What is the methodology for this program?

Our instructors use a “communicative” approach to teaching Spanish. In other words, the students are engaged in a lot of conversational activities as well as reading, writing and cultural activities.
 
We are now a “Virtual Classroom” distance learning program.  We use “Moodle.org” (a Virtual Learning Environment) IN COMBINATION with daily instruction online from an Highly Qualified Spanish Teacher via Skype in “real time” covering all State Standards for Spanish I and II.  

To name just a few benefits of using Moodle: all Lesson Plans, Worksheets, DVD sessions, Ramiro Readings, Answer Keys, and many other activities are installed for easy reference; exams and worksheets can be graded to provide immediate feedback to the students; scores can be tracked, and various activities can be done online, enhancing the overall program.  Your students will also have the advantage of a “live” teacher to guide them in conversational drills and other activities such as reading, writing, pronunciation, and culture.
 
The lessons are short. Research proves that keeping the lessons short help build the skills and confidence of the student. The lessons also build on “prior” knowledge. Vocabulary is taught in context.  Grammar is explained when appropriate. The students will learn to speak, read and write in “complete” sentences, and not simply saying a few words in isolation.
 
In addition to daily classroom instruction, we provide the student with lots of activities to reinforce what they are learning in class. We want them to “speak” the language and to have long-term retention of it.

Each class is divided into two parts daily:  synchronous and asynchronous instruction. One half of the class will be “live” with the Spanish teacher; the other half will be the students working on activities directly related to what they are learning in class.

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