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  1. I do not believe adults are allowed to enroll in WTMA’s catalog of classes for homeschoolers. There are occasional classes aimed at parents, but I don’t believe they have ever done language classes for parents.
  2. Forgot to mention, the Y in Quebec teaches French via their virtual language school. We don’t have experience with their French instruction for adults, but my older daughter is happy with the Brazilian Portuguese class she is taking from them. Given the exchange rate, the adult classes are very reasonably priced. Note that the daytime and evening course options are quite different. https://athome.ymcaquebec.org/international-language-school/adult-courses/
  3. Gymglish, meh. Yes, it seemed appealing to me at first, but after a month trial I am not a fan of their products. The cost is not small, and they throttle annoyingly (they limit how much you can do per week). Alliance Française, regarding quality your mileage may vary, plus a lot of them only offer classes in fall/winter/spring. I was really disappointed with the $$$ class I took with my nearest AF chapter. One serious problem with adult classes is that adults have adult responsibilities and wildly varying background and motivation. IOW your classmates may be an obstacle to progress. But maybe an advanced level class would be more satisfying. If the main goal is to improve speaking skills, MeetUp groups (free!) might work, along with working through a grammar workbook independently. There are tons of French conversation groups on MeetUp, and many are currently virtual-only and welcoming to non-locals.
  4. Just a note that the names “College Physics” and “University Physics” are not universally used, so I am not sure the original post was referring to algebra-based physics. Our community college offers both algebra-based and Calc-based physics, distinguished by course number and prerequisites. Since the student has already taken Calc BC, a Calc-based physics class offered on a college campus may be what was meant.
  5. We have been really happy with Ray Leven’s small group classes. After finishing up Sr. Gamache’s Spanish 1-3, my older one took Sr. Leven’s Spanish 4 and AP Spanish Language classes. My younger one has been with him from the beginning of her high school level Spanish study, and she is currently finishing up Spanish 4. Ray’s classes are not inexpensive and they can be a lot of work, but my picky kid wasn’t happy with the other providers she tried that had larger class sizes and/or lower expectations. https://sites.google.com/site/spanishlearningonline/ Note that Ray is not currently teaching AP Spanish Language, but he does teach Spanish 1-4, and he can offer a literature-based Spanish 5 class when there is enough interest. With new students he does a brief interview to confirm correct placement.
  6. If he has no preference, I’d go with Spanish. ASL is not universally accepted for college entrance purposes. Spanish is easier (grammatically) than Latin, and it is so easy to find help for Spanish online: YouTube has tons of short topical videos created by Spanish teachers.
  7. If anyone is so inclined, the person in charge is Trevor Packer: TPacker@collegeboard.org He did reply to an email I sent in the fall, expressing my concern about difficulty of registering for exams as a homeschooler.
  8. Aim Academy has a brand new asynchronous APUSH class. I’m not in the market for that one this year, but my daughter loves the instructor (Lisa Hawkins) and will be taking her regular US History next year. https://debrabell.com/product/ap-us-history/
  9. We considered AP Spanish Literature, but ended up pretty annoyed by the process and made other arrangements. YMMV, and our issues may be specific to Spanish. It may also have had something to do with overwhelming demand for their programs earlier in the pandemic, but I felt as though I could never get good answers to my questions. I had to send some questions multiple times before getting a response. We definitely weren’t allowed to correspond with the teacher to determine fit; we weren’t even allowed to know the teacher’s name or anything beyond assurances that the instructor had taught the course several times. The placement test was beyond ridiculous; it included a ton of Spanish poetry-specific vocab that is typically taught during (but certainly not prior to!) AP Spanish Lit. The person who scored the placement test did not seem to be the AP Spanish Lit instructor — so probably wasn’t familiar with its curriculum — and a large number of points were lost for penmanship. (Okay, so that was kind of funny, but it was fully legible, and scans of handwritten documents are never going to be perfect. Do they really think penmanship is the right bar to set?) The initial recommendation was that she retake AP Spanish Language with them instead. They grudgingly changed their minds when two weeks later she got back her score of 5 on that exam. But I was fed up, and we made arrangements for private instruction via Skype, which has been both wonderful and slightly less expensive.
  10. I agree with SKL. To me, “Watch yourself,” is a warning of impending discliplinary action. Stated in a cheery voice, I might hear it as passive aggressive or patronizing. But she’s probably also a bitch. 😜
  11. Bonjour TLM ! I’m looking for French 3 or 4 for a 10th grader. (Exact placement TBD.) She’s hoping to find a provider she can stick with for at least 2 years. Live class meetings are a requirement, and she prefers 2x/week unless the class is quite small (like Ray Leven’s Spanish classes). Right now I’m looking at WTMA French 4 (Françoise Agena), TPS French 3 (Madame S), and Aim Academy French 3 or 4 (Sally Barstow). If there wasn’t a schedule conflict, we’d be considering WTMA French 3 as well. I’ve read lots of positive things about Mme Barstow and Mme S. My only concern with TPS is that we are a non-religious family. Does anyone have feedback on Mme Agena? I believe she is new to WTMA this year. Is there anyone else I should consider? Feel free to private message me if you feel odd giving “public” feedback on instructors. Merci !
  12. And still we have no solutions for homeschooled students who cannot find brick & mortar schools willing to register them. I only managed to find seats for 2 of 5 exams. One of the remaining 3 is a world language exam that requires in person administration. My fed-up senior says she thinks she’ll skip all of them. I don’t blame her.
  13. Note that all of the AP world language exams as well as the music theory exam will be administered in schools only. There are no digital at-home options for any of them. All of the aforementioned (except Chinese and Japanese) will be on paper only, in school only. Chinese & Japanese will be computer-based and in school only, as per usual.
  14. Oh, my issue is finding the right fit for me. iTalki, Verbling, etc. are kind of like Etsy: lots of variety, but you may have to search for a while to find exactly what you're looking for. There is one French tutor that I am meeting with weekly, and she's lovely, but I'm not counting on it for more than getting my mouth moving. My kids have once or twice weekly sessions with their language tutors, who all happen to be on other platforms: LiveLingua for Spanish, HeyLangu for German, and ofrench for French, but it could just as easily have been iTalki. Their tutors have been amazing for their language skills. They've been with their Spanish tutor for 2 years, and they adore her. The French and German tutors are newer. My older daughter liked the first German tutor she tried, while finding the French one for my younger daughter took some trial and error.
  15. Ah, I have found my people! 😊 I’m forever working on Spanish (kids zoomed past me years ago), and I recently decided to dust off French to help my 9th grader. Yeah, she doesn’t need my help. But I’ll keep at it. 😂 The last 10 months of language learning have been crazy. Lots of productive periods, and others not so much. I tried group Zoom classes in both Spanish & French. Nope. No matter how good the teacher is, adult students have such varying levels of previous exposure and motivation/energy that hardly any meaningful progress was made in any of my classes, even the expensive ones. 😳 I’m trying 1-on-1 tutoring now (iTalki), but I think I’ll make as much or more progress on my own. Right now I’m flitting between lots of materials. Some graded readers, some fiction, some audio (Lupa app, Pimsleur French), some video (French series for fun with English subtitles, EXTR@ in both languages, Destinos, Gran Hotel). In my head I have unlimited time and should be able to do all of the things, every day. Must work on managing expectations and picking a few things to stick with!
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