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You will be saying "Ole" and much more with over 100 hours of online Spanish instruction in this compact, boxed set. Published by Collins in association with Merriam-Webster, students interact with native Spanish speakers, taking the pressure off of you to remember your high school Spanish classes! Four books and an online code card come in an easy to store kit. Once you open your account, you have three months to use your 100 hours and complete the four levels. At the end of this time, you have the option to purchase more online instruction. There is a free website where you can go to play around while practicing the day's material. For example, if you learned about the past tense in your online lesson today, you can then go to the website and play some verb games to reinforce the new material tonight.

The Spanish lessons focus on Latin American language and culture with just a bit about Spain. Four levels take your students from beginning pronunciation to basic conversation on a variety of topics. There is clearly an emphasis on speaking and listening with this kit. Students log in to the website with their code to see native Spanish speakers interact in the target language. The books closely follow the online presentation and you can access the lessons 24/7 for you night owls!

Skills included in level 1: talking about you, describing things, forming questions, present tense, formal v. informal, and basic vocabulary. Level 2 includes: asking for information in cities, word gender, two options for "to be," likes/dislikes, time, routines, body and hobbies. Level 3 has restaurant vocabulary, opinions, pronouns and prepositions, plans, past and future tenses and more advanced vocabulary. Level 4 develops more conversational skills on the topics of travel, asking permission, making requests, commands, comparatives and superlatives, invitations, advice and then also covers the future tense. Each level has a nice variety of grammar, vocabulary and culture.

The books are small and easily taken along with the student for extra review while out and about or if they just want to spend more time looking at the material from their lesson. These are not workbooks but rather an accompaniment to the online element. Loads of beautiful color photos make a person long to visit the exotic locales, perhaps sparking an interest in further study. Livemocha uses teenagers in their photos and dialogues to add to their appeal. The cover of the four books shows a pair of teens in their beachwear on the covers, though this is not the case throughout the book.

This program seems to follow a high school series of language classes (level 1 book = 1st year Spanish class,) but with only 100 hours of direct instruction, that really is not the case. I feel your student would have the equivalent of two full years of high school Spanish with regular practice on the free website. A sixth grade student would be just as comfortable starting this program as a ninth grader. This set would make a great addition to a study unit on Spain, European colonization, or South American culture.

You do not get an answer key, teacher edition, or workbook. You will get your student confident and enthusiastic about learning a foreign language. It is a practical way to determine if further investment in language learning would be a good option for you, while achieving a moderate level of proficiency. ~ Sara

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