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Differentiating Instruction in the World Language Classroom Using Blended Learning
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Gisele Vazquez Falls, Spanish Teacher and Dept. Chair of World Languages, Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Sponsored by Rosetta Stone
Integrating technology into any classroom requires risk taking, competence, and practice. Now that technology has spread into language classrooms, World Languages teachers have an advantage. The nature of our subject matter requires us to be flexible, open-minded, curious and willing to experiment with changes in teaching and learning. World Languages teachers have long used technology to make the classroom more “authentic” in alignment with the purpose of teaching students to communicate in the target language. In the blended learning environment, teachers can design instruction to meet the needs of their students, making it possible and realistic to differentiate instruction. To successfully utilize blended learning, teachers must have a clear purpose and be focused on the objectives.
Performance-based assessments and meaningful learning are essential components to the World Languages classroom. In this live, interactive webinar, Gisele Vazquez Falls, Spanish Teacher and Dept. Chair of World Languages, shared what blended learning means to the World Languages classroom and how to design a lesson that incorporates a variety of strategies to differentiate instruction.
This webinar will benefit Word Languages Teachers, Curriculum and Instruction Directors, and World Languages Directors.
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Gisele Vazquez Falls is a Spanish Teacher and Dept. Chair of World Languages in the Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, VA. Gisele has over 20 years of teaching experience, and she is a self-directed, enthusiastic educator with a strong commitment to student development and the learning experience. Her skills include designing challenging, enriching and innovative lessons that address the diverse needs of students. Gisele is finishing a Master’s in Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Salamanca. Follow her on Twitter @gvzqzfalls.
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta Stone offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). The company’s core belief is that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age.