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Language Immersion Through Tech

by Emily Rogan

District Administration

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Language instruction leans forward in K12

Dual language and the increasing public awareness of the value of foreign language education will drive part of the discussions at the ACTFL’s convention in Boston this month. While immersion programs are popular for younger students, few districts operate effective programs beyond the elementary years, Swanson says.

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Could Technology Fuel Language Immersion?

Immersion in another language is the best way to learn it say many educational experts, and examples are out there to back up these assertions. Moving beyond rote learning, memory and repetition to a more proficiency-based approach where students learn how to use another language for practical needs can help deliver better outcomes. How could you best incorporate these methods into your language instruction?

Introducing children to new languages at an early age can be a good way to ensure lifelong learning. Immersion is one way of doing this. This piece points to an example in Alaska where the first class of students learning Russian since kindergarten recently graduated. One must have: teachers who have the expertise to deliver this instruction. Technology may offer opportunities to bring this expertise to school systems virtually. For many, educational technology represents the Holy Grail that will help promote and develop more equal academic outcomes.

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