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Hybrid Spanish Programs: A Challenging and Successful Endeavor

From: Hispania
Volume 97, Number 1, March 2014
pp. 1-4 | 10.1353/hpn.2014.0010



Several types of hybrid Spanish programs have been developed in US colleges and universities for more than ten years, but the most common structure consists of a course in which the instruction combines face-to-face time with an instructor and the use of an online platform. Studies have demonstrated that a well-developed hybrid Spanish program can be very successful in creating the opportunities for the students to become producers of their own learning outcome. In addition to cultivating a sense of autonomy in the students for their learning, there lies the challenge for the instructors to relinquish their complete instructional control in the classroom to allow students to develop or strengthen autonomy over their own learning process. Moreover, in addition to the intensive and extensive logistical work necessary to make the program run smoothly, the coordinating individual (or team) needs to continually create the most effective strategies to provide instructors with the best training plan.

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