4 ways instructors are integrating language-learning software into the classroom.

Jun 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Jillian Rodriguez

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Innovative instructors are always looking for what’s next for their campus classroom. For language instructors, language-learning software like Mango can be the perfect supplement to their curriculum, adding flexible learning options, enhanced language practice, and authentic content to the classroom experience.

From increasing engagement to meeting the diverse needs of your students, language-learning software keeps up with your curriculum, providing instructors with flexible and exciting learning solutions. By bringing technology into the classroom, instructors can help students increase their language-learning success and boost their confidence. In fact, we’ve seen firsthand the genius ways that instructors integrate Mango into their curriculum, and we can’t help but share their great ideas. Here are four ways to use language-learning software to complement your classroom curriculum.

 

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 1. Strengthen speaking confidence with conversation-based lessons.

 When learning a new language, students often experience anxiety and a lack of confidence about speaking. There’s not always enough time during class to get students speaking with confidence. Mango offers your students innovative tools to practice their speaking on their own, both by learning through conversation-based lessons and with voice comparison technology. All Mango lessons are voiced by native speakers in the language of study, exposing students to a variety of accents. Voice comparison technology and interactive words allow students to practice pronunciation and improve their conversational speaking skills, all while learning relevant vocabulary and grammar skills.

At Cornerstone University, Mango served as the backbone of their new Introduction to Language Course. The course was designed as a way to introduce students to language learning, its value, and demystify student anxiety around taking language courses. The results? The university saw a six-fold increase in foreign language enrollment.

 

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 2. Offer flexible learning opportunities with mobile apps.

 If the course textbook is your students’ primary study material, you might want to consider adding Mango into the mix. Mango’s mobile apps offer your students supplemental learning opportunities that fit their lifestyle. Our mobile apps are fully-integrated, meaning your students can keep up with their learning no matter where they go. If your students want to clock some extra time practicing greetings and goodbyes in Mandarin, they can practice while they exercise, using the hands-free auto play feature. If they’re traveling abroad, they can keep their speaking skills fresh even if there’s no internet connection where they are.

 Plus, instructors can use Mango’s admin portal to track student usage, giving them a real-time understanding of student strengths, weaknesses, and areas of interest. Looking for the perfect extra credit incentives? Set up a reward system for students who are logging extra hours studying with Mango.

 

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 3. Bring authentic content into the classroom with Mango Premiere.

 Today’s modern curriculum demands mixed-media learning, engaging students with a variety of perspectives, authentic content, and hands-on learning opportunities. Mango Premiere teaches English and foreign languages through the dialogue and culture found in full-length, international films. Your students can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy a foreign film with subtitles - or they can watch in Engage mode, allowing them to interact with meaning, word order, grammatical structure, and culture notes.

Each movie is authentic content from the language of study, opening the door for meaningful class discussions and learning opportunities that will bring the language to life for your students.

 

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4. Prepare for real-world situations with specialty courses.

Every student has a different motivation for learning a new language. Whether they’re committed to increasing their hireability in the global job market or preparing for a semester abroad, instructors want to help all of their students achieve their goals. Complement your existing curriculum with specialty courses tailored to specific situations your students are preparing for, with topics like Legal Spanish, Arabic Etiquette, Business English for Mandarin speakers, and many more.

Mango’s specialty courses are culture-packed lessons designed to rapidly build conversation skills around a given topic, preparing them for success in real-world situations. Incorporate these lessons into your existing curriculum or provide your students access to fulfill their unique learning needs and curiosities, from French Wine & Cheese lessons to the Horse Race of Siena.

Mango is a perfect supplement for today’s modern classroom, expanding the reach of your language-learning resources on campus. We work hard to create rich curricula and authentic content your instructors and your students will love. Wondering what Mango looks like in action? Download this case study to learn how Cornerstone University used Mango to spark language-learning innovation on their campus.

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Topics: Higher Ed

Jillian Rodriguez

Written by Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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