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Ensuring Quality at Avatar Languages

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How Avatar Languages (online language school) ensures quality teaching through teacher training.

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Ensuring Quality at Avatar Languages

  1. 1. Unlocking Quality in Language Teaching Through… • Community of Practice • Virtual Learning Environment • Personal Learning Environment
  2. 2. Quality First • Most of our students refer friends & colleagues to our school • Quality is prime reason • Quality drives school’s growth • Quality is our priority
  3. 3. What is Quality? • Focusing on the student – Listening to the student – Addressing specific needs • Offering innovative solutions – Enjoyable lessons – Flexible and tailored • Enabling learning – Determine goals – Achieve success
  4. 4. Enabling the Teacher • Teachers play key role • Teaching quality determines lesson quality • Teacher Training & Support is central to Quality Management
  5. 5. Quality as Teacher Support • We believe in our teachers – Teachers want to be outstanding – Teachers want support & guidance (to become outstanding) • We train by example – Train teachers as individuals – Listen to the teachers – Help them to succeed … their way
  6. 6. The Challenge • Train for specific skills • Encourage teachers to reflect • Enable sharing & collaboration
  7. 7. Needs Analysis • Structured program for training in key skills • Expandable structure for future development • Flexible approach for individual needs • Collaborative discussions for reflective learning • Community focus for mutual support
  8. 8. Solution = VLE + PLE Virtual Learning Environment = Moodle • Expandable structure • Center for Community of Practice Personal Learning Environment = Web 2.0 • Flexible additional programs • Peripheral tools for individual learning
  9. 9. Moodle as VLE • Expandable structure – Module based – Add further modules over time • Center for Community of Practice – Initial meeting point for participants – Forums, wikis, blogs for discussions
  10. 10. Web 2.0 as PLE • Flexible additional programs – Google Docs & wikis for collaborative work – Skype for conversations – Diigo for shared resources – Blip.tv for online video • Peripheral tools for individual learning – Each used for own advantages – Flexibility for individual’s learning
  11. 11. Content Design • Tasks & activities for specific skills eg: using Google Street View for immersive lessons • Questions to prompt reflection eg: asking teachers to consider their experiences and results • Web 2.0 tools for collaborative training eg: using diigo to share resources
  12. 12. Community & Reflection • Group activities to promote… – Conversations – Collaborative learning • Community discussions to promote… – Reflective teaching
  13. 13. Specialist Expertise Outside experts to develop project • Establish Community of Practice • Design training content The Consultants-E: specialists in… • Web 2.0 & virtual worlds • Communities of Practice • Language teaching with the web
  14. 14. Where to learn more Quality in 1-to-1 language teaching… www.avatarlanguages.com/quality.php www.avatarlanguages.com/quality Technology in language education… www.theconsultants-e.com
  15. 15. Avatar Languages… … is an online language school • One-to-one language classes – Spanish – English – Other languages www.avatarlanguages.com

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