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Online education as a viable alternative to traditional face-to-face setting

As a high school foreign language teacher in California, I am a first-hand witness to the rapid transformation the traditional teaching environment is undergoing. After experiencing classroom size increases, certified and classified staff reductions, lay-offs, lack of adequate budgeting for classroom resources I had become a little disillusioned with my job and the support I received as an educator. My desire to change things and to develop professionally as a language teacher gave birth to the idea for my dissertation. The current project is a compilation of five lessons intended for use in a virtual environment at a high school level. The lessons are adapted from a traditional curriculum and designed to meet the needs of students that attend classes online.

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