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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. Hi there, Has anyone had their student do German 1 with Oklahoma State online www.germanonline.okstate.edu I would love to hear some feedback on what you loved or did not love about it. Thanks Sherid
  3. Updated in post #67 with my review of CLRC's German 1 that I ended up signing DD#1 up for. Please post your reviews of German 1/2/3 if you feel comfortable doing so. Bluebonnetgirl is looking for a German 1 class for her ds for next year. ----------------------------------------- I bumped an old thread on the K-8 board with this question, but thought I might get more feedback here, so I'm cross-posting just my post: I'm looking for online German 1 for my dd#1 who wants to add another language. She does well with live classes & loves languages. Finding a good teacher is key for this kid. Here are the options I've seen so far: WTMA, CLRC, some former Landry teachers (that I'd have to search around a little bit for), Potter's School, Oklahoma State Online German (last resort), and (ETA: Kolbe Academy), BYU (not live?). Anyone want to chime in with recent (including this year) experiences? I'd love to have feedback on any of the live classes and teachers. She'll only have time to get through German 2 since she'll be a Junior next year (probably - she's actually a sophomore-by-age in the state we live in, but I've always considered her a grade higher) so availability of German 3 or above isn't really a problem.
  4. Hi, I am looking for a good intro German course for our dds (11 & 13). We have been considering OSU and then came across CLRC's Young language courses. Their Young German class is taught by a native speaker, Sonja Dionysius. If you are using another intro to German for middle school age I would like to hear about it as well. Thanks,
  5. Registration for Summer, Fall, and Full-Year 2017-18 courses is now open! New courses include: • Summer Reading Club for Logic Stage Students • Counting and Probability & AoPS Pre-Calculus • Latin I, French II, & German II • Physics for the Logic Stage • Kinesiology & Nutrition I • Science of Writing Grammar Series, from Foundational to Advanced Grammar • Socratic Discussion for the Rhetoric Stage Our unmatched refund policy is very simple and aims to benefit our students and families. If a student withdraws from a course before the end of the withdrawal period (listed below), he will receive a full course tuition refund. Fall and Full-year courses - September 30th Spring courses and Full-year transfers only - February 28th Summer courses - June 30th In addition, because our primary goal is the successful education of our students, we do not charge any fees for section or course changes. The Well-Trained Mind Academy Handbook offers guidance on course planning and placement for both logic-stage (middle) and rhetoric-stage (high school) students. And of course, you can contact us for help! See our website for our full course offerings and to register: www.wtmacademy.com We can’t wait to see you in class! Contact us with questions.
  6. Dear Forum Folk, Note: WTMA Fall registration has closed, so subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive announcements for spring registration! Did you know that our Well-Educated Minds program offers courses for adult learners year-round as an Independent Learning Module? This provides the opportunity for independent learning at your own pace. The Well-Trained Mind has been in the classical education business for over 15 years, providing homeschooling families with high-quality, ground-breaking resources that combine the best of the classical tradition with innovative teaching methods. In fact, more than half a million parents have successfully used the curricula, book lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children at home. We’re excited to bring you the third year of the Well-Trained Mind Academy, with experienced instructors to further your ability to homeschool your children at middle school and high school levels of learning. We offer small class sizes, with live and delayed-recording courses to meet any schedule - including those seeking additional courses to augment a private, charter, or public school education. Full-year courses include writing (based on our successful "Writing With Skill" workbook series), math, science, music, history, literature, and now foreign languages. We also offer one-semester courses, including Study Skills, Socratic Seminar Discussion, Geography, Grammar, SAT exam preparation, physical education, and several levels of creative writing. Here's what our parents have to say: "My daughter is in the WTMA Algebra 1 class this year. She was so nervous... math was her least favorite subject. Oh, the anxiety it would produce! I have heard her exclaim that she loves math this year and her WTMA teacher is one of her favorites. (And I am wiping sweat off of my brow.)" "...in the past two weeks, our child has actually proclaimed that she is enjoying writing. Awesome!! She is much more focused, diligent and enthusiastic about tackling the assignments." "I've used other online schools. I can honestly say, WTMA has been the best experience!" Preview our courses to see how classical online learning works, then register soon. Classes began September 6th (recordings are available for any missed lectures) and are filling quickly! www.wtmacademy.com
  7. My daughter just recently realized that the Words with Friends App now has the ability to play in some foreign languages so she has been challenging her brothers in Spanish and I have played in German against my son who is learning that. Any other ideas of games that can be played in other languages? I know you can get Bananagrams and Scrabble in foreign language editions.
  8. Hi forum, this is probably a long shot, but are there any homeschooling families in Kansas City area, who are bilingual in German and/or Russian? I am hoping to find like-minded people and give the children the opportunity to speak with someone else then the parent all the time. And also to be able to exchange ideas on bi- or trilingual homeschooling. Hope to find someone :) Christina
  9. I just did a search for (free) online German resources and thought I would share. I haven't had a chance to check out all the links yet. http://www.languagegames.org/ https://www.duolingo.com/ https://freelanguage.org/german http://www.populearn.com/german/ http://www.knowitall.org/instantreplay/content/LanguageIndex.cfm http://german.about.com/od/onlinecourses/a/An-Online-German-Course.htm http://www.deutsch-lernen.com/ http://www.loecsen.com/travel/0-en-67-2-1-free-lessons-german.html http://www.deutsched.com/ http://www.literacycenter.net/play_learn/german-language-games.php http://www.deutsch-lernen.com/learn-german-online/beginners/summary.php http://www.openculture.com/free_german_lessons http://german.about.com/od/onlinecourses/a/An-Online-German-Course.htm https://www.busuu.com/enc/de/?utm_campaign=us&b_campaign=us&utm_source=msa&b_source=msa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=online%20free%20german&b_term=online%20free%20german&b_subnetwork=b http://www.german-games.net/ http://german.about.com/library/gamesjava/bljava_qzmenu.htm http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2012/01/learning_german_online_for_free_the_amazing_courses_by_deutsche_welle_.html http://www.easy-online-german.com/ http://www.babelnation.com/german/ http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/links/online_lessons.html http://german.tolearnfree.com/
  10. For that very small population that might be interested in this, I thought I'd post... So dd just took the AP German last month and today the SAT II / subject German (and French and Math Level 1) First, she thought doing the 3 SAT II's was a bit too long. Of the three today, she found German the most difficult. Comparing German and French SAT's she said that there was twice as much reading comprehension on the German exam, much more grammmar and in addition, gender questions. On the French SAT, there was a lot more fill in the blank type questions, hardly any grammar and she doesn't remember any gender questions! So different! She found the German SAT harder than the AP - which she started to realize (a bit late) in preparing for the SAT....that there is more grammar, more gender, and the texts, she thought were more difficult than the AP. If you don't understand some main points of the text, and there are 7 comprehension questions about it, you're stuck. I think she found the French SAT easier than the French AP though. We don't have the AP or the SAT grades yet to know for sure....She had felt pretty good about the AP except for something that had nothing to do with the actual exam, but it might affect her score. After she'd finished the second oral part (giving a presentation), they told her that for some reason, the computer hadn't registered it! Then they had to call the AP people....I don't know if it's because we're 6 hours ahead, but it took them 45 minutes to figure out what to do. DD was already in the second group of kids, so had already waited 45 minutes to do the oral part (which comes at the end)...Then they put her in 'isolation' while they were trying to figure out what to do. The short of it being that she didn't think she did as well on the presentation part the second time around.... And to give an idea of the level in relation to Goethe....she tested on their site two weeks ago, as that's the next program she'll do.... They put her at B1.2....I don't know exactly how the European goals compare to the US ones (I know there are sites, I just haven't taken the time), eg more or less grammar, etc.... All in all though, I still think these end of the year tests are a good thing - getting the student to go over the material again to hopefully have a better grasp of it...(here's a post/thread from a long time ago - What I think I like about AP and SAT subject tests) Just for future searches - there are some interesting posts comparing SAT II and AP's in this thread SAT II Literature... Joan
  11. My kids are signed up for it through German school and wondering if anyone has experience with this program. The books they were assigned are lovely though and I was wondering if there is anywhere I can see a book list so that I can borrow them from the local libraries. The program website is this https://www.antolin.de/
  12. I am looking for a non-computer based German program for my logic aged son. Logische! was suggested on another forum here, and is looking quite good. I am interested in any more information about it from people who have used it, and any other suggestions before I commit to it! I am thinking of starting with A1 level. My son has done some Duolingo, but we are finding it no longer accessible from our rural dial-up and want to avoid as much computer in any case. Other than that he was loving the Duolingo and had gotten to around level 8 in the lessons about halfway through tier 1 as a translator. I know the slightest smattering of German only. Less than he does. He deliberately chose a language where he could be ahead of me in it. I got a few books for German that I found on Amazon USA...but they seem to not be good fits for him--the ones for adults too hard, and the ones for kids too silly. I am hoping that the Logische! would be a better fit. I am also looking for a concise encyclopedia in the German language, akin to what I have seen in Spanish published by Larousse. The sort of thing that would give a chance to learn a bit of another language at the same time as looking up a topic of interest. Nothing too detailed or technical, and good illustrations would be a plus. I am also hoping to find a German tutor and wondering if you have any advice on how to find one -- what questions I should ask to try to decide if it would be a good person for the job. I cannot assess the person's abilities since I don't know the language myself. Thanks in advance!
  13. This is a fun take on compound word construction in German :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1395415414033692
  14. Admittedly this isn't for beginner level FL's...but it could be reinforcement for a language or help if you are doing a bilingual school - and it could be good prep for going abroad to study... Iversity.org by the German gov Stifterverband - for the German science community Eliademy by Nokia veterans in Finland Miriada X - MOOC's in Spanish in Spain OpenupEd - an initiative by Europe's open universities to collect and organize their MOOC's on a pan- European site..small selection now but in 12 languages including Arabic and Hebrew Some by the UK if you want a foreign perspective Future Learn (by Open University) from this article in IHT - I can't find a direct link but if you go to this page: http://intranews.sns.it/ and scroll down (or use Find - for 'classroom') you can find this article - "Another Classroom revolution on the Web" by Schuetze Joan
  15. I just want to let you know that OSU German Online seems to be working very well. We are in German II. The boys just had their first tutoring session with OSU German Online and did very well. They seemed so grown-up! Anyway, for those of you who wonder about German programs OSU German is a great option.
  16. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/LanguagesOnline/default.htm There are videos and worksheets and worksheets answers for: Chinese French German Indonesian Italian Macedonian Spanish Turkish ETA: These are at beginner's level, mainly vocabulary with some grammar.
  17. DD has been doing Duolingo (wonderful program BTW!) and I'd like to get her some easy to read books to work on also. The vocabulary in picture books is too hard so I was thinking about early readers but I don't know any series to look for on amazon.de. Same with early chapter books - something along the difficulty level of Magic Tree House or Henry and Mduge in German. Danke!
  18. Found these german math worksheets. They use a dot for multiplication and two dots for division. They have for Klasse 1 to 8. http://www.matheaufgaben.net/arbeitsblaetter/ These too for Klasse 1 to 4 and includes word problems http://www.vswest.at/show.aspx?SP=1&url=am4math I put this post in the bilingual board as some might find it fun for their kids to try out math worksheets in another language.
  19. I've looked through many posts re: OSU German... how are those who are taking it this year feeling? From what I have read it seems that if you have a "dud" student/teacher you can request another ... and that you often have to ask for the weekly call-ins to include conversational German as opposed to just worksheet review... What else do we need to know? I have an upcoming 8th grader who wants to start German this coming year. She will also be taking French for the 2nd year... would this be a good choice? If she takes one class per year, she'll need to start this yearto reach the AP level?
  20. 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
  21. I've had some recent cross-cultural communications which have made me wonder.... I know it is always hard to completely correctly convey ones thoughts in a non maternal tongue language and especially understand subtle communication in that language.... Also regentrude's comment from the Living in a Bilingual Environment thread: So I am wondering if we could talk about presentation of ideas in German composition - but it helps if the person has some idea of English composition and the use of figures of speech and techniques such as using the passive voice in cases where it is better not to name the doer of an action, for example.... Is 'understatement' used in German? I know French is considered the language of diplomacy - but wouldn't Germans also have a way of communicating that is not forward, maybe just not as highly developed as the French? Hoping someone can help, Joan
  22. Is there a German site that teaches letter sounds? Or German DVDs similar to LeapFrog?
  23. Does anyone know of online German grammar quizes that might be keyed to or similar in scope and sequence to German Online? I'm comparing the ability to do grammar/vocab drills in our Lukeion Latin class using Quia games with German Online and wishing that the OSU German course had something similar. My kids have a tendency to fill out the worksheets once, but not really learn/master the grammatical concepts. It seems that they have developed a fill in the blank mentality without realizing that these are paradigms and concepts that they need to understand and apply to new vocabulary. I may end up getting a Quia subscription of my own, just to put some of these together, but it would be easier if there was already something out there.
  24. How is your student finding the workload? Is it about the same as II? Is your student enjoying it? I notice the format changes between II and III? Could you please tell me what some of the differences are? My dd is just finishing up level II and even though I've been happy with her German progression, the time she spends on it is quite a bit (about 45 min per day/5X per week). This year she'd like to concentrate more on some of her other languages without German taking over. I'm thinking of having her at least take a break for a year but then I'd also have to find another way for her to study German. :confused: Any advice, ladies? Since she's half way through and wants to continue with the language, should I just have her keep going with OSU or should I have her take a break and find something else for this year? :bigear:
  25. I'm trying to find a website that has on demand german kids shows online... I've found a lot of news and adult content shows, but have a hard time finding a lot of german kids shows for my kids to watch... Our Cable provider doesn't offer "deutsche Welle" and it seems KIKA online doesn't offer a lot if you're not in Germany... any ideas? I wouldn't mind subscribing to it if it's fairly cheap... Thanks!
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