How to successfully teach Languages via video conference

More and more, schools are harnessing the power of technology to provide their students with Language learning opportunities, that would have been otherwise impossible. Schools are connecting classes to run elective classes that have too few numbers to run independently, or to share the expertise of a Language teacher with other schools that do not have a qualified teacher for a particular language, as well as connecting their students with overseas students.

 Teaching Languages via video conference is most successful when:
* The teachers are highly adept at operating the equipment
* The delivering teacher is well presented, vibrant and energetic
* The delivering teacher has developed a rapport with the students and receiving teacher
* The receiving teacher participates enthusiastically – engagement is contagious!
* The lesson materials are of the highest intellectual quality – visually stimulating and sufficiently challenging
* The lesson includes a variety of activities emphasising student participation
* The lessons are followed up with consolidation lessons in the classroom and learning activities, that students complete independently.

NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre has released a professional learning resource to support schools considering a blended learning program:

Putting a teacher in front of a camera and linking to a class is not enough. The best lessons are created by a team of consultants, directors, principals, teachers, parents and students working together. A committed team and investing time in professional learning and material development ensure success.

Do you teach via video conference? What do you think is essential for success? Leave a comment below.

Connected classrooms in NSW

Asia Education Foundation (AEF) has released a report on what works to build demand for Asian languages. NSW has successfully stimulated student demand and made language learning possible for students in schools where the language was not previously offered by supporting teachers in delivering languages via video conference and online software sharing. Importantly, it is not just a case of switching on the technology and students will learn! Read more about what made the initiatives successful in the AEF publication: “Connected classrooms” in NSW.