With the emergence of new technologies, the way in which we acquire knowledge has experienced a qualitative leap. The increasingly sophisticated digital environments allow flexible, interactive and personalized learning. Thanks to digital innovation, traditional learning where the student was limited to listening to the teacher’s lessons and performing passive and standardized exercises has gone down in history.

In this context, special emphasis is given to language teaching, where student participation and self-learning are fundamental factors. However, it does not seem that the new technologies are going to do without the teacher in the language classroom. Quite the opposite: the teacher becomes the central axis of learning and uses digital innovations to further promote his role and help him in his new dynamic role. This is the case of Classroom Companion, the language courses developed by Dexway to enhance on-site teaching.

Dexway Classroom Companion

With Classroom Companion, Dexway offers the most efficient way to combine on-site and e-learning

As we said before, the value that on-site education contributes is undeniable. However, it is essential that schools, universities and learning centers provide their students with new methods of classrooms in a network, blended learning (such as language lab, Flipped Classroom, Station Rotation) or 100% online classes.

Precisely learning a second language is essential in primary and secondary education. At these early ages the brain of the child is easy to mold, and it will be easier to learn a second language as it is taught more naturally. For these students, Dexway has developed another specific course for the school syllabus called English K-12, with two versions that cover several levels respectively: Beginner and Intermediate.

In a study for the University of Cambridge on the neurocognitive consequences of bilingualism, what is known as “the bilingual advantage” is mentioned. According to this theory, people who learn a second language are “more able to selectively attend to a stimulus and ignore the interference”.

(…)“This can make bilinguals more receptive to social cues; they could benefit more from interactive teaching methods by extracting information more efficiently in those contexts”. But this study does not mention only the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, the author also states that it is useful in the real world: “Allows to speak with more people, promotes cultural understanding, communication skills, employment expectations, etc.”

A.Olguin, T. A. Bekinschtein, M. Bozic (2018). Neural Encoding of Attended Continuous Speech under Different Types of Interference. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Vol. 30, No. 11: 1606-1619

Integrating the latest technology trends into language training and 35 years of experience, Dexway has developed Classroom Companion. This solution uses the unique methodology of Dexway, offering a natural, progressive and complete learning model (without gaps), based on learning through practice (learning by doing). In addition, having the support of Classroom Companion in the language classroom offers other important advantages:

 

#1 Wide variety of courses for any student profile and any teaching center

Available in English USA/UK: levels A1, A2, B1, B2 y C1.  Also in French: levels A1, A2, B1, B2 y C1.

 

#2 Fully customizable according to the preferences of the teacher

Dexway Classroom Companion allows the teacher to change the order of the lessons, eliminate them or add new ones to adapt them to their way of teaching, their priorities and the needs of their students.

It is also possible to give students access before or after school.

 

#3 Encourages motivation and loyalty

Through teacher-student feedback in real time increases motivation and interest. In addition, students can review the concepts seen in the classroom by doing exercises and activities in an interactive way, and work on those aspects in which they need to improve in order to continue moving forward.

The teacher can monitor the progress of the students and know the level they reach in order to adapt the subject taught.

 

#4 Adapted to the Dexway methodology

All classes are taught with the structure established by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). In addition, its contents are designed for a classroom context, in which students have the guidance and explanations of the teacher.

Learning is done progressively and flexibly according to the pace of the student, who learns by practicing through a complete linguistic immersion (dialogues, everyday situations, use of phrases, etc.)

 

#5 Homogenize groups

With Dexway Analytics the teacher can check the performance of the students and schedule reinforcements to pull the stragglers and thus maintain the level of the class. On the other hand, automatically homogenizes the group by offering the student additional reinforcement exercises for home. In this way you can be up to date if you need to or practice the lessons that have seemed difficult for you not to go off the level of the group.

 

#6 Reinforces students with low attendance or who are left behind to avoid dropouts

Students can review a lesson and repeat the reinforcement exercises until they consider that they have correctly assimilated the subject. In addition, teachers can send the appropriate complementary exercises so that the student does not get lost and can be reintegrated into the course. This helps drastically reduce the dropout rate.

All these reasons are what make Classroom Companion courses the perfect complement to traditional classes. The student learns while having fun, guided at all times by the teacher, true protagonist of the class.

 

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