Friday, January 16, 2009

BHS Students Receive Spanish Instruction On-line Through Tutors In Guatemala

A BHS student receives Spanish instruction from Milvia in Guatemala

We are extremely excited to be the only school in Massachusetts to be utilizing a new tool to help our students receive foreign language instruction. Two of our students are currently receiving one-on-one instruction through Speak Shop, an on-line tutoring resource that arranges for people to receive Spanish instruction in real time from a native speaker through a webcam.
Milvia, who is tutoring our students, has the following resume: Milvia has more than 13 years of Spanish, she has taken the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) OPI (Oral Profiency Interview) exam and scored Superior, the highest possible level.
The three primary goals of Speak Shop are as follows:

1. Creating sustainable, entrepreneurial job opportunities for language tutors in developing countries 2. Making it easier for people everywhere to learn foreign languages 3. Increasing cross-cultural knowledge and understanding

For more on this unique resource, click on Speak Shop.


  1. Excelente! I, too, take lessons from a tutor at Speakshop! (I am an adult)

    Would love an update on how it is going and whether you think it is something easy to implement in other schools.

  2. More students should be taking advantage of this sort of instruction. The best way to learn a language is to immerse oneself in it. Bravo to Burlington for recognizing the power of technology to deliver excellent instruction in an affordable way.

  3. This is very exciting and quite innovative! I look forward to hearing more as it moves forward. It's quite exciting for a district to be pioneering this.