January 29, 2011

What do you use to teach a Foreign Language?

Foreign Language Help! Do any of you know of curricula or program that will be helpful? We over the years have had people give us various version of Rosetta Stone, but the kids don't like them! They want to learn things like French, German, but I don't know what to use to teach them.  I don't know much myself; so I need a program, curricula, that will teach them (and me) everything including proper pronunciation. 

Any suggestions you have would be great! Thanks for the help!!!

15 comments:

  1. we do our foreign language very losely so this might not be what you are looking for but.... I started out simple a workbook with a cd so we know that we are saying it correctly and it is all put to song so it's catchy ours is from twin sisters production

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  2. Thanks Amy!! Really at this point I'm opening to ANYTHING!!! I just need suggestion of things that have worked, are working, or whatever!!! :) Thanks for replying!!!

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  3. I have quite a few suggestions (we teach German, French, Latin, and Biblical Greek). Are you interested in living languages or "dead" languages or both?

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  4. uuhhh.... I am excited for Eva's suggestions, Biblical Greek! count me in.

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  5. We've had some computer troubles so I couldn't write for a while. I'll start with Biblical Greek and write about Latin next time:

    In grade 5 I start with the second book (Level 2) of the series Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek. We do a page a day. The program doesn't take more than 5-15 minutes in the lower levels.

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  6. Before I write more, what grades/ages are you interested in?

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  7. My own kids are 3/4th grade. 8-9 years old (almost 9 and 10) so I would want something I can use with them and at a beginner level because they don't know anything right now.

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  8. For Latin I like to use the I'm Reading Latin Series, a CD with four little books. I normally use those in grade 3. In grade 4, I move on to Getting Started with Latin.

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  9. Thank-You Eva for your suggestions! I'm really thankful to have them.

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  10. I'll be working on some recommendations for modern languages soon!

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  11. For French I like to use songs, e.g. Charlotte Diamond, and The Learnables (not the computer version, but the book/CD version. I start "The Learnables" in grade 1 (there are three parts to the program: The Learnables, Basic Structures, and Grammar Enhancement). This is an immersion program, but more child-friendly than Rosetta Stone. From grade three on, I add to this either L'Art de Lire or So You Really Want to Learn French. Another option would be Skoldo. There is also a new French program Misssion Monde from Canada. Another great supplement is Phrase-a-day French for Children. Berlitz makes Stuck on French, which builds your vocabulary, but doesn't come with a pronunciation CD and doesn't stick so well. We use it anyway, because it's fun (and I have a very basic French background).

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  12. Thank-You Eva for taking the time to respond and provide links to your suggestions. I'm THANKFUL!!!

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  13. Well, wait...for German...can't they just visit OMA?!? LOL
    Ok...seriously...my nephew just passed down the French program he used...but...I tucked it away as we weren't ready for it yet.
    I'll dig it out and email you about it when I check the publisher and other particulars.

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  14. Yes they could do that for German, but they are more interested in Latin, Spanish, and French at this time! LOL

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