PLATO Learning Introduces Global Languages Courses Powered by Middlebury Interactive

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New online courses help students master foreign languages easily and effectively

PLATO Learning, a leading provider of online learning solutions for elementary through adult learners, today announced a new portfolio of Global Languages courses for high school students. PLATO has partnered with the premier provider of online foreign language solutions, Middlebury Interactive, to provide a robust, engaging and comprehensive curriculum that will prepare learners for a 21st century world. PLATO Global Languages powered by Middlebury Interactive meet all national standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), an organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of language instruction and learning.

The Global Languages curriculum includes Spanish, French, German, Latin and Mandarin Chinese. In addition, the languages portfolio also includes Advanced Placement Spanish and French courses.

“In order for students in the United States to compete in a global environment and become college and career ready, learning a foreign language is key. With PLATO Global Languages, students become proficient in the language of their choice, preparing them for professional and personal success in the real world,” said Vin Riera, chief executive officer for PLATO Learning.

“We have a great deal of respect for PLATO's proven track record of success and service to the K-12 market,” said Dave Benoit, chief executive officer of Middlebury Interactive Languages. “We are excited to be adding our world language courses to PLATO’s offerings to increase student access to critical world language skills that not only help improve academic achievement, but deliver a necessary life skill for today’s global marketplace.”

The new Global Languages curriculum employs a rigorous and relevant approach to help high school students learn a foreign language quickly and comprehensively. The courses feature a natural language learning model, which helps students learn a new language in the same manner they learned their native language. This results in faster and more effective proficiency, as well as a cycle of success and positive motivation. In addition, the Global Languages courses are highly interactive and technology-driven with culturally relevant activities and games designed to engage students as they learn.

The Global Languages curriculum is based upon five key foreign language skills: speaking, reading, writing, listening and culture. Further, the curriculum offers comprehensive assessment tools including both written and oral tests, which allow teachers to listen and review each individual student’s speech and vocabulary. This collaborative approach facilitates new and highly effective ways for teachers and students to interact. In addition, the new Global Languages courseware from PLATO Learning is customizable, allowing schools to easily introduce the curriculum for either group or independent learning. Courses can be taken from home, in a classroom or in a computer lab. The flexibility of the Global Languages portfolio gives school districts a multitude of options to maximize resources and offers a breadth of foreign languages they otherwise may not be able to offer their students.

The PLATO Global Languages courses are currently available as a comprehensive library on a subscription basis.

About PLATO Learning, Inc.

PLATO Learning is a leading provider of online curriculum solutions for elementary through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and life and job skills. For more information on PLATO Learning, visit http://www.plato.com.

About Middlebury Interactive Languages
Middlebury Interactive Languages is poised to become the premier academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students as part of 21st Century readiness. All working within rigorous academic teaching methods and ACTFL standards, MIL’s product suite includes Powerspeak, accredited world language online courses for grades 3-12; MiddWorld Online, a new virtual academy for high school students offering the most immersive product in the market today; Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a full-immersion residency program on college campuses, Avant STAMP assessment and Professional Development.

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