"Como es especial este programa?" ("How is this program special?). For starters, it was written by Christian missionaries as an aid to witnessing. This course has used by homeschoolers, Christian schools, and missionaries worldwide for over 20 years. Emphasis is on sentences and phrases that you would use in conversation, so students learn to speak first, then learn grammar. There are 30 lessons plus 6 reviews, for a total of 36 lessons to last the school year (if you do one lesson per week). Each lesson introduces about 12 new vocabulary words, and each lesson is divided into 5 parts--one for each day of a typical school week. Assuming a Monday through Friday schedule, here is the proper way to study each lesson. Monday (Part 1) emphasizes vocabulary. Students look at the words in the lesson, then listen to the words on tape or CD to learn the correct pronunciation. Tuesday (Part 2) is a day of sentence practice. Students read and listen to practice sentences in Spanish to get a feel for how Spanish sentences are structured. Wednesday (Part 3) has matching exercises that require students to identify Spanish words and sentences to match up with English translations, illustrations representing vocabulary words, or other Spanish words necessary to complete sentences. Thursday (Part 4) is devoted to memorization. Students learn Bible verses and songs in Spanish, then work on learning them by heart. Bible Word Match activities (made up of words found in the verses and songs) are included to review and enrich vocabulary. Friday (Part 5) is a day to review by playing Quiz-nish, a vocabulary flash card game. (The flashcards are included with Books 1 and 2.). Reviews are also included after completing every five lessons for additional reinforcement.
When used with the audio component, this course is self-teaching and self-correcting. It's a non-threatening introduction to Spanish that stands out for its incorporation of Biblical elements within the curriculum. Program components are available individually; here are some specifics.
Each Additional Book is simply the student coursebook only (without the audio component). The audio component will need to be purchased separately.
The CD's ONLY consist of of eight audio CD's that narrate the entire contents of the coursebook's lessons. These CD's help students learn correct pronunciation, correct written work, and learn Bible verses and songs. Stops and a guide sheet are included that tells where each lesson begins and ends.
Teacher's Guides contain reduced student pages with answers, grammar hints, suggestions for games, writing exercises, Spanish labels, maps, and more.
Tests and Answers consist of five tests, each reviewing six lessons' worth of material.
Extra Practice Exercises & Key is a packet with additional exercises that correspond to each lesson in the student book. Tests require that the students learn to spell their vocabulary words, as well as translate from Spanish to English (and back).
Sing-A-long Book & CD contains the English and Spanish lyrics for the Bible songs printed in a comb-bound book. Songs are sung on the audio CD. ~ Lisa