As we prepare to switch to remote learning, we at the German and Russian department wanted to share a few ideas for how to maximize learning in what for many will be a new teaching and learning environment.
If you’re used to learning in a structured face-to-face classroom environment, moving away from that can seem confusing or intimidating. However, not only is learning in a different environment possible, but there are significant advantages to other learning environments! Embracing this will help you make the most of this opportunity.
The great thing about language is that it can be practiced pretty much anywhere, at any time, especially with the internet. Consider looking for out-of-class ways to work on your language skills, especially if you’re looking for ways to pass the time while stuck at home.
- Set up virtual communities with your classmates where you can chat, hang out, and ask questions.
- Read online news reports in the target language. You can ask your instructor for suggestions on good news services.
- Stream live radio. This is a great way to work on your listening skills and learn more about the culture, and it can be done while doing homework, chores, or just chilling! Radio Garden http://radio.garden/ allows you to live stream radio from all over the world.
- There are hundreds of foreign films and tv shows available on Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video. Binge-watching tv shows is a great way to build vocab and learn more about the culture.
And, of course, stay safe, everyone! Please reach out to your instructors if you have questions or need help.