We have reviewed Middlebury Interactive Languages for The Crew before. We knew what they had to offer, so we were thrilled to be assigned a review with them again. Xav is more eager to learn languages than Mal (though Mal does enjoy watching the stories), so he got to use this one with me.
We had much more difficulty selecting a language to learn this time. Homeschool foreign language lessons are available in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Latin and most are taught at grades K-2, 3-5, middle, and high school. Courses and a few levels have been added since we reviewed the K-2 Spanish two years ago. Eventually, we settled on Elementary Chinese I (grades 3-5).
These topics are covered in Elementary Chinese I.
|Culture lessons, recorded teacher videos, stories, and activity pages.|
|Speaking lab, story transcript, writing characters.|
|Navigating with a list, a calendar, or folders.|
Repeated exposure throughout helps cement the characters and words into our brains.
There is no pre-requisite for Elementary Chinese I. Courses run from introductory levels to Advanced Placement. Middlebury courses are non-credit bearing in themselves, but homeschool parents can certainly award credit based on the time the high school student puts into the course.
The Middlebury Interactive Language courses are immersive language learning. They start right at the beginning with the new language. The stories are never told in English, but you get a sense for it from the pictures and, if needed, the transcripts can be viewed or printed.
The length of time required to complete one semester of a course varies by level.
- middle school and high school, 90 lesson days
- grades 3-5, 45 lesson days
- grades K-2, 35 lesson days
Visual and auditory learners can really benefit from these language lessons.
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