Disclosure: I received complimentary access to the course in order to facilitate this review. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I was in high school, I needed a foreign language. Our choices were French or Spanish. Being a teenage girl infatuated with all things romance, I chose French. At the time that seemed to be the less practical choice, but I wasn’t overly concerned with the practical at that time.
So, I took several years of french in high school and my freshman year of college.
Then, in my sophomore year of college, I went on a mission trip–to French and Creole speaking Haiti. (Isn’t it cool how God prepares the way long before we know what’s coming???)
Though my French skills were rudimentary at best, they came in handy! Our organization had a local translator that they worked with, so our group was traveling with a translator. However, there were many times when the group was split up, and my smaller group did not have a translator. During those times, it was very nice to be able to communicate, even if it was only the basics.
I found out later that I was one of very few people from many, many mission treams who had even tried to communicate with the locals in their own language, and that it really meant something to them.
It wasn’t the fact that I had great command of the language (I didn’t!), it was the fact that I cared enough to try.
This was the first experience that opened my eyes to the fact that learning another language could be a vital tool in ministry. Because of this, I want our children to learn at least one other language.
For them, we are going with that more practical choice of Spanish. We are also working to learn ASL.
Online Foreign Language Study
When I decided to incorporate language into our homeschool, I wanted to find a program that would be fun and effective, so I was excited to get the opportunity to try out Middlebury Interactive Language. We have been using their Spanish program for K-2.
(Little brother just had to get a peek at what’s going on!)
The program is very interactive, and is able to hold students’ attention and make learning fun, which is always a big plus for me! Middlebury uses an immersion approach and includes videos, stories, games, coloring activities, etc. included in the lesson modules.
Classes include a daily calendar that is already set for you. However, if you’d prefer to work at your own pace, you can access any of the lessons through the table of contents and go from there, which is what we have chosen to do. You can see from my screenshot below that the lessons are organized very well in folders for each unit, lesson, and activity. It is very user friendly, even for children.
You can also see a sample of one of the activities.
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