Thursday, January 14, 2010

Virtual Spanish Immersion

In a couple of weeks, our 8th grade Spanish students at St. Christopher's School will be participating in a new curriculum that provides a form of immersion that does not require visiting a Spanish speaking country.  According to Fran Turner, Director of International Studies and 8th grade Spanish teacher, it is an opportunity for our students to be paired up virtually with another school in Colombia in an effort to offer our students structured interaction with native speakers on a regular basis.  Please take a moment to watch the interview with Fran as she describes this wonderful opportunity, which was made possible by a grant from the Bowles Endowment for Innovation and Creativity in Education  at St. Christopher's School.


AnneT said...

I'd love to see it in action, Hiram!

Wm Chamberlain said...

While your program is great, imagine the students that speak Spanish going to the same school as your students. Then imagine your school not offering a class where the Spanish and English speakers and learn from each other. Oh wait, you don't have to imagine it I work there!

Of course, there are benefits of working online: being able to record the conversations easily,not worrying too much about making sure students get along, etc. Obviously this has lots of potential and future uses as well.