For Grades 8-12
Keep your Spanish, French, or German skills sharp with these online summer programs powered by Lingco Language Labs' artificial intelligence-driven software.
When you don’t use your language skills, you begin to lose them. With Summer Language Boost, students go beyond ineffective “skill and drill” practices by completing artificial intelligence-driven activities designed to keep their language skills sharp over the summer.
These summer programs are designed for students who already have a foundation in either Spanish, French, or German, for example, by having completed one year or more of the language either at their local school or online.
The goal of this summer program is increased language acquisition and avoidance of language loss. By practicing their language skills in an immersive format, students maintain and gain fluency by ingraining skills more deeply into their brains’ language centers.
These lessons and activities offer a more rigorous summer program than available in free language learning apps, which tend to be introductory in nature and focused on vocabulary drills rather than on true language acquisition.
While free language learning apps are certainly appealing, the truth is that this type of software — while helpful for introductory vocabulary or preparing for week-long vacation abroad — is not designed with the appropriate level of rigor for students who have already completed a year of a world language. They focus more on “skill and drill” vocabulary exercises and memorization and less on true language acquisition.
These free apps are not commonly used in actual language learning classrooms for these reasons. By contrast, Lingco Language Labs was designed specifically for college-level classrooms with extensive feedback from instructors and students and is currently being implemented at universities all across the United States.
Spanish 1 BoostSpanish 1 Boost is intended to help students who have taken one year of Spanish practice the skills they've learned and commit them to memory.
French 1 Boost
French 2 BoostFrench 1 Boost is intended for students who have already taken one year of French and are seeking to practice the skills they've learned and commit them to memory. For students who have taken more than one year of French, we recommend taking the French 2 Boost as a refresher.
German 1 Boost
German 2 BoostGerman 1 Boost is intended to help students who have taken one year of German practice the skills they've learned and commit them to memory. For students who have taken more than one year of German, we recommend taking the German 2 Boost as a refresher.
For $49.95, your child will receive access to the program you have purchased until Labor Day (September 6, 2021). During this time, your child can use the program to boost their language skills and take their fluency to the next level!
During these online summer programs, students will be guided through interactive lessons from Michigan Virtual‘s award-winning online courses. Rather than learning to recite rules from a grammar book, students will build language proficiency that can be applied to real-world conversations.
Along the way, students will engage with activities from Lingco Language Labs’ AI-driven language software that automatically adjusts its difficulty level based on student performance and offers instant feedback.
A Michigan native, Seth Killian was a junior in college when he first began designing the language learning platform that is now Lingco. It all started when he wanted to study abroad in France, but his parents told him that he could not go unless he learned enough French to survive.
Seth tried a lot of different apps, but he was frustrated because none of them accurately took into account his prior knowledge. They were all either too easy or too difficult. After finding a tutor who was able to teach him enough French to successfully study abroad, Seth began building a system to give each student their own personalized experience.
While earning his degree in Computer Science at Michigan State University, Seth gained the skills he needed to make Lingco a reality. Since its launch in 2018, Lingco has been integrated into classrooms in high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.
Before you register, here are a few things you should know the technical requirements for running our Summer Language Learning programs:
Thank you for your interest in Summer Language Boost! Registration is currently closed.
We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.
With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.
While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3.
For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.
We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.