Monthly Archives: July 2011

Looking for something “Cool” to do? Learn a new language…it’s free!

That’s right!  As a Miami student, you now have access to Mango Languages, an online language learning lab that will help get you prepped for a trip overseas,  give you a head start on Fall language classes, or help you flirt with your new international crush.  You’ll need to enter your Miami Unique ID and password to get into Mango–after that, you will create a special username & password so that you can progress at your own pace in whichever language(s) you choose.

English speakers can learn any or all of 35 languages that range from Arabic to Vietnamese.   Order a decadent dessert in French, a hot tamale in Spanish, or a nice schnitzel in German…you can even learn IRISH! Yes, that surprised us, too.  Non-native speakers can also learn/improve their English speaking skills by following the “English Courses” link.

Go to Mango Languages to get started on your OWN international adventure this summer!

Are you graphically inclined?

Graphic novels are a big hit in most libraries these days, and not just the titles intended for children and teens. While we’re not buying copious amounts of graphic novels for the Rentschler Library shelves, we have to acknowledge that they are being taught in some of the English 111 classes.   Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi is taught by several MUH English faculty.

But did you know there is also non-fiction published in this format?  Here’s the admittedly short list of non-fiction titles we have in graphic novel format:

Cartoon History of the Modern World – Volumes 1 & 2 by Larry Gonick

The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Vol. 1:  Microeconomics by Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, Ph.D

With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, 5 vols.  by Keiko Tobe

If you’re just curious about this genre, we’ve got you covered with Graphic Novels: Everything you Need to Know, by Paul Gravett.   To get a sampling of the best stuff out there, check out the nominees and winners of the Eisner  awards.