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February 16, 2012

New Language Learning Software Combines Audio and Visual Elements

By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Managing Editor

A new audio language course from Pimsleur is set to combine the aural and visual elements of the renowned Pimsleur Method – a seasoned program for helping users learn additional languages.

The Pimsleur Unlimited is the latest program from the Simon & Schuster Audio department, and as an imprint of such, enjoys global recognition for its patented method of language learning as developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur.

Pimsleur Unlimited combines a visual, interactive program with the established Pimsleur audio Method, allowing users to engage on two sensory levels. Currently available in Spanish, French, Italian, and German, the Pimsleur Unlimited programs “remain true” to the famed Pimsleur Mehod while incorporating new visual stimuli.

The Executive Vice President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio & Pimsleur, Chris Lynch, stated recently, “Sixty-five percent of consumers consider themselves visual learners, and we wanted to find a way to introduce them to The Pimsleur Method that has helped millions of people learn to speak a new language for more than 50 years. With Pimsleur Unlimited we have created interactive software that remains true to the Pimsleur Method and teaches language the way linguist and Pimsleur founder Dr. Paul Pimsleur would have.”

The features of the new programs include Speak Easy, Flash Cards, and Quick Match on the visual roster. By reinforcing elements such as core vocabulary, graduated recall, anticipation, and organic learning, users develop and maintain language skills while guided through the multiple levels of the program with an English-speaking narrator.

Additionally, one of the popular features of the Pimsleur audio Method is the live native speaker sessions in the all-audio chat rooms, which expose learners to more colloquial usage of the language they are trying to learn. Pimsleur officials noted, “The chat sessions offer a real-world experience to help users navigate their new language with confidence and ease while also putting their newly-acquired skills to the test.”

Reports suggest that the chat room feature will be enhanced as soon as students at Becker College and staff at The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute collaborate with the Pimsleur team to evolve these important elements of language learning.

Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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