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  1. I'm winging it for my dd's high school German III class. We are using a variety of grammar practice books through McGraw, an ancient college text, she's reading Bis Zum Morgengrauen, and using the internet and netflix. I'd like to add a couple of german language history books- especially of Switzerland because she's spending part of next summer there. I'd prefer something written at the equivalent of junior high level. Does anyone have any ideas?
  2. I just received this info in my email and thought I would pass it along: Rosetta Stone is offering $100 off their version 3 5-level homeschool sets and $75 off their version 3 3-level homeschool sets plus free shipping within the US. You may use the discount code hshef710 online or over the phone until July 22nd.
  3. I just received this info in my email and thought I would pass it along: Rosetta Stone is offering $100 off their version 3 5-level homeschool sets and $75 off their version 3 3-level homeschool sets plus free shipping within the US. You may use the discount code hshef710 online or over the phone until July 22nd.
  4. I just received this info in my email and thought I would pass it along: Rosetta Stone is offering $100 off their version 3 5-level homeschool sets and $75 off their version 3 3-level homeschool sets plus free shipping within the US. You may use the discount code hshef710 online or over the phone until July 22nd.
  5. I was just wondering if anyone else in homeschool cyberspace is tackling Arabic as the FL? If so, do you use a specific text for kids? We're just using worksheets from kids Arabic books from the Middle East, with our tutor. Which dialect are you teaching?
  6. Hello, all! I know there have been many Spanish questions here lately. I know, because I have been reading them all! If anyone can help with this question, I would appreciate it greatly! Thank you! Can you please briefly explain the difference between whole-to-parts and parts-to-whole when referring to language programs? The feeling that I get is that whole-to-parts would involve more immersion, whereas parts-to-whole might involve more learning vocab, how to conjugate the vocab, and then put it all together (?). As an example, the kids have used Latina Christiana -- would this be a parts-to-whole program? If my vague idea of what this means is anywhere in the ballpark, I'd like to look at a parts-to-whole Spanish program for the High School level. Can anyone here help me identify which of the high school Spanish programs are considered parts-to-whole? When making recommendations, please assume that I remember nothing of the Spanish that I had in high school, and will be no help whatsoever to the kids (sigh). Thanks a million for your time! With appreciation, AmeliaBinMO
  7. This question is especially for those who have had a child begin college...Is it really imperative that I teach my HS student a foreign language? Our local HS sees it as an elective....and I've researched several colleges in Arkansas (our home state) and just don't see where they specifically require 2 years of a foreign language for admission. I keep hearing that I must fulfill this requirement....is this really a fact??? Susan
  8. can you share how she got there? Having a parent who speaks the language doesn't count! Thanks, Terri
  9. I've seen the page for Le Francais Facile, but I'm wondering what else is out there? We had been doing Latin with Prima Latina, but it's not a big hit right now with anyone. DD1 wants to learn a language, and I'm fluent in French, so it seems a logical choice. Help?
  10. My kids are 15, 10, and 8, and I'm considering doing some form of French immersion with them over the summer in which I would only speak in French (I'm fluent, though it's not my mother tongue). We've done that for a day or two here and there over the years, but I've always given up. I'm thinking since there won't be any other school work over the summer, that might be a better time to attempt it. Has anyone ever tried this? Do you have any advice or tips? Should it be total immersion or partial immersion? Should I use some kind of system or just everyday talk?
  11. How many (and which) languages do you speak other than your native, and on which level: Novice - the ability to communicate minimally in highly predictable common daily situations with previously learned words and phrases. Intermediate - the ability to combine learned elements of language creatively, though primarily in a reactive mode. The Intermediate level speaker can initiate, minimally sustain, and close basic communicative tasks. Advanced - the ability to converse fluently and in a clearly participatory fashion. The speaker can accomplish a wide variety of communicative tasks and can describe and narrate events in the present, past, and future, organizing thoughts, when appropriate, into paragraph-like discourse. Superior - The Superior level is characterized by the ability to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, professional, and abstract topics. Using extended discourse, the speaker can explain in detail, hypothesize on concrete and abstract topics, and support or defend opinions on controversial matters. Are you teaching the same languages to your children? Which language do you wish you could learn?
  12. I think I generally know why the majority of people in USA believing in classical education want to incorporate Latin into their curriculum (grammar, vocabulary), but... why Latin?:001_huh: I am from Europe and we do have 2 foreign languages in school (starting usually in 5th and 9t grades when I was a pupil, but now starting much earlier), but Latin was not something we would study as a language of choice, simply because, it was not useful. It was much more reasonable to study other then yours European languages. Latin shows up in college, as for many professions it is required to have a basic understanding of it, but even then, it would be narrowed to basics plus to the vocabulary in that field (except few vocations like priesthood, classical studies etc). I had 1 year of Latin in Theological University and some in Nursing School. But I can't read Cicero :tongue_smilie: (I mean, I can read it, but how much would I understand?) So...why not learn Spanish and German, French and Chinese, Russian and Italian right away, not after studying Latin for number of years?
  13. I had the privilege of reviewing a new French language program called Mission Monde. Mission Monde is a comprehensive program that offers a K-2 level (Mission ABC) as well as further levels. It includes oral conversation, a quality audio component, interesting and relevant content, explicit grammar instruction and a variety of assignments that will help students to think and apply their knowledge. It comes with a teacher’s guide, an audio CD, and a workbook for the student. The teacher’s guide contains everything you need to successfully teach French to your students. Each lesson is scheduled to take 30 minutes and that time is broken down between conversation, review, and new work. I love that each day begins with five minutes of French conversation and that the questions are written right in the teacher’s guide. That means that I don’t have to hunt around trying to figure out what we’re going to talk about. It’s also a great opportunity to review previously learned material. Mission Monde really helps us to apply what we’ve learned in French to our daily lives. Review is also scheduled to take just five minutes a day. Mission Monde is very creative in how they structure review. It’s not a matter of filling out a boring review sheet, instead there’s something different every day. One day you might count by 2’s in French, the next day you might play Hangman with French words or perhaps you may play a game with flashcards. The CD is well done and easy to listen to. It contains all the audio you need so that you and your student are pronouncing words correctly. There are stories, songs, and lessons on the CD. I really like the fact that students are challenged to use their French in both conversation and writing. Level 1 (grade 3 and up) already has students writing letters and short stories in French. There is a big emphasis on explicit grammar instruction and yet there are games, stories, and songs to balance things out. The student book contains a variety of exercises. There are basic exercises like word searches but there are also more advanced exercises like translations. Students are required to actually use their French instead of just regurgitating vocabulary. Students will also learn some Bible in French and there are some great add-ons available; a French worship CD and a book of 15 simple Bible stories in French with a CD. The content of Mission Monde is engaging and interesting. Each level is set in a French speaking location where students learn what it’s like to be a missionary family there. Students will learn about France, Burundi, a boarding school for missionary kids in Germany, and Quebec as well as other places. Mission Monde explores both the culture and the challenges that missionary families face. The interest level is so high that even parents will want to find out what happens in the next lesson. This is a huge advantage to older beginners because they won’t feel talked down to; even if they start in level 1. Mission Monde appeals to a very wide age range. While the teacher’s guide isn’t written specifically for teachers without previous French, it’s still a manageable program even if you don’t have a French background. I estimate that it probably takes about 15 minutes a week of prep time for the teacher. This will give you a chance to preview the audio, make sure you are comfortable with the daily conversation questions and that you are comfortable with the lesson material before teaching it. While written for classroom use, the teacher’s guide is definitely friendly to homeschoolers and really doesn’t require a lot of adapting for home use. I would hesitate to recommend it for independent use, but a very motivated grade 7 student would probably do fine independently. The author of the program is very easy to reach and is happy to receive questions through email. The homeschool package is very reasonably priced at $65 (CDN). It includes the teacher’s guide (which has flashcards and a bingo game in the back to copy), an audio CD and a student workbook. http://www.mfbp.org/
  14. Drew Campbell in LCC2, p153 advises us to not teach a modern foreign language until high school or college. The reasoning being that Latin and Greek in the younger years will prepare students for the modern languages later on. Unless you live in a bilingual home or community where you will frequently hear native speakers and the opportunity to practice speaking skills in a group situation then it would make sense to teach a FL. I do get that LCC is to "not allow the good things to crowd out the best things" but I it is hard to imagine that an early start in a foreign language could be a disadvantage. How much time would it take to add that subject for a first grader? My dd learns french and spanish words in her preschool but I don't think more than 2-3 words have stuck :eek:. The public school in my town teaches the students Chinese from Kindergarten and I am impressed with how much Chinese these public K kids already know! What are your thoughts on FL? (also, I am waiting to pick up TWTM from the library again so I couldn't look up what SWB says and I don't remember! :o )
  15. So, I am thinking a little bit ahead for my young dd, but I was wondering what you did for your bilingual children when teaching subjects. Some background: My dh is from Colombia so he is the spanish speaker while I am the english speaking American. We try to go to Colombia twice a year and have his parents visit once a year so that my dd has the immersion experience. I am slowly expanding my spanish abilities at the same time. Now, what to do when we are playing math games and eventually starting to do history and all that other stuff. Do you alternate the language you instruct in or do you tend to pick a time of the day for each language? Math: should be simple to alternate Language Arts: how do you do schedule this for multiple languages? History: I could do Latin American/Colombian history from books we pick up down there. Science: I already have some books in spanish. I have just started thinking about this and don't know if there is a *better* way. Thanks for any input. Christina
  16. for 1st and 2nd grade as well as teenagers. With no previous Spanish experience. Thanks!
  17. Would you mind sharing which Curriculum you use to teach French? What grades have you used it for? Which grades does the program cover? Are you pleased? Pros and cons... are your ds learning?
  18. We too (hi Nan) have been starting to study the Great Books, and the ones written in their original language (for us if it is French) where possible. It happens that the first one that came up on the early modern list in French is Descartes - Meditations metaphysiques- not so easy. But the "cliffnote" type of book that I have found for the philosophical type books is better than the one I had mentioned on the earlier thread. For Descartes, we're using the one on Meditations metaphysiques from the series "les integrales de philo"...by the publisher Nathan. They have the same type of thing for Rousseau and Pascal. I have to confess that I cheat with the English version in hand. But sometimes it is so hard to figure out where my son is because the French tend to write in very long paragraphs (which are broken into at least 2 in English), and Descartes does tend to seem to go around in circles at first glance, that it is almost easier to just struggle along in French. Next we'll do Tartuffe. I decided that since it is a play, we would do the same that SWB suggests for Shakespeare, try to read a very simplified version, then watch a video of it, then do the text. About French at the high school level in France, some of the publishers make one book that covers all the grammar, orthographe, etc (eg Grammaire 4e) and a separate one that covers literature and writing called (Francais 4e)...our French tutor prefers the series by BELIN. I like it myself but find some others interesting as well. http://www.amazon.fr/Fran%C3%A7ais-2002-eleve-Nathalie-Fix-Combes/dp/2701131308/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232918118&sr=1-4 Anyway, if you want your student to go to a higher level of a language, you could try using these types of books, and they have the teachers edition as well. Is anyone out there interested in this type of thing or is it overload? Oh yes, I saw that this is the last year for French literature AP tests...too bad. Best, Joan
  19. French. Both dd8 and I are happy with the curricula, Écoutez Parlez, so I don't know what our problem is. I asked dd7, do you want to drop french? She says, I do and I don't which is exactly the way I feel about it. It's working and it doesn't take long, it's not a hassle but we have no zip about it. Part of me says to just keep using it, who cares about zip! The other part says we can pick up French later and just focus on Latin (which is going very well) and other language arts focuses. We're not having a problem but it's not like we're convicted to do it either beyond my initial desire for dd8 to master french (her heritage and I want her to be fluent in one language before 12th).
  20. Anyone know anything about learning Chinese? The only curriculum I've heard of is Rosetta Stone, but I think there's probably more out there that's not specifically for homeschoolers. There are no Chinese tutors in our area so that's out. Any suggestions? I have a 10-year-old son who'd like to start learning and seems to have a knack for languages. Thanks! Michele R. (I'm new!)
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