Differentiating Instruction in the World Language Classroom Using Blended Learning

Presented by: Gisele Vazquez Falls, Spanish Teacher and Dept. Chair of World Languages, Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, VA
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Integrating technology into any classroom requires risk taking, competence, and practice. Now that technology has spread into language classrooms, World Languages teachers have an advantage. The nature of our subject matter requires us to be flexible, open-minded, curious and willing to experiment with changes in teaching and learning. World Languages teachers have long used technology to make the classroom more “authentic” in alignment with the purpose of teaching students to communicate in the target language. In the blended learning environment, teachers can design instruction to meet the needs of their students, making it possible and realistic to differentiate instruction. To successfully utilize blended learning, teachers must have a clear purpose and be focused on the objectives.

Performance-based assessments and meaningful learning are essential components to the World Languages classroom. In this webinar, Gisele Vazquez Falls shared what blended learning means to the World Languages classroom and how to design a lesson that incorporates a variety of strategies to differentiate instruction.