Higher Education FAQ

Pronunciator for Higher Education

Pronunciator provides the interactivity, measured progress, and advanced content that university students need to support their studies; international students need to ease their transition; and faculty can use when preparing to go abroad.

With innovative features like teacher-led live conversation groups, and best-in-class pronunciation analysis, Pronunciator adds true value.

Give us a call at 800-328-1776 to schedule a custom webinar, get a price quote, and/or set up a free trial for your campus.

And, if you are a member of LYRASIS, Califa, MOREnet, or AMIGOS, you can benefit from group discounts.

 

FAQ for Colleges and Universities

How many languages do you offer?

80, and growing. We also have ESL for 50 non-English languages.

Uniquely, we also offer the ability to learn any language in any other language — making for 4,000 possible course combinations.

 

 

How much does an annual subscription cost?

Significantly less than other vendors. Call us at 800-328-1776 for a quote on the spot. Our quotes are all-inclusive.

Do you offer remote access?

Yes. Your students and faculty can use Pronunciator wherever they are.

Do you offer ESL for international students?

Yes, we have ESL courses specifically for 50 non-English languages, to meet the needs of the majority of international students.

Our ProLive sessions, led by qualified teachers throughout the week for small groups, also include conversation classes for English language learners.

We also offer a job interview preparation module for those entering the English-speaking workplace.

Do you offer live instruction by qualified instructors?

Yes, we have live, teacher-led conversation groups, limited to 5 students per session to ensure individual attention, running 7 days a week.

Do you offer advanced content?

Yes. We agree with CHOICE Magazine’s audience assessment: “Lower-level undergraduates through professionals.”

Each Pronunciator language course has an average of 9,000 instructional phrases, each with accompanying drills and quizzes, and a progressing degree of difficulty.

We also offer interactive movies, music, grammar textbooks, poetry and plays to appeal to advanced learners.

Do you have scored quizzes?

Yes, over 2,000 per course. Detailed reports are available for each student, showing scores on every quiz. You can even group students by language studied.

Can your courses be customized?

Yes. Our Course Designer, free with your subscription, allows for the creation and deployment of custom online language courses. You can either leverage our content and functionality, create your own content (with your own audio, video, and custom words and phrases), or mix and match. Notably, Course Designer supports course creation in any language in the world.

Do you have structured courses, too?

Yes. Most languages have up to ten 8-week structured courses. Each course assumes 5 days per week of study, and 30 to 60 minutes per day of commitment. With a progressive degree of difficulty, the structured courses offer up to 80 weeks (20 months — nearly 2 years) of guided learning per language.

Is Pronunciator accessible?

 

Yes,both our browser-based app and our custom apps for all Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices, are accessible to blind and low-vision users. The browser-based app can be used by screen readers such as JAWS, and can also be used in keyboard-only mode. The mobile apps support both TalkBack (Android) and VoiceOver (Apple), and can also be used with external USB keyboards.

Do you have printed manuals?

Yes, 54-page full-color manuals are available in both English and Spanish at no charge, along with interactive PDF versions.

Do you provide usage reports?

Yes. You have password-protected access to detailed usage reports down to the student level. You can view registrations and logins, test activity, most popular languages, and more, for any date range. You can also download the data to any spreadsheet or database program.

How does authentication work?

IP-based authentication is supported (as well as other methods, e.g. school email, library card, etc.)

How do you compare to...?

We offer more content and more functionality, at a much lower price, than any other vendor. We also are more appropriate for higher education, since most other vendors stop at a high school level in terms of complexity.

How much content do you have?

We provide an average of 9,000 phrases to learn per language course (about 30,000 words); up to 350 hours of downloadable audio lessons per course; 4,000 downloadable PDF phrasebooks; dozens of feature films; thousands of songs; and 20,000 photos and custom illustrations to complement learning. Nobody else offers anything close to this amount of organized, premium content.

Do you have movies?

Yes, our ProFlix service includes full-length feature films with optional bilingual subtitles, drills, and quizzes!

Do you have music?

Yes. Our ProTunes and ProRadio services teach language through song!

What type of support can we expect?

We provide same-day, 7-day-a-week support for school faculty, staff, and students.

We also send you innovative promotional material by the boxful, with free refills, to help you spread the word.

How long have you been around?

We began development in 2009, and launched in 2011.

What is your methodology?

Pronunciator uses a combination of newfangled interactive techniques (e.g. virtual coaching, pronunciation analysis), and proven old-school methods (e.g. audio lessons, scored quizzes), in a structured learning approach that focuses on the intensive reinforcement of what is learned.

Is it easy to implement on our web site?

Yes, it’s just a matter of placing a link on your web page.

Do students need an e-mail address to register?

No. An e-mail address is optional, but is helpful in case the student’s user name and password are misplaced.

What are the minimum technical requirements for the browser-based player?

A web browser that has Flash installed, and JavaScript enabled.

Speakers or headphones are needed to hear the audio content.

A computer microphone is needed for interactive activities, such as pronunciation analysis.

Do you use humans for translations and voice?

Yes, native speakers are used for both translation and voice-over work. No machine translation or computer voices are used.

Is there any content that is not included in a subscription?

No. All subscriptions provide full-access to all Pronunciator content for an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Are there download limits?

Yes. Each student can download up to 90 MP3 audio lessons per month (about 60 hours of content); and up to 10 e-Phrasebooks per month. The following month, the cap is lifted, and they can resume streaming or downloading. This limit is student-specific, and has no effect on the downloading or streaming of other patrons in your library.

How do I get a trial for my school?

Phone 800-328-1776 or fill out the form in the sidebar of this page.

How do I schedule a webinar?

Phone 800-328-1776 or fill out the form in the sidebar of this page. We offer 30-minute live (as well as pre-recorded) webinars that cover all aspects of the service.

Where is your company based?

In scenic Shepherdstown, WV, along the banks of the Potomac River.

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