Technology in education – Foreign language learning in a flipped classroom
The following infographic representation gives a very clear picture of what a flipped classroom is, how a flipped classroom works and what are the results of using the flipped model of teaching in the classroom.
However, flipping a math or a science class and flipping a foreign language class is not one and the same.
Since over 2 decades, the technique to teach a foreign language in the classroom has been incorporated through one on one communication via various roles plays, staged communication, dramas. The students are explained core grammar structure of the language and in the classroom, under the supervision and with assistance of the foreign language instructor and they are instructed to learn the same at home.
In the classroom, the students perform and practice their skills to display how much information has been grasped by them through various role-plays and other communication styles. The supervising instructor corrects and explains the right forms and structure of the language through intervention as and when the communicative practice becomes erroneous. In other words, the foreign language teaching began flipping the classroom almost at the same time when the blooming technologies began contemplating of unleashing teaching beyond the traditional classrooms.
Another interesting aspect of the foreign language educations is that there is tons of debate and emphasis on teaching various world languages to the American youth. However, though most of the foreign language education takes place at the high school level yet, the communicative method to teach any foreign language is used in higher education and it is still not being practiced much in the K-12 education. Among the school students, there is a preconceived notion that foreign language classrooms are pretty boring, and that learning foreign language in classroom means attending yet another boring grammar lecture.
Considering all these facts, the engagement and involvement of the students in the foreign language education offered by a flipped classroom sounds to be a real good deal.
To find out more about the flipped classroom education and get an in-depth insight into the present day EdTech watch the following video.