BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vista Higher Learning, the leading higher education publisher focused exclusively on language instruction, today announced the release of Portales®, an interactive online program for teaching and learning Spanish at the college level. Created by Vista’s team of language education experts, Portales provides educators with a variety of resources to meet the unique needs of online learners. Portales is delivered within Vista’s proprietary learning management system which is specifically designed to enhance language learning. Portales builds on the extensive catalogue of integrated online programs developed by Massachusetts-based Vista Higher Learning, including En línea, which has made world languages accessible to more than 100,000 online learners since its inception on 2006.
Today, language educators must often rely on “one size fits all” technologies and materials built for use in traditional, face-to-face classroom settings. Portales is crafted to help both educators and their students meet specific goals and challenges by providing customizable tools and intuitive technologies that engage students and helps them communicate across cultures. “Teaching Spanish online can be daunting,” said Dan Darrow, Spanish Instructor at the University of Alaska. “But Portales eases much of that burden.”
Each course within the Portales curriculum presents content in a variety of ways to meet students’ diverse learning styles— animated tutorials, audio and video content, dynamic presentations and frequent self-checks— interlaced with humor to keep students attentive, interested and involved. Additionally, through ample practice and assessment activities, students track their progress and master the speaking, writing and comprehension skills necessary for language proficiency. Educators can tailor any Portales program to emphasize themes or topics that reflect course work, add personalized activities and notes, or adjust the time necessary to administer the course. “Online educational solutions too often sacrifice the art of teaching in the pursuit of efficiency by trying to serve a multitude of users or analyze volumes of data,” said Kurt Gerdenich, Senior Vice President of Technology at Vista Higher Learning. “Portales treats students as unique individuals, successfully guiding them through the challenges and rewards associated with mastering a new language.”
To learn more about Portales, please visit vistahigherlearning.com/portales/.
About Vista Higher Learning
As an independent publisher focused exclusively on world languages, Vista Higher Learning creates superior quality programs that integrate text, technology, and authentic media. Founded in 2000, the privately owned company is committed to elevating the teaching and learning of French, Italian, Spanish, and German to help people communicate fluidly across languages and cultures. Through ongoing feedback from language instructors and students nationwide, Vista has delivered continuous program improvements to meet evolving instructional needs— developing programs that make language learning exciting, relevant, and effective through a wide variety of contemporary, authentic materials; bold and engaging textbook design; and a proprietary Supersite platform that delivers integrated online media, tools, and instructional resources. For more detail, visit http://vistahigherlearning.com/about.
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