Spanish Level 1 PC - The Learnables 5 Disc Set

Spanish Level 1 PC - The Learnables 5 Disc Set

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Item #: 027263
ISBN: 9780981454030
Grades: 2-AD

Category Description for The Learnables:

Many of our customers may already be familiar with this highly-recommended foreign language program. We, too, are ardent fans, having used the program in several languages, with great success. It's an immersion approach that uses a system of pictures with accompanying audio of native speakers using only the target language. Extremely effective, children learn in context similar to the way a baby would learn English by just being around people in everyday life. The program does put some emphasis on topics important to travelers, such as foods, restaurant conversations, modes of transportation, etc. that would help someone actually using the language in a foreign country. A series of book and audio sets - or the newer computer-based versions - take you from learning the numbers to ten through some pretty serious dialogue and vocabulary - and it's enjoyable learning that the whole family can do together, anytime. Each of the books contain ten lessons with one hundred pictures each, plus comprehension checks. Each of the lessons takes about 20 minutes. Most books come with a set of audio CDs. Book Two of the series has more CDs, which is why the price is slightly higher. One book is included with each set. While books can be shared, we found it best to provide a book for each child, so we also offer the books separately (listed before specific language listings below). Note that they are not language-specific; the same book can be used with any of the languages. This makes it much easier to learn an additional language later. The basic sets include no reading or writing in the foreign language. However, these facets are included in the Basic Structures series, designed to supply the reading portion of the program.

There are 3-4 levels of Basic Structures, depending on the language you are using. Basic Structures is meant to be used following the completion of the basic Learnables sets at each level. Many of the same pictures used in The Learnables appear in the corresponding Basic Structures, to help reinforce the association of spoken, visual, and written words. Basic Structures books feature lessons, exercises, answers, and vocabulary lists. Lessons include illustrations with descriptive sentences, and students can listen to the audio reading of the sentences on the CDs included in the Basic Structures sets. Several sets of exercises follow the lesson, which offer more sentence examples, ask the student to match the correct picture and sentence, complete a sentence, and more. Most sentences and phrases used in the exercises are included on the audio CDs.

A Grammar Enhancement program is also available for some languages. It is intended for students who want to further increase their understanding of grammar. The program focuses on basic prepositions, plurals, pronouns, and present/past tense verbs. The publisher recommends using this program as the first step of Level 2 for the best results (before moving on to the Learnables Level 2).

The Learnables programs have been around for years. As a result, the format has changed with the times. When we first began stocking them, many of the audios were cassettes. These have (mostly) been replaced by audio CDs. Now not only has the publisher developed a computer-based version of both The Learnables Level 1 and Grammar Enhancement for Spanish but as the computer versions are completed, they are phasing out the CD versions.

The Learnables on Computer are available for Level 1 of French, German, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Grammar Enhancement for Spanish and French. The lessons are the same on the CD-ROM as in the books, with the same pictures and content. In the Learnables CD-ROMs, a speaker reads the words as the pictures come on the screen. Ten questions follow, with the student choosing the picture that matches a given spoken word. A supplemental game or activity follows every lesson, to provide motivation and practice. These include slide shows, funny movies, a balloon game, a tic-tac-toe game, and more. Like the books, these lessons include 100 pictures and take about 20 minutes to complete, with each Learnables course containing over 3 hours of instructional material. The Grammar Enhancement program contains five programs, covering prepositions, plurals, colors, pronouns and verbs. These lessons show six pictures per page, and as the word for the picture is spoken, a sentence is displayed. After repeating the lessons several times, students can attempt the corresponding identification exercise. CD-ROM courses come with short booklets that contain installation instructions and tips for using the lessons. Please note that CD-ROMs are designed for either PCs or Macs, not both, so make sure you purchase the right one for your operating system. PC system requirements: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. MAC system requirements: up to 9.0, but NOT OSX or newer (including 10.7 - Lion). See available CD-ROM versions under each language. ~ Rachel




Primary Subject
Foreign Language
Grade Start
2
Grade End
AD
ISBN
9780981454030
Format
Other
Brand Name
International Linguistics
Weight
1.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
7.5" x 5.38" x 1.0"
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Previously had Rosetta Stone and my kids didn't like. Trying this one as replacement.
Natalie M on Jan 16, 2020
We belong to a co-op and this is the program the tutor is choosing to use. I know nothing about it yet.
Melisa C on Sep 3, 2018
Previously had Rosetta Stone and my kids didn't like. Trying this one as replacement.
Natalie M on Jan 16, 2020
I'm looking for a good foreign language program for my homeschooled son. I used this many years ago for my oldest and liked it then. Also, it was recently recommended to me by another home school family.
Derek V on Nov 3, 2018
We belong to a co-op and this is the program the tutor is choosing to use. I know nothing about it yet.
Melisa C on Sep 3, 2018
This product came highly recommended.
Rhonda B on Jun 22, 2018
We used the German program (old CD version) and liked it. I like that they have to listen first to become familiar with proper pronunciation.
Christine C on Dec 30, 2016
It seems like it is designed for us to learn the way we naturally learn our own native language.
Danielle W on Aug 6, 2016
I'm looking for a good foreign language program for my homeschooled son. I used this many years ago for my oldest and liked it then. Also, it was recently recommended to me by another home school family.
Derek V on Nov 3, 2018
This product came highly recommended.
Rhonda B on Jun 22, 2018
In this 5 disc set for Spanish level 1 for $134, does it include the written workbook or printables? And will it play on a computer running the newest Windows program?
Jana on Aug 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The material that in previous editions was in the workbook are not included in the computer-based program but this content is not printables. The CD-ROM will play on Windows computers running Windows 7 (but not later systems).
I see a lot of reviews that say the Learnables language program is good because the student will spend a lot of time listening to the language before ever trying to speak it. I just want to confirm - Does this program also (eventually) teach the student to speak AND write in the language of study? If so, in which level will they begin speaking & writing? I am specifically interested in the Spanish curriculum. Also, would a "Level" reasonably take a year to complete? Are there lesson plans included, or at least a clear outline guiding how to advance through the program? I am looking for my elementary-aged daughters.
Gretchen on Sep 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This 5 Disc set includes both the listening/understanding material for Level 1 and the reading/writing material (Basic Structures) that is designed to follow Level 1. It's a computer based program so the lesson plans are part of the program. This material works well for elementary aged students. If your students are on the younger elementary age then it might take longer than one year to comfortably go through the material.
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