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  1. Hello everyone! I have been reading your threads long before my family decided to homeschool, and figured now might be a great time to ask for advice. Background: I am a tenth grade (and 2E) student who has been in brick and mortar schools until now. I am interested in majoring in Linguistics or becoming a EFL teacher, but I also really enjoy the process of learning in and of itself. Currently, I am taking a dual enrollment Spanish class I'm not worried about, two one-hour lessons each week on italki in Spanish, two or three half-hour lessons a week in ASL (plus homework, and I consider ASL my relaxation language more than anything else) and approximately three one-hour lessons a week in Bahasa Indonesia (also known as Indonesian, plus homework). This is only a slight increase beyond what I had been doing on top of public school. I do have duolingo and a grammar book available for Bahasa Indonesia but have not been using them, largely because of lack of motivation. My levels are intermediate in Spanish, late beginner in ASL, and completely new to Indonesian as of this summer. My family is very supportive in every way, but not interested in teaching, grading, etc. I know I can count on a grade and credits for the dual enrollment course, but what of these other activities could be considered for high school credit, and how would you have them graded? What would you consider sufficient progress for an Indonesian credit? Alternatively, since I also regularly listen to linguistics podcasts and attend linguistics events, would you consider it fair to merge these activities into a course called something like "Exploration of World Languages 1"? Additionally, my family will be going on a week long trip to Germany this summer, and I would be interested in studying some German both for the trip and because it is an important world language with an interesting relationship to both English and Indonesian. The only synchronous course I have come across for high school German (besides WTMA, which conflicts with Spanish class) is Potter's School, which is not something my family would like me to do if there are other options due to the religious nature of the organization. Does anyone know of any other synchronous (preferably secular) classes for German in the 2021-2022 school year, or have any recomendations for an italki/preply/similar tutor? Also, do any of you have experience with kids studying many languages at this age, or a similar student I could talk to? Sorry for the long post, all advice is welcome. Thank you all so much!
  2. I am looking for suggestions in learning basic Vietnamese, although not necessarily in a strict for-credit manner. We have tried to get started using DuoLingo, but Vietnamese is not working as well in that format as some other languages we have tried. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you!
  3. I've been using WTM for 16 years now and used to rely heavily on the WTM forum each year for research and planning purposes. But the last few years I've been pretty set in my ways--until now. DD wants to learn French and while it's obvious there are zillions of options out there, I'm a little overwhelmed at the thought of sorting through them all. What is your experience with curricula for high school French that is DVD, software or online (not just workbooks) and won't break the bank. DD has passing acquaintance with French as well as a year of high school Latin. Plan to study for 3 years.
  4. Has anyone used Middlebury Interactive for your foreign language? It is on Homeschool Buyers Co-op this month. I am interested particularly in Chinese but feedback on any languages would be helpful.
  5. I'm thinking of foreign languages to do next year, and was considering ASL, but I don't know any kind of curriculum to use with an 11-12 year old. Signing Time looks like it's geared for much younger children, and most of the other things I've found are just books, which seems odd, given the dynamic visual nature of ASL. So I was wondering what would you recommend for a middle schooler just starting ASL (aside from some baby signs as a toddler)? I'd prefer something with a video component, but am not opposed to using books if they are well done. I'm still in research mode, but I'd like to get some ideas, to even know if something like this is feasible, or if I should just get some vocabulary things and let her take a "real" class at the community college when she gets to high school.
  6. A friend is looking for a "traditional" German curriculum for his two boys starting high school. He doesn't want anything conversational. He wants something that teaches grammar. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance...
  7. My children are 8 & 6 yrs. old and I was wondering at what age/time I start a foreign language and which language to start with? I have some HS friends who have been doing one day a week of Spanish since their kids were six and now I'm wondering if I should have been doing the same! Thanks for any advice/help!
  8. Every Monday, I receive an email newsletter from About.com about Distance Learning. The email that just arrived has a link to this article, which may be of interest to people looking for Foreign Language instruction materials. http://distancelearn.about.com/od/isitforyou/fl/Use-Peace-Corps-Training-Material-to-Learn-Languages-for-Free.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_distancelearn&utm_campaign=list_distancelearn&utm_content=20150601
  9. Dd is going to start a foreign language this fall, and while initially selecting Italian, I think she's going to end up with French due to the lack of hs Italian classes. I've been madly reading past threads and I'm really not sure which program is going to be the best for her. It looks like the following classes seem to be highly rated: - TPS - Debra Bell/AIM - Currclick/Mr. G - Classical Learning Resource Center Dd tried taking a TPS class this past year, and we were less than impressed with it. The teacher wasn't very good, she rushed through things, etc etc, so I'm not sure if TPS is going to be a good fit for us. That said, I *do* want a class that is very high quality, where dd can eventually get to fluency and speak/read/write well. We'd prefer a class where there was a lot of interaction and practice speaking, but at the same time, I don't want her to feel rushed through a class just so the teacher can get to the next lesson, if that makes sense. Dd is quiet and introverted, so I'm thinking a smaller class size might work best since she tends to not speak up and can get lost in a larger class. I'll stop rambling and hope that someone has some insight that will help. The classes are all a bit pricy, so I'd like to try to pin down those that would work best for us. Thank you!
  10. TV5Monde It also has TV besides the classics (mostly high school level and above - sorry loesje! so I made a separate thread) Language learning sites: Bussu Babbel Joan
  11. For several reasons, DS is learning French and enjoys it. We would like to have 4 years of one foreign language for his transcript. However, we live in an area with Spanish speaking friends and neighbors, and we would all like to learn to speak Spanish conversationally. So, I am trying to decide when to introduce it, and if I should count it as another credit. An elective? Or is it just a hobby? I am really struggling with the idea of feeling like homeschooling gives us all this time to do so many wonderful things, but then wondering what I need to make into a credit and what is simply enjoying your life and doing interesting things! I think our focus for Spanish would be to not worry too much about reading and writing it, but rather just focus on reaching conversational fluency, to be able to speak and understand.
  12. Wanted to share with you all a review of Mango Languages. http://www.middlewaymom.com/easy-foreign-language-learning-online/ Looks very interesting. I've been looking for somethign for foreign language and I like that you aren't confined to studying just one language. There is a giveaway for a Kindle Fire fully loaded with their software :hurray: that you can enter until 9/25. I hope somebody here wins!
  13. My son has chosen to study Greek next year. Languages are not my strongest subject, so I am hoping some of you other fabulous homeschooling parents out there can help me a bit. Is Ancient Greek a foundational language for any other foreign languages? I understand it's foundation in English, but the language goes through the transformations of Latin first. Is it the direct predecessor of any other languages? Does learning modern Greek lend itself to learning any other languages (in the same way Spanish helps learn Italian, Chinese and Japanese lend themselves to learning each other)? Lastly, any good curriculums out there for modern or ancient? I have heard Athenaze is very comprehensive, but then also heard it is difficult because the curriculum jumps and is muddled. This is not his first language, and he prefers a grammar based approach over narratives. Any thoughts, whether I have asked the right questions or not, would be very helpful. Thanks!
  14. My son has always been into languages and we are doing well with Latin and Spanish. The deal was he could add another language next year. He has chosen Greek, but then decided (with no research, in like 15 seconds) that he wanted to learn modern instead of ancient. After perusing the Internet, my search for direct information has come up a bit lacking. I realize they are pronounced differently, and the modern version is simplified in its vowels, accent/breath marks, and declinations have been combined. However, it is a spoken language. A "dead" language isn't a problem. I chose Latin for my son because of his direct interest in languages and the foundational part it has played in the Romance languages. It was a building block leading to Spanish and many other Romance Languages, as well as English. Is Ancient Greek foundational in any other languages in the same was Latin is to the Romance Languages? The foundations of English did begin in Greek, but then passed through Latin. Less than 10% actually come directly from Greek. Is it in this way that Ancient Greek is foundational in its structure or vocabulary? Any info from veterans out there would be great. Thanks!
  15. I'm needing a curriculum which teaches vocab & grammar first, instead of speaking phrases/immersion approach. My dd (junior) is very easily overwhelmed trying to learn a foreign language. She's stated that she needs to understand what the words mean first, before she can use them in phrases/greetings/sentences. We tried The Learnables, Mango and Duolingo- she cannot stand these immersion approaches. I'm now considering-- First Start French So You Really Want to Learn French Breaking the Barrier (ipad version) I would love feedback on these programs, or a different one is fine, too. Thank you! eta- i took french in hs and college, and am confident i can help with year 1....just trying to get her past the intimidating factor at this point. thx...
  16. A. is in third grade, and we are doing Getting Started With Spanish over the next year or two and plan to follow with Galore Park's So You Really Want to Learn Spanish. I bought CAP's Spanish for Children Primer A for us to use this fall, but I've begun to realize that it is a chunk of work for us and am not sure that it is the best way to be using that time. Probably 20-30 min/day on school days. If we drop it and continue on with just GSWS and then pick up SYRWTLS later I think we will be fine but it occurs to me that perhaps the Spanish for Children is one of those things whose value becomes clear after a year or two of use ... any thoughts? for context, I'm focusing this year on A's math (he's accelerated and doing PreA); his writing (we're starting Classical Writing) and reading (bringing comprehension up) and lots of outdoor time (A. is on an idiosyncratic developmental timetable -- he spent his PreK-2nd grade years doing lots of formal work because it helped keep him sane and balanced, and now that he's becoming a bit more able to relax I am trying to give him a lot of unstructured play time to make up for the lack of it in the early years). On the one hand I don't want to overburden him; on the other hand, the Spanish for Children is do-able but challenging for him so it may be an ideal component for our school. thoughts? (and thanks!)
  17. My daughter is in 5th grade this year and we are looking to start Spanish with her. Has anyone tried Duolingo?? If so, has there been success with actually speaking Spanish and not just learning vocabulary words? Is Rosetta Stone the better option as far as long term success with learning a foreign language??? The thing is this: in the next few days, my husband and I were going to purchase Rosetta Stone for learning Spanish (big $$$ investment!). I just came across Duolingo today, and of course it is FREE. . . big difference, right?!? But is it the better choice??
  18. Buenas tardes a todos, My name is Katie Baker. I am a Spanish teacher interested in creating a Spanish immersion program for homeschoolers and their parents. I became interested in this project after my sister, a homeschool teacher, mentioned to me that there were very few Spanish programs for kids geared toward full fluency in the language. My colleagues and I are practitioners of Comprehensible Input methods of teaching language - we believe that students can acquire a second language through immersion in COMPREHENSIBLE language input. This means simplifying the vocabulary used to the bare basics at first and gradually adding more vocabulary and complex structure as the learners grow and develop. The formula is input before output - students must hear and see the language before they can produce it themselves. I am posting here because I am in the process of creating a curriculum, but I want to tailor it to the particular needs of homeschoolers. I don't want to duplicate a program that is already out there, and I want to create something that people could really use. Ideally, what would you like to see in a Spanish curriculum for your kids? I am open to all sorts of ideas. Mil gracias, Srta. Baker
  19. If you have used this: http://www.audioforum.com/software/info.php?ID=7178 (or anything else in this same line since this is apparently a new item) what was your experience both with the effectiveness and content of the material and also the company. The old audio-forum seems to have been bought out by a new company.
  20. My daughter studies Japanese for her foreign language credit. She also took up self-educating for French and Latin. It's not enough to call it a full credit, but possibly enough for a quarter or half credit. Can this be included on her transcript, or would it be frowned upon to study another language with less intensity?
  21. I have heard conflicting things regarding foreign language in high school. Deb Bell's book says that colleges prefer 3 years; one being their senior year. I've also heard that 2 years is sufficient. My son is not especially interested in foreign language, so I'm leaning towards starting his junior year, unless 3 years will make him a more attractive applicant to colleges. He will complete Rosetta Stone Spanish. His interests (at this point....9th grade) lie in political science/law. Will he be required to take a foreign language in college? If so, it appears Rosetta Stone doesn't have an especially strong writing component...should I add to that? Thanks for any suggestions based on your experience! Ashley
  22. So, would book 1 be one school year's worth of Spanish? The website's not very helpful. Is it a good program for independent learning?
  23. Popping in very briefly as my syllabus still isn't done :0, but I found this video about including the cultural roots of a language into the study of the language and I find it fascinating. Since it wasn't really on my radar - I thought some others might not know and be interested as well... This is the link - but for some reason it won't come up again http://www.learner.o...05/analyze.html So I think you have to go back a page or two to the beginning...look at the boxes on the left and click on "View and analyze the video" http://www.learner.o...05/examine.html Joan
  24. or would have made if you had another to teach? Since dd is only in 9th, I still have several years to go and am curious how others have changed their program.... I'm finding some things so much easier with dd - in some ways I'm more flexible and in others more strict.... Some of the ways I'm less strict: We're using WEM much more! And other literature guides less... We don't always read the whole book. Nor do we go through every page of literature analysis guides...While for some books we will go through piece by piece, I find it more interesting to cover more books but some at a lighter level and some almost cursory (eg Moby Dick). Some ways I'm more strict: With R & S grammar, I'm going over the oral reviews for each lesson and through most of the exercises. We're spreading the lessons over several days sometimes to make sure that she has a thorough grasp. Her diagramming skills are great now. We haven't finished the 8th grade book because I realized that is really the last book about grammar in the series (9 & 10 cover a bit but other stuff mostly) so I realized this is really her last time through and she has to 'get it' now or never. Math - we're using a more difficult series starting in 7th grade already... Other changes: Talking more about various subjects.... Other changes but not necessarily for the better: She's doing AP HG in 9th and her bro did it in 10th....I'm finding that she is spending much more time on it than he did....But she is also writing more in her answers - being somewhat more of a perfectionist....Still, overall, not sure if it is worth the extra time and might have been better next year. But (you can see I'm going back and forth about this), it is making her mature in a way that I wanted her to be before getting into 10th grade, helping her be more aware of the world.... Joan
  25. Since they say younger children can pick up a foreign language easier, I want to start my children now. I just feel at a loss at what to do...I am paying $20 for a 30 minute once a week session with a tutor, but I don't feel like it is fruitful (maybe I am impatient). I also read to them in Spanish (the language we chose). My husband and I only have a HS understanding of spanish (aka not great). How do you teach your child a foreign language? Are we doing what we are supposed to to help them learn? Any recommendations? Also, at what age would your recommend Rosetta stone?
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