Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 1 (Beginner) Student Book
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
The Breaking the Language Barrier (BLB) provides a core text/workbook/reference (aka the worktext) all in a one-on-one conversational format for the student. While other programs focus on listening and speaking alone, BLB provides in-depth grammar, writing and culture. Start out with conversation right away as part of Level 1’s Ten Steps. This section provides the student time to get familiar with the sounds of the language without any stress of grammar. All grammar will be explained in the lessons that follow. Your student will write directly in the non-reproducible worktext. Parents, don’t worry as you won’t need to know the language. Audio CDs provide clear pronunciation, and the book prompts you where to go on the CD. With the launch of the online access, CDs will continue to be available in the bundles without online access and a la carte. New for ‘20-21 is the Online Instruction for the student (1 year access). With cultural videos of native speakers, this element adds a new level of interaction with the language, providing a model for authentic pronunciation. Students can respond to online exercises and get immediate feedback on their progress. Activities closely follow the worktext. This component does not replace the worktext. They work in tandem to create a complete curriculum.
Level 1 (Beginner) requires no prior language experience, but getting used to new sounds and spellings can take practice. This level, therefore, spends a lot of time on pronuncia¬tion. Level 2 (Intermediate) starts with good review of Level 1 before presenting new material. Level 3 (Advanced) reviews the first two years, adding more advanced grammar con¬cepts, expressions, and geography.
Each course is a year in length and should qualify for a high school credit. To use the program, you must use the Homeschool Package. Each Homeschool Package includes the student book, an answer key booklet, 2 CD audio set, a printed test packet and a small, laminated pocket language guide. You can also purchase a Homeschool Package w/Online Access (same components, minus the CD). Levels 1-3 packages include all levels of the Homeschool Package. Rainbow Resource also offers components a la carte. The Student Worktext provides interactive instruction and consumable practice (includes a reference/glossary/index). Answer Keys are for all text exer¬cises. Audio CDs use native speakers and a 6-part adventure series, with comprehension questions. Tests (with answers) are available on CD-ROM or preprinted and are reproducible. ~ Sara
PROS: It is grammar and vocabulary intensive, but that’s what I like about it because the students learn basic grammar skills and apply it to their work and oral practice. There is a good amount of practice in the book. The concepts are presented in bite size pieces with immediate practice afterwards. There is a review section at the end of each chapter. Tests are in a word document (download or cd) so you can edit it.
The online book is good. (It is the same as the printed book.) It has audio flash cards which is so good for hearing and verbally practicing the vocabulary, cultural articles (in Spanish), audio files so you can hear native speakers and embedded videos.
CONS: In the online book, the cultural information is in Spanish, which presents problems for teachers who are not fluent. You will have to spend some time translating them to use them.
It would benefit the curriculum to have printed versions of cultural articles with followup questions and answers. The teacher edition does not have guided teacher helps, it is only the answers key to the student book.
There is some helps on the website (txobreak.com) in the resource tab, but the .pdf files for the cultural articles are not available.
This really is a good curriculum. Some people may think it is too grammar intensive, especially in book two, but it does give students the foundations to speak well.
over 2 years ago