And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Online Elementary Spanish #languagestudy
Speedy loved his Elementary German course from Middlebury Interactive Languages last year. He was thrilled to receive a year of Elementary Spanish 1 Grades 3-5 from them for review this year! This is a 100% online language course. This is a full year course with enough work for 2 semesters. Courses are offered with teacher support, but we received an independent course.
There are 16 units in this Elementary Spanish 1 curriculum. Speedy has used it on his Chromebook with no technical issues. Since it is an online course, internet is required of course. There are speaking labs for each unit so if you want your student to take advantage of those, a computer microphone is required. On an independent course with no teacher support, it is up to you to go in and check those speaking labs. Last year I was able to submit a grade for those. The Demo version I have received for Spanish is not giving me that option, but it isn't a big deal. 14 of the units include 6 lessons each. Unit 8 is a midterm review unit with 3 lessons. Unit 16 is a final review unit that also includes 3 lessons.
One of the unique features in each unit is a story told completely in Spanish. The stories include lots of animation and focus on the words the student is learning for the lesson. These stories are an immersion lesson for the students as they learn a new language. They see and hear the story more than once so they understand it a little more each time. Speedy loved these stories in his German lessons, and he is enjoying them just as much in his Spanish lessons! Other work in the lessons includes matching pictures, the speaking labs, quizzes, and even coloring pages! Each component speaks the words so the student is hearing them again and again. There are even some cultural lessons included to help the student get a better understanding of the people who natively speak the language.
Speedy has currently been working on the program 4 days per week. It doesn't take him long to do each lesson so I haven't made him slow down. At this rate he will be finished in about a semester's time. Typically an elementary student could work on this 2-3 days per week and finish in one school year. There is a calendar on the website for the lessons, but it is based on a 5 day per week schedule. I believe it is mostly for use with teacher support packages. The first page after login will show the next lesson based on the calendar. Since we aren't following that schedule, Speedy uses the table of contents to find his next lesson. Completed lessons have a check mark next to them in the drop down menu.
One reason we love Middlebury Interactive Languages is because it can be done independently. Speedy can go in and complete his lessons without any help from me. His work is graded immediately, and I can go in at any time and check his scores. I can see his grades by activity or check a "Grade Report" for an average. Since I cannot grade the speaking evaluations, he doesn't have a grade for those.
The courses are on the higher end of the budget for a single class, but they make it worth it because everything is so easy to use! I needed some help from Customer Service when we first received access, and they were super helpful and quick to respond. I'm already impressed with how much Spanish Speedy is retaining while using this program. He enjoys it, and I love exposing him to other cultures and languages! Middlebury Interactive Languages offers courses in Spanish, French, Chinese, and German in a variety of levels.
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