I love learning about new languages. I find it fascinating. That is probably, in part, why I got my bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. This is also why I get very excited when I can share this passion with my kids. So, when Middlebury Interactive Languages gave us the opportunity to review Elementary French 1 (Grades K – 2), we were all ecstatic.
The Company: Middlebury Interactive Languages
Middlebury Interactive Languages offers digital courses for students kindergarten through high school to learn a new language using the research-based principles of immersion. They offer courses in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and even Latin.
Digital Curriculum for English Language Learners
Middlebury Interactive Languages also offers a curriculum to aid those students who are learning the English language. Courses are aims at those in 4th grade through 10th grade.
Summer Language Academy
Middlebury Interactive Languages’ dedication extends even further: They offer a Summer Language Academy where students in grade 8 through 12 can participate in a fully immersive cultural and linguistic experience. Four weeks are spent in a foreign country acquiring the language in a natural environment.
The Product: Elementary French 1
Elementary French 1 teaches French to students in the early elementary grades (K – 2). The course has a total of 10 Units with 6 lessons per unit. Unit topics consist of the following:
- Days of the Week
Doing a couple lessons a week will complete the program within a year. Each unit uses a fun character to guide the student through the unit material. Each unit has a 6 step map (one for each lesson); Completing the set of activities and challenges within each lesson moves the character to the next spot on the map. As they complete work, students watch their character make it way to the end goal on the map.
Each lesson uses multiple teaching strategies to help students learn. They watch videos on the targeted terminology, see and hear the words, move pieces around within activities, and record and hear themselves speaking French. Other lesson elements include instructions in both French and English, buttons that plays instructions in both French and English, and games
Fun and Interactive
Fun stories and characters keep the students engaged and learning. My second grader likes knowing exactly where he is in the curriculum. Watching his character move towards the end goal spot kept him informed of exactly how far he had worked into the unit and how much farther he had to go to complete it.
The repetition in the activities help solidify the language targets. Built in reviews also help students retain lesson objectives.
Students can go as fast or as slowly as they need. They even can repeat activities and lessons.
I love that the students can record themselves saying words and phrases. They can hear what they sound like and learn to adjust their accent, so their pronunciation becomes more exact.
Have you ever tried a languages course from Middlebury Interactive Languages? Which one? Which grade? How did you like it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
Till Next Time,