Posts by: Stella Derum
Let’s face it, our daily lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus. There’s a new normal in the way we live and work as we move thru this pandemic. With the majority of schools closed around the country, educators are in crash course mode on how to teach effectively from a distance while keeping a human connection with students to provide the support they need. We’re sharing some resources that may help.
Who doesn’t like good news? Some very positive things have been happening in the world of “language learning” that are worth sharing.
More students are being awarded a seal of biliteracy; a teacher gives her middle-school students the opportunity to use their language learning to serve the community; and a glimpse at how some MN college students are getting a unique immersive learning experience on campus.
When we think about “Sweet Sixteen” it usually involves a celebration of coming of age for a teenager’s 16th birthday, or for sports fans, it may suggest the Sweet 16 semi-final round the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. For SANS, it’s another milestone in working with language educators on technology integration to build language proficiency. Our business over the past sixteen years has been and continues to be focused on ways to increase daily L2 student communication in any language program.
The end of the school year is here. As a company focused on technology for world language programs, we understand the pressure of demanding teaching schedules and the administrative requirements of language teachers during the year. As things will be slowing down now, this is a great time to think about getting to some professional development you may not have had time for.
We’ve curated some resources for you to peruse in your free time over the summer. The list includes recent world language conferences’ presentations, podcasts on teaching practices from accomplished language educators, and several websites dedicated to PD for language teaching.
As the school year gets into gear, you may be looking for some resources to get back on track, learn something new, and maybe get a different perspective to rev up your teaching skills. We’ve got you covered.
World Languages Conference Presentations
Typically it’s best to get information first-hand. But with busy schedules, it’s often difficult to attend all of the professional events during the year. Some world language teaching organizations have been generous in sharing presentations from recent conferences.
When we started.
The year is 2003. Apple’s iTunes Music Store is named TIME’s Coolest Invention of the year; cell phones with built-in digital cameras are quickly gaining momentum with 6 million sold in the U.S. alone. In June of 2003, a new company, SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions is created to provide new language lab software solutions to schools, universities, and government agencies.
Where we are today.
The year is 2018. More than 35 million people pay for music subscriptions in the U.S., and approximately 237 million people in the U.S. are smartphone users. At SANS Inc., we are celebrating our 15th anniversary, and world language programs in schools across the U.S. are seeing the benefits of SANSSpace LIVE, our browser-based instructional technology for language teaching anytime, anywhere.
See what your colleagues are reading, listening to, viewing, and doing over the summer break.
With the school year at an end, the question becomes “what are you doing this summer?” For many language educators travel is on the agenda for both pleasure and research. Often though, while jetting to a far off place, relaxing poolside, or just at home enjoying some well-deserved R&R, there’s time to catch up on a good book, watch a movie, or get to some professional development; giving some attention to the things that usually take a backseat during the busy school year. We caught up with a few language teachers to see what they would be doing this summer. Here’s what they said.
Once again it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate teachers around the country. As a company focused on technology for language teaching, we at SANS work with language educators every day. We see firsthand the passion for the language(s) they teach, a deep-rooted appreciation of world cultures, a drive to open new doors for their students, and an overall “joie de vivre”!
We’d like to share some inspiring stories about language teachers who are being recognized in their communities and by their students for their outstanding work. We hope you enjoy reading about these accomplishments. We encourage you to share more stories about the teachers you know (maybe you?) who are engaging and inspiring students through language.
Manhasset Spanish Teacher Honored – Focuses on Natural Conversation in Class
“What I like to do is use the language naturally in the classroom by telling anecdotes about my dog or my son or something about my experiences in Spain,” Wiley said. “I try to create an environment that the kids feel comfortable talking and making mistakes in, trying to use the language regardless if it comes out perfect.”
What’s Your Game Plan?
AP® exams are less than a month away. With over 200,000 AP world languages exams being taken, there are thousands of language teachers prepping students to help them do their best. IT staff and AP coordinators are reviewing The College Board testing guidelines to ensure that the exams are administered equitably and responses are submitted to The College Board’s Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal without a hitch.
We too, at SANS Inc., are working closely with our clients, schools that use our technology for language classes throughout the year and to administer AP world languages exams each May. We reach out to AP teachers and proctors to be sure they are familiar with the exam mode functionality in our SANSSpace™ LIVE browser-based instructional technology and our Virtuoso™ language lab software. We’re on board for the entirety of the AP exam schedule to help in any way we can – and we do look forward to positive reviews post-AP exams.
SANSSpace LIVE Simple-to-Use Teacher Interface
We had a great turnout for our webinar: Technology Tools to Help Build Proficiency with SANSSpace LIVE.
Attendees included Spanish Teachers, French Teachers, Italian Teachers, Mandarin Teachers, World Language Department Chairs, Curriculum Supervisors and others.
Our focus was to show how the SANSSpace LIVE instructional technology platform is helping language teachers increase student communication in all three modes – interpersonal – interpretive – presentational.