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  1. For those of us who are doing Long Term Language Learning with their home school students or who knows someone whose done it/doing it. After almost 2 years of dawdling, hee-hawing and not acting, I've decided to jump in the deep end of the language learning/teaching pool. I don't need curriculum at this point. I have a ton of quality commercial products that I paid a lot of money for so I'll be using them. I'm pleased with the materials that we have currently and my spanish student (LilGal) is happy also. I am reading Opal Dunn's book, How To Help Your Child with a Foreign Language and I'm so grateful for this book. It maybe nothing revolutionary to those with more experience or skills, but I was having a lot of trouble putting my ideas into reality, thinking up games that I could use simply to teach language etc...and this book is simple enough that I can follow along. Fortunately, all my original plans have been thrown off track by the fact that many of the children who wanted to learn Spanish have changed their minds and no longer want to learn it, so I am left with only one very dedicated, very determined spanish student as I venture out into the 'Spanish Language Learning/Teaching Waters.' So long as I keep it moving, make it rewarding and show we're progressing LilGal is willing to stand by me and hang in there with me, which makes my job MUCH easier! LilGals goal is to become fluent in Spanish, my goal is to teach her (and master for myself) all the grammar in my college level begining Spanish textbook. Both of us want to get up to snuff in Conversational Spanish. (we live in an area with a lot of Spanish speakers). We need to do this as efficiently as possible. (I dont care if it takes 2.5 years to meet the basic goals...the idea is that we'll never need to repeat and relearn anything. Review tons, yes. ReLEARN no.) I want to be sure we're moving through learning phases and stages and not stagnating on drivel or trivial Spanish. Right now, we're trying to use Learnables 3x a week and doing "Daily Spanish Time" for about 30 minutes a day. I'm using psuedo-immersion during DST, speaking 60-75% spanish and doing a lot of translating. Right now, our immediate goal is to learn a couple hundred vocabulary words, a bunch of sentences/phrases and use them as much as possible and to build Lil Gal's understanding of Spoken Spanish. We're easing into grammar only as it applies, so right now we're just going to work on articles, plurals and noun+adjective agreement (El libro, unas mesas, los grandes zapatos, that type of thing). This girl a remedial reading student in English and Arabic, so I'm not focusing on Spanish reading at all this year, just speaking and listening with understanding and comprehension and a decent accent. Right now, this is our 'Reception' phase, or step Zero of a grander plan, but we're not accomplishing a lot more than we were before. We're going to do 10 weeks of intensive study this summer to drill and master all the basics. Every time we learn something new, we use it right away and continue using it. Does anyone have any tips or advise for me? I want to use a combination of deliberate, explicit study, Total Physical Response, Music, Games, living books, audio and videos to achieve our goals. I'm getting a lot of ideas for activities and such from Dunn's book, but I'm having a hard time visualizing the stuff. I've been stocking up on carboard and I intend to make a lot of manipulatives for our Spanish program over my Spring break, but I'm not artistic at all, unfortunately and would hate to put in a ton of time making something thats going to be ugly or drab for my students to use. I'd like some ideas/templates that I could copy... I'd love some links to blogs of (homeshooling) familes who are learning a new language as a spoken/modern language and who are making it fun and keeping it progressive, if there is one that anyone here knows of... As time passes we're going to begin speaking Spanish to each other more and more outside of lessons or "Spanish time". Also just a I'm using the books as a guide to vocabulary and grammar, but our program is very oral and aural in nature and application. I anticipate that if we accomplish our goals we'll begin watching cartoons in Spanish, I'm considering Destinos for sometime next year, but am not sure of the content level for appropriateness with a 10 year old. :001_huh: Any body got any really good resources or ideas? I'm thinking that after she's learned all the material from my College level Spanish Textbook we'll just need to do a lot of maintenance work over the years to come. I'm thinking my current plans will take about 2- 2.5 years....
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