Thursday, October 1, 2015

Middlebury Interactive Languages Review

 Middlebury Interactive Languages Review
In today's society, knowing a second language is extremely beneficial. I firmly believe that the younger a student is when they begin learning a second language, the better. We were given the opportunity to review Middlebury Interactive Languages, and I was so excited to have an online language learning opportunity for Sassy. We were able to review Elementary Spanish I: Grades 3-5.

For this review, we received six months access to the Elementary Spanish I: Grades 3-5 online digital curriculum.

 Middlebury Interactive Languages Review
There are so many wonderful aspects to this program! To say that I think this has been a good match for Sassy would be an understatement. She loves when her assignment sheet has Spanish scheduled for her. What works best for us is for her to sit down at the computer, set a timer for 30 minutes, and work on the Spanish units until the timer goes off.

Elementary Spanish I consists of 14 units organized by categories and 2 review units. Some of the category topics include:

  • Family
  • Numbers
  • Adjectives and Feelings
  • Greetings
  • Colors
  • The Body
  • Animals
  • Clothes
  • Calendar
Each unit contains 6 lessons. Each lesson contains multiple activities:
  • Videos to watch - Each video presents vocabulary words for the student to learn.
  • Interactive pictures - Students click on the various parts of the picture to review the vocabulary.
  • Practice sessions - Students click and drag the vocabulary words to label the correct items in the picture. 
  • Speaking labs - Students can record themselves repeating the vocabulary words.
  • Quizzes - These are multiple choice questions for students to review what they've learned and offer immediate feedback.
These are just a few of the variety of activities provided at this level to enhance student learning. 

The review units are broken down into 3 lessons. Each of these lessons reviews 2 or 3 of the previously learned lessons with 6 or 7 different activities.

One of the things I really like about Elementary Spanish I is the graphics. Most of the images are cartoon-like illustrations, but they also include some actual pictures. It's a good mix of the types of images to keep a young child's interest. 

Another aspect of Middlebury Interactive Languages and Elementary Spanish I is that I don't have to know a lot of Spanish (or actually any Spanish) for Sassy to learn. Everything is right there on the computer and at a level that she can understand. I have, though, sat down with her to watch her do the lessons so I can see what she's learning, and I get to learn alongside of her. 

Middlebury Interactive Languages offers several levels of Spanish:
  • Elementary Spanish I, Grades K-2
  • Elementary Spanish I, Grades 3-5 (The one we are using)
  • Middle School Spanish 1 & 2, Grades 6-8
  • High School Spanish I, II, & III, Grades 9-12
  • High School Spanish Fluency I & II, Grades 9-12
  • AP Spanish, Grades 11 & 12
Not only do they offer so many levels of Spanish, but they also offer a multitude of levels of French, Chinese, and German. 

What Sassy Thinks
"I like it because it's not just speaking. There are a lot of activities. I like the quizzes and tests the best because they are fun."

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