Adult Learners’ Week – a time to learn something new

If you think that learning is for children or for university students, then think again. Learning is for everyone and it is possible to teach ‘an old 0dog a new trick’.

If you don’t believe me, then think about this: I’m writing a blog on a computer. Computers were around when I was at school, but they were very big, very expensive and not very fast. Blogs hadn’t been invented and if you made a typing mistake, then you either had to start all-over again, or use correction tape. Thank goodness I continued to learn new things.

For those of you who would like to learn something new, Then Adult Learners’ Week / He Tangata Mātauranga is for you. It is supported by UNESCO, the Tertiary Education Commission, and adult education course providers. It takes place from Monday 5 September to Sunday 11 September. It includes International Literacy Day which is held on 8 September.

Lifelong learning not only teaches you new skills, it helps keep the “little grey cells” active and is a way of meeting new people. Our website can connect you with e-resources, books and courses. There will be something just right for you.

International Literacy Day celebrates the fact that literacy is a human right. The library has many tools which can help you improve literacy skills and those aimed at both students and tutors.

To get yourself  started, You will find English language skills collection material in our libraries. This collection includes resources for both people with literacy difficulties and their tutors. We also have Simplified readers. These books are popular titles that have been re-written to cater for people with different levels of reading ability.

When you can’t get to the library to borrow books, try our eResources. You can access these from home with your library card and password / PIN

  • Road to IELTS: General  Access a self-study preparation course to help candidates prepare for the globally recognised IELTS exam. It tests English use at a general level.
  • World Book Discover  World Book Discover offers access to reference resources for reluctant readers, students with learning difficulties, adult literacy students or those who are learning English as a second language.

For more handy hints, check the following, which you’ll also find on our Adult Learners’ Week page –

Inglés a tu alcance con Christchurch City Libraries

Logo of Mango LanguagesEn Christchurch City Libraries puedes encontrar mucho más que libros… sabías que puedes aprender, o practicar,  inglés gratuitamente? Lo único que necesitas es pertenecer a la biblioteca!

Sacar una tarjeta es muy fácil, gratis y lleva tan sólo minutos. Y una vez que la tienes,  tienes acceso a infinidad de servicios; desde computadoras con internet y Wi-Fi gratuito hasta el uso y acceso a diferentes programas especializados y bases de datos, incluyendo Mango Languages, ya sea en la biblioteca o desde tu casa o tu dispositivo. Haz click aquí para descargar Mango Languages en el App Store o en Google Play.

Mango ESOL Spanish

Mango Languages es un programa innovador e interactivo por medio del cual puedes aprender o practicar tu inglés con diferentes actividades incluyendo películas. Mango es diferente porque no se enfoca en los fundamentos del idioma, sino mas bien la idea es que, en poco tiempo, puedas comunicarte en inglés en una manera correcta.

Sólo pregunta en cualquiera de las bibliotecas de Christchurch City Libraries y nuestro staff te ayudará con gusto.

Mangoで英語の勉強をしませんか?

こんにちわ!

ライブラリーでは本の貸し借りだけではなく、他たくさんのオンラインのリソースにアクセスできるのはご存知ですか?通常ではお金がかかりますが、ライブラリーメンバーにはなんと無料です。

Mango logoその中で今回お勧めしたいのがMango Languages。英語の勉強はもちろん、フランス語、スペイン語、中国語、その他の言語も習えます。特に英語は、各言語に合わせた別々のカリキュラムがあって、選択すればその言語で案内してくれます。

プレイスメントテストを受けて、自分に合わせたレベルからスタートできるし、ログアウトしても前回終えたところから自動的に始めれるようになっています。毎回のチャプターにはちゃんとクイズもついていて勉強したところの復習ができます。答えを聞かれたらマイクで話せばちゃんと識別してくれるのでスピーキングや発音の練習にもなりますよ!

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さあ、英語の勉強を一から始めたい人、もっとレベルアップしたい人、最近ちょっと使ってなくてやり直したい人、本気で習いたいけど語学学校に行くお金がない人、さらに海外旅行で他の言語の練習が必要な人、是非Mangoを使ってみてください!ライブラリー以外でのご利用の場合はカード番号とパスワードが必要となります。

AppleAndroid用のappもあります。

A helping hand with World Book Discover!

Despite the rhetoric not everyone gets the same chances in life.

Logo of World Book DiscoverPublic libraries have always had a role in helping to level out the playing field for those of us not blessed with position or wealth. Our goal is to support everyone in whatever endeavour they choose to undertake.

One of the new tools we have to aid us with this is World Book Discover. This product is an online reference resource specifically designed for reluctant readers, people who have learning difficulties and people with English as their second language. World Book Discover contains tools and content specifically for those who need help in reading and comprehension. It includes:

  • Easy-to-read articles on topics of interest that include reading comprehension questions;
  • An uncluttered interface and useful activities;
  • Automated translations into 30 languages;
  • Text-to-speech feature that allows users to hear text read aloud;
  • Individual accounts that allow users to save their research;
  • A section on life skills that helps negotiate financial, health, and housing issues.

Users can access this product from home with their library card and password / PIN, or in libraries from the Source or the catalogue. Its aim is to deliver information in a simplified manner to those who need it.

Have a play and spread the word!

Road to IELTS: For those who need to practice, practice, practice

The IELTS exam is a globally recognised test used to establish English proficiency. There are two different exams:

Academic: Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate university or Institutions of Further Learning courses is based on the results of the academic test.  It is used at CPIT, Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury.

General: Focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace situations. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training  programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

This is where we want to help! Library customers with their library card number and PIN can access the electronic resource Road to IELTS from home or in local libraries which allows you to:     

  • Practice IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions;
  • View videos of speaking tests, highlighting good practice;
  • Develop techniques and vocabulary for writing tasks;
  • Work on authentic texts for the reading test, simulating the real exam;
  • Develop vocabulary in areas commonly used in the IELTS exam.

Even if you don’t intend to sit either of these exams it is still a great way to improve your English skills if you are not a native speaker. Have a play and uncover the secrets to correct English usage.

Online language learning with Mango!

Ever wanted to learn a new language online or improve your English skills from the comfort of home?  We have your answer in Mango!  Mango provides access to six languages for those wanting to learn a language from basic right through to advanced levels and also support for those trying to improve their English skills. The languages you can learn are:

  • Mandarin;
  • Spanish;
  • French;
  • Japanese;
  • German;
  • Italian.

Mango also provides lessons for people wanting to learn English if their native language is:

  • Japanese;
  • Korean;
  • Mandarin.

Mango focuses on words and phrases that will be the most valuable in common, real-life situations. It also has a voice comparison tool which  allows users to speak into a microphone and see a visual representation of their pronunciation compared to the narrator’s. Customs and etiquette of  each culture is also included in these lessons!

You can access this electronic resource from the comfort of your own home or at our community libraries through the catalogue or at  the Source with your library card number and PIN. Play away!