Schools to start offering a 'virtual' Spanish A-level WITHOUT a teacher present in the classroom Virtual A-levels could be launched in UK schools by September The online classes do not require a teacher to be in the classroom Teaching assistants will supervise small-groups as they work through 'guided interactive and engaging learning resources' The first ever 'virtual' language A-level could launch in the UK in September. The Spanish qualification will do away with the need for teachers in the classroom, and instead use iPads and computers to deliver lessons. Advocates say it is a cheap way to deal with teachers shortages, but unions warn that the standard of online education is still poor compared with traditional classes. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...ring-virtual-Spanish-level.html#ixzz56hO8mkMi I seem to remember a wholly computer-delivered course in less commonly taught languages (e.g. Bulgarian) being run during the 1970s at a West Coast of America Ivy-League university for highly academically talented students. After the initial burst of enthusiasm about the "wow" factor of new technology, the drop-out rate rose steadily. Why? Because the students grew weary with machine learning and craved contact with flesh-and-blood teachers. What do others think? Is the Pearson A-level Spanish initiative a much-needed shot in the arm for schools unable to afford teacher-led courses for small numbers of sixth-form students or is it a further nail in the coffin for MFL at KS5?