Isabel covered three main instructional design elements: blended learning, development of reading and writing skills, and improved oral communication skills. BTI leverages technology-based language learning to complement classroom instruction for their ELF classes.
Chief Learning Officer of Middlebury Interactive Languages described online immersive learning environments for different languages developed by a team of second language acquisition experts, language teachers and online professionals. Thanks to media-rich and authentic materials for courses, students gradually develop linguistic skills and cross-cultural understanding, while interacting with the online material and their peers.
According to U.S. Census information, an estimated 25 million people in the United States do not speak English well or at all. For educators, engaging this population of non-English speakers requires a different set of services, including adult education programs. Unfortunately, such programs suffer when districts face resource constraints.
Under the No Child Left Behind Act each state must create an assessment of English-language proficiency that is “aligned to college and career standards,” and specifies how teachers of English-learners will be trained to help ELL’s successfully reach both the language and academic requirements of the new common standards. Presenter Gail Polumbo discussed ways technology can be used to achieve these provisions in this month’s Technology in Schools webinar. Gail explored new ELL languages,… read more →