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New books in library – French!


Attention students of French (FRNC1622 – Jnr French Intermediate 4)!

The AV Language Library has recently acquired the textbook Interaction : langue et culture / Susan St. Onge & Ronald St. Onge (8th ed.) as well as the Student Activities Manual.

To use the materials, come to the AV Language Library (located on the 2nd level of Brennan MacCallum Bldg) and exchange your student card for the book(s).


August 4, 2011 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Welcome message for all students (Semester 2, 2011)

Hello to all our new (and existing) students at the University!

If you’re taking up a foreign language this semester, you may or may not know that there is a language library specifically catered to your needs.

The AV Language Library is located in the Brennan MacCallum Building (A18, Level 2) and comprises of the Library as well as the Self Study room.  Do note that this is a closed-access library; thus no resources can be borrowed out.

So what materials do we have?

In the Library, we have reference materials such as dictionaries, as well as resources for non-curriculum languages.  We also hold a number of CDs, DVDs, videotapes and cassettes in many languages.

The Self Study room provides access to curriculum textbooks, interactive self-paced language learning materials, some recorded lectures and classwork for students and staff learning languages other than English and English as a second language.

The computers in the room provide access to interactive multimedia language resources and live multilingual satellite television broadcasts. Language reference materials such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries and some textbooks are also available for use here.  You can also watch foreign language movies from these computers.

Our opening hours are Mondays – Fridays from 9.00 am – 4.45 pm.

For more info, please visit our webpage to download our Brochure, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, or simply pop by to say hi!  If you have any questions, feel free to post them on our Facebook page at

Wishing all a good semester ahead, and happy studying! 🙂

July 27, 2011 at 11:20 am 2 comments

“Talk Now”, a software for learning languages

Want to learn a foreign language quickly, but bored with reading the usual text/course materials?  The AV Language Library announces a fun and interactive way of learning a foreign language!

Starting this month, you’ll be able to sit at any of the computers in the Self study room and learn at your own pace.  Click on the EuroTalk icon on the desktop and select the language you wish to learn.  Features include:

– Nine topics: first words, food, colours, phrases, parts of the body, numbers, time, shopping and countries.

A record/playback facility: enables you to practise your pronunciation and compare it to that of a native speaker.

Two quiz levels: test what you’ve learned, earn points and monitor your progress.

Memory Games: to improve your knowledge of key vocabulary.

Intelligent Software: remembers words you get wrong and targets your weak points.

I signed in as “Librarian”,  where my scores and progress would be recorded.   Records are carried over from session to session, so that you can see how well you are doing and what you already know.  A great feature of Talk Now! is the ability to sign in under individual names and sign back on from session to session.

You can also work your way through four game-like quizzes at increasingly difficult levels that test how well you are able to remember the words and phrases that has been presented.   Another great feature is the programme actually remembers your weak points and honed in on them so you can have a chance to have additional practice if you wish to do so.

The programme is fast-paced, interesting, and best of all, helps you remember what you’ve learnt through many pictures and graphics.

So what are you waiting for?  Come and visit your Language Library to start learning! 🙂

May 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

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