Instructional Software for Learning Spanish

Using instructional software in the Spanish classroom provides students the opportunity to practice their vocabulary, increase speaking confidence and find themselves “transported” to another country. There are five major types of instructional software and they each hold unique relative advantages:

  • Drill and Practice Software
    Drill exercises are a benefit in the classroom because they allow students to work at their own pace, provide immediate feedback to student work and save time for teachers because comments and grading are automatically generated.
  • Tutorial Software
    Tutorials allow students to work at their own pace, receive feedback quickly on their work and potentially have access to advanced topics or subjects that may not normally be offered at their school. (For example, students may have the option to take a class on astronomy, an advanced math class or language.)
  • Simulation Software
    This type of software provides students with a way to prepare for or review in-class lab exercises, as well as participate in experiments that wouldn’t normally be available in the classroom setting.
  • Instructional Game Software
    Using games to learn allows students to feel more comfortable taking risks, encourages students to work together in teams and often increases retention.
  • Problem-Solving Software
    Having students solve problems increases interest and also encourages them to find answers on the own using provided and found resources.

While there are thousands of instructional software packages available for free and purchase, it is important to take time to evaluate each package and ensure it is a good fit for your classroom. Here are a few evaluation resources:

For more information on incorporating instructional software into the Spanish classroom and relative advantages, please check out my presentation: Instructional Software for Learning Spanish.

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One thought on “Instructional Software for Learning Spanish

  1. I noticed how you mentioned students get transported to another country when they work with some of this instructional software. I would like to add to this and say maybe the right software can help broaden a students outlook as a whole while learning specific content also.

    I happened to read about a simulation software called ‘Real lives’ while working on this project . It allows the student to take the role of an individual from any part of the world and experience the culture and hardships in their region. They have to live through their political systems and changing economic situations facing health issues, family issues, schooling and work choices etc on their journey. By playing the role of another human being and facing realistic life decisions, students not only get to learn geography, languages, politics but can also develop a compassion and understanding for others.

    This may influence them to act responsibly and empathetically later in life and make them a better human being.

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