Tag: online

Online Chat with Purpose

Chita Espino-Bravo offers advice on teaching and assessing conversation in a Spanish virtual courseTeaching any virtual conversation class is full of challenges, especially in assessing the conversations and debate sections students prepare virtually. In spring 2018, I created a virtual course on Blackboard called Spanish Conversational Skills for...

Unintended Consequences

Katie Nielson asks if online collaboration may sabotage language learningFacing decreased enrollment and increasing student demand for a return on investment, higher education is under more pressure than ever to improve educational outcomes. With the hope of expanding their reach to new student populations, institutions are investing heavily in online programs—and the technology that makes them possible—to promote flexibility,...

Al Jazeera Launches Chinese Site

Al Jazeera has launched a Mandarin-language news website targeting a Chinese population of 1.4 billion people.The project, which is the first of its kind from an Arabic news provider, is part of Al Jazeera’s strategy to engage with Chinese audiences and builds on the success of its content on the...

Online Interactive Japanese

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Elon.io has launched a comprehensive Japanese program that includes grammar, vocabulary, and exercises for learning how to read and write the complex Japanese characters, creating an integrated learning experience that allows users to advance at their own paces. Erik Gerrits, founder of Elon.io, says, “Our courses are more thorough than any other online platform, and we help language students to...

Launch of First Online Chinese Teacher Training Program

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) – an international university promoting Chinese language and culture and Academic Partnerships – a leading organisation supporting worldwide online learning have today announced the launch of the world’s first International Online Chinese Teacher Training Program (ICTP).The fully online program available at BLCU is aimed at training students to teach Chinese as a...

Free Online PD Program Focuses on CCSS & ELLs

"Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering the Language of the Common Core State Standards" is the title of the massive online open course (MOOC) which is being produced by Stanford University's Understanding Language initiative.Language Magazine contributor and co-director of the initiative, Kenji Hakuta will teach the MOOC with colleagues Jeff Zwiers and Sara Rutherford-Quach who are language experts, from October 21...

EMC Languages: New Online Learning Platform

Increasing student fluency in world languages and providing educators with innovative technology are the goals of a new ten-year partnership between EMC Publishing, a division of New Mountain Learning, and the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). This collaborative partnership will build EMC Languages, a new online environment for teaching and learning world languages in...