Development Principles of Blue Wolf & Friends
The Blue Wolf & Friends program integrates a number of components.
PLI Whole Life Language Approach
The PLI Whole Life LanguageTM approach is a remote language immersion experience that seeks to incorporate language and culture into the learner's life, not simply as a daily subject to study, but as lifestyle. For example, in the Blue Wolf & Friends program the learners (and parents) will be encouraged not only to watch video programs at different times of the day, but also to regularly incorporate music, role playing, reading, and speaking into the days activities. PLI will create a template that teachers and parents can follow to help immerse learners into the language and culture as a normal part of their lives. A component of the Whole Life LanguageTM approach is providing programs that touch on all aspects of life, so that the language used is highly conceptualized and relevant. The wheel diagram to the right shows the topics that will be covered in the Blue Wolf & Friends program.
General Principles of Language Acquisition
Progressive Language has assembled a team of world-class linguists and experienced ESL teaches to design the Blue Wolf & Friends program. In addition to relying on the expertise of our academic team, we utilized well-established principles for language acquisition, such as those found in the TESOL publication ESL Standards for Pre-K-12 Students. The language acquisition principles that PLI is following are summarized below.
Blue Wolf & Friends is designed to complement classroom language learning. Table 1 discusses functional language goals for a successful K - 3 ESL program. Since many of the functional goals outlined below are difficult to achieve via an Internet language program, the design assumption for Blue Wolf & Friends is that a teacher or parent will provide feedback and practice as needed.