BVC wins 2008 Eddie Award

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The initial phase has gone very well, and there is no doubt that language training from BVC has played a vital role in this. Both girls are fully integrated at school, and have no significant problems following lessons in English. I would very much like to commend the instructors who have worked with Hanne and Marianne. They have done a fantastic job, and have kept motivation at the highest level. Marianne, in particular, thinks it's very sad that she will no longer have the weekly conversations with her instructors. They have both lost a couple of lessons due to technical and logistical problems through holidays, but the plan to take the lessons over the internet has been optimal. It has given us the flexibility to be able to make the most of the summer at the same time as allowing the girls to take their course with Berlitz.

Karl Ole Stornes, The Netherlands

Berlitz Languages, Inc., a global provider of premium language training and cultural consulting services, announced today that Berlitz Virtual Classroom (BVC) has won the 2008 Eddie Award for Best Foreign Language Training Website.

This year marks ComputED'sTMs 13th year for its Eddie Awards. This award ceremony targets innovative and content-rich programs and websites which provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence--including augmenting the classroom curriculum and improving teacher productivity. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world. Some selection criteria are academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system.

BVC enables instructors and students to come together in real time via the Internet. Students who can't make it to lessons at the language centers due to time or travel commitments can enjoy all the effectiveness of live instruction right from their home or office computers, using a standard computer outfitted with speakers, a sound card, microphone, and web connection.

BVC Lessons are taught with the same method and materials used in classroom instruction in any spoken language. BVC is used for both individual classes and group classes with teacher-to-student and student-to-student interactivity, virtual hand raising, lesson pace feedback, and more. BVC lessons can also be recorded, so that students can review them in their own time.

The full review for this award can be read here: