Birgit is an associate professor of German at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She started flipping her Beginning German courses in 2014 and now strongly endorses flipped learning to bring cross-cultural critical thinking to students of foreign languages. She is currently collaborating with her colleague Laura Levi Altstaedter on research about the efficacy of flipping foreign-language instruction (hint: they got excellent data so far!).
We discussed Flipped Learning as it applies to language learning, confusion between the terms flipped classroom and flipped learning and Birgit’s research.
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Quote from Birgit during the podcast:
“They came out of this whole chapter (health care) with a very different mindset. That’s cross cultural critical thinking.”
“They wrote an article for the student newspaper explaining the German health care system.”
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