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Middlebury Interactive Languages provides a versatile and dynamic approach to learning a second language.
All Middlebury courses are developed exclusively for the K-12 education market by Ph.D. level academics and linguistic experts in second language acquisition. All courses are designed to help students develop communicative competence in languages while also building a strong foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Cultural awareness is also a main (and fun) focus. Language courses offered include Spanish, French, Chinese and German. Also offered—four-week Summer Language Academies both in the U.S. and abroad.
Middlebury Interactive courses can be taken as independent study or with the support of a teacher. The instructors at Middlebury Interactivee are state-certified (always a plus!) and Middlebury Interactive is accredited through AdvanceEd—this means students can possibly earn credit for completed courses (another plus!). All courses align with the national standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Even if you’re not a fan of national standards, you might appreciate them for a foreign language.
The courses at Middlebury Interactive use interactive media, including animated stories, task-based activities and videos which feature native speakers; and can be delivered fully online, in a blended learning environment, or as a supplemental curriculum. Pacing and completion depend on the teachers’ and students’ objectives. This flexibility is especially nice.
The elementary courses at Middlebury Interactive focus on building a strong/solid language foundation. The programs use stories, games and songs to provide students with an introduction to basic words, expressions and phrases. The classes are fun and enjoyable, with bright graphics, and I enjoyed the interactivity of them—moving the correct family members into a house (casa), for example.
The middle and high school language courses focus on the development and integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture through task-based activities and interactive lessons. I took a few French classes and enjoyed them. They were easy to follow and allowed me to practice my pronunciation (you should look up the pronunciation of l’homme!)
I enjoyed the different classes I took (different languages and different levels). I even dallied on an elementary numbers class so I could learn my phone number in a foreign language!
Computer requirements for the courses are as follows—
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If you’d like to see what Middlebury Interactive courses are like, you can take a look at their videos — http://middleburyinteractive.com/videos. You’ll see that the courses are thorough—and maybe exactly what you’re looking for! And if you’re really interested, Middlebury courses are available for purchase at shop.middleburyinteractive.com.