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Transforming Language Instruction

teaching6-150x150A growing number of K-12 leaders believe that exposure to world languages and culture—even at a very early age—is critical to students’ competitiveness in the 21st century. But how can schools provide this important experience when budgets are tight and they can’t afford to hire full-time language instructors? Fortunately, technology can help.

With the generous support of Middlebury Interactive Languages, we’ve created this collection of stories and other resources to help you transform language instruction in your own schools.

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Why learning foreign languages is a ‘crucial’ skill

Educational technology consultant Alan November is fond of telling a story about a conversation he once had with a senior executive at a global investment bank.

During…

eSN Special Report: Learning a language online

In tiny Weybridge, Vermont (population 833), the most common industry is farming. Yet the fifty or so students in the town’s K-6 elementary school are preparing for a…

Foreign language instruction meets a critical need

Across the United States, foreign language programs are shrinking or disappearing altogether as school leaders face budget concerns and competing priorities. According to an article in Forbes magazine,…

Dartmouth foreign language classes embrace Twitter

Dartmouth foreign language classes embrace Twitter

Foreign language professor Tania Convertini is thrilled to catch her Dartmouth College students complaining about homework or upcoming tests. She’s not eavesdropping—she’s reading their tweets, written in Italian…

Technology’s role in foreign language learning

Technology’s role in foreign language learning

Although educators and policy makers emphasize skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, today's students are competing in a global society--and foreign language skills can help…

Additional Resources

Free Webinar: Finding the Right Blend: World Language Education in a Blended Learning Environment

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  Blended learning promises to enhance student learning and provide teachers with unprecedented resources and support. However, there are many different blended learning models – in world language and other subjects – that must be customized based on students’ needs and educators’ objectives.

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST

Blended Language Learning Boosts Global Competence

Tom Vander Ark, an education advocate, advisor, and author, discusses how blended learning with Middlebury Interactive’s courses is changing world language education and global awareness.


Infographic: Second Language Acquisition by the Numbers

Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student’s success, supporting everything form increased cognitive function to higher rates of success in school and in the careers that come afterward. Check out this infographic showing how the U.S. stacks up.


Why Learn Another Language?

There are many proven benefits to learning another language, from better grades across all subjects to improved standardized test scores to increased chances of college acceptance. Share some of these benefits with students and celebrate world language learning with a new printable classroom poster.


Infographic: Language Learning Goes Digital

Not so long ago, technology in the foreign language classroom meant a tape deck and a pair of headphones. But language learning technology has come a long way in a very short time. Schools are now using apps, tablets, and even video conferencing to bring second languages to life.


Vermont Software Company Growing Under Former Mass. Gov. Swift

New England Cable News (NECN) recently visited Weybridge Elementary School in Weybridge, Vt., to interview CEO Jane Swift and students on how Middlebury Interactive’s digital world language courses are shaping not only the school, but the community as well.


Middlebury Interactive General Course Video

Middlebury Interactive’s digital world language courses for K-12 utilize Middlebury College’s proven language pedagogy and teaching methodology. Watch a short video to learn how the courses help student acquire tangible language skills and accelerate learning, while teaching cultural awareness.
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