Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Elementary German from Middlebury Interactive Languages (Schoolhouse Review Crew review)

We received this for review purposes!

Product Links: German Courses specifically German 1 for us

Vendor Information Link: Middlebury Interactive Languages

Age Appeal: Elementary German is grade 3-5

Format: online, go to the FAQs page for computer requirements

Price: $119 per semester


Are your children interested in learning a different language?  Middlebury Interactive Languages offers German.  We reviewed Elementary German 1.  This course has 45 lessons for a semester.  The lessons include video, text, pictures, and speaking practice.  There are videos with stories and ones where the student will learn about castles and food.

They offer Spanish, French, and Chinese as well.  The ages levels are from kindergarten through high school for most levels.  Please check the website for more information.    

Our Experience: 

C really enjoys trying different languages, so she was excited when she was chosen for Elementary German 1.  We have relatives who live in Germany, so she was excited to learn some German so she can speak to them.

The Middlebury Interactive Languages program is set up so C would practice German two to three days a week with 45 lessons for the semester.  She did it differently, she did one lesson a day for four or five days a week.  Her lesson included videos, exploring vocabulary, practicing, and speaking.  She was super excited for each lesson and she always wanted to do more.  B and I sometimes watched over her shoulder.  We wanted to learn some too.

There were some days when I would do some of the practice sections again with her.  I wanted to know if she was learning.  She did a wonderful job.  I could tell she was really learning and remembering everything.

Mama’s Thoughts:

  • I was really happy to see how much fun C had with this program.  She is always to work on her German.  I am so pleased with how much she is remembering and learning.  I am very proud of her.
  • German 1 for 3rd to 5th grade has been designed perfectly for that age.  The use of stories like Hansel and Gretel (told in German) make the new lesson vocabulary come alive.  The different unit subjects were perfect for the age group: family, numbers, greetings, adjectives/feelings, food, hobbies/professions, body, and the last unit is a review.
  • I was impressed with the layout of the program.  C would click on the unit she was working on, the specific lesson, then next activity in the lesson.  After she had finished the activity the program would put a checkmark in the box.  There was a nice mixture of video (story), explore (learning), and practicing.  There was even a speaking lab, so C could practice and record the words she was learning.
  • It would be helpful if the new words could be clicked on individually, so the student could hear the pronunciation one word at a time.  I thought it was difficult to say the phrases when the words were spoken so quickly.  C did a good job of picking up the phrases, much better than I did.

B’s Thoughts (boy, age 10, officially in fifth grade):   

 Bridger did not participate enough to be able to write a review.

C’s Thoughts (girl, age 8, officially in third grade):

I like learning different languages.  It was fun learning German.  I really liked the stories.  They were really good.  I liked The Brave Little Tailor and Rumpelstiltskin the best.  I listened to Hansel and Gretel, Tale of the Clever Hans, and The Tale of Mother Holle too.

Middlebury Interactive Languages is good for people of all ages.

Dad’s Thoughts:

The Middlebury Interactive digital world language course for Elementary German 1: Grades 3-5 is designed for easy interaction.  The graphics are colorful and appropriately sized for its intended age group.  The audio pronunciations are crisp and clear adding to the ease of learning.  As you progress through the course you build upon what you have learned by adding new words as well as reinforcing what's already been taught.

I find this course to be engaging, user friendly, and extremely functional through its intentional design.  My daughter has been enjoying it and has already gone ahead and done more lessons than required.  This is a winner in my book.  

Mama highly recommends!

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