Our Vision of the Future
This prototype aims at providing students with a choice over their own modern language learning. By
encouraging collaboration and information fluency, international schools can empower students to take
charge of their education and become independent lifelong learners. This prototype changes the role of
the teacher from being a “French or Spanish Teacher” to becoming a facilitator of learning a language. In
our vision of the future in this realm, we see shifts in the role of the school and the global community,
effects on educators, and the role gamification can play in this space.
The school community becomes a network that students and facilitators can reach out to for engagement
opportunities. This could be done through social networks or through sessions that call for members
interested in - or experts of - a specific language. Parents will be a huge asset for this learning,
exponentially increasing their level of engagement in students’ education.
Expanding further, international schools around the globe can partner with each other through this
prototype. Providing the opportunities for students to partner with other international students going
through similar experiences in a secondary language, allows them to cross barriers and form new
relationships. These student partners can create a feedback loop, opening up another opportunity for
While online collaborations are effective, an addition to this partnership can be visiting the host country
of the language the students are learning. The benefits of a strong partnership with an international school
can be students being exposed to, and immersed in, the language and culture of the host country,
providing more authentic learning. Taking this experience a step further, high school students could take
up an internship in the host country of the language they have learned. With enough experience in the
language, students could start to apply their knowledge in a more practical setting. This opens students
to the culture, accent, appropriate gestures, and helps build cross-cultural relationships.
With the ever-changing environment at international schools, the role of educators is also shifting to
become global educators. These global educators act as language experts and work with the facilitators
to ensure students are meeting the standards and benchmarks that have been identified. Their role can
include running formal assessments so that students know if they are on track with the progress they had
intended to make. The global educators could float among partnering schools at scheduled times of the
year to teach the language and answer any technical questions. They provide opportunities for students’
with particular needs to either get some help in catching up or, for advanced students, moving above and
beyond what they are already learning.
Modern Language and Gamification
Gamification can play an interesting role in learning modern languages. By creating a language learning
virtual space, students can join live chats and collaborate on an online platform. Students can also teach
certain concepts through videos and share their resources and learning approaches. As students
collaborate and learn through watching videos, going through formative assessments through various
apps, and connect with other students globally, they start to unlock levels. The more levels students
unlock, the more access to resources they have, along with a chance to further broaden their network.