Rosetta Stone is excited to present a new, on-demand webinar, “Blended Learning in the World Language Classroom”, that can fit into any teacher’s busy schedule.
The discussion is presented by Gisele Vazquez Falls, World Languages department chair at Tallwood High School in Virginia. Tallwood features a novel Global Studies and World Languages Academy.
The Academy is built around preparing students for global citizenship, focusing not just on languages (even though it offers eight), but also on global issues, systems, and cultures. The central goal is to prepare students to take advantage of the international economy. Students spend four years studying a primary language and two years studying a second language.
In the webinar, Ms. Vasquez Falls discusses how her program works, how she has leveraged blended learning in her classroom, the benefits of technology, and her own lesson design strategies that help her differentiate instruction for the Academy’s students.
Differentiation is important in every classroom, but it is particularly challenging in world language courses. In a program as all-encompassing as the Global Studies and World Languages Academy, students enter with a diverse pool of skills and goals, not to mention the fact that they are studying eight different languages. That is why we felt Ms. Vasquez Falls was uniquely suited to sharing her strategies.
Ms. Vasquez Falls’s blended learning approach is station-based, featuring a mix of technology resources, including SMART boards, mobile devices, social media, and Rosetta Stone.
One of the challenges of using stations as a blended learning strategy is student accountability. How do you keep students on their individualized learning track? Ms. Vasquez Falls goes into depth on how important expectations are and her methods for keeping students accountable for their learning.
Overall, her methods are creating a more engaging, efficient, and effective learning experience for students, creating deeper understanding and preparing them for an interconnected 21st century. You can learn how to do the same thing.