The Online Access offers 12 mos. access to the online version of the print textbook, with integrated audio, video, cultural articles, answers, beautiful pictures of sites of interest, and notable people. Interactive exercises. Click on the answer and immediately see if correct. View the correction if necessary. There are also responsive flashcards with sound files, oral questions, video instructional capsules. Content is the same as the print book. The online does not replace the worktext, rather they work together to create a complete learning experience. View a sample of the online resources at Breaking the Barrier.
Homeschool Package will ship immediately; online access code will be delivered via email.
All you need for a year’s worth of Spanish curriculum!
* Level 1 Student Edition book (hardcopy)
* Level 1 Online Access (12 months of access)
* Answer Key Booklet (hardcopy)
* Spanish Oasis (hardcopy)
* Teacher Test Program (hardcopy)
* Pacing Guide (hardcopy)
The "online access code" provides 12 months of online access to the material of the respective print textbook. The online textbook integrates audio, video, cultural articles, answers, beautiful pictures of sites of interest, and notable people from Spanish speaking countries. The exercises are interactive. A student can click on any single answer, see immediately if he/she is right or wrong, and view the correction. There are also responsive flashcards with sound files, oral questions, video instructional capsules. But the content -- explanations, exercises, dialogues are exactly the same as the print book. Online access provides access to more tools that may appeal to different learning styles (especially auditory/visual learners).
The Breaking the Language Barrier (BLB) program 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.
New for ‘20-21 is the Online Instruction for the student (1-year access). The online access code provides 12 months of access to the online version of the print textbook, with integrated audio, video, cultural articles, answers, beautiful pictures of sites of interest, and notable people from the country being studied. The exercises are interactive. A student can click on any single answer, see immediately if he/she is right or wrong, and view the correction. There are also responsive flashcards with sound files, oral questions, and video instructional capsules. But the content -- explanations, exercises, and dialogues are the same as the print book. Activities closely follow the worktext, but the online does not replace the worktext, rather they work together to create a complete learning experience. New for 2022 in the online access: answers now autosave and track student progress, composition prompts can be emailed to a teacher for review, and each student receives 90 minutes of coaching time for oral practice with Time2Talk!
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 pronunciation. 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 concepts, expressions, and geography.
Each course is one year in length and should qualify for a high school credit. The Homeschool Package is required to successfully use the program. Digital Access Homeschool packages include the aforementioned website access, and the following print resources: Student Worktext, Answer Key, Test Packet, and a small pocket, laminated pocket guide (Oasis). Worktext and Tests are consumable, but not reproducible. Access Codes can be purchased separately for 12 months. Online access has replaced the audio component formerly on a CD, however, there is so much more content here! ~Sara
The program does say to expect to take a few weeks to do this level 0 part, and if you are willing to figure out with your student how to divide these intense topics up into smaller chunks and review them, it may work for you. When I spent the money on this program (purchasing all the parts) I did not expect I would need to plan to make our own flash cards and create more materials to support my student like this would require of me.
I love the concept of this program with the workbook based lessons and if your student is already fluent in Spanish and just needs formal instruction for credit, this could be a great option. However, if you student has never studied Spanish or has any learning disabilities, I would not recommend this program. It is just too aggressive out of the gate unless you, as the teacher, are willing to put in a LOT of time and effort to help your student use a program that does not really have a teacher's guide (though there is an answer key if you purchase it).
6 months ago
12 months ago
The one thing that I did like was the online portion where the students can listen to native speakers. Everything in the textbook is duplicated online. It's odd, however, that the beginning pronunciation rules do not jive with the way the native speakers then pronounce the words!
As much as I invested in this curriculum, we have decided to cut out losses and use it as a secondary source.