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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Showcases Lineup of Digital World Language Programs at Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

BOSTON -- Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced a new lineup of 2013 foreign language programs at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), which takes places in Baltimore, Md. from April 21-23. A sponsor of this year’s event, HMH will demonstrate samples of Spanish and French eTextbooks, Online Editions, and other educational materials. 

Among the new programs being showcased at the NECTFL conference are ¡Avancemos!, Bien dit! and Discovering French Today! Each program is available for implementation for the fall 2012 semester and is compatible with eReader and tablet devices. 

HMH has also developed Spanish and French vocabulary apps, which provide students with an easy way to practice and review vocabulary on the go. The apps come equipped with digital flashcards to reinforce learning. 

“Students and educators continue to rely on HMH to introduce new languages and cultures through innovative solutions and programs,” said James O’Neill, SVP, Product Management and Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “These new programs continue to offer the same world-class content HMH is known for, while engaging students with interactive online content to further stimulate learning.” 

Online versions of each program feature interactive, scoreable activities for each book, downloadable audio and video, and other resources including:

  • News and Networking: Students access high-interest articles and video with updates throughout the school year. Activities to support comprehension are included. Students may share their comments about the multimedia via a monitored blog.
  • Performance Space: This feature enables students to submit oral and written responses to online content. All submitted student work can be viewed by the teacher and the student in their Performance Space dashboards. Teachers may respond with audio or text comments to the student, and keep track of individual and class performance in the dashboard.
  • Interactive Whiteboard Lessons: These lessons support vocabulary, grammar and cultural instruction with a variety of activities that engage and motivate students. Interactive whiteboard lessons include audio and visual components and are compatible with any interactive whiteboard.
  • Holt McDougal Interactive Reader: This feature includes a variety of readings at various levels of difficulty, with an emphasis on authentic and informational reading to support the goals of the Common Core State Standards. Prompts and questions encourage students to dive into the text for information and responses. The online tools allow students to respond to questions, search a glossary, and access definitions to key words.
  • @HomeTutor: Students are provided with additional practice opportunities at a self-determined level of difficulty. This online tool includes presentation of material, practice at three levels of difficulty, self-scoring, and animations.
For those attending the NECTFL conference or looking for more information on these programs, please visit HMH at booth #201 or visit

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