Thursday, October 27, 2016

Middlebury Interactive Languages High School Spanish I Review

Ballerina is in the 8th grade this year, and I spent most of the summer debating and praying about when I should have her begin her foreign language requirements for high school, what language I should have her study, and what curriculum I should have her use. I needed it to be something that took on a lot of the burden of teaching because I do not have enough background in any foreign language to be able to do the bulk of the teaching myself. When we began the school year, I still didn't have an answer. Thankfully we were given the opportunity to review High School Spanish I from Middlebury Interactive Languages, and it has completely answered my questions for Ballerina's high school foreign language requirements.

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For this review, we received six months access to the High School Spanish I curriculum, an online digital curriculum.
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High School Spanish I consists of 36 units - 18 each semester, with each unit containing 5 lessons. Within each lesson, there are a variety of activities that Ballerina has to complete. Some of these activities include:
  • Vocabulary words - Each unit presents new vocabulary that is grouped by theme or part of speech. Next to each vocabulary word is an audio icon so that Ballerina can hear the correct pronunciation of the word. There is also a button at the bottom of the vocabulary page for printing the list. There are also activities using the vocabulary words in sentences, 
  • Grammar practice - This section contains a video that shows how to use the vocabulary in different situations, especially if there is more than one Spanish word to describe something. They also explain grammar rules, like changing words from singular to plural, conjugating verbs, etc. 
  • Speaking labs - Here they give conversational sentences to listen to, repeat, and record. 
  • Cultural videos - These videos share different aspects of the culture in Spanish-speaking countries. Some of the topics that Ballerina has learned about so far include idioms in Mexico, school hours, tortillas, and marketplaces. 
  • Reading activities - These help with comprehension of the Spanish vocabulary.
  • Journal entries - Here she is given a topic where she can write a few sentences in Spanish. 
  • Quizzes - Throughout the units there are quizzes that have multiple choice questions to check how well Ballerina is learning the information.

One aspect of Middlebury Interactive Languages that both Ballerina and I appreciate is being able to go at her own pace. Some sections are very easy for her, while others take her longer. She is able to adjust how long she spends on each section based on her needs.

Not only does Middlebury Interactive Languages take a lot of the teaching burden off of me, but it also takes a lot of the administrative burden off of me as well. Each time Ballerina takes a quiz or a test or completes a journal entry in the program, it records her score, the unit and lesson numbers, and the date it was taken. I can access all of this information in the online gradebook. 

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