World Languages (WL): Intro to Blended Teaching


4.1 Purpose


The purpose of this chapter is to help you prepare to design and implement blended learning within the world language classroom. The image on the cover of the book shows a broad range of disciplines, each represented by a leaf on the tree. The four core skills for blended teaching are represented by the common roots of the tree that feed the branches.

While there are some broad commonalities in how blended learning looks across disciplines, there are also many subtle and unique approaches to blended teaching within each discipline. World language teachers can benefit from examples of blended teaching in world language classrooms. As a result, this set of chapters is geared towards providing examples of blended teaching that are specific to the world language classroom.

In these chapters we also use examples from practicing world language teachers. They will help you see blended teaching in world language courses through the lens of the blended teaching competencies: online integration, online interaction, data practices, and personalization.

4.2 Meeting the World Language Blended Teachers

In these chapters, you will receive instruction and ideas from experienced world language teachers. Learn more about some of these teachers below.

Meet Your Korean Teacher–Patricia Yu (0:51) 

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Meet Your Spanish Teacher–Stephanie Pryce (1:48) 

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Meet Your German Teacher–Stephen Van Orden (3:00) 

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Meet Your Spanish Teacher–Cheri Bradby-Viquez (1:23) 

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Meet Your Latin Teacher–Daniel McGraw (1:34) 

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Meet Your Spanish Teacher–Todd Robbins (2:04) 

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Let's start with learning why we might want to blend a world language classroom. (Link to next chapter.)

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