The Virtual Classroom at inlingua - learn German from wherever you want
August • 11th, 2020
by the inlingua Team
What makes the Virtual Classroom at inlingua a success?
The inlingua School of Languages has been recognized for decades as one of the top names in Munich for high-quality, goal-oriented foreign language instruction. Our proven method places the learner at the center of the lesson and emphasizes the enhancement of his/her communicative skills.
As an innovative company, we have been teaching online lessons in our Virtual Classroom for several years - an experience which helped us to rapidly convert our entire course offering to online lessons at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Success of the Virtual Classroom
But what was it that made the transition to online lessons a success and what are the markers of quality online instruction? Does an excellent classroom trainer automatically translate into a good VC trainer?
The Platform is key
The foundation for communicative, task-based, and varied instruction in the virtual training environment is a platform which offers all the functionality and features required to meet those needs; features such as collaborative/group work, ability to integrate external content, and intuitive, user-friendly operation.
A trainer that is experienced in online training
The lessons in the virtual classroom increase in quality depending on the degree to which the trainer is proficient in the use of the platform and is able to demonstrate a playful ease in handling it. It is second nature for our trainers to use methods and techniques during in-person lessons to increase their participants’ speaking time, tactfully correct errors, and stimulate verbal exchanges which are useful for the participants beyond the limits of the classroom. The conversion to online teaching can be accomplished by aligning this methodical approach and the lesson planning to the conditions of the virtual classroom.
Benefits of the Virtual Classroom
As long as these conditions can be guaranteed, the virtual classroom is in no way inferior to traditional face-to-face teaching in terms of its effectiveness and efficiency. The integration of digital content enriches the lessons and creates variety. The ability of the trainers and students to simultaneously access a whiteboard, documents, and other applications has a positive effect on active participation and, last but not least, the non-location-specific nature of the course makes it easier for participants to take part in the lessons more regularly. Furthermore, course participants are able to make their self-study more efficient and goal-oriented than would otherwise be possible with more traditional means by using learning nuggets in our supporting self-learning programs.
The Dual Classroom: both online and offline
There are also those participants who may prefer traditional classroom instruction to learning in the virtual classroom, but are occasionally prevented from attending classroom training due to their job, a business trip, or some other commitment. In order to meet the needs of this particular group, we have introduced our Dual Classroom. The Dual Classroom is a hybrid course form which combines participants in the classroom and online participants who are connected via video conference using state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to wide-angle cameras, omnidirectional microphones, and interactive whiteboards, we ensure that all participants can hear and understand their classmates’ contributions, and that all teaching content is always clearly audible and visible.
Why the inlingua Virtual Classroom works
The inlingua Virtual Classroom is an effective, efficient and time-saving form of teaching that achieves identical results when compared with traditional classroom training. The integration of digital content allows trainers to introduce greater variety into their lesson plans and the ability of participants to join lessons from home, from work, or even while on a trip ensures participants never have to miss a lesson.
Our Dual Classroom combines the best of both worlds and enables participants to structure their course attendance with maximum flexibility according to their personal circumstances and various time considerations.
The inlingua School of Languages in Munich was founded by the Dammann family in 1897 and has been run as a family enterprise ever since. Even then, the school had a good reputation in Munich, not only thanks to the native-speaking teachers. Members of the Bavarian royal house studied languages such as Hungarian here. In 1983, the school was taken over from the Umlaufs by the Bernau family - Uwe and Christel and their daughters Ute and Claudia.