October 6, 2013

Blended Language Learning from Middlebury College

From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2013/09/blended_language_learning_boosts_global_competence.html

Blended Language Learning Boosts Global Competence
By Tom Vander Ark
September 27, 2013

Middlebury Interactive , a joint venture between Middlebury College and K12 Inc., is a leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. The partnership will serve about 200,000 K-12 students this year in more than 1,200 traditional and virtual schools. The most frequent application is in a blended learning environment.

Language courses are offered in Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Latin. Elementary courses build a solid language foundation. Middle and high school courses focus on development of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Middlebury also offers customizable Fluency Courses that can be structured for a fully online, blended or traditional classroom implementation.

The platform blends immersive gaming, social networking and multimedia interactive learning. Videos have been shot around the world--the French courses were shot in France, Canada, Senegal and Guadeloupe taping real people interacting in a real cultural environment. Task based activities use authentic documents and encourage students to make hypotheses about how the language works.

Read more about the program at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2013/09/blended_language_learning_boosts_global_competence.html

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