As a middle schooler, my son has expressed an interest in learning a foreign language, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Finding the right fit for him and the way he learns has been challenging. This is why I was thrilled for the chance to review Middlebury Interactive Languages. My son has been working through the Middle School Spanish 1 (Grades 6-8) course and is beginning to get excited about learning Spanish.
About Middlebury Interactive Languages
Middlebury Interactive Languages is an online resources for classes in Spanish, French, Chinese and German for elementary, middle and high school. This self-paced, immersion style program contains courses that vary from introductory through advanced. Each middle school and high school semester consists of 18 weeks, or 90 days of content. Each K-2 semester consists of 35 days of content, and each 3-5 semester consists of 45 days of content.
For the purpose of this review, we received a subscription to one full semester (6 months) of content for the Middle School Spanish 1 (Grades 6-8) course. The cost of the course runs $119 for independent learning. There is teacher support available for $294 per course.
How We Used This Product
When you first log in, there is a calendar that lays out the assignments that need to be completed each day in order to complete the course in the allotted time of 6 months. However, we chose to just work on Spanish three days a week, so we basically did three lessons a week, which worked well for my son.
From the Table of Contents, we could see exactly what lessons have been completed as they are checked with a green mark. I love how the Table of Contents is laid out. There were days I forgot to print my son’s school schedule and he was able to do the next lesson in order according to the Table of Contents.
The main focus of the Middle School Spanish 1 course is listening, speaking, reading and writing, with course elements for each lesson which include:
- Warm Ups
- Speaking Labs
- Listening & Reading
It was very easy to navigate this program and my son was able to move through the course independently. One of my son’s favorite portions of the program were the speaking labs, as he was interested in hearing how his voice sounded as he recorded himself using different words and phrases.
He also really enjoyed the matching games in each of the lessons, as it helped him to memorize what he had learned.
I appreciated the writing and speaking lessons. I believe the speaking portions of those lessons moved very quickly, but thankfully my son was able to pause the audio to catch up.
Overall, I believe this is a very comprehensive middle school Spanish course. At times, I think my son was a little lost, especially on those days where I wasn’t sitting with him doing the lesson, and talking to him about it as he did it. On the days where I would follow up with him after he completed the lesson, he often had a hard time explaining what he learned or repeating some of the words he learned. As with any language, it takes constant practice and reinforcement to learn and absorb. I was thankful that we could go back to the listening and speaking portions of those lessons to hear the words as well as practice them together.
I’m not certain we will be able to actually finish the course in the 6-month time period, but we are going to do our best. I feel if we could slow down a bit, even focusing on one lesson each week, my son would be able to absorb the material better.
Are you looking for a language course that is comprehensive and self-paced? Be sure to check out what Middlebury Interactive Languages has to offer. Also, be sure to click on the banner below to read the other reviews by the Homeschool Review Crew.