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Student COIL Libguide

Resources to Support Language Learning

Since you will be working with learners from different areas in the world, it is important to explore the language resources that are available to you that will help with intercultural communication.

To keep in mind:
  • Both your Sheridan peers and COIL partners may be ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. 
  • A COIL project is an opportunity for you to explore another language.
  • Engaging with learners that speak other languages can help you build the skills needed to get into the diverse labour market, since you might work with people from many different linguistic backgrounds.



Language Resources for ESL Learners

English Language Studies (for ESL): This Sheridan guide provides lists of helpful resources for improving your English language skills. 

Tutoring in English: Connect with a Sheridan tutor to work on your English language skills.

Resources for Language Learning

Duolingo: Not only is Duolingo useful when learning a new language, it's fun and addictive. This service takes a game-like approach to learning and offers apps for iOS, Windows Phone and Android. To get started, you create a profile and either launch a beginner's course, or take a test to move into an advanced lesson (if you already know the basics). Duolingo is free for use.

Programs in Language Communication and Culture: Learn French, Italian, or Spanish at Sheridan.

Mauril: Mauril is a free digital platform to help users learn English and French. It is meant to help improve your oral comprehension skills.

Open Culture: Open Culture can help you learn a popular language like English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, or Mandarin. There are a total of 48 language options listed on this portal to free language course downloads. Farsi/Persian, Estonian, Icelandic, Gaelic and many other languages are available here. 

Mango: Mango has a massive repository of language lessons for over 60 languages including Spanish, Swahili, Punjabi, Icelandic and more. Lessons include listening and reading activities and a personalized review experience. With both a web-based system and app availability, you can learn from home, the office, or while on the go. You can purchase Mango for $20 a month, or access it free at any public library in Canada.

Transparent Language: Transparent Language offers paid language courses with a free trial. They cover over 100 different languages, so if you're looking for something slightly obscure or have had trouble finding your language of choice elsewhere, give this a try!

LiveMocha: LiveMocha provides access to free lessons for 35 languages, but also offers a vibrant community of native language speakers from 190 countries you can connect with to practice your speech.


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