Many years ago for homeschool families learning a new language was a bit difficult. Nowadays, we have access to the world wide web, and we are only limited by our imagination. I'm happy to share with you a wonderful online, foreign language learning program.
My daughter, Autumn, has been enjoying learning Middle School Year French 1 (for grades 6-8) through Middlebury Interactive Languages. We were given a full one year access! This is a fun, easy, and interactive online course, and they have more than just French. They also have Spanish, Chinese, and German. The courses are divided up into elementary, middle school, and high school levels. There's a little something for everyone.
Middlebury Interactive Languages focuses on the four key areas of language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. I felt they did an excellent job in balancing these areas, and was thrilled with how much my daughter learned in just a few weeks.
The lessons are broken up into two semesters for a total of 36 weeks. They are divided up into sections such as teaching points, warm-up, matching, speaking lab, audio ID, grammar practice, cultural tidbits, and more. There are even quizzes, midterms, and finals. My daughter did 1-2 lessons every day. They take roughly 10 minutes.
Each lesson allows your student to practice what they've learned. I feel this is incredibly important aspect of learning a foreign language. When I was in high school I learned sign language. Only problem was I learned how to sign, but never had someone sign to me, and therefore I struggle to understand when someone is signing to me. It's been fun listening to Autumn "talk" to the computer and then hear the person speaking to her. I just love how the course is interactive. There are also printable vocabulary pages, which my daughter printed out and put them in her Paris notebook.
What I really liked about the program is that my daughter could do it independently. I actually struggled to write this review (I had to keep asking my daughter questions) because I didn't know much about the program. I helped her do the initial set-up and then every morning she sat at my laptop and did her lessons independently. For a busy mum, this has been so helpful!
It's easy and fun. They explain stuff well. I can now most likely hold a simple conversation with someone in French.
We are planning a trip to Paris next year to visit our friends who are living there. I'm so glad Autumn has had the opportunity to learn French. We will continue this course, and I am hoping to do some lessons as well. That way I'm not entirely dependent on my daughter in Paris. :)