With content curated from leading language-learning programs, Portales brings together Vista’s expertise in language instruction and online learning. Portales puts in your hands the quality, well-tested curricula you need to create effective fully online, hybrid, or face-to-face Spanish courses that deliver a rich, engaging experience for your students.
You've spent countless hours developing your classroom curriculum. Portales lets you choose from a variety of ready-made, expertly-curated course templates, so you can find the one that best fits your instructional goals and learning outcomes. You can even add your own personal touch: it’s your classroom—powered by Portales.
"It was important to have a structured online course to work from. Portales provided me with the skeleton and I was able to add the rest."
The New School for Public Engagement
Be there to answer student questions when you want, where you want. Use video or audio to connect personally with your students. Portales allows you to do all of this and more, giving you the power to respond to student requests in context, and track student learning and performance with real-time grades and feedback.
Portales makes it easy to bring your own approach and expertise to the way you teach. You can shape the Portales curriculum to fit your instructional goals and teaching preferences—even while the term is in progress. And any customizations and changes you make can be saved to use in future semesters.
Portales allows your unique teaching style to shine. With convenient, ready-made course curriculum and components, you’ll have the time to create and incorporate your own activities, videos, assignments and assessments. Create your own Partner Chats for your students to connect with each other. Add your own materials to supplement students’ learning. Adding your voice to your Portales course is easy—and your students will hear your unique accent loud and clear.
"The ability to add my own content is such a lifesaver! I add instructor notes to post study tips; audio to model certain activities; and create my own videos that relate to lesson vocabulary and grammar."
Sometimes you want to go beyond the material to connect. With Portales, you can add instructor notes when and where students need them. Customize our expert content with your own inline notes, and use sidebars to enhance your instruction. Reach your students in the most effective way—yours.
Students learn better when they have a clear sense of what’s expected of them. A well-defined learning progression allows students to progress, in logical steps that keep them connected to the curriculum. Your students start with low-stakes exploration and learning, moving on to practice, communication, self-check, and assessment. Expertly-designed content helps students navigate the course with confidence, engaging and preparing them, one step at a time.
"Students greatly value the interactivity and immediate feedback. Portales gently steers them in the right direction."
Georgia Perimeter College
Portales provides your students with the type of interactive, visual and entertaining content they need to stay motivated and engaged. Interactive vocabulary and grammar tutorials mix conceptual content with activities that make your students active learners, not passive participants.
"Portales was fun, easy to follow, and made my Spanish class a memorable one!"
Robert Fain, Student
Kaua’i Community College
Your students are language learners, and Portales chat activities keep them talking. Listening and responding to pre-recorded native speakers gives students virtual conversational practice that will lower their affective filter. As they progress, they’ll engage in live Partner Chat video conversations with their peers, readily accessible from within your course.
"The Partner Chat feature is excellent in fostering engagement between students!"
Georgia Perimeter College
Students will know exactly where they are in your course: What have they completed? What’s coming up next? More than a traditional syllabus, Portales’ course tools encourage responsibility and engagement by allowing students to see exactly where they are at all times. They’ll know what’s coming next without having to ask, making your course easy for them to navigate.
Portales allows students to track exactly where they are within each activity. Knowing what they’ve completed and how much is left to do allows them to take control of their schedule, and predict their study time. If a student has to step away from an assignment, she won’t waste time re-orienting herself: Portales makes it easy to jump in where she left off, keeping her learning—and your course—moving at a steady pace.
With Portales, students work with content divided into sections that are easy to manage. Interactive self-checks keep them focused and make sure that concepts stick. As they learn at a pace that matches their real lives, your students won't get overwhelmed or left behind. Which means that they’ll finish your course well prepared for their next language-learning challenge.
"Portales is extremely intuitive for students. The instructional design is outstanding and will greatly impact retention and success rates for online courses."
Leah Cáceres Lutzow
Fox Valley Technical College
Because Portales gives you powerful tools to set up a complete course with ease, you’ll be free to spend your time adding value to your students’ learning experience. A user-friendly Assignment Wizard allows you to assign the entire course’s content instantly. A variety of choices lets you customize your assignments and assessments to meet departmental guidelines. Your institution has its own personality and style: let Portales help you distinguish yours.
The Instructor Dashboard allows you to track individual student progress, and your class as a whole. Learn where a class is struggling, and adjust your course as you go to make sure that your students will be ready to progress to the next level. Make adjustments to due dates and course content as the semester progresses to stay on track, and coordinate with your department to make uniform changes to your Portales courses so that all students have consistent course experiences.
Master the details—drill down to see exactly what content you assigned and how well your students are progressing. A powerful gradebook gives you clear insight, as well as options to grade students your way.
Initial presentations of that section’s material
Interactive tutorials and self-paced study
Focused activities that elicit more concrete production
Practice for presentational, interpretive, interpersonal modes of communication, utilizing tools like video and audio
Practice quizzes and tests to help students check their understanding before taking assessments
Quizzes and tests that evaluate student performance