World Languages

Conectados Helps Sue Griffin Engage Students at Boston University

Sue Griffin has been a Spanish instructor for almost twenty years and is currently a Senior Lecturer for Spanish at Boston University. Throughout her teaching career Sue has always incorporated technology into her instruction, and decided to implement a flipped classroom for the Fall 2014 semester of Introductory Spanish at Boston University.

Sue designed the course to facilitate more in-class interaction – students would read grammar outside of class and class time would be focused on conversation. For the Fall semester, Sue used a printed workbook, which was not a good fit with the flipped environment she had implemented. She soon realized that she needed one learning solution that would be appropriate and engaging to
beginning as well as more advanced students in her course. She looked at Conectados with iLrn and discovered it was designed the way she had in mind.

In this success story, you’ll learn how Conectados with iLrn helped foster more engagement in Sue’s Spanish course. You’ll also see how the activities that students completed outside of the classroom allow for more effective self-paced study. What’s more, you’ll read about the tools within iLrn that allow the instructor to monitor student progress outside of class — critical for an effective flipped classroom.
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iLrn Keeps Heather Bonikowski’s Online French Students on Track

Heather Bonikowski is a French instructor at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. She has used the Horizons textbook for her French I and II courses since 2003, and uses iLrn in conjunction with the textbook.

Heather is teaching a self-designed online version of French I and II. She has found that keeping students on pace with the lesson is a major challenge when teaching online, as students tend to procrastinate and, therefore, fall behind.

With iLrn, Heather’s students have the tools to stay on task with each lesson. eSam assignments encourage students to do the practice that needs to be done to be successful, while the pre- and post-tests measure their mastery of a lesson prior to the exam.

What’s more, Heather has found that iLrn’s grading tools not only help save her time, but provide students with valuable feedback. Additionally, different grading options allow Heather to provide general feedback on critical areas for the entire class.

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iLrn Engages Students Inside and Outside of Cecilia Marrugo-Puello’s Spanish Grammar Class

Cecilia Marrugo-Puello is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M system of schools. She uses iLrn in her Advanced
Composition and Grammar course, which is an upper-intermediate Spanish course required for every Spanish major and minor at Tarleton State.

Cecilia believes that iLrn is extremely effective at reaching different language learning styles, and also believes that iLrn is highly effective at reinforcing concepts when students are working outside of class. iLrn also helps her reach two very distinct student populations in her classroom: native and non-native Spanish speakers.

As a result of using iLrn in her course, Cecilia has seen the following results and benefits:
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iLrn™ Is Key to Communication Competence in Debora Rager’s Online Intro and Advanced Spanish Courses

Debora Rager is the full-time instructor of Spanish at Simpson University in Redding, California, and has more than 25 years of experience teaching Spanish and French. The university recently implemented a rule specifying that any course with more than one session must include at least one online session. Consequently, Debora now teaches both an online and a traditional session for both her Spanish I and Spanish II courses.

When she realized that she would be taking some of her classes online, Debora started looking at the available options, including iLrn™, an all-in-one course management system featuring communication tools that encourage students to use language outside of the classroom. She attended an iLrn presentation as well as one from another publisher. “Hands down, iLrn was so much better that it really wasn’t even a choice. It was the obvious choice,” she says. Read More…


iLrn: Leveraging Technology to Meet the Needs of Today’s Language Learners and Educators

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand the needs of introductory-level language educators who use an online learning platform. Our Market Research team attended the 2013 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), in Orlando, Florida. During the meeting we interviewed thirty-two instructors to learn how they are teaching their courses now, and what resources and services they want to see from publishers. This white paper provides an overview of the results and describes how iLrn helps create a learning experience that is useful, relevant, and engaging to instructors and students alike.

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Using iLrn, Dr. Nancy Blain Notices an Increase in Student Engagement

Are you looking for an online learning solution that addresses the needs of students who are at various levels in terms of their Spanish-language knowledge? Discover how Dr. Nancy Blain of McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA) used the grammar videos, enrichment exercises, and other interactive online features within iLrn’s self-paced environment to support the educational needs of all the participants in her Introductory and Intermediate Spanish classes. The story also shows you how iLrn helped improve students’ grades. Read More…


iLrn Helps Dr. Sylvia Peart’s Students Get Their Spanish into Ship Shape

Teaching Spanish requires you to cover multiple skills—reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture—so that students come away from the course as competent and confident communicators. Yet many of your students may have difficulty integrating concepts such as vocabulary and grammar into cohesive sentences and paragraphs when they write and speak. In order to build their skills—and their confidence—students need abundant, varied practice. If you’re seeking an online learning solution to help you deliver these resources to your students, take some time to learn about iLrn: Heinle Learning Center. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Sylvia Peart of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland) used iLrn to promote practice and skill development and guide students to success in her intermediate-level Spanish course. Read More…