PLATO Learning to Offer Global Languages Through the PLATO Virtual Academy

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Partnership with Middlebury Interactive Languages allows schools and districts to offer their students more options

PLATO Learning, a leading provider of online education solutions for kindergarten through adult learners, announced today that its Global Languages curriculum will be available through the PLATO Virtual Academy (PVA) beginning this fall. Already available for over a year, PLATO Learning launched its Global Languages courses through a partnership with Middlebury Interactive Languages.

“We appreciate our partnership with Middlebury Interactive Languages and how that relationship has developed and grown stronger over time,” said Andy Frost, vice-president of product management for PLATO. “Not every school has the resources to offer, say, German or AP French, much less Latin or Chinese,” he continued. “But now, by partnering with the PLATO Virtual Academy, they can. With the growing necessity and relevance of foreign languages, broader access is increasingly important.”

“Middlebury Interactive is pleased to expand our partnership with Plato Learning and make proven world language instruction accessible to more students,” said Stacey Rainey, senior vice president for strategy & business development at Middlebury Interactive. “Mounting evidence shows that learning a world language improves cognitive skills and better prepares students for the global economy. This partnership is helping school districts across the country close the language gap and deliver superior instruction to their students.”

Recognizing the need for highly qualified global language teachers and acknowledging the evolving online education landscape, PLATO Learning will begin offering languages through PVA, where highly qualified and certified online instructors are combined with Middlebury’s award-winning content. Now, any school in the country will be able to offer a robust global language selection to its students regardless of resource constraints or content availability. PLATO Learning Global Languages courses include semesters A and B of:

  •     Spanish I-III
  •     French I-III
  •     Latin I-II
  •     Chinese I-II
  •     German I-II
  •     Advanced Placement Spanish
  •     Advanced Placement French

About PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of high-value, comprehensive education technology solutions with a focus on learner achievement leading to academic and career success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, PLATO offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to facilitate 21st century teaching and learning. For more information on PLATO Learning, visit plato.com.

About Middlebury Interactive Languages
Middlebury Interactive Languages is the premier academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. A joint venture of Middlebury College and K12 Inc., Middlebury Interactive provides greater access to superior world language programs and is a key contributor to the success of digital learning initiatives that provide students with the skills to be competitive in the 21st Century global marketplace. Middlebury Interactive offers a portfolio of world language products as a total solution, both online and in brick-and-mortar schools, using proven academic methods to meet national ACTFL standards.

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