The AT&T Individualized Instruction Center (IILC) houses the individualized programs for eight languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. OSU pioneered the development of individualized instruction beginning with a grant in 1976 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Today OSU has the longest running individualized program in the country.
Individualized programs offer self-paced, mastery-based language learning courses designed to mirror the content of courses offered in the classroom. Each course is the equivalent in content and in credit hours to the classroom-track course at the same level.
The center will be closed on Saturdays: September 1 (Labor Day weekend), Saturday, October 13 (Fall Break) and Saturday, November 24 (Thanksgiving weekend)
Contact the IILC coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, (614) 292-7060 for more information or contact the appropriate language department directly.
Individualized courses are based on the following principles:
Mastery-based language learning: Because of the highly independent nature of individualized language learning, all students must perform at the 80% level or better to continue in the program.
Variable credit: One complete course is generally worth four credit hours. In the classroom, these 4 hours would be completed in one 14-week semester. Students in individualized programs have the option of completing a course in one semester or in spreading these four credit hours over several semesters. Students who wish to progress more quickly can enroll for more than the four credit hours.
One-on-one instruction: All instruction in the IILC is done on a one-on-one basis, thus allowing the instructor to focus on your individual needs and questions.
Flexible scheduling: Students in individualized instruction use an online scheduling program.
Student autonomy: Individualized instruction allows students to be in charge of their own learning in a variety of ways: scheduling required appointments, determining the number of credit hours for a given quarter, deciding when to take tests and quizzes, and organizing their own learning.
What types of students are successful in I.I.?
Based on more than forty years of experience with individualized instruction, we have observed that students who succeed in I.I.
- Are independent and well-organized
- Know how to manage their time
- Have experienced success in their world language study
- Are motivated to learn the language
- Like one-on-one learning
- Need or want a flexible schedule
- Are good at making and keeping deadlines
You might find the following links helpful in organizing your studying and for finding helpful hints for studying—both studying in general and studying world languages in particular. And don’t forget OSU’s Yonkin Success Center (http://younkinsuccess.osu.edu/), which offers a variety of services. You might find the resources of the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center particularly useful (http://dennislearningcenter.osu.edu/)
Time Management and Planning
- Tips to Help You Manage Your Time
- Time Management Skills
- Create a Calendar to Help You Organize Your Time
- Why should you plan?
- Goal Setting
- A Quick Overview of Study Strategies
- Mananging Stress (Purdue Global infographic)
- Tips on Learning a World Language