Bridging Project


Online Language Learning

Imagine speaking Chinese with your grandmother since you learned to talk. Or learning Spanish since kindergarten as an immersion student. You’re still interested in learning the language now that you’re in high school, but you’re tired of learning about Chinese New Year or Dia de los Muertos.

Programs across the country struggle to help these types of students. They need curriculum appropriate for teenagers who have high levels of proficiency. We at CASLS are supporting these types of learners through the Bridging Project.

The Bridging Project is an online language learning course. Designed specifically for high school students with high levels of proficiency (Advanced-low), the Bridging Project is perfect for heritage learners and immersion students.

The online language learning course uses engaging, age-appropriate topics. Students learn about topics related to leisure, race, gender, appearance, and human rights and activism. They enroll in the year-long course and work in teams to create a final project: a place-based mobile experiences for members of their local community.

Why Online Language Learning for High School Students?

Programs across the country struggle to find age-appropriate materials for high school students with high levels of second language proficiency. These students are typically heritage learners and immersion students. Some high schools adapt college material for these students, while others direct enroll them in university courses. With these approaches, the curriculum is appropriate for students’ proficiency levels, but not necessarily appropriate for their age or social maturity. Other high schools may not have the resources to even develop curriculum for these students. As a result, attrition rates of these types of students continue to rise.

The Bridging Project is a link between high school programs and college language study. The online language learning program encourages students with high levels of proficiency to continue language study by offering student-selected themes with age- and proficiency-appropriate tasks.

The Bridging Project is offered in high schools in Portland Public Schools and Eugene 4J School District, both located in Oregon.

If you are interested in this course we recommend viewing and listening to this short presentation about the course. You may also wish to check out some of the example activities for the English version of the course featured in this article. Additionally, if you wish to advertise this course with your learning community, we invite you to use this flyer about the course and this flyer about sutdents’ experiences in the course.