French 1 DVD Supplement
We are pleased to be able to distribute BJU Press curriculum to our customers. Most homeschoolers are already familiar with their materials. For those who are not, BJU is a Christian university located in South Carolina that produces and markets curriculum materials for Christian schools as well as home schools. Probably the most homeschool-friendly full-curriculum supplier, they have not only accommodated homeschoolers, but have continually worked to make their materials better suited to the homeschooling family. Many of their courses now contain manuals written specifically for the home school setting, and visuals and supplemental materials have been "pared down" from the bulkier visuals still used in classrooms. While other curriculum suppliers initially frowned on distributing teacher materials to homeschoolers, and provided only expensive classroom versions, Bob Jones quickly embraced homeschoolers, readily allowing them access to teacher's editions and, eventually, producing less expensive spiral-bound or paperbound versions to save money for homeschooling families. Their materials are all top quality. They are professionally prepared, educationally sound, and Biblically-based. Used in Christian school classrooms across the country for years and constantly improved, they are courses you can trust in your homeschool as well. We have long been fans of Bob Jones curriculum materials, having used courses in almost every subject area for one child or another through the years. In our particular situation (seven children, Mom and Dad sharing in teaching as well as in running Rainbow Resource Center), a well-constructed, teacher-ready course can be a God-send. Although we have used a variety of methods and curriculums in our homeschool through the years (and continue to do so), we strongly feel that the Bob Jones materials we have used have helped to produce excellent, college-ready students. Unless you have a particularly strong aversion to textbooks of any kind, at any level, we highly recommend these materials to you.
Curriculum can be found by subject area in our catalog; see index for page numbers. A free scope and sequence is available below, with specific information by grade level.
In typical comprehensive Bob Jones style, these programs contain all the materials you need to teach Spanish or French to your students. Whether you are a strong speaker of the language or very limited in your vocabulary, you will find that you are able to teach and assist your class as they learn a new language. Because we have had more opportunity to look at the Spanish 1 program in depth, the description below will focus on it. However, the French 1 program has been revised for 2008, and is structurally similar to the Spanish 1 program. As far as teacher preparation goes, it is minimal; all the lessons are laid out for you. The Spanish taught is the type spoken in Latin America and is learned through practice and application of necessary words rather than memorization with the goal being that the student is able to read and converse at a beginning level. The text is taught more from an immersion perspective with very little English text, but it is presented in such a way that the meaning is quite clear and students will pick up words they don't even realize they are practicing.
The comprehensive teacher's edition gives teachers all the information they need to know, broken down into each lesson. Each day's objectives, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation are given so teachers know what students should have learned by the end of the lesson. Any preparation necessary before class is detailed along with any other information teachers will need to share with their students, and answers to all the activities are given. The full text of the student text is shown in the teacher's edition, so the teacher can follow along and give the accompanying notes or check answers for each page as they go.
The student text is softcover, full-color, and stretches over 300 pages. Material is presented in a friendly and easy-to-read manner, almost completely in Spanish. Each chapter begins with a short reading section followed by a Spanish conversation, a vocabulary section, and lots of activities. The book is composed of 33 lessons in several sections which can be broken up into days as the teacher desires.
The activity manual presents lots of different activities in different formats to accompany the lessons. This gives students extra practice on the things they've learned and helps cement those in their memory. Some of the activities are oral and others are written. A teacher's edition to the activity manual is also available and is an exact replica of the activity manual with the only (and very important) difference being that the answers are all filled in.
CDs also accompany this course, as is the case with most foreign language programs, so that students can hear proper pronunciation of the language. 12 CDs are included in all, each covering approximately 3 lessons.
A test packet is available with tests for each chapter and larger exams for each larger section of text (each covering approximately three lessons). A test answer key provides all the answers for each test.
The Spanish 1 Subject Kit contains the student text, teacher's manual, activity manual, teacher's edition to the activities manual, CD set, test packet, and test answer keys.
There is also an optional DVD supplement to the Spanish program (not included in the kit). The supplement includes 33 teaching modules on two DVDs and work sheets designed to accompany them. ~ Megan