Montverde provides an intensive English Language Learning
program to non-native English speaking students, while all English native
speakers are required to take a foreign language. Therefore, nearly every
student in the high school will use the Sanako Lab 300 at some point during the
Mr. Derek Gaudet, Director of International Student Academic
Development notes the school has grown tremendously in the last few years and
has developed a large population of international students in the boarding
program. Many of the students are coming from homes where English is not the
first language, yet they want an accredited high school diploma in order to
attend American universities.
With the recent growth in international students, the school
has found that each ESL level has students of varying needs. It was felt that a
new language solution was needed to help them address the different levels they
had in their classes. A concerned family in the high school made a significant
donation and the Chen Family Foreign Language Laboratory was developed during
the summer of 2009 to provide the school with a modern, up-dated approach to
language acquisition and development.
The Chen Family Foreign Language Lab is equipped with 45
networked multimedia computers and a dual screened administration station. The
lab utilizes the SANAKO Lab 300 system, which helps control student and teacher
access to a number of other programs for language development.
The paired discussion feature is the most popular function
with the students. They really enjoy speaking to each other and practicing
their new language skills with a one-on-one live audience.
- Teachers create
exercises and assignments that require students to create their own dialogues
- Teachers appreciate being able to listen to the pairs and
provide feedback and guidance to individuals as they need it.
- Teachers are
seeing faster language development with this peer to peer approach and are
finding it easier to individualize each assignment for their students' needs.
Without exception the language teachers in the Foreign
Language Department and the Progressive English Department alike have found
this new technology to be extremely useful in helping them deliver the
strongest language learning opportunities possible. They are excited to try new
tools and programs using the Sanako Language Lab.
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