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What is blended language training ?

A blended language training method incorporates several types of teaching methods. For example, LRDG uses both self-study and tutoring, amongst others, to achieve our goals. The LRDG methodology consists of students practicing the target language on their own during their self study periods using the module (CD-ROM). This self-study is then combined (blended)with opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in sessions guided by a teacher (the LRDG tutor). The LRDG tutor also has the role of guiding the student throughout the entire learning process. For example, the tutor will check that the module content has been properly assimilated by the student, and will help to highlight areas where further study is necessary. The tutor will also give students advice on how to ramp-up their language acquisition rates and will provide them with insight into how to resolve any difficulties they may be having.

No. For the time being, the LRDG modules function only on a Windows operating system.

From four to six weeks for earlier modules and six to twelve weeks for later modules, at an average rate of five hours per week.

The complete series for each language is comprised of 15 modules.Ten modules (11 CD-ROMs) are presently available for French language study, and nine modules (11 CD-ROMs) for English language study.

Yes, we can provide telephone support on evenings and weekends.

At the present time, we offer English and French language instruction only. However, offering instruction in other languages is foreseen.

All LRDG teachers are recruited for their university education in teaching foreign languages. LRDG requires teachers to have a university education in the following domains:

-French and/or English as a Foreign Language Education
-French as a Second Language or English as a Second Language Education

LRDG also pays close attention to the amount of experience teachers have, as well as to their interest in New Educational Technology.

Yes. When you are evaluated, the LRDG team will assign you a tutor whose availability coincides with your personal agenda.

Yes. The LRDG method’s flexibility allows you to progress at your own pace, depending on your availability and other obligations. You and your tutor will decide together on the duration of each session. Please keep in mind however that two one-hour sessions per week are recommended.

Yes. Proper pronunciation instruction is one of LRDG’s priorities. In each module, you will find a complete guide to assist you with practicing pronunciation in the target language.

The modules contain more than a hundred interactive pages devoted to pronunciation. Each example given in the Pronunciation section is linked to an audio file, allowing you to hear the example and to repeat it, thus helping you achieve optimal pronunciation in the target language.

You will also have access to the scenes from the video, where you will easily find examples of elements discussed in the Pronunciation section.

Finally, your teacher will assist you in perfecting this particular aspect of language learning during your tutoring sessions.

You’re invited to take our placement test, found on our home page.

CPU/UCT: Pentium III 500 Mhz
Memory: 32 Mo (64 recommended)
HD/DD: 700 Mo free space required
Video resolution: 800 x 600
Audio: speakers or headphones required
CD-ROM / DOC: 4x
OS: Windows© 2000 XP, Windows© NT or later

Yes. In each module you’ll find complete, interactive exercises that will assist you in acquiring elements of grammar and spelling, as well as pronunciation. You will also find videos that allow you to familiarize yourself with the target language.

You will be able to work on all aspects of learning a language, and practice the four linguistic skills involved in language learning/acquisition:

– Oral Competence
– Written Competence
– Oral Comprehension Competence
– Written Comprehension Competence

On average, each module takes between 30 and 70 hours to complete. This can vary, however, depending on the learner and the option they are taking. For instance, individuals working with a tutor may complete a module in less time because they have guidance and assistance.


What language programs do you offer ?

We provide DVD-based and online French as a Second Language and English as a Second Language programs: Pour l’amour du français and For the Love of English. These language programs are delivered in 15 levels (modules) which are mapped into the government of Canada A, B and C linguistic levels. For more information about ourmprograms, visit our Language Learning page or contact us for a personalized quote based on your needs and budget.

LRDG uses a methodology called blended language training which incorporates several types of teaching methods. For example, LRDG uses both self-study and tutoring, amongst others, to achieve our goals. The LRDG methodology consists of students practicing the target language on their own during their self-study periods using the module (DVD or online). This self-study is then combined with opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in sessions guided by a teacher (the LRDG tutor). The LRDG tutor also has the role of guiding the student throughout the entire learning process. For example, the tutor will check that the module content has been properly assimilated by the student, and will help to highlight areas where further study is necessary. The tutor will also give students advice on how to ramp up their language acquisition rates and will provide them with insight into how to resolve any difficulties they may be having.

Yes, LRDG has developed a fully integrated web-based French as a Second Language and English as a Second Language training systems which consist of 3 levels and are based on the government of Canada language proficiency levels: Beginner (A level), Intermediate (B level) and Advanced (C level). The LMS-based system is not a replacement of the LRDG DVD curriculum; it is meant to be used as a strategic tool to help self-study students maximize their results by providing an adaptive, fully monitored curriculum in conjunction with the full A, B and C levels offered with the DVD curriculum. Contact us for more information on how we can help your organization achieve its language training objectives.

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