Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 1 (Beginner) Student Book

Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 1 (Beginner) Student Book

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Item #: 063576
ISBN: 9780972857093
Grades: 4-AD

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Our level 1 book assumes no prior knowledge of Spanish. It starts from the very beginning by introducing simple words and phrases that can be used right away. The "First Steps lesson also presents all the sounds of the Spanish language so that students can develop an authentic accent. Theme-based vocabulary offers students opportunities to learn words relevant to their daily lives at home, school, and beyond. An action-packed dialogue series appears throughout the book offering students reading and listening comprehension practice.

Throughout the chapters, easy-to-understand explanations unravel these essential building blocks of language:

* the present, preterite, imperfect, and progressive tenses

* nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions

* formal commands

Category Description for Breaking the Language Barrier Programs:

Written on the premise that the fastest way to learn a language is a solid understanding of grammar, Breaking the Language Barrier (BLB) is a core text, workbook & reference all in a one-on-one conversational format between teacher and student. While other programs focus on listening and speaking alone, BLB has a different approach. You start out with conversation right away, which will bring up questions, but dont worry because all of the grammar will be explained by the end of the book. It is very clear where you need to listen to the CD and what track to go to. You can also just listen to the CDs in your car, or whenever, for more pronunciation & listening practice. You will write in the text and it is not reproducible. Listening to the CD is like having your own Spanish or French teacher sitting with you. When given the chance to write or speak your answers to the exercises, try and do both.

Level 1 (Beginner) is for someone with no prior language experience, but it can take a few tries to get used to the new sounds and spellings. For this reason, you will spend a lot of time on pronunciation in level 1. Also covered in Level 1: maps of French-speaking (francophone) countries, subject pronouns, regular/irregular verbs in the present tense, adjective/noun agreement, plural, prepositions, expressions, d.o./i.o. pronouns, possessive adjectives, past tense, weather, reflexive verbs, imperfect, near future, partitive, choosing between the 2 past tenses, commands, and the future tense.

Level 2 (Intermediate) has quite a bit of English at the beginning and less towards the end. It reviews present tense, francophone maps, past tense of irregular verbs, negatives in past, imperfect, more irregular verbs, conditional tense, relative pronouns, pluperfect and future perfect, imperative, numbers, expressions, subjunctive, present participle, comparatives, superlatives, adverbs, and idiomatic reflexive verbs.

Level 3 (Advanced) has very little English, reviews the maps, the 2 past tenses, pluperfect, imperative, future, future anterior, recent past, conditional, past conditional, negative, comparisons, phrases, expressions, subjunctive, and francophone Africa & islands.

Homeschool Packages include the student book, an answer key booklet, 2 CD audio set, a printed test packet and a small, laminated pocket language guide (perfect for travel & quick reference) for that specific level. For the enthusiastic language student, you can now purchase 3 levels at one time. Levels 1-3 packages include all materials listed under "homeschool packages" for all 3 levels of a single language. We offer the components a la carte as well. Instruction and practice exercises are done in the Student Worktext. The back of each book has additional student resources including a verb tense reference, glossary and index. The Answer Key booklet (loose leaf, in sleeve) has answers to all of the student book exercises. The Audio CDs model new vocabulary by native speakers and include a 6-part adventure series, reminis­cent of old-fashioned radio shows. Each scene is followed by comprehension questions. Printed Test Packets are loose leaf and reproducible. Includes test answers. Teacher Test CDs are printable tests and test answers. You need either the printed tests or the teacher test CD, not both. There are some additional warm-ups and lesson plan ideas at this link:

Each course is a year in length and would certainly be a high school credit of work. You must have the homeschool package to get started. Do not try and make this work with just the student book. The grammar is quite in depth, and there is more writing with this course than a computer course. If you have middle school students, they can do level 1 now and save levels 2 and 3 for high school credits. I really liked the friendliness and independent format of this program. A parent can really just administer the tests and check answers with the key, or even have the student grade their own exams and exercises. Parents are not expected to know the language themselves, so no worries there! This is a well-designed program that does not require anything special beyond a CD player. If you have been asked to teach a homeschool co-op, this is a great option as well. Student book is 320 pp, sc. ~ Sara

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My oldest is taking a class that is using this curriculum and the teacher recommended the CD for at home practice.
April B on Aug 7, 2020
Needed additional workbook for 2nd child
Candra B on Jun 15, 2020
My oldest is taking a class that is using this curriculum and the teacher recommended the CD for at home practice.
April B on Aug 7, 2020
Was told to get it from the teacher at our Co-op.
Carrie F on Jul 11, 2020
Needed additional workbook for 2nd child
Candra B on Jun 15, 2020
required for homeschool class.
Sandra S on Oct 7, 2019
I wanted to have tests included in the order packet. Many language packets only have workbooks. Also, I noticed that it was endorsed by Cathy Duffy.
Annie U on Sep 30, 2019
NICKI K on Aug 27, 2019
Our coop is using it this year
Diane K F on Aug 17, 2019
Greta A on Aug 16, 2019
Needed for a homeschool co-op class for my high school student. The teacher recommended this curriculum.
Sydney H on Aug 15, 2019
Required for school
Pam S on Aug 12, 2019
Our teacher requested it!
jennifer S on Aug 7, 2019
Listed as textbook by Co-op teacher.
Martha C on Aug 1, 2019
Required by tutor
Becky G on Jul 20, 2019
Spanish class
Karen L on Jul 19, 2019
for our homeschooling Spanish 1 high school class
Jennifer S on May 20, 2019
required for tutorial
Elisa K on May 9, 2019
Best prices, good service!
Patricia B on Sep 6, 2018
needed for curriculum.
Rachel B on Aug 27, 2018
Lots cheaper than the home-school package.
Jason M on Aug 8, 2018
need for spanish coop class
Lawrence B on Jul 31, 2018
needed for school
Alisa D on Jul 31, 2018
Homeschooling text and best price.
Susan O on May 18, 2018
need it for a class my child is taking
Carol Ann S on Mar 9, 2018
I purchased this because the Cathy Duffy review was good, the customer review was good, and it looks more user friendly than others I've seen.
Christy J on Feb 9, 2018
I need it for school.
V M on Feb 8, 2018
Required for a class
Alex V on Sep 17, 2017
my daughter needed it for a class
Kristen S on Sep 12, 2017
Cheapest Price
Saman R on Sep 12, 2017
for school
Terrell G on Sep 7, 2017
Book being used by spanish teacher in the classroom.
Kay B on Aug 29, 2017
Needed for a class.
Kimberly E on Aug 26, 2017
Homeschool Co op teacher choice.
Jessica H on Jul 3, 2017
Carol M on May 16, 2017
Our Homeschool Co-op is using this book, we were using the ebook but using the workbook will help us get more accomplished. Thank you for all you do!
Ruthe R on Feb 3, 2017
I am homeschooling two daughters and I needed a book for each of them
Kristina R on Sep 20, 2016
Required for class curriculum.
Colleen V on Aug 21, 2016
Assigned by school
Wanda B on Jul 14, 2016
Was told to get it from the teacher at our Co-op.
Carrie F on Jul 11, 2020
required for homeschool class.
Sandra S on Oct 7, 2019
If this is being taught at a Co-Op with an instructor, are the CD's required?
Leslie on Apr 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My daughter uses this material at a co-op with a teacher. Her teacher has never used the CDs with the class and my daughter doesn’t use them. We didn’t purchase them.
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My daughter uses this curriculum at our co-op. I don’t teach it, but the teacher, who is a fluent, thinks this is a great curriculum - levels 1-3. She supplements with Raz Kids and Senor Wooly.
April 20, 2020
1 year ago
Great Spanish program
I selected this curriculum because I wanted a textbook course for teaching Spanish. I have tried Abeka in the past and was not pleased. I like the layout and the progression of the subject matter. There is a CD that pronounces each selection in the textbook. I usually go over the lesson slowly while translating (the CD does not translate) and when we are done with the lesson I play the CD for them to listen to. Theoretically, you can teach and press play for the CD to hear the Spanish speaker.One draw back is the answer key. There are 4 student pages on one teacher page. If you have more than one student learning Spanish, there is a section in each chapter for 2 students to ask and answer questions. I also have them write out the answers. I discovered that this is offered as an ibook at a significantly lower price. I have purchased it and really like it. On the iBook version, there is a button to listen to the Spanish beside each word or phrase. All the workbook pages are included in the iBook version and it will check it for you. Also, there are flashcards for the vocabulary built in. The iBook version does not have the tests. Overall, I am pleased.
January 24, 2017

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